Ireland is a popular study abroad destination among international students because of the flexibility to work part-time during studies. This enables students to earn while they are studying and also allows them to build networks that may be helpful in future when they look for full-time jobs. Moreover, the minimum wage for part-time workers is at par with other developed European countries. Let us understand how international students studying in Ireland can avail part-time work and what parameters they should adhere to while applying for part-time jobs in the country.
The Irish Student Visa allows international (non-EU/EEA) students to work part-time, given they adhere to certain regulations. Ireland follows Stamp numbers to differentiate study visas. For instance, international students who are granted Visa Stamp 2 are free to take up part-time occupation in Ireland. On the contrary, international students issued with the Visa Stamp 2A cannot work part-time in Ireland while they are studying. Let us understand this in detail:
An international student holding a valid Visa Stamp 2 can avail part-time work in Ireland for up to 20 hours per week during the academic session (lecture period). Also, such students can also seek full-time work for up to 40 hours per week from May to August and from 15th December to 15th January. These months constitute vacation periods in Ireland and hence, allow international students to even work full-time. This offers students studying at Irish universities the flexibility to balance their studies with work experience and earn money that could be used to pay for living expenses. Although, please note that students must not rely on part-time jobs alone to pay for their living expenses.