Academic Year Programme for Non-EEA Students

The Academic Year Programme for Non-EEA students is a 25 weeks tuition course within an 8 month study period with 15 hours of tuition per week and is suitable for students needing a student study visa to Ireland and we offer assistance for visas for this course.

Once you have registered onto this programme we will issue you with a letter of Acceptance which you may use to apply for your Study Visa.

As a visa student in Ireland, you must register as a full-time student with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB – The Irish Police) and then you will also be permitted to work part-time in Ireland (up to a maximum of 20 hours a week and full-time during vacation periods) to support yourself.

At the Rightword Institute, we will help and guide you with this process. We will be here to offer assistance and support during your whole period with us. From weekly walking tours to full support with emergency numbers, help on setting yourself up with PPS numbers, opening your bank accounts, immigration and CV workshops.

Rightword Offers General English classes from Beginner level (A0) to Advanced level (C1) based on the CEFT (Common European Framework of Reference). The aim of these courses is to develop our students’ confidence and skills in using the English language.

Our students will have the opportunity to practise and develop the four major skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), while also focussing on grammar and pronunciation.

Rightword follows a communicative-based teaching approach with an emphasis on building the students’ confidence in order to successfully use English in their daily lives, whether it be for work, study or travel.

Our classes also allow for flexibility as we value the individual needs of all our students. Students can track their progress through our weekly tests and record this in their individual learner journals.

Every week we organise school events which give you the opportunity to use and practise the English you have learned in class, mix with other students, meet Irish people and have lots of fun at the same time.

Teachers will accompany you on all social events. Our social activities are well organised, fun and are a great way to make friends. So whether you like playing football or dancing, visiting museums or taking tours or just enjoying a pint of Guinness in a lively Limerick pub, Rightword Institute has something to offer you!

Class Size

15 students maximum

Times (Monday to Friday)

9am to 12.15pm – Morning session

Hours Per Week

15 hours

Starting Date

Every Monday


Beginner (A0 on the CEFR*)
Elementary (A1 on the CEFR)
Pre-Intermediate (A2 on the CEFR)
Intermediate (B1 on the CEFR)
Upper-intermediate (B2 on the CEFR)
Advanced (C1 on the CEFR)

Can I work during my course?

Non EEA/EU students are eligible to work 20 hours per week during the complete duration of their stay. Students are granted permission to work 40 hours per week providing they are on a holiday period from lessons during:

15th December – 15th January
May-August inclusive

Holidays for International Students? (Non-EEA/EU)

Non EEA/EU students are allowed an 8 week holiday period providing they have booked a course for a minimum of 25 weeks in duration completed within an 8 month study period, 15 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

Do I need a VISA to study in Ireland?

Citizens of certain countries who wish to pursue a course of study in Ireland must apply for a visa to enter Ireland before they travel here. Information on those who need an entry visa is available in our document: Visa requirements for entering Ireland.

Students from certain countries such as Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan do not need a visa to enter Ireland. However if they plan on staying in Ireland for more than 90 days they must register with the INIS office (Immigration) in Limerick after arrival.  Staff at Rightword Institute will assist and provide all the necessary documents for the registration process at the INIS Office.

Medical Insurance Requirement?

All Visa requiring international students are required to have private medical insurance, either personally or through a group scheme at time of registration. To support you meeting this requirement Rightword Institute’s tuition fees for visa requiring international students includes payment an approved insurance policy, which the school purchases for you upon receipt of full tuition fee payment.

Where can I work during my stay in Ireland?

You can search for a job on websites such as and LinkedIn. Networking with your friends here at school can also be a good way to find out what jobs are available.  Many shops and restaurants will put jobs notices in their windows.

We have regular FREE workshops here at the school to help students prepare their C.V.and to prepare the English required for a job interview. Please check our Social Programme to find out when the next workshop will be planned.

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