Long Term General English Course for Non EU Students

General English Course and specific preparation for the FCE/ CAE/ IELTS/TIE exams

15 or 21 hours per week

The course consists of General English and specific preparation for the FCE/ CAE/ IELTS/ TIE exams and is included on the Internalisation Register of Programmes approved by the Department of Justice and Equality for purposes of access to employment by students who are citizens from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland.

Every student enrolled on an academic year programme (a 25 week course) is required to sit an international exam such as TIE, Cambridge or IELTS exam at the end of the course.

Students can work 20 hours/week during term time and 40 hours/week from 1 June to 30 September and from 15 December to 15 January

*Adult classes may include students from age 16 and upwards

Programme includes:

If you are a non-EU citizen you will be required to have a Study Visa to enter Ireland. However, you are exempt from this if you are from any of the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Czech Rep, Estonia, Guatemala, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Korea (Rep South), Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Slovenia, Switzerland, Uruguay.

While it is your or your agent’s responsibility to apply for the visa, the School of English will give all reasonable assistance to you in your visa application process.

The following steps are required to apply for a visa:

  1. School receives fully completed Booking Form which indicates your course, exact dates of commencement and completion of course, exact dates of planned arrival and departure, and exact dates of Host Family Accommodation.
  2. The school will then issue an Invoice.
  3. Payment for the courses by visa clients must be paid to a segregated account (escrow account). Erin School of English is delighted to be able to offer non-EU students the option of paying their programme fees via PaytoStudy (Transfermate).
  4. On notice of payment, School issues a Letter of Admission detailing the course and period of stay along with acknowledgement of fees paid.
  5. Students can then apply to the nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate. The Letter of Admission is necessary to complete the application.
  6. Visa conditions can vary. Some Embassies will need other supporting documentation. For example:
    • Letter from Employer as proof of returning to work in home country
    • Letter from University/ College as proof of returning to studies
    • Bank Statements from applicant with translations and conversion rates
    • Letter of financial sponsorship.
    • Proof of Medical Insurance

For more information contact:

Department of Foreign Affairs
The Visa Office

13-14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
Tel: +353 1 4780822 (open from 14.30 to 16.00 Monday to Friday)
Web site:

Apply for Visa:

Financial requirements for study visas


    There should be no less than 6 months validity on the passport from the date of the course’s completion. If available, copies of previous passports exhibiting the immigration history of the applicant should be provided. All pages, not just those with valid visas must be included.


    The college should provide an original letter, indicating that the person has been accepted on a full-time course of education (specify subject) entailing 15 hours or more study in a privately funded course. Provisional letters offering a place are not acceptable.

  • FEES

    Evidence must be supplied that the course fees have been paid in full.


    Every student should have full private medical insurance. Evidence of such insurance cover will be taken to be the Letter of Acceptance provided by the host school, college, university or other educational institution.


    Applicants should disclose details of family members who are already residing in Ireland or in other EU countries. For this purpose family members include first cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews or grandparents.


    There should be nothing in the person’s personal history which would give rise to concerns on public policy, public security or public health grounds. Occasionally, applications are refused on these grounds, despite the production of all of the required documents for reasons which will not be disclosed.


    Applicants must provide evidence that they have sufficient funds to support their stay in Ireland, including emergencies, without recourse to State funds. This is important as recourse to State funds might have a detrimental effect on the person’s future immigration prospects.

    Bank statements which clearly identify the holder together with a translation and details of conversion rates at the approximate date of application are required.


    The applicant’s profile should appear to match the course of studies proposed. Colleges should endeavour either through interview or through their agents to satisfy themselves as to the bona fides of the prospective student. Information regarding checks/interviews of the candidate which have been undertaken by the school or its agents can be submitted in support of the application.The applicant’s prospects of obtaining a visa are enhanced by the submission of verified details of their profile, including family background, history of study etc.


    If the applicant is in employment the Employer must state

    • that all course costs are being met by the Employer or, if the Employee is meeting the costs, the Employer must state that in the opinion of the Employer the Employee has the financial resources to meet all such costs
    • the length of leave being granted to the Employee and this must not differ from the stated duration of the course on which the Applicant has been accepted
    • the purpose of participation in the proposed course of study
    • the applicant’s level of pay and the currency it’s received in.

