STUDY IN IRELAND
Ireland is a great place and popular destinations to study abroad. Is the 2nd largest island of the British Isles, the 3rd largest in Europe, and the 20th largest on Earth. If you decide to study in Ireland, you become part of one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
Ireland’s higher education institutions offer internationally recognized qualifications with over 5,000 courses at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels.
Ireland offers the warmest of welcomes to international students from all over the world.
You can study just about any degree in Ireland and your credentials will be recognized all over the world.
Irish universities are in the top 1% of research institutions in the world.
Ireland is a safe country for international students.
Ireland is one of the countries that allow you to study and work at the same time.
Most universities offer internship opportunities that are a great way to gain real experience in the workplace that can prove invaluable when job-hunting.
Ireland offers post-study work visas after graduates, which attractive way to kick-start your career. Once you find full-time employment after studying in Ireland, you will be eligible to apply for residency.
Ireland is the 16th happiest place in the world and Irish are very happiest people you'll meet.
Ireland offers a great balance of city life and country life. Ireland's cities offer everything you need and are vibrant and full of unique history.
Ireland is ranked 5th in the world GDP per capita/2019.
Higher education in Ireland is provided by universities, technological universities, institutes of technology and colleges of education. In addition, a number of other third-level institutions provide specialist education in fields such as art and design, medicine, business studies, rural development, theology, music and law. The entry requirements for international students to higher education are determined individually by each institution and are generally based on national examination performance and English language ability.
The Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is responsible for developing and maintaining the National Qualifications Framework (NFQ) and for quality standards (Quality Assurance and Pastoral Care) in both the higher education sector and English Language schools.
Qualifications recognized through the NFQ are quality assured. It means that your course and the institution, at which you are studying, are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
There are six types of major award available in Ireland; here is a table to help you understand:
|NFQ Level 7||Ordinary Bachelor Degree||3 Years|
|NFQ Level 8||Honours Bachelor Degree||3 -4 Years|
|NFQ Level 8||Higher Diploma||1 Year|
|NFQ Level 9||Postgraduate Diploma||1 Year|
|NFQ Level 9||Masters Degree||1- 2 Years|
|NFQ Level 10||Doctoral Degree||Approximately 4 years|
Tuition Costs for International Students studying in Ireland vary depending on the course, Education Institution.
|Undergraduate Course||Average fees|
|International Foundation Course||€6500 - €13,200|
|Business||€9,850 - €19,500|
|Engineering||€9,850 - €25,500|
|Science & Technology||€9,850 - €25,500|
|Arts and Humanities||€9,850 - €19,500|
|Medicine & Health Sciences||€39,500- €55,000|
|Postgraduate Course||Average fees|
|Business||€9950 - €34,500|
|Engineering||€9950 - €25,000|
|Science & Technology||€9950 - €27,000|
|Arts and Humanities||€9950 - €19,000|
|Medicine & Health Sciences||€18,000 - €32,000|
Students who have paid some or all of their fees to a college and are then refused a visa will be refunded the cost of the course. They must provide documented evidence of this refusal. Any charge or percentage charge deducted from fees by the college for administration purposes must be clearly stated in its refund policy.
There are hundreds of scholarships available for international students from a wide variety of sources such as the Government of Ireland, the Irish higher education institutions, and other organizations. These are awarded solely at the discretion of the individual organizations that set down their own criteria for eligibility.
Precisely how much you will need will vary depending on where you are studying in Ireland, on the type of accommodation you choose and, of course, on your own personal lifestyle. But, on average, we estimate that a student will spend between €7,000 and €12,000 per year.
Here is a table to help you understand approximate monthly costs as well as annual costs:
|COSTS||Monthly (€)||Annual (€)|
|Books & Class Materials||€70||€630|
Source: Dublin Institute of Technology Cost of Living Guide 2017/18
Students from non-EU countries are not covered for any free medical attention off-campus and must therefore have their own private insurance. Please note that heavy levies are charged for all hospitalization and it is advised to make provision for adequate medical insurance. Non-EU students are required to show proof of comprehensive medical insurance when registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau. Proof of health insurance is also required when applying for a student visa.
International students holding a valid immigration stamp 2 permission to allow to take up casual employment. They can work up to 20 hours a week during term time and up to 40 hours a week in the holidays. Holiday periods have been standardized - June to September inclusive and from 15 December to 15 January.
You can apply for a study visa if you are planning to come to Ireland to undertake a course of study for more than 3 months. And you can apply for a study visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to Ireland.
Two color passport sized photographs not more than 6 months old
Current passport and a full copy of all previous passports
A signed letter of application including your full contact details: outlining your reason for wanting to come to Ireland, giving details of your family, undertaking that you will observe the conditions of your visa.
Evidence that you are enrolled on a privately funded course
Evidence accounting for any gaps in your educational history: If any such gap in education has been filled by periods of employment, you must give full details of your employment history.
Evidence fees have been paid to college: Where the course fees are less than €6,000, fees must be paid in full to the college prior to applying for your visa. Where the course fees are in excess of €6,000, you must pay at least this amount prior to applying for your visa and evidence of this should be shown in your Letter of Acceptance. This minimum amount is an Immigration requirement.
Evidence that you have the academic ability to follow your chosen course.
Evidence of your level of English (or Irish)
Evidence of your finances: You must show that you have sufficient funds to support your stay in Ireland without recourse to public funds, or the reliance on casual employment.
Private Medical Insurance: Your College may arrange this on your behalf. If so, details of this must be included in your Letter of Acceptance from the college. If it is not arranged by the college, you must organize this yourself and provide evidence with your application.
Previous Visa Refusals: If you have been refused a visa in the past for any country, you must provide the details.
Check here on: www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Study