Work and study in Ireland

Academic Year Courses (Study and Work in Ireland)

These long-term programmes, aimed at non-EU students, are designed to allow progression through one to two levels, over an academic year period and to gain a professional, internationally-recognised English qualification. Students also have the option of working part-time (see below). 

What is an Academic Year Programme?

The 15-hour programme provides a good foundation in the main linguistic skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, with a strong focus on communication.

Most students sit the Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) examination, so ISE exam preparation is incorporated into the curriculum.

However, student may also take a 12 week IELTS preparation programme, allowing them to take the IELTS examination.

Other exam options include FCE and CAE. The 20-hour programme builds on the 15-hour foundation by offering 5 extra elective lessons, in a range of disciplines including conversation fluency, business English and examination preparation.

The classes are integrated with our General English programmes, allowing for a greater nationality mix of EEA and non-EEA students. Morning and afternoon schedules are available, the afternoon programme is offered at a lower cost.


1 academic year (minimum 25 weeks study) with an 8-month visa

Start date

Any Monday of the year, excluding Christmas vacation


15 or 20 per week


A1 – C2.


(Please note, we are temporarily offering staggered start times, due to COVID19, you will be advised on this, if it affects you)

Morning 09.00 – 12.15
Afternoon 13.30 – 16.40

Entry requirements

Students should be at least 18 years old on the course start date and should have a basic A1 level of English. Students tested at A0 level cannot enter the programme and should take one-to-one tuition until A1 level is reached.

Obligatory exit exam

Students are registered for an ISE exam upon their arrival. If they would like to change to an IELTS or Cambridge exam they have to pay an additional fee and notify the Academic team in the first two weeks of their course. Any questions or requests to change exams must be emailed to


All programmes include preparation for the Trinity ISE exam. Students can also choose to prepare for Cambridge Exams (FCE, CAE) or IELTS 6 or 7, but an exam fee supplement applies.

Right to work in Ireland

Students from outside the EU on Academic Year programmes have the right to work 20 hours per week during the course, and 40 hours per week only during holidays from June to September & December 15th to January 15th inclusive.

Council of Europe ISI equivalent level Approximate exam level
Basic User
A1 False Beginner-elementary
A2 Pre-intermediate KET/IELTS (3)/TOEIC 220+/Trinity ISE Foundation
Independent User
B1 Intermediate PET/IELTS (4)/TOEIC 380+/ Trinity ISE I
B2 Upper-Intermediate FCE/IELTS (5)TOEIC 520+/Trinity ISE II
Proficient User
C1 Lower Advanced CAE/IELTS (6)/TOEIC 800+/Trinity ISE III
C2 Very Advanced CPE/IELTS (7)/TOEIC 900+/Trinity ISE IV

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