Academic Year

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Course Info

Academic Year

Academic Year is for non-European students taking part in the study and work visa programme which allows non-EU internationals to improve their English skills in Ireland while working part-time or travelling. Over 25 weeks students increase their fluency and accuracy in English with a regular programme of focused English language lessons. Students can also prepare for an internationally recognised examination such as IELTS.

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Key Facts

Key Facts

Hours per week

Standard: 15 hours General English (20 lessons x 45 mins)
Intensive: 22.5 hours General English (30 lessons)


Minimum English Level Required is A2

Course Length

Minimum 25 weeks

Minimum Age

18 years

Start Date

Any Monday

Maximum class size

14 (average: 10 - 12)

Nationality Mix

International, mixed
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Important Information

Important Information

The Study and Work Visa can be attained for the period of 8 months (35 weeks) and students can renew this visa twice.
The total duration of the immigration permission for a new student attending language courses is 2 years or 3 x 8 months.
The Standard Academic Year Programme includes 25 course weeks so students are entitled to an additional 10 weeks of holidays that can be used during or after the language course.
While studying students are entitled to work for up to 20 hours per week. During a holiday period, they can work for up to 40 hours per week. Full time work can only take place during designated holiday periods – June to August, and December.
Students must have an 85% attendance rate at their language course to retain their visa.
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