English language test skills approved for Irish study visa qualification


As part of their application to an approved English program at an Irish institution, international students wishing to study will be able to take the Skills for English: SELT or Skills for English: Global tests.

These will form part of their application and will give part-time work rights to successful students, allowing them to expand their portfolio while in Ireland.

A representative from Skills for English said News from the PIE: There are currently around 32,000 international students at Irish universities; our aim is to help as high a proportion as possible over the coming months and years, and also to help increase the total number of students through our international partners.

“Being accepted for study visa purposes in Ireland is a key strategic pillar for Skills for English,” said PSI President Janet Garcia during the announcement.

“This will provide international students with even greater access to one of the world’s leading destination markets for English language teaching and higher education,” she noted.

The approval comes at a crucial time for Ireland’s international student recruitment community; the numbers have increased by 26% over the past three years.

This also follows Duolingo’s English test becoming a standing offer as the minimum English language standard for Irish study visas in December.

The Irish Department of Immigration’s decision to “broaden the options available” is “ideal”, according to PSI.

“Key for us is candidate choice – having the SELT contract with UKVI meant we already had a network of highly secure and reliable test centers; with SQA, we were able to rapidly grow SfE:Global using the same academic infrastructure and assurance that SQA awarded our SELT qualifications while leveraging PSI’s state-of-the-art online monitoring solution,” the rep said.

“This has allowed us to offer candidates the choice of secure experiences at a test center and/or secure experiences at home, with both delivery methods accepted for study in Ireland.”

“The Irish Government joins the UK Government in acknowledging the quality of the assessment on offer and giving higher and further education institutions confidence that their candidates have the skills and knowledge of English needed to successfully complete the next stage of their education,” said John McMorris. , Business Development Manager at the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

“Being accepted for study visa purposes in Ireland is a key strategic pillar”

He also remarked that it builds on a “successful relationship” between the authority and the PSI, and that it is a “significant development”.

“This is just another vote of confidence in the English skills test,” he added.

Garcia echoed that sentiment, noting that the move cements Skills for English as “a reliable, high-stakes test suite for international visas and study.”

“With our network of partner agents and preparation providers, we work tirelessly to help students achieve their goals of studying and living abroad.

“The recognition of English skills by the Irish Government will undoubtedly be of great benefit to many thousands of students over the next few years,” added Garcia.


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