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Berklee Track (Higher Certificate in Music)

At Newpark Music Centre we are proud to have a high percentage of international students. This reflects the college's high standing in the international world of music education.

Newpark Music Centre is a member of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ), the Berklee International Network (BIN), International Rhythm Studies Association (IRSA) and the European Modern Music Education Network (EMMEN).

We are committed to keeping the cost of studying music in Ireland as low as possible for our international students, and are thus almost unique in offering the same fee structure to international students as to their Irish classmates.
 

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum English language requirement for entry to the programme is IELTS Academic score 6.0 (or equivalent). Please note that both Newpark Music Centre and the Irish Immigration Service no longer accept TOEFL – we recommend that students take IELTS. All certificates must have been issued within 2 years of the course start date.

Visas and Immigration

You should contact your nearest Irish embassy or consulate before travelling to check whether you need a visa in order to enter Ireland. The Department of Foreign Affairs contains a list of Irish embassies, consulates and missions along with a list of countries whose citizens do not require a visa to enter Ireland.

If you are a citizen of a country whose citizens require a visa to enter Ireland you will have to apply for a student visa in advance of travel. You should contact your local Irish embassy or consulate for details on what documents you will be required to produce. Please bear in mind that visa applications can take upwards of eight weeks to process and should therefore be submitted in good time.

If you are a non-EU national you will be required to register with the GNIB as a student even if you do not require a visa to enter Ireland, and should therefore have a minimum of the following documents to show the immigration officer upon entering the country.
 


If the immigration officer is satisfied with your documents your passport will be stamped indicating the amount of time you have to visit the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) in Dublin to receive your permission to stay and registration certificate. The time allowed between entering the country and registering with the GNIB can vary between 7 days and 1 month.

All non-nationals who are not citizens of an EU state, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, must register with the GNIB to receive a registration certificate.

To register, a student needs to present a minimum of the following documents at the GNIB:
 


An immigration officer interviews all visa applicants and if all your documents are in order the process is usually straightforward; however the officer is entitled to seek further documentation.
 

GNIB Contact Details:

13/14 Burgh Quay
Dublin 2
Ireland
Opening Hours:
Mon to Thurs inclusive: 8am to 10pm, Friday 8am to 4pm
Tel: +353 1 666 9130
Homepage
Email: gnib_dv@garda.ie

International partner schools

Jazz & Rock Schule Freiburg

Escola de Jazz Luis Villas-Boas

Rimon School of Music

Koyo Conservatory of Music

Musica Creativa

Conservatorio Souza Lima