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When do I apply for an Irish study visa and what do I need?

It is advisable to start the application and visa process at least 6 months prior to your course commencement date.  If your application to NCI has been successful you will receive an Initial Offer letter from National College of Ireland . When your fees have been paid in full NCI will supply you with a Final Offer letter. When you have received this letter you will be able to apply for your study visa.

Please note that in some Provinces in the PR China it may not be necessary to pay your fees until after you have been issued with a study visa in principal.  Please contact the Irish Visa Office in Beijing for more information about this. 

When should I apply?

As a general rule we would suggest that you apply for your course at least six months before the date you are expected to arrive at National College of Ireland.

How long will it take to process my application?

The International Office will be in contact with you within 5 working days of receiving your application. It is important that you supply us with an e-mail address or fax number in order to ensure that we can communicate with you as quickly as possible regarding the status of your application.

What can I do to make my application more likely to succeed?

Please take the time to complete your application fully and write clearly. Do not send your application until you have gathered all of the required documentation together. If you send us incomplete information we will not be able to process your application and there will be significant delays. Please contact us at international@ncirl.ie  before you send your application if you are having difficulties with the application procedure.

Are overnight guests permitted?

We have a procedure in place to allow overnight guests. All requests for overnight guests must be done through the Accommodation Office. Please refer to the overnight guest policy in the terms and conditions of occupancy booklet.

How many residents share an apartment?

The apartments vary in size between 3 – 8 bedrooms. The kitchen and living areas in apartments also vary in size according to bedroom numbers. 1st year students will likely be assigned to a 6 or 8 bedroom apartment.

Are there fees for Internet connection?

No, an Internet connection is provided in your room. This is a cabled broadband connection. You do need to read and sign the declaration and application for Internet.

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