Ireland has several bank holidays throughout the year, during which banks and many businesses are closed. Dorset College Dublin will be closed on the following National Bank Holidays 2024:
Sunday, January 1 - New Year's Day
Monday, February 5 - St Brigid's Day
Monday, March 18 - Saint Patrick's Day
Monday, April 1 - Easter Monday
Monday, May 6 - May Day
Monday, June 3 - June Bank Holiday
Monday, August 5 - August Bank Holiday
Monday, October 28 - October Bank Holiday
Wednesday, December 25 - Christmas Day
Thursday, December 26 - St Stephen's Day
Christmas Break will commence on Monday, 16th December 2024 to Friday, 10th January 2025. Classes will resume on Monday, 13th January, 2025.
Student holiday periods for those on Academic Year Programme (non-EU/EEA Students/Learners)
In accordance with GNIB rules, if students wish to take a holiday they must have completed one third of the total weeks elapsed (front loading of holidays will not be permitted). If agreed before starting the course a student may take a maximum of three weeks holiday. Minimum break one week from Monday to Friday. Single days are not permitted.
In the event of a serious illness or a close family bereavement special breaks may be arranged. This will be decided on a case by case basis and a student must present documentation to support their request.
Students who are scholarship recipients must have permission from their consulate/awarding body to take any unscheduled breaks in their course.
The GNIB will be informed about any student who leaves before the end of their course. Students must complete the full 25-week course. If you leave early your attendance will be only for the time you were at school. Students must verify that they are returning to their homeland.
Holiday Work Entitlements
Learners on the Academic Year Programmes with duration of 25 weeks are entitled to 8 weeks holidays – during which they are eligible to work for 40 hours per week from 1st May to August 31st and from the 15 December to the 15 January. Outside of those times eligibility to work is for 20 hours per week.