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Overview of Conditions for Language and Non-Degree Programme Student

The main conditions of being a Full Time Language and Non-Degree Programme Non EEA student are

  • The maximum time a student may stay in Ireland for the purpose of attending courses at language/non degree level is limited to three years;
  • The duration of course and award must comply with the conditions below
  • A Letter of Acceptance from the college, confirming you have been accepted and enrolled on a course of full-time day-time education involving a minimum of 15 hours organised daytime tuition each week between the hours of 8am and 6pm
  • You must have proof that fees have been paid to the college. Where your fees are below €6,000, the full amount of the fees must be paid in advance.
  • You must have access to €3,000 at first registration. This is in addition to your course fees.
  • All students are required to have private medical insurance, either personally or through a group scheme operated by your college, at time of registration in accordance with the conditions set out below regarding private medical insurance.

Full conditions and requirements are set out in the Guidelines attached below. It is the responsibility of the student to familiarise themselves with these requirements.

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What is the Language and Non Degree Programme?

The Language and Non-Degree Programme refers to two types of course.á

English Language Course

English Language courses for the purpose of non-EEA Student Immigration must be included in the Internationalisation Register, administered by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) (Visit www.nqai.ie for more information).

Further Education Non-Degree Course

Further Education courses refer to full-time, day-time academic courses leading to non-school major awards at Level 5 or Level 6 of theáNational Framework of Qualificationsá(see NFQ "fan diagram" at Appendix 1).

The course that you are going to pursue must be included in the Internationalisation Register administered by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) (Visit www.nqai.ie for more information).

Vocational, business, management or other programmes (certificates, diplomas,
advanced diplomas, graduate diplomas).

In order to facilitate students attending programmes leading to the awards described above, and colleges delivering these programmes, theseá programmes are included on the internationalisation register in the same way as non-Degree programmes and must meet the criteria set out for nondegree/ language programmes.

Students should be aware that where a student seeks to progress through certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate diploma, each of these will be as a discrete course with its own discrete award.áá

Guidelines for Language and Non-Degree Programme Students (Size 1.54MB)á This document is a pdf

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Other Information

For information regarding evidence of finance for ALL Non-EEA Students from 1 April 2011 please click on the following link: Student Finances:áNotice Regarding Evidence of Finance for ALL Non-EEA Students from 1 April 2011á

For information regarding the requirement to hold private medical insurance please read the following notice

Private Medical Insurance for full-time Non-EEA Students (Size 22KB)á This document is a pdf