• Ireland
    • Dublin
52+ weeks

Program Details

Apartment Hostel
Primary Language


Price Details
We offer various packages depending on your country of origin and how long your program duration is.
Dec 04, 2017
Jan 28, 2015
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About Program

The Work in Ireland Program gives graduates and young professionals the chance to come to Ireland and experience all that the country has to offer for 4 months up to two years (depending on your country of citizenship).

During your stay, our committed Work in Ireland team will guide you through the process of applying for jobs, finding a place to live, taxes, as well as organizing social events, mixers and more!

With the Work in Ireland Program you can work in any field or industry so if you are looking for casual work, or a more career-focused position, the choice is yours! We'll help you every step of the way.

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Program Reviews

4.83 Rating
based on 6 reviews
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  • Housing 4.7
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 5
  • Value 4.7
  • Safety 4.5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a Life Time

After graduating from University I decided to finally fulfill my dream of living abroad in Ireland. I was incredibly excited but at the same time nervous because this would be my first trip abroad, all alone. This fear was quickly squashed because the program made it SOO easy to meet people from all over the world. Within the first week of my arrival I was already headed to a house party with a bunch of participants from the program! I learned invaluable communication skills, gained confidence, knowledge and an incurable desire for travel.
I learned about Irish music, culture and even a little bit of the Irish language from my Irish friends (Ishka Baha being an important one ;) ).
The most difficult aspect of the program for me was opening up a bank account as a foreigner. The banks really depend on you having a proof of address in order to open up a bank account. I had no proof of this, as I did not have any bills in my name or any government documents showing where I lived. After 3 months, with lots of tears, letters back and forth and nagging I was finally able to open up an account. I think the most valuable information I should have taken from the very helpful USIT orientation was to wait to apply for my PPS number until I had a place to live, as this can be used as proof as address.
There is so much more to write, but if you are thinking of taking a gap year to live abroad, just do it! I was able to travel all over Ireland and Europe in my 2 years in Ireland. I have friends all around the world now and memories and experiences that I will treasure for a life time. It will be an experience you will not regret!

What would you improve about this program?
For me the toughest part was opening up a bank account. I think more information and resources available for participants who encounter this problem would be a great asset.
57 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


Ireland is the place to go if you want to learn about culture, family and growing as a human being. The people have ties that go way back, traditions passed on through the generations. They're very loyal, family-oriented, and genuinely interested in keeping everyone happy and safe. After living with a family here, I've realized how to treat each other, how to take care o one another without looking for something in return. Everything is simple here, and you star to appreciate all the little things you might have taken for granted your whole life. There are beautiful sights to see, history to hear, and pubs to visit, but the people are what really make a difference.

What would you improve about this program?
I would change how the orientation is presented. It lacked some vital information on certain issues, such as opening bank accounts. The program should also forewarn participants in advanced, before arriving in Ireland, about current housing situations and how difficult it can be to do things that would be assumed to be simple, such as opening a bank account and finding apartments.
52 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The World Awaits You!

The Work in Ireland program at USIT has been a life savor! I could not be more satisfied with the service they have given, and continue to give me every day. In college I spent a year studying abroad in Germany and absolutely fell in love with Europe. I travelled to 16 different countries, but without a doubt, my favorite was Ireland. The warm, welcoming, nonjudgemental, and happy culture that's here is incomparable to anywhere else in this world that I have travelled.
Moving to a new country is an extremely overwhelming experience, no matter how many times you've done it, and if you're anything like me, and need to have someone to turn to with questions, then the Work in Ireland program at USIT is perfect for you.

I was in contact with the program on a weekly basis, even months before I moved to Ireland. They helped me with everything from what to bring, where to stay, when to arrive, how to prepare and were there for me every step of the way in applying for my visa. Once I arrived in Ireland, the orientation was absolutely fabulous. I would have been completely lost without it. There are so many things you would not even think about, that you need to do, and USIT is there to help with it all. They provided all resources and the staff were so supportive and caring. I could genuinely tell that they wanted me to be successful here. I even ended up finding a job in USIT, and I could not be more grateful for that opportunity!

I have been loving my year in Ireland, I just wish it wasn't flying by quite as fast! For me, the best part is being able to travel all the time, such short distances, at such low costs. It's incredible! It's definitely a huge adjustment moving across the world, but I am so happy I did it with USIT!

What would you improve about this program?
It's hard to think of something to improve, because I honestly got everything out of the program that I was expecting to. As I am someone who has come here with a purpose to travel, it would be neat if they had some type of board where people could post where they are traveling to. It could be a good way to hear other peoples tips and reviews, or maybe even find someone else to travel with!
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best. Year. EVER!

USIT staff were extremely helpful with questions regarding living accommodations, where to do groceries, tax information, job assistance, socials, etc... My year in Ireland is one of the best decisions I've made and I'm itching to return! Biggest tip would be: just go! You won't regret it and the staff at USIT are there for you every step of the way.

49 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

It's not just about the Guinness

I have moved and lived in several different countries and as I get older and do not have college to rely on it has been harder and harder to meet people and USIT has been so incredibly helpful with events, orientation, and just general basic help. Everyone is always kind and tries to help you in any way they can, even if it's just for a good rant or a chat with someone. I was very lucky to already have met some people in Ireland before coming over and live with 5 other Irish roommates so I get a great eye and earful of what it's meant to be Irish (Love/Hate can only teach you so much), but I know that has not always been the case for other first-comers and USIT/SWAP has been so great with accessible information and kudos to Aisling for putting up with us crazy foreigners!
Through the programme I found a job within the first month of moving over and thanks to my leap card I can actually get to work easily.
I could not recommend this way of travel more, to really experience a culture, surrounding yourself with activities and Irish-ness (don't just go to Copper's folks!) it has been crucial.

What would you improve about this program?
You should get some snow! For Ice hockey... just saying :) But in all seriousness, I think you could get SWAP/Pretend Irish Sweatshirts, just in case my accent doesn't give it away enough. And I know it's not really the programme's responsibility, but maybe some sort of public transport deal? Or with the tours so we can see things other than Grafton street (which I knew first from The Script!)
62 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great program!

The Work in Ireland program through USIT was a great help for me when I headed out to Ireland. It was a very easy process as they gave me all of the documentation to fill out and all I had to do was sign and hand the forms back in. I also found their information about insurance to be beneficial because I had difficulty determining what companies offered the best policy. Work in Ireland had a standard insurance company that they worked with and offered everything I needed.

Upon arriving in Ireland the resource centre is extremely helpful especially when you need to print CV's or any other documentation. I also found my job through the program. They have a board placed in their office advertising internal and external jobs. Luckily I found a great job working for USIT which made my experience in Ireland great.

What would you improve about this program?
I think it would be difficult to improve much on this program. However, if Work in Ireland could in anyway have an affiliation with a bank in Ireland to help participants get a bank account set up that would be great. It is very difficult to open an account in Ireland without a job and a place to live although one is needed often for both of these.

Another thing that would be beneficial is a little more in depth details on taxes and how you go about filing them.
56 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

I took a look at their website and it appears that if you want to take part in the 4 month Work in Ireland program, then you must be a recent college/university graduate. Here's the link for more help! http://www.workandtravelireland.org/faqs/

Hi Maddie, it looks like you have to be at least 18 years old.