Work Rights & Permits

One advantage of studying in Ireland is that international students have the right to work on arrival in Ireland. Under the terms of the study visa, international students are permitted to work part-time twenty hours per week throughout their experience and full-time during holiday periods at Christmas and over the summer.

Tourism is a significant industry in Ireland and international students will find part-time work in hospitality and retail among other services industries. We offer our students workshops and advice on preparing your CV (resume) and how to find and apply for jobs. The minimum wage in Ireland is €10.20 per hour so international students can earn more than enough to cover their living expenses.

Under the Third Level Graduate Program, the Government of Ireland has also introduced generous post-study work p ermits which enable all Level 8 graduates to remain working full-time in Ireland for one-year post study. All Level 9 graduates can work for two years. Qualified graduates with specific skills may also be eligible for a Critical Skills Work permit which leads to residency.

Critical Skills Required


Mechanical, Electrical or Electronic Engineers
Civil, Strctural & Constrcution Engineers

Computing & Creative

Programmers, Web Developers & IT Managers
Animators in 2D & 3D and Art Directors

Natural Sciences

Biological Scientists in Manufacturing & Biotechnology
Chemical & Physical Scientists in Manufactring

Health & Hospitality

Nursing (all sectors) & Midwives
Chefs (all grades)