International students can work for up to 20 hours a week during term time if they have the valid immigration stamp, stamp 2. Outside of term time, it is permissible to work for 40 hours a week. To commence work, you must first get a Personal Public Services Number (PPS Number), otherwise, your employer will not be able to pay you. In addition, many employers will only pay wages into an Irish bank account. Working students will also be required to pay such deductions as the Universal Social Contribution (USC) and Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI). The minimum wage is over €10 per hour.
Tuition fees in Ireland start at about €7,000 per year, with the cost of living being on average €6,000 per year. Bear in mind that the living costs will increase dramatically nearer to the capital. Those that study in Ireland are increasingly choosing to live off-campus in shared accommodation, typically with other students. International students who wish to do this are advised to seek accommodation well in advance of the term as accommodation can be in short supply.
Students from outside the EU must have their own private health insurance as they are not covered by the state. It is extremely important to get health insurance as hospitalization fees are very high. Non-EU students must also show proof that they have health insurance upon registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau. When you are applying for a visa in Ireland, you will also need to prove that you have a health insurance plan in place. We also advise that international students arrange for private medical care as private hospitals in Ireland are of a much higher quality.