Work While Studying in Ireland


In previous articles, we have discussed all the steps involved in studying in this country. We have highlighted the most important universities in Ireland and also how to enroll in Irish universities. Now, we will explain how to work during the years of study in Ireland

While studying, students must be able to pay for their education and living expenses. To cover some of the costs, some students will look for a student job.

How many hours can a student work in Ireland?

First of all, international students registered with the GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) are allowed to work 20 hours per week. During the vacations in June, July, August, and September, and from December 15 to January 15, they can work up to 40 hours per week. And the right to take a job ceases when their student residence permit expires.

In addition, foreign students who are studying full-time in Ireland for more than one year and who have an Irish residence permit can work without a work permit. This requires that their subject of study leads to a qualification recognized by the Irish Department of Education and Skills.

Conditions for working while studying in Ireland

• Enrolling in GNIB.
• Be enrolled in an accredited Irish university.
• Follow the studies until you obtain a full degree.
• Study between 8 am and 6 pm on weekdays for a period of at least 25 weeks per year.
• Study for at least one year in a specific program of study.
• Obtain a Personal Public Service Number (PPS Number).

Internship in Ireland

Students enrolling in a specific university degree may be required to complete internships related to the course. This must comply with the following rules:

• The internship or work placement cannot exceed 50% of the duration of the program. If the course length is four years, then the legal maximum is to work for two years. Students may not work independently.
• The subject of the internship must be related to the nature of the studies. This is also part of the points obtained by the student at the end of the academic year.
• Part-time jobs can play an important and beneficial role in covering the cost of living while studying in Ireland. However, this will not be enough to cover the cost of studying at a university.

Important things to know

• Please note that you will not be able to work as long as you are taking preparatory courses before starting your studies at university. To get a job as a student in Ireland, you must have a full university degree.
• You should also be aware that as a student in Ireland, you have the same rights as others in the workplace, regardless of your nationality or immigration status. This means that you are entitled to a legal contract and legal working hours. You will also be paid at or above the minimum wage and receive other benefits under Irish law, including annual leave, sick leave, and the right to join a union.
• However, your employer is not legally required to offer you hours of work that are consistent with your schedule. If there is a conflict of priorities between education and employment, it is important to discuss these issues with your employer. You will need to agree with your employer on appropriate arrangements.
• Finally, the Irish Migrant Rights Centre and the Immigration Office provide advice and support services on workplace issues.

Can international students work in Ireland after graduation?
International students who are citizens of other EU/EEA countries do not need any further authorization to continue working in Ireland after their studies. However, non-EU students must apply for a green card or work permit under the Third Level Graduate Scheme after their studies.

In addition, Third Level Graduate Scheme permission also allows non-EU/EEA students to stay in Ireland for 24 months to seek employment. If approved to stay under this program, graduates are entitled to work full-time in Ireland. However, permission under the Third Level Graduate Scheme is not renewable.