International Students

Dublin is the most exciting city in Europe and Independent College Dublin is at its heart

If you’re looking to study for a great degree in law or business, and to have a great time while you do it, then you’ve got to come to Independent College Dublin.

Dublin is alive with young people, great times, good food, glorious architecture, amazing arts, sport and culture. And because Independent College Dublin is located right in the middle of Dublin, this entire, wonderful city is its campus.

It has an incredible literary and academic reputation and is a thriving, effervescent capital with thousands of traditional and contemporary pubs, restaurants, clubs, museums, galleries, sports stadia, theatres, music venues and nightclubs.

We will take great care of you – helping you with visas, accommodation, course choices and everything else that you need. We’ll give you the best learner centred tuition and a degree recognised worldwide as a great start to your career, and we’ll make sure you have the time of your life here in Dublin City.


The city is alive with young people and students, culture, music, history, art, sport, business, innovation and academic excellence. It’s an incredible place in which to study and live.

And in the heart of it all is Independent College Dublin.

Who Needs a Student Visa?

All students holding a Non-EU passport are required to have a valid student visa to study in Ireland. There are two categories:

  • Students who need a visa before they travel to Ireland
  • Students who can enter Ireland without a visa and who can apply for their student visa after they arrive in Ireland.

A list of nationalities who do not require a student visa to enter Ireland can be seen here.

Where to Apply for your Student Visa

Students who need a student visa to enter Ireland should contact the Irish Embassy or Consulate in their home country for full visa information.

For a full listing of Irish Embassies and Consulates click here.

How to Apply for your Student Visa

The following is the list of key documents required for the student visa application.

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 for a full listing of Irish Embassies and Consulates.

  • Visa application form
  • Student visa declaration form
  • Education documents from high school and university where applicable
  • Internationally recognised English proficiency certificate e.g. IELTS
  • 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 your programme of study. The INIS (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service) requires students to have access to €3000 if staying in the country more than 6 months
  • Proof of Medical Insurance – Travel Insurance will not be accepted
  • Proof of course fee payment
  • Proof of enrolment on the stated course
  • Evidence of previous immigration and travel history, if any
  • Evidence of previous work experience, if any
  • CV to detail student’s academic/professional history to date

Please also note that your passport should be valid for a period of 12 months after the estimated completion date of your course.

All fees are listed on the information page for the respective programmes.


Please note that we accept all methods of payment for fees and other charges, including credit card, cheque, or bank transfer. We do not accept cash payments.

Please note that Independent College operates a separate client visa account with a financial body regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland specifically for advance payments dependent on the visa process.  As such, students who are reliant on applying for and receiving a student visa prior to entering Ireland must complete payments to the below bank account: Bank Name: Bank of Ireland

Bank Name:                     Bank of Ireland

Account Name:               Amika Limited T/A Independent Colleges Ltd

Account No:                    41485040

Sort Code:                       90-00-17

Swift/ BIC Code:             BOFIIE2D

IBAN No:                          IE28 BOFI 9000 1741 4850 40

Funds received into the above account will remain in this account until such time that the student’s visa application has been determined.

Any and all payments relating to students who do not require a prior visa to enter Ireland may be made to the below bank account:

Bank Name:                     Bank of Ireland

Account Name:               Amika Limited T/A Independent Colleges Ltd

Account No:                    80549983

Sort Code:                       900017

Swift/ BIC Code:             BOFIIE2D

IBAN No:                          IE26 BOFI 9000 1780 5499 83

Financial Support

Students may avail of some (but not all) government maintenance assistance such as the Back to Education Allowance, details of which can be found on the Revenue Office Website

Tax Relief

Most courses of two or more years’ duration have been approved for tax relief.  For further information please refer to the Revenue Office Website

International Student Refund Policy

In the case of visa refusal, Independent College (“the College”) will refund the course fee to the student. In order to process this refund, the student will be required to provide a copy of the visa refusal letter, and visa appeal refusal letter to the college. No refund can be processed without this documentation. Please note that an administration fee of €250 is deducted from the fees prior to refund.


