City Colleges welcomes Non-EU Students

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City Colleges welcome applications from international students.


Currently, City Colleges use the Irish Qualification Recognition Service and the UK’s National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) to map international qualifications onto the Irish Framework.

For applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS certificate may also be required. International applicants who require a Visa should use the services of an overseas education consultant/education agent. City Colleges works closely with selected agencies overseas.

For a list of our trusted agents, please contact our International Admissions team by emailing international@citygroup.ie.

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City Colleges welcome applications from international students. Please contact our International Admissions team by stating your nationality, current location, name and phone number. Currently, City Colleges uses the Irish Qualification Recognition Service and the UK’s National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) to map international qualifications onto the Irish Framework.

For entry requirements, please check the individual course information pages on this site or contact a member of our Admissions Team. For applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS certificate or equivalent recognised English proficiency examination may also be required.

International applicants are advised to use the services of an City Colleges authorised education agent. City Colleges works closely with selected agencies overseas. For a list of our trusted agents, please contact our International Admissions team by emailing international@citygroup.ie.

Visa required students can apply directly through a relevant application form on our website or may be guided to submit application through an City Colleges approved education agent.

Students should provide the following documents to have the application considered:

  • Completed Application form
  • Supporting educational documentation
  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of Valid IELTS or equivalent English certification (minimum IELTS requirement of 6.0 Bands)

Once your application is received, we will send you on the following information:

  • Summary of the course programme contents
  • Applicable programme fee, payment requirements and refund conditions (if applicable)
  • Course Academic entry requirements
  • Course English language entry requirements
  • Details of City Colleges’ protections arrangements and refunds policy
  • Details of any scholarship offered (if available)

Once your application has been reviewed by our Admissions team, should your application be accepted, we will then send you a Conditional Offer letter which will become an Unconditional Offer/Final offer once the applicant has fulfilled any additional requirements.

Your Unconditional offer letter will include:

  • Confirmation of an offer of a place on your chosen programme
  • Details of our Induction process, academic calendar and support services available to our students.
  • A link to our Code of Practice for the Provision of Education to International Learners.
  • Procedures that apply when a student withdraws or fails to attend or participate as required by the college.
  • Circumstances in which the College may terminate its tuition contract with a student.
  • These circumstances may include the submission of fraudulent documentation by the student.

Depending on your nationality you may be required to apply for a visa to study in Ireland. For full and complete information on visa requirements please visit the Irish Immigration website.

It is the enrolling student’s responsibility to inform us when they have submitted their visa application. A visa reference number and date of submission of visa application is required. A full list of the required documents for visa application can be seen here.


Should your visa application be refused a refund (Less a €150 administration fee) will be returned to you. Please note that we reserve the right not to refund fees where false, fraudulent, or fake documents have been submitted as part of a visa application.

Should your visa application be successful you are required to send confirmation to us directly with a copy of the stamp on your passport.

Please allow sufficient time to process the visa application as this can take anything from 4-16 weeks to process.

You will also need to advise us when you hope to travel before the start of the course so that we can provide additional details to you such as; accommodation, timetables, registration and induction schedule and possible part-time job opportunities available (if required)

All Visa requiring international students are required to have private medical insurance, either personally or through a group scheme at time of registration. To support you meeting this requirement City College’s tuition fees for visa requiring international students includes payment for an approved insurance policy, which the College purchases for you upon receipt of full tuition fee payment.

Learner Protection is provided by Arachas Learner Protection Programme and underwritten by Aviva Insurance Ltd. The current fee is 3.5% of the tuition fee. Protection of Enrolled Learners in accordance with section 65(4)(b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 (hereafter the 2012 Act), are covered under this agreement for the duration of the agreement. 

Level 7 & Level 8 (QQI Awarded Programmes)


For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum English language requirement for entry to the programme is IELTS score 6.00 / Duolingo English Test 95 (or equivalent).

Further Information

Please call the College on +353 1 416 0034 or email info@citycolleges.ie.

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