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Stay back option for international students in Ireland

Earlier this year, the Irish Government announced changes to its Third Level Graduate Scheme, which allows international students to stay back in Ireland after completing their degree to work or seek employment. These changes extended the period of time that a student with a master’s degree or Ph.D from an accredited Irish university can look for a position:

  • Bachelor’s degree (level 7): 6 months
  • Honours degree (level 8): 12 months
  • Master’s degree, postgraduate diploma, Ph.D (level 9 or 10): 24 months

Under this scheme, graduates from recognised Irish institutions, including EduCo’s partners Dublin City University and Maynooth University, can work up to 40 hours per week. After the completion of this scheme, students may be eligible to apply for a work permit to further their stay in Ireland.
Increasing the period of time offered under the stay back option for international students is part of the Irish Government’s International Education Strategy. This strategy focuses on developing Ireland as an attractive study destination for international students. For students, some of the other appealing aspects about studying in Ireland may include:

  • The friendly, safe and welcoming environment they can expect upon arrival.
  • Following Brexit, Ireland will be the only English-speaking country remaining in the European Union.
  • The wide variety of study options available.
  • The country’s innovative and creative culture.
  • It is the European headquarters for leading global technology and pharmaceutical companies, including Facebook and Google.

To find out more about studying in Ireland and our partner institutions, please contact Jacob Kestner, EduCo Senior Vice President of Ireland, at