We all know how exciting it is when arriving to a new country.
As education consultants in Go! 21 Education, we have all been there.
Just like you, we were once students in Ireland and because of this, we want to make your study abroad journey much easier!
So, what's next?
Once you have settled down in your chosen accommodation, Go! 21 Education Consultant will give you a quick brief about the next steps you should do:
Visit the international office
You should drop into the international office in your university or college. They will provide you with all the vital and useful information.
Of course, our Go! 21 Education Consultants would always be happy to answer any questions you may have. However, we strongly encourage students to build a strong relationship with your college/university international office. why?
Order important letters
You must order some letters from the international office such as bank letter, GNIB letter and PPS letter. You will need those letters to open your bank account, apply PPS card, apply GNIB card and for other applications.
Irish bank account is a must-have for every international student in Ireland.
To open a bank account, you need to bring along your passport and the bank letter ordered from international office.
There are a few banks in Ireland such as Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank, KBC Bank, AIB and etc.
You may choose a bank that is recommended by your university or college.
Quick tip: Always remember to first book an appointment with the bank to set up a student savings account. Once it is all set up, ask your family in Malaysia to t.t.(telegraphic transfer) €3000 in this Irish bank account.
GNIB card is legally required to all international students. It shows clearly your purpose of staying in Ireland, which is to pursue full time studies.
Once you have your bank account all set up with savings of €3000 , apply the GNIB letter from your international office.
Next step: You should go to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) office after receiving confirmation from your international office (The international office will send the GNIB letter to GNIB)
Quick tip: Get a copy of the letter as well just in case!
You must bring along with your passport, bank statement with a €3,000 balance in your account and your bank debit card. There is a charge of €300 for GNIB card. The payment will be deducted from your debit card.
Quick tip: If you live in Dublin, make sure to arrive the GNIB office early in the morning - 5 am!
It is a QQI requirement for all students to have a PPS (Personal Public Service) number for identification purposes for examinations and registration. You also need a PPS Number to work legally either part-time or full-time in Ireland.
Once you completed your Irish bank account and GNIB card application, you may proceed to apply PPS card.
Quick tip: Always good to have PPS card with you - you never know if you are getting a part time job!
Student discount card?
Last but not least, you should apply for a Student Leap and Discount Card. With this card, you will get discount on most of the transport in Ireland such as Dublin Bus, DART, Luas, Bus Eireann and Irish Rail.
Quick tip: Get your €5 student meal deal in McDonald's with this discount card!
That's all folks!
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