Moving to Ireland to study English can seem like a daunting task at first glance, but, with the right planning and the right choice of location, it can be made a lot easier!
GCI is situated right in the middle of beautiful Salthill, only a short walk from the bustling city of Galway, one of Ireland’s top cultural hotspots. Galway is full of surprises; there’s a pub everywhere you look, food to be found from all corners of the world, music flowing down Shop Street pretty much every day not to mention the sporting events on the weekend. Lots of students have told me that Galway is a city with its own personality, a place where they would love to live and work forever if they could.
With all of this culture and tradition to experience, people often forget that Galway has a very strong appetite for work. Many international students chose a work study abroad program when they come to Ireland, which is the perfect way to both study in Ireland and work in Ireland part-time. And, with plenty of jobs available across a wide variety of fields, coming to study and work in Galway is the perfect fit for long stay international students.
In fact, if you walk into most shops, cafés or pubs “in town” as the locals say, you’re sure to find an English language student or two greeting customers as if they’ve been living and working in the city for years!
Why not read Franciele’s story, our Brazilian student from Sao Paolo. I think he can tell you that life for international students here in GCI tends to be good!
Can I study and work in Ireland?
The short answer is yes, of course you can!
If you want to work and study in Ireland, you have a couple of options:
You must apply for a study visa if you are planning to come to Ireland to undertake a course of study for more than 3 months.
Many non-EEA (non-European Economic Area) students who take part in a study and work program in Ireland supplement their studies in order to be financially independent and be able to go on adventures both here in Galway and throughout the rest of the country. Mainland Europe is also a short flight away with many international students in Ireland using their disposable income to seek out new adventures in numerous cities and countries across the water.
Galway is a small city with a big personality and numerous job opportunities. Going from your English classes in GCI to your job in the city is as easy as a five to ten minute bike ride. And, because Galway is such a diverse city, there is a huge variety of jobs available for the bold student.
Why not have a look for yourself on the Jobs.ie website and here on Indeed!
Students who both study and work here in Galway have the advantage of using the language they’ve just learned in their GCI lessons in practical, everyday settings, which helps them solidify their knowledge of the language along with keeping a few extra Euros in their pockets for those rainy days.
Just as a side note: The minimum wage here in Ireland is €10.50, which puts us second in the list of countries with the highest minimum wage in Europe behind Luxembourg.
So, with the right study abroad visa, the right visa and the right mindset, who knows what you might get up to here!
(Sources : Citizens Information, Currency Fair)