International Students Information

Pulse College welcomes applications from international learners. The College has a long standing tradition of welcoming learners of different nationalities and cultures. Pulse College embraces diversity and greatly values the enrichment that a variety of nationalities and cultures brings to the College community.

All applicants must meet Irish Government immigration requirements in order to live and study in Ireland . The Irish Government may, at any time, make changes to the regulatory requirements for student visas. Each applicant is therefore advised and obligated to consult with the local Irish Embassy or Consulate or the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website to determine updated requirements.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to deal with the visa authorities with regard to obtaining a student visa. Under no circumstances can Pulse College intervene with the visa authorities on any applicant’s behalf. Acceptance onto a programme is dependent on an applicant meeting the academic requirements and in the case of an international applicant, the immigration requirements.

Before Arriving to Ireland

Some but not all non-EU/EEA students require an entry visa into Ireland. See REGISTERING WITH THE GARDA NATIONAL IMMIGRATION BUREAU (GNIB) below for more information. Below are list of the countries do not require a visa:

AndorraAntigua and BarbudaArgentina
ChileCosta RicaCroatia
CyprusCzech RepublicDenmark
DominicaEl SalvadorEstonia
Hong Kong (SAR)HungaryIceland
Macau (*SAR)MalawiMalaysia
New ZealandNicaraguaNorway
PortugalRomaniaSt. Kitts and Nevis
St. LuciaSt. Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoa
San MarinoSeychellesSingapore
Slovak RepublicSloveniaSoloman Islands
South AfricaSouth KoreaSpain
TaiwanTongaTrinidad and Tobago
TuvaluU.K. and ColoniesUnited States of America
UruguayVanuatuVatican City

*information provided by Irish Naturalisation and Immigration To apply for a visa, you can do so on the AVATS on-line facility. There are many elements to applying so following is a checklist to help you with the process:

  • Complete online application
  • Provide Passport photo
  • Pay application fee
  • Submit an application letter with the following:

– outlining your reason for coming to Ireland – details of any family members who are currently living in Ireland or any EU state (if applicable) – if your employment or education history have no obvious connection to the course that you wish to pursue, you must give a full explanation of why you are embarking on this career change

  • Passport, valid for 12 months
  • Provide a letter of acceptance from Pulse College for full time study (minimum of 15 hours a week)
  • Show evidence that full fees have been paid for year 1 of course
  • Provide evidence of private medical insurance
  • Provide evidence that you are able to support yourself financially whilst in Ireland

At the airport

All non EU/EEA citizens, whether visa required or not are subject to ordinary immigration controls at the port of entry/airport. The Immigration Officer makes the decision on who is allowed to enter Ireland. To ensure you have no difficulties, we recommend that you have the following documents ready to show the officer:

  • Passport (with entry visa, if applicable)
  • Letter of acceptance from Pulse College
  • Evidence of tuition fees paid
  • Evidence of medical health insurance

Registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)

All non EU/EEA students must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau after they have registered with Pulse College and before the expiry date on their passport. You will need the following documents when registering with GNIB:

  • Valid passport including entry visa, if applicable
  • Valid Pulse College student card
  • Evidence of financial support (provide evidence with current Irish bank statements showing your name and a balance of €3000; sponsored students should bring evidence from their sponsor confirming financial support)
  • A letter from Pulse College that you have registered, enrolled and currently attending your classes.
  • Evidence of private health insurance.
  • A credit/debit card for payment for €300 fee (or bank giro obtained from the GNIB office)

On successful completion of your GNIB registration you will be issued with a GNIB Card/residence permit. This is valid for one year.
Address: Garda National Immigration Bureau 13-14 Burgh Quay Dublin 2
Tel: +353 1 6669130/01
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 10:00pm Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Employment in Ireland

Students from outside the EU/EEA attending on a full time course of at least one academic year are entitled to take up casual employment. Casual employment is defined as up to 20 hours part time work per week or full time work during normal college vacation periods. Also, once you have graduated from the MA in Scoring for Film and Visual Media, you are eligible to work full time in Ireland for up to a year.