Preparing to Move Abroad to Study

Before moving to another country to study, you should ensure that you familiarise yourself with the culture and language.


You might also research the cost of living in your chosen country, including the cost and availability of accommodation

Eurodesk Ireland -

European Youth Portal


Practical Issues:

Similar to planning a holiday, it is critically important that you check that your passport is valid for when you plan to travel and in good condition.

 In addition to your passport, other useful documents to bring with you include:

·         Your student card

·         European Health Insurance Card and/or other documents relating to health insurance

As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there but you need to have your card for this.

You can download an application form from or get it from your Local Health Office. You should apply for the card at least one month before travelling if possible. Source:

·          CV , especially if you need to work. Check also that you are entitled to work as a student in your host country

·         Any relevant certificates from education or training courses you have completed

·         Contact information for your nearest Irish embassy/consulate in the country to which you will be travelling

For further information see:

The “Leaving Ireland for Europe” guide produced by Crosscare Migrant Project also provides information on moving to another European country. provides information and advice for students going abroad.