Working in Ireland

Can I work while studying in Ireland?

Yes, international (non-EU) students are permitted to work part-time during their studies in Ireland for up to 20 hours per week. In addition, students are permitted to work full-time during their scheduled vacation periods, i.e., the holiday times scheduled on your academic calendar.If you are sitting exams or in the process of submitting your thesis you are only permitted to work part time hours. Once exams are completed & thesis submitted and a student is waiting on results, only then can a student work fulltime hours  (with certain restrictions depending on the case).

Certain conditions apply to your right to work in Ireland: Only students attending a full time course of at least one year's duration leading to a qualification recognised by the Minister for Education and Science will be entitled to work. The course you intend to study must be listed on the Irish Department of Education’s ‘Internationalisation Register’. This can be viewed on the website


Note that your permission to take up part-time or full-time employment ceases upon the completion of your study in Ireland.

How can I find part-time employment?

The first step towards working in Ireland is to register with the Tax Office and get a Personal Public Service Number  (PPSN) Click here for further details.

The Careers Service at DBS often has information on vacancies available to students, and you can contact this office at DBS Aungier Street. Other places to look for employment vacancies are on the internet, the classified ads in national newspapers, and through employment agencies.

Note that the type of work available to students tends to be casual in nature, i.e., mostly in the retail and service sectors. The hours of work are generally in the evening or at weekends.

What should I know about working in Ireland?

There are a number of employment rights that you should familiarise yourself with when you are working in Ireland. Amongst other things, these relate to your minimum rate of pay, hours of work, and your break and leave entitlements. For further up-to-date information, please refer to the website

Can I work in Ireland once I have finished my studies?

Yes, in 2007 a Graduate Scheme was introduced which allows international (non-EU) students to remain in Ireland for the purpose of seeking employment and applying for a green card or work permit. Under the scheme graduates who have received a primary, masters or doctorate degree from an Irish third level educational institution on or after January 1 2007 can apply for this scheme.