The visa application process includes the original visa application, and any subsequent appeal as well as contacts and communications from the college to the visa-issuing authority.

The visa application process will continue until such investigations have been undertaken and completed, and all queries from the college to the visa-issuing body have been comprehensively replied to and dealt with.


1.     The student will make a formal request to the College for a refund of the course fee after the above visa application process is completed. This formal request is to be in the form of a letter signed by the student and sent to the College Director by the student.

2.     The College will process the course fee refund within 20 working days of submitting the formal written request and complete bank account details and visa refusal letter.

3.     The College will communicate with the student and keep the student up to date on the progress of the refund.

4.     Any refund of course fees will be directed to the source from which the fees were received. If the student wishes to have the course fee refund transferred to the bank account of their sponsor or family member, this must be requested by the student in writing in the formal letter to the College for the refund of course fees. The refund of course fees can be made by electronic transfer to the student’s own bank account but this must also be requested in writing by the student.


It is the policy of Independent College to only refund fees in the case of visa refusal.

In cases where a student applies for a visa for Ireland, has been successful with their visa application but subsequently does not take up their place at the college, no refund will be made.

However, if the course has not commenced, it may be possible for the student to nominate another student, e.g. a relative or friend, to take their place on the course in question or a similar course at the same fee level; this is conditional on the student meeting course entry requirements and the visa application requirements for Ireland. The nominated student will be liable for the visa application fee payable to the visa-issuing authority, and for any difference in the price of the course. It is not the responsibility of the College to secure an alternative student for the course.

Please note that where a course has already commenced, there is a very short time period in which a student can nominate and switch their place with another student.

Should you have any queries relating to these terms and conditions, please contact the Admissions office.

Student Fees Office Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 9:30am to 5:00pm. Please email or call.

Please email or call arrange a time to discuss payment options.

Ph: +353 1  877 3925
Email: [email protected]

Fees are strictly non-refundable once programmes commence and students are liable for the full annual course fee from the time of registration. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that course fees are paid on a timely basis. Students availing of the direct debit option must ensure to meet the agreed payments. Delays in payment will affect registration status and the provision of student services.

In order to apply for your desired programme, please complete an International Application Form and return it, with the appropriate supporting documentation, to:

Email: [email protected]

Or Post to: Independent College Dublin

Block B, The Steelworks, Foley Street, Dublin 1 D01 X997

Please note that the course you are applying for may be delivered online depending on Government restrictions so all learners are advised to have access to a computer/laptop and good broadband connection or wifi.

Required Supporting Documentation

  • Original or certified copy of birth certificate or passport.
  • Original or certified copy of residence permit* (*only if you are resident in an EU state).
  • Original or certified copy of school leaving examination certificate OR high school transcripts- including forecast results if final results are not available.
  • Original or certified copy of full academic transcript(s) of any third level studies and the proof of the final degree.
  • Original or certified copy of IELTS or TOEFL scores for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • Original or certified copy of the official translation to English.

English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English may be required to sit either an IELTS or TOEFL test ( or equivalent). Students applying for a Level 8 programme at the College are required to have achieved the equivalent of the IELTS 6.0 and Level 9 applicants should have the equivalent of an IELTS 6.5.

Protection of Enrolled Learners

The Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 requires that all programmes of 3 months or more in duration have in place arrangements for the Protection of Enrolled Learners to ensure learners have the opportunity to complete their programme of study. Independent College Dublin has learner protection arrangements in place with respect to enrolled learners on all QQI validated courses and and have put in place this arrangement through a partnership with the insurance company Arachas.

Health Insurance

Proof of Medical Insurance – Travel Insurance will not be accepted. The Health Insurance costs €130 for one-year coverage, with the insurance provider Guard.Me. Payment for insurance can be made to the College account; please add your student number and “Health Insurance” as a reference. Please note that once your payment is confirmed, you will be sent a form to confirm the details required for your medical insurance. Upon completion of this form, we will request your insurance through the Guard.Me platform, which typically takes up to 48 hours for the insurance company to send the policy document. Please allow at least 7 days to get everything done.

Please see below for the College’s Policies and Procedures:

Quality Assurance – Independent College Dublin