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Learn English and Work in Killarney.

Would you like the chance to learn English and work in Killarney for 8 months?  The AY2 course offers you 25 weeks of General English at our school at Killarney National Park. To help you pay for this you can work up to 20 hour per week while studying and up to 40 hours per week for the 8 weeks you do not study. Killarney is an extremely busy tourist town and is always looking for workers especially in the summer from June to September. Also, after school, there are many Things to do in Killarney


This course is on the Irish Government’s  Interim Lisit of Eligible Programmes to obtain a Visa. 


English Academic Year / Work and Study (AY2)  Course Summary:

Course Name Academic Year Programme
Age Requirement 18+
Level Requirement None: 6 different levels available from Beginner to Advanced (A1-C1)
Course Length 25 weeks
Content 15 hours General English (Group Class)
Timetable Classes available all year Sept-June: 09.45 am-1pm Mon-Fri July-Aug: 2-5pm Mon-Fri
Average Group Size Sept-June: 1-6 students (mornings)
July- Aug: 1-6 students (afternoons)
Price AY2 – €3000 (This course allows you to stay in Ireland for 8 months)


Please see a YouTube playlist of Long Term students describing living, working and studying in Killarney.



Where can I live?

There are many accommodation options available in Killarney including host families, self-catering, B & Bs, hotels and apartments. One of the most popular options for those in long-stay programmes is to stay with a host family for the first few weeks and then to find an apartment or room in a house, sharing with others for the remainder of their stay. Killarney School of English can give  advice and help in finding such an apartment or room when they make the decision to change.



How do I enrol in the school and get a visa?

The procedure for enrolment for non-EU students is as follows:

Step 1    Complete an application form and send it to us. You can apply on line here
Step 2    We will send an invoice to you
Step 3  Send payment to the school’s account and complete the placement test at https://www.ksoe.com/placement-test/  (We will also give you a speaking and listening test when you arrive at school)
Step 4    As soon as the placement test and payment are received, we will forward a letter of invitation for your visa.
Step 5    If visa is refused, fees are refunded less bank charges and a €100 administration fee.


What are the rules?

The full tuition fee must be paid in advance in order to be granted an acceptance letter. This acceptance letter must show a local address  in the Killarney area. If you do not have accommodation arranged, we can organise this for you in a host family. This acceptance letter will be needed for you to be granted a visa from the nearest Irish embassy.

This will enable you to enter Ireland and you will then have to get a student visa within one month. We can help you with this.


What do I require to get a visa when I am in Killarney?

– A school letter confirming that you have a place on the course

– A letter from your bank in Ireland showing that you have more than €3000 in your account (You can open a bank account after you arrive here and the school can give you a letter to help you open this account)

– Full medical insurance. The policy must be in English. We can help with this if necessary. If we arrange this it costs €100 (€70 for 8 months)

– €300 fee to be paid to the Immigration authorities by credit card

Please see here for further information and full terms and conditions.


Prices also include:

  • All course materials and books
  • An information pack with maps and guides.
  • WiFi and internet access
  • Advice on university placement and English language examinations
  • Advice and help on finding appropriate accommodation
  • A certificate of attendance and achievement on course completion
  • Free bike rental on a first come first served basis
  • Free access to the self-access room with Graded Readers, Exam Papers, Pronunciation guides, Reading and Writing Practice, Grammar and Vocabulary Practice, DVDs and English Language Magazines.
  • The price does not include Exam Fees. You will have to pay these on arrival at school when we enter you for an appropriate exam. Prices vary for €160-€200 depending on the exam.


More Information

If you have any questions please email us at info@ksoe.com 

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