Semester Programs (or Stays of More Than 90 Days)

For citizens of the United States planning to study and live in Ireland for more than 90 days, a visa is not required; if you hold a United States passport, you do not need a visa for this program.

However, you will need to be prepared to attend an appointment with the Irish police, or garda, within a month of arrival. You will have to pay 300 Euro at this appointment. Please plan to have a card in your name with which to pay for this appointment, and be prepared to present your important immigration documents, your passport, your Proof of Financial Means, and your student ID issued by your Irish university, which you will receive during orientation onsite. Please see the immigration guidelines for your specific semester program about what how to prepare for your entry into Ireland, and your appointment with the garda.

Ireland Immigration Guidelines: Semester in Limerick
Ireland Immigration Guidelines: Semester in Dublin

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are not a citizen of the United States, you may be required to obtain a visa prior to travel. CIS Abroad is not a visa processing center. It is your responsibility to understand the immigration laws surrounding your country’s requirements for visiting the Republic of Ireland. Your program manager can provide documents you may need to support your visa application.