EduCo in Ireland, International Education

Pre-departure notes for international students

EduCo Ireland Managing Partner Jacob Kestner has issued a reminder to international students of our partner institutions Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology and Maynooth University to make sure that they have been granted a Study Visa before arriving in Ireland to study.

Mr. Kestner is specifically addressing students who will be coming from countries outside the European Union and European Economic Area. “As the application procedures may change from time to time, we would highly recommend that students consult the web pages of the Irish Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform for detailed information,” he says.

Embassy listing and residency guideline

International students are advised to seek the EduCo representative or the nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate in their area to verify the visa application process.

A full list of Embassies and High Commissions accredited to Ireland is available here. Foreign embassies in Ireland can also be found here.

Students from non-EU/non-EEA member states must also notify the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) if they change their address at any point during their stay in Ireland, Mr Kestner adds.

Preparing for the weather

Ireland has a mild, temperate climate with summer temperatures ranging from 16° to 24° Celsius. In the winter, the temperature rarely drops below freezing point but it can feel quite cold because of frequent rain and a northerly wind.

“The weather in Ireland is very mixed and changeable. It can be sunny, then raining and once again sunny – all in the space of a few minutes,” Mr Kester points out. He thus emphasises the need for students to bring plenty of warm clothes and a rain jacket especially in preparation for January and February which are normally the coldest months when snow is most likely to blanket the city.

Accommodation requirements

In order that parents/guardians can arrange accommodation when first visiting Ireland, a list of hotel and apartment accommodation, is outlined below:

EXPENSIVE

MID-RANGE

The Shelbourne Hotel

27 Ste Stephens Green, Dublin 2. Tel: 00 353 1 6634500

The Mespil Hotel

60 Mespil Road, Dublin 4. Tel: 00 353 1 4884600

The Conrad Hotel

Easrlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 00 353 1 6028900

Premier Suites Dublin

Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

The Leeson Bridge Guest House 

1 Upper Leeson Street, Ballsbridge Dublin 4. Tel: 00 353 1 6681000

For students, they may opt for a host family, on-campus or apartment accommodation. It is advisable that students book their chosen accommodation, as early as possible, in advance of their arrival.

Host families

Accommodation is in a single room on a half board basis. A balanced diet, clean home and space to study, without distractions, are guaranteed.

While most overseas students quickly develop excellent relationships with their Irish families, difficulties can arise from time to time. To avoid these situations, they need to:

  1. Get permission to invite friends to the house.

  2. Respect the routine hours of the house (meals, showers, internet use, etc.).

  3. Discuss their likes and dislikes, in relation to food, at the beginning of their stay, rather than as each dish is being served.

It is at the discretion of the host family as to whether the rent should be paid weekly or monthly and what deposit, if any, is required.

If a student decides to move out of a host family, he/she must give the family at least two weeks’ notice and will still have to pay for these two weeks if he/she decides to move out earlier.

On-campus accommodation

For Dublin City University, students my contact the accommodation website, DCU Rooms to inquire about on- and off-campus accommodation.

Students of Dublin Institute of Technology are given several options such as block booked or alternative campus style accommodation and private rented accommodation. Details can be found here.

For Maynooth University, students need to contact the Accommodation Office for offers regarding on-campus residences.

Apartments

If students wish to obtain their own rented accommodation, the websites and agencies listed here may be useful to them:

www.daft.ie

www.rent.ie

www.myhome.ie

www.findahome.ie

www.shorttermlet.com

BlackArch, 9-13, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. Tel: 00 353 1 7994566

Scandik Properaty Services, 1st Floor, Textile House, 5 Johnston’s Place South King Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 00 353 1 6749000

Morrison Estates, 10 Sandyford Office Park, (opposite Sandyford LUAS stop) Sandyford, Dublin 18. Tel: 00 353 1 2937100

Herman White Estates, 161 Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6. Tel: 00 353 1 4966019

Sherry Fitzgerald Lettings, Unit 3, Boyne House,Custom House Square, IFSC, Dublin 1. Tel: 00 353 1 2784282