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International Students (Non-EU)

Dublin Institute of Design promotes a culturally diverse student body, and currently has students attending from a wide range of EU and Non-EU countries. The Institute is located at the heart of Dublin city, offering easy access via a range of public transport links.

The information listed below for International Applicants is intended as a guide only. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have completed the necessary steps in line with immigration policy. Please note that admission onto a full-time programme at Dublin Institute of Design does not automatically guarantee you a student visa.

For all information relating to completing and submitting your visa application please visit INIS:

http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Information on completing Online Application.pdf/Files/Information on completing Online Application.pdf

Non-EU Student Visa Application

All international students holding a Non-EU passport are required to have a Student Visa to study in Ireland. Students are required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) within 90 days of arriving in Ireland.

Students who hold passports from the following countries require an entry visa to enter Ireland: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Countries whose nationals are visa required

The entry visa must be applied for prior to arrival through the nearest accredited Irish embassy or honorary counsel.

Application Process

Applications to Dublin Institute of Design are made online or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applicants are requested to submit the application form and course deposit, ensuring that all details are filled out correctly. Select ‘Yes’ on this form when asked to indicate if you are an international student.

Upon submitting, you will receive an email from the Admissions Team within one week, requesting the following documents:

  • Proof that the applicant has the required level of English (IELTS Level 6 for Degree entry, Level 5.5 for all other programmes)
  • A copy of the picture page of your passport
  • CV detailing your academic/work history
  • Certificate copies of your most recent educational qualification (second or third level), and a transcript of results for all subjects taken

Should your course require a portfolio submission, the Admissions Team will advise you on this.

These documents may be submitted in electronic format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
However, hard copies may be requested by the Admissions Team.
Successful applicants will be contacted by Dublin Institute of Design. Fees must be paid in full before an offer letter can be issued to international students.

Once you have entered Ireland, you must register with GNIB within 90 days.


Medical Insurance may be purchased through Dublin Institute of Design, from our provider ODON. The fee is €120. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to purchase this.


International students are required to maintain an attendance of 85% to maintain their visa status. It is the student’s responsibility to attend classes and to issue a medical certificate if absent due to illness.