City Colleges are delighted to accept applications from international students wishing to study on an approved programme, listed on the ILEP. City Colleges uses the Irish Qualification Recognition Service and the UK’s National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC/ENIC) 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 may wish to use the services of an overseas education consultant/education agent.

At City Colleges we work closely with selected agencies overseas with a proven track record in student counselling and advice relevant to Ireland.

For a list of our trusted agents, please contact our International Admissions team by emailing

Successful Application – What to do next?

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 and the relevant application procedure you can check out the Irish Immigration website.

We require all prospective students to inform us when they have submitted their visa application. A visa reference number and date of submission of visa application is required.

Should your visa application be refused a refund (Less an 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 by email to

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).

English Language Requirements

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).
See table below for a list of acceptable equivalent exams

Title of AwardGeneral or Academic EnglishMinimum Level Required
AcademicTOEFLPBT 550
CBT 213
IBT 60
AcademicBritish Council -UCLES/IDP6
AcademicJMB University Entrance test in English (Overseas)Pass
AcademicOEB -English as a Foreign Language (Higher Paper)Pass
GeneralCouncil of EuropeC1
GeneralTrinity College (UK)10
ISE – Level III
GeneralLondon Tests of English (Edexcel) Pearson Language AssessmentLevel 4
GeneralCambridge ESOL
Grade C
GeneralPitman UKLevel 5 (Advanced)
GeneralARELS/Oxford UKHigher – Good

College Policies After Arriving

Attendance Policy

It is College policy that attendance is taken for all students. Further information is available here.

Student Sick Leave

A student’s absence from class may be excused in cases of certified illness. Further information is available here.

Holidays and Breaks

Students are normally not permitted to take holidays during the College semester. Further information is available here.

Statement on Absenteeism and Punctuality

Uncertified absenteeism is considered a breach of the Learner Code of Conduct. Further information is available here.

Refund Policy

Programme fees are refundable in the case of valid and documented visa refusals. Further information is available here.

Complaints Procedures for Learners

Students have the right to communicate any issues they may experience whilst studying in the College. Further information is available here.

Examination Regulations and Procedures

Students are required to familiarise themselves with the College examination regulations. Further information is available here.

Medical Insurance

Non-EU/Non-EEA students are required to show proof of comprehensive medical insurance when applying for a visa for Ireland (where relevant) and when registering with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) on arrival in Ireland. Students are required to arrange their own insurance cover – it is not arranged by the College.

For more information, please click here: INIS Medical Insurance Requirement

Health and Safety Information

Information on health and safety both on campus and off campus is available here.

International Student Handbook