    None of the details within the application or its supporting documentation should be of a conflicting nature, e.g. the proposed length of stay on the application form should not conflict with the verified course acceptance.


    Full details of course duration should be disclosed in the initial application in so far as they are known.If there is any probability that a person intends to study for longer than 90 days (3 months) they should ensure that they apply for a ‘D’ study visa. Persons who seek to study for less than this period can apply for a ‘C’ study visa.

    In the case of an applicant with a ‘C’ visa, extensions of permission to remain will only be entertained where a written request is made to the visa appeals officer and will be given in very exceptional circumstances only. The following details must be supplied to allow the request to be considered and applications that do not supply all the required documents will be refused.

    • Itemised details of payment of relevant fees and proof of payment.
    • Details of the course of studies proposed
    • Accommodation details identifying host family
    • Evidence of financial self sufficiency, all financial details should identify the student
    • Details of the student’s attendance at the initial course of studies must be lodged
    • The particular circumstances of the applicant will be a major issue in the decision
    • A copy of the passport exhibiting the original visa must be lodged

    Any decision to refuse a visa can be appealed by writing to:

    Visa Appeals Officer,
    Immigration Division,
    Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform,
    72-76 St. Stephen’s Green,
    Dublin 2.

    Only written appeals will be dealt with.
    The visa reference number, decision number and nationality will facilitate processing.
    Obviously the success of an appeal will be enhanced if the appellant is in a position to forward additional supporting documentation in favour of the application or to submit a document previously omitted.


    Although a visa is a form of pre-entry clearance, it does not guarantee entry to the State.
    Immigration officers at point of entry are entitled to deny access and to question students regarding their bonafides.


    Students who have a valid reason for leaving the State during their period of study and who can show that they are genuinely continuing with their studies may apply for re-entry visas.

Grounds for a refund or partial refund of fees:

a) Irish Study Visa extension refusal (for students who are not successful in obtaining their visa). Any
application for a refund must be made in writing and must be accompanied by both a copy of the rejection
letter from the GNIB and a copy of their stamped passport.

Please note: the rejection letter issued by the GNIB will be evaluated by the School in order to
assess grounds for any refund who have complete discretion in arriving at a decision as to whether or not a
refund is appropriate. All original letters issued by the school along with the student’s GNIB card must be
returned to the School administration before any refund can be considered.

b) If an aspect of the application for a refund or cancellation includes an illness or disability suffered after the
student’s enrolment has been confirmed. In any such instance, a doctor’s certificate would be required to

c) Upon arrival in Dublin, should any student be refused access into Ireland for any reason, any application for
a refund must be made in writing and be accompanied by both a copy of the rejection letter from the GNIB and
a copy of their stamped passport. Please note: the rejection letter issued by the GNIB will be evaluated by
School  in order to assess grounds for any refund and it will have complete discretion in arriving at
a decision as to whether or not a refund is an appropriate

i) A refund will only be granted in respect of fees that have been paid for the most recent year in which (a), (b)
or (c) occurs. There is no automatic right to a refund of fees if at any time a student changes his/her mind about
studying at the School.

ii) After course commencement, any student wishing to submit a refund request for any reasons as specifically
detailed above (a, b or c) will be required to have achieved a minimum attendance of 85% in accordance with
GNIB student visa requirements at the time of request.

iii) If a student withdraws after course commencement no refund will be given.

iv) Students that are found to have provided incorrect information, resulting in their visa being refused, shall
be exempt from any form of refund.

v) Please note an administration fee of €300, plus €150 for health insurance fee (if already applied) and plus
€150 for learner protection (if already applied), will be deducted from all refunds given.

vi) If you miss your flight or it is delayed you must notify the school or your agent in advance, otherwise, the
the transfer may not be refunded.

vii) Also, if you give up or stop staying at the accommodation during the period booked, a refund will not be

viii) If the refund is applicable, it must be requested online through  (Refund Form).
The period for refund is from 6 to 10 weeks.