International Applicants

Apply to Dorset College
Students can apply directly through the international student office (+353 1 8309677) or through a number of recognised agents. For information on recognized agents in your area please contact To apply to the College you will need to supply the following documents:

A Completed Application Form (click here to access our online application form)

NON EU Students should read below.

All international students holding a NON EU Passport are required to have a Student Visa to study in Ireland. However, not all Nationalities are required to have a visa to enter the country – this can be awarded to the student shortly after arrival in Ireland with the assistance of Dorset College, International Office.

Student Visa Regulations
Students who hold passports from the following countries DO NOT REQUIRE an entry visa, but are required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) within 90 days of arriving in Ireland. There is a charge of €300 for registering with the GNIB. In addition, passport holders from the European Economic Area do not require an entry visa. Students holding passports from all other countries MUST apply for an entry visa through the nearest accredited Irish embassy or honorary consul.

How to Apply for your Study Visa in Ireland
For a successful visa application the following documents should be submitted at minimum. Please note that other supporting documents may be required and students should contact the local Irish Embassy or Consulate to obtain information on the full documentation required or click here.

1. Visa application form
2. Student visa declaration form
3. Education documents from high school and university where applicable
4. English proficiency certificate such as IELTS or TOEFL
5. Evidence of finances - you should be able to demonstrate that you (or your sponsor) have sufficient funds to support your living expenses while in Ireland and be able to meet the cost of the programme. The Immigration office recommends student to have access to €7000 per year for living expenses
6. Proof of Medical Insurance - DC will provide medical insurance for all students
7. Proof of payment
8. Proof of enrolment on the stated course
9. Evidence of previous immigration and travel history, if any
10. Evidence of pervious work experience, if any, please also note that your passport should be valid for a period of six months after the estimated completion date of your course. Once submitted we endeavour to inform you of the decision on your application to Dorset College within 72 hours.

Further information on entry requirements contact: +353 1 8309677 or email:

Letter of Offer
When a decision is made about your application an email will be sent to the email account registered with your application. This email is your letter of offer. If you require a "hard copy" for a scholarship body, please send your request to

Accepting Your Place
Once you decide to accept your place in Dorset College, please email confirming your acceptance and quote your College Internal Reference Number (XXXXXX) on your letter of offer. In this way we can process your acceptance in a timely manner.

Payment of Fees
All international fees can be paid through Dorset College's international payment partner Pay To Study or directly to Dorset College bank account (details are below). The PayToStudy option is a secure system that ensures prompt payment, allows us to issue receipt letters within 48 hours and ensures you the student/sponsor does not incur additional exchange charges.

Dorset College Bank Details

A/C NO: 18874873
IBAN NO: IE15 BOFI 900551 18874873
SORT CODE: 90-05-51

Visa and Embassy Details
It is important to note that admission on to a full time programme at Dorset College does not automatically guarantee you a student visa. You must also meet immigration requirements in order to reside and study in Ireland. For all information on completing and submitting your visa application please visit INIS

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has produced a document for international students in 2010 Student Visa Guidelines.

Please see the section for Non-EU/International Refund Policy Refund Policy EU/EEA Refund Policy Course fees are outlined on the Fee Schedule.

Student Irish Embassies and Offices Abroad:
International non-EU students are permitted to attend recognised full time programmes at Dorset College on the condition that the students and the Institute comply with specific regulations in relation to the issuing of student visas to such students by the Department of Justice, Equality, and Law Reform. It is important that all international students on study visas in Ireland are aware of the following student visa regulations:

  • All international non-EU students must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) if they are staying in Ireland for more than 90 days. There is a charge of €150.
  • All students on student visas must demonstrate a programme attendance rate of 80% or higher.
  • It is the student's responsibility to attend classes and to issue a medical certificate if absent due to illness.
  • Students are also required to notify their programme tutor if they will be away from classes.
  • The International Student Office is obliged to notify the GNIB of any student who is not meeting the required programme attendance rate of 80%. Such students are at risk of losing their student visa.
  • It is the student's responsibility to ensure that his/her student visa is renewed on time. Registered students at Dorset College will require a visa renewal letter from Dorset College's International Student Office to support their application for a visa renewal.
  • Applications for visa renewal are made through the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).

Students on student visas are entitled to participate in employment for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time and up to 40 hours per week during holiday time. However, all students committed to study during a holiday period, such as those postgraduate students who are completing their thesis during the summer holiday, are only permitted to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week. Useful websites: Irish Naturalisation and Immigrations Service: