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Studying in Ireland

Your passport to career success!!!

Join the Academy's vibrant international student community. 

We understand that studying overseas can be a big step. A warm welcome is guaranteed and you will receive plenty of support to help you settle in and find your way around. We also offer support throughout your time at the Academy.

Why Letterkenny?

Letterkenny (Irish: Leitir Ceanainn, meaning "hillside of the O'Cannons") is the largest and most populous town in County Donegal – a place with beautiful landscapes and scenery, and a favourite destination for many travellers. One example of the county’s extraordinary beauty is Slieve League, a mountain on the Atlantic coast of Ireland and one of the highest sea cliffs in Ireland. It offers an amazing view of the sea and surrounding landscape. Another attraction would be Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Castle. These lovely attractions are about an hour away from Letterkenny. As a student, it’s easy to take a bus to visit these places during the weekend as they are all nearby!

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Immigration Requirements

Students from some international countries will require visas to study in Ireland, however, a number of countries do not require visas for Ireland. Please check online for more information here.

Arriving at the airport

You should complete a landing card given to you during the flight. When you arrive in Ireland, you will see two different signs for border control at the airport. One queue is for nationals from the European Economic Area and the other is for all other passport holders. 

You will need to show your passport and entry vignette to border control. It is also advisable to carry the following in your hand-luggage as immigration Officers may ask to see this information: the decision letter you received with the outcome of your visa application, a print-out of your CAS email, supporting documentation used for your visa application and details of where you will be staying in Ireland. 

Once you have collected your luggage, you will pass through Customs control. You cannot bring any meat or dairy products from outside the EU and there are also restrictions on other food products such as fish, eggs and honey as well as some fruit, vegetables and plants. You will also need to declare cash of 10,000 Euros or more, or the equivalent in another currency, if you are travelling from a country outside the EU. 


Private accommodation is available throughout the City. There are rooms available in houses shared with landlords or with fellow students, along with whole houses and flats. We would strongly advise you to view a property in person, or have a reliable contact view, before agreeing to a contract with a landlord. We are happy to guide you and help you to choose the right accommodation. 


Tuition fees for studying at the Academy for Non European Economic Area (EEA) students is  €8900 per year. Price may change slightly due to currency fluctuations. Paying by installments with credit/debit card or Paypal will incur a 2.9% processing fee for each installment. 


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How much you spend will depend on your lifestyle. The below list is an estimate, showing the funds a single student will require on top of his/her tuition fees to cover the following living expenses:

Accommodation self catering for 26 weeks     




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