What is the ILEP and why is it so important to International Visa students who want to study in Ireland?
The Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP), which is managed by the Department of Justice, is the complete list of courses which comply with the requirements necessary to obtain an International Student visa in Ireland. This list contains a comprehensive list of courses provided to International students by universities, colleges and English language schools in Ireland. They comprise of graduate and post graduate courses as well as English languages courses with a duration of 6 months or more.
All institutions included on the ILEP have been vetted by the Irish government. The courses listed have been assessed to ensure that they meet established criteria including the mandatory provision of learner protection in respect of enrolled non-EEA students. For the English language sector a maximum class size of 15 students applies to all ILEP listed providers and schools and colleges must also have demonstrated that their teaching staff are properly qualified.
Students on an International Student visa are allowed a concession to work part-time in Ireland (20 hours per week and 40 hours during university holiday periods). They are also allowed to travel freely as a tourist throughout Europe. From the date of the recent ILEP publication (20 January 2016), English Language students on an International Student visa can get a maximum of 8 months permission to study in Ireland. This visa can be renewed twice (three consecutive visas are allowed.)
You can see this list published on the www.inis.gov.ie website. The link is also provided below: