Pre-Arrival Information

Student Information

Here we can answer all your questions about sending your young learners on one of our fun junior courses. Many of your immediate questions may be answered below in the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) section.

Student Handbooks

Our handbooks are a useful guide to life and study at Emerald, with information on classes and activities,  Emerald rules and regulations, essential telephone numbers, and more.


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:


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

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.