For an immigration guide for our full-time language students from non-EEA countries,
including examination requirements, registering for a second course of study with
Emerald and visa immigration registration, please go to our sections on Student Visa
Information and Immigration Guidelines for full-time non-EEA Language Students.
All our long-term language students (booked for 12 weeks or more) can avail of the
Once you have booked your course of study with us, you will receive extensive pre-arrival
information; including emergency numbers, what to bring and what to expect on the first
On the first Monday morning, you will first have a written and oral placement test,
followed by an orientation on life in Emerald and in Dublin in general. You will receive
your welcome pack with maps and information – you can also take part in our free city
centre orientation on that first Monday afternoon, where an Emerald guide will help you to
get to know Dublin city centre. Our guide will also give you all the important information on
public transport, including where and how to buy tickets.
In order to help our students settle into life in Ireland we run a series of informative, career
guidance workshops and seminars including Living & Working in Ireland, CV Preparation & Interview
Techniques and Immigration Information for your first weeks in Ireland.
Topics covered include:
• Practical information on living in Ireland;
• Banking & Immigration Seminar, with a step-by-step guide to the immigration
• Opening a bank account and the documents required;
• How to get a PPS / Social Security Number (necessary in order to work in Ireland);
• CV Writing and Job Application Seminars;
• Job-seeking and Interview Techniques Seminar;
• Advice on finding a place to live.
The Student Welfare Officer is available at all times to assist our students, both newly arrived and settled. They provide important advice and information on finding
accommodation and work in Ireland and all other welfare needs during our students’ time in Emerald. The Student Welfare Officer is also responsible for our rich and varied Social and Cultural Programme which all our students can join.
We take the welfare and well-being of all our students very seriously. As such, we assign
a country-specific academic tutor to each of our long-term students, for the duration of
They will meet with you in your first week of study at Emerald and explain the way in
which the academic programme is structured and make a note of any of your personal
academic needs and goals (particular exams etc). Your mentor will then schedule monthly
meetings for the remainder of your stay with us.
Your personal mentor checks in with you regularly through a series of monthly meetings in
order to review and assess your course objectives. At the same time, your class teacher
will provide your mentor with an academic report in advance of any these meetings.
Of course, your mentors, teachers and the Director of Studies are always available for a
consultation or assistance, outside of your scheduled meetings. We encourage you to
meet and consult with both your mentor and our Academic team in order to discuss your
further study options.
We offer a number of services for students planning to join any foundation or university
programme. Our academic team is available to help you the following:
1. Advice and assistance from our academic team with an individual mentoring service
for each student.
2. Identifying the specific requirements and English-language level needed.
3. Assistance in completing college applications.
4. Submission of documents and applications forms.