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FAQ’s

Adult

Will I receive a certificate at the end of my course?

You will receive an Emerald certificate at the end of your course. This will include your name and the dates and level of the course you attended.

Who can I speak to if I have any questions?

If you have any additional questions, check out our handbooks for more information on your stay. You can also contact us. Once you are in the school, our Student Welfare Officers are available to answer any questions you may have and to provide assistance should you require it.

Where should I go when I arrive in Dublin airport?

If you have booked a transfer for your arrival, an Emerald driver will pick you up in the arrivals hall of Dublin airport, he/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Our driver will take you to the accommodation that you have booked with us.

It is possible to book airport transfers at a cost of €80 each way.

If you have not booked a transfer, we recommend that you take a taxi directly to your accommodation or the AIRCOACH bus from outside the arrivals hall to the city centre (www.aircoach.ie).

Where do I need to go on my first day of school?

Your booking confirmation will indicate which of our centres you have been assigned to. If you are staying with a host family, they will accompany you to school on the first day or show you how to get to school. If you are staying in an Emerald residence, please ask a residential supervisor for directions.

Your test will begin at 9am on Monday morning and will be followed by an orientation with our Student Welfare Officer, where you will be given your welcome pack.

After lunch we will take you into the city centre for an orientation.

Where can I buy a textbook?

You can buy the book on your second day in the Academic Office.

What should I bring with me to Dublin?

For your classes, bring pen, paper and a bilingual dictionary. You can buy your textbook on your first day of school at a cost of €30 or €40, depending on your level and the duration of your stay with us.

Carry details of your insurance with you. Make sure to be covered by some form of medical insurance (we can provide medical insurance at a cost of €120 for a period of up to one year, contact us for more information).

Ireland has a variable but temperate climate and weather extremes are rare. You should bring some rain gear or warm clothes with you.

If you have booked accommodation with Emerald, it is NOT necessary to bring sheets and towels, these are provided.

What do I need to register with INIS (immigration office)?

Non-EU students who intend to stay for more than 90 days in Ireland must register with INIS. In order to receive the necessary documentation for this, you must attend a seminar where you will be given all information. The following will be required in order to complete the registration process:

  • School letter confirming fees have been paid
  • Irish bank account statement showing access to €3000 or 2 recent statements from home bank account with equivalent of €3000 and the relevant bank card
  • Private medical insurance
  • Registration fee of €300
  • Course schedule showing holidays and class timetable

Click here for more information on the immigration process.

Students can register for a maximum of 35 weeks and can be renewed on expiry up to a maximum of 2 years. To renew your registration, evidence of attendance at class must be presented. The minimum attendance level permitted is 85% – it is very important that all students maintain a high attendance record.

Students must also register for and sit a recognised English examination before they complete their course. Click here for more information on available examinations.

In order to register with INIS, it is necessary to book an appointment online. This can be done on the following website:
https://burghquayregistrationofce.inis.gov.ie/

You can pre-book an appointment up to ten weeks in advance.

Do not be concerned If you were unable to book your appointment in advance . A small number of extra appointments are released every day at 14:30. If you are unable to book one immediately, please keep trying. It may take a few days before you find an available slot.

What can I expect from staying with a host family?

Staying with a host family gives students an excellent opportunity to develop their language skills in a natural everyday context. Keep in mind that our host families all have traditions and habits that may be different from what you are accustomed to and keeping an open attitude and experiencing these new cultures is the best way to get the most out of your study abroad experience.

Your host family will provide breakfast and dinner everyday as well as lunch at the weekends. Dinner is usually served at around 6pm in the evening. Your room will be cleaned on a weekly basis (change of bed sheets, etc.) and your host family will also wash your clothes, they will explain to you on which days the washing is done.

What can I do in my free time?

Emerald offers a social and cultural programme every week which is clearly displayed on the notice board in school. You will have a free city centre orientation on your first Monday afternoon and then every week you can choose from our free guided tours or activities available at an extra cost, including excursions outside Dublin at the weekend. You can also stay in school in the afternoons to watch an English language movie, join our Study Club or just to relax and use our free WiFi. Our Student Welfare Officer will provide all information on our social and cultural programme or on any sights and attractions you are interested in.

Do I need a visa to come to Ireland?

People from certain countries need a visa to travel to Ireland. If you are from the EU/EEA you do not require a visa. Students from certain countries such as Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan do not need a visa to enter Ireland but are required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau in Dublin if they plan on staying in Ireland for more than 90 days.

Students from visa-requiring countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Colombia and China should contact the relevant embassy for more information, or check the website www.inis.gov.ie

Can I work in Ireland?

Students from the EEA are entitled to work legally in Ireland based on the same conditions as Irish citizens. Students from countries outside the EEA are entitled to work part-time (maximum 20 hours per week) in Ireland if they are attending a full-time programme for 25 weeks or more. Students are only entitled to work full-time (maximum 40 hours per week) at specific times of the year: 15th December – 15th January, and June, July, August and September.

All students wishing to work in Ireland must obtain a PPS number – please speak to the Student Welfare Officer on arrival for more information. We also hold free regular living and working in Ireland seminars to provide students with advice and information.

Click here for more information on the immigration rules.

Can I take holidays during my course?

If you are staying for 12 weeks or more you can take a holiday period during your course. You must book these holidays in advance of registering with INIS. Holidays cannot be taken during the first 8 weeks of a student’s course. Please refer to our terms & conditions for further information or click here to request your holidays.

Juniors

Who should I speak to if I have any questions?

Please speak to your Emerald Tutor or Group Leader if you have any questions. The Centre Manager is also happy to assist with any queries you may have.

Where do I need to go when I arrive in the airport?

An Emerald driver will pick you up in the arrivals hall of the airport; he/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. When you come out into the arrivals with your luggage, please look around to see the driver holding your name. You will be taken to your accommodation.

What will I do in my free time?

You will have English lessons and activities every day from Monday and Friday. Check the activities notice board or talk to your group leader every day to find out what you have on your programme.

What do I need to bring with me?
  • You will be given teaching materials but DO bring pens, pencils and a notebook.
  • Make sure to have some form of medical insurance with you.
  • Ireland has a variable but temperate climate and weather extremes are rare. You should bring some rain gear or warm clothes with you. Also, there will be sports as part of the activities so please bring suitable shoes and clothing.
  • For Ireland programmes, you DON’T need to bring sheets and towels, these will be provided in your accommodation
  • For UK programmes, please bring towels with you.
How can I get to school on my first day?

If you are staying in a host family, on your first day, Monday morning, your host family will bring you to school for 9am.

If you are staying in a residence, the Residential Supervisors will show you where to go.

You will have a level test so that we can place you in the correct class, and then during an orientation we will provide you with some practical information. Your lessons will always be in the same classroom.

Do I need a visa to travel to the UK?

If you are a citizen of a country that is a member of the European Union (EU), The European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland, you don’t need a visa to visit.

Non-visa nationals: Citizens of 56 countries and territories outside of the EU and EEA don’t need to apply for a visa, but still need to obtain an entry certificate before leaving for the UK.

Nationals of the following 10 countries don’t need a visa, unless they are staying in the UK for longer than six months: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong (SAR), Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea and the USA.

Citizens of some countries will need to apply for a visa to enter the UK. You can check here if you require a visa:

www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Do I need a visa to come to Dublin?

People from certain countries need a visa to travel to Ireland. If you are from the EU/EEA you do not require a visa. Students from visa-requiring countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Colombia and China should contact the relevant embassy for more information, or check the website www.inis.gov.ie

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