Ireland is a beguiling mixture of culture, heritage, and modernity. One can find adventure, the culmination of history with modern cities and entertainment all at one place. It offers more than 5000 programs offering something for every student. Ireland is famously known as ‘land of saints and scholars’ and is apt as it has produced some famous writers like G.B Shaw and W.B Yeats. Ireland attracts thousands of international students every year.

Apart from the mesmerizing landscape, the other reason for this huge attraction is the language of instruction, which is English, making it highly accessible for students. There are nine universities in Ireland, two in the north, and seven in Republic. These universities offer a wide range of programs from bachelors, post-graduate to doctoral. In addition, there are 14 other institutes of Technology offering national diploma and the national certificate in various courses. Thus, this place offers some great opportunities for students, regardless of their interests and ambitions.

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Universities of Ireland are state-funded but they work autonomously. Students can choose to study from these top universities: NUI Galway, National College of Arts and Design, Royal College of Surgeons, University College of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, Dublin City University, and St. Patrick’s College Maynooth. In addition, there are other private colleges offering mainly vocational courses in business and other professional areas. Students coming from EEA countries do not require a student visa to study in Ireland but a non-EEA student requires a student visa. Moreover, students from EEA countries are eligible for the free-fee scheme.

Bachelor’s degree

  • Bachelor’s degree is to give basic knowledge about a course of interest to the student.
  • It normally takes 2-3 years to complete this degree

Bachelor’s honours degree

  • This needs an additional year in bachelors to get an honours degree.

Post-graduate degree

  • It offers extensive knowledge of the course, the candidate is interested in.
  • It takes 1-2 years to attain a master’s degree

Doctoral degree

  • Students interested in researching their course of interest can opt to get a doctoral degree.
  • It normally takes 3-4 years to attain a doctoral degree.
  • Students also have options to choose from a wide range of vocational and technological courses.

Many students opt to study in Ireland due to its history of welcoming international students. Much of Ireland’s culture lies in lush green landscapes and mesmerizing architecture. Thus, students can always rush into natural serenity to take a break from their studies. The Irish folktales and folk dances can be felt through Ireland’s music culture. Moreover, international students would not feel alienated as Irish people are famed for their friendly nature and humour.

Students can also experience the luscious Irish cuisine. There is a wide variety of bakery items and seafood to relish. A great way to tolerate the cold weary nights of Ireland is through Irish stew of lamb, carrots, potatoes, and onions.

When it comes to accommodation, many freshers opt to line in on-campus housing. These are dome-styled structures with a common kitchen and bathroom. In addition, students can also choose to live privately. Private accommodation options are easily available throughout the country. Last option for the students is to live with an Irish family. This is one of the popular ways of accommodation and the easiest way of learning English.

Ireland offers dynamic learning opportunities to the students. Universities of Ireland offer a plethora of courses, some of them are:

  • Dental surgery
  • MA in Philosophy
  • Master in Business Administration (M.B.A)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Business studies

On average, a student spends €650 – €700 as living cost, which includes €100 for travelling, €300 for food and rest for the other expenses. Accommodation expenditure varies for off-campus housing. A student typically needs to spend €600 per month and €1000 for on-campus housing.

Fees may vary from course to course but on an average, for an undergraduate course, students pay tuition fees of €9,000 – €45,000 per year. For Master’s and doctoral degree, €9,000 – €37,000 per year is required. Thus a student’s life is relatively cheap in Ireland when compared with countries like the UK, US, Canada, and Australia.

Students are offered with various scholarship programs by the government and the University of Ireland. Some of them are mentioned below:

  • MSc in Business Analytics Derek O’Connor funding for International Applicants
  • RCSI FutureNeuro for international students
  • Ph.D. scholarship in Medieval History
  • UCD scholarship in Ireland
  • MBA Central and East European Scholarship
  • MBA Europe regional scholarship
  • The Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship
  • The Walsh Fellowship
  • NUI Galway-Undergraduate Merit Scholarship

The Ireland Advantage

Students from more than 160 countries are studying in Ireland and make up to 12% of the student population for the following reasons:

Safety aspects:

According to the lonely planet, Ireland is considered as the friendliest country in 2008 and also in Global peace Index 2013, it was ranked 12th. 

English as a mode of instruction:

Ireland is an English-speaking country. All the universities have a cultural, educational and economic link with English-speaking world, especially the UK and USA. 

Internationally recognized degrees

Irish degrees are recognized all over the world. Students have an array of programs to choose from. 

Supportive environment

Teachers of all the departments are dedicated and focused on giving the best of the education to the students. They fully support the students throughout their time in Ireland. Through this healthy support-structure, students have direct access to facilities, information, and staff. 

Creative and innovative culture

From the flamboyance of Oscar Wilde to mould-breaking writings of Shaw, Joyce, and Yeats and to the pioneering discoveries of John Bell, Ireland’s unique and creative culture is an integral part of Ireland. Also, Ireland ranks very high in Entrepreneurship. 

Global employment 

Leading companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Intel and the others prefer hiring skilled, capable and highly educated workforce from Ireland. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to get a student visa to study in Ireland?

If you are an EU citizen then there I no requirement of a student visa but a non-EU student needs to have a student visa. We at admissions abroad, help you with the visa process

How is the weather in Ireland?

In one sentence, Ireland experiences mild and moist weather with abundant rainfall. As Ireland is hugged around by the gulf of stream, it is quite warm as compared to the countries sharing the same latitude.

Can a student work while studying?

Students can work part-time for 20 hours a week in their regular courses and full-time during term break.

Is it necessary to pay all the fees before arriving in Ireland?

Students are supposed to pay only their tuition fees as the immigration authority asks the payment receipt for the same once you arrive at the airport. Students must also pay their accommodation fees in order to ensure their bookings so that they do not have to face any difficulties once they land in Ireland.

Which city in Ireland is the best for higher studies?

Every city in Ireland has its own advantages and disadvantages. If your budget is low, you can opt to live in Waterford. However, the capital city, Dublin is exciting and abounding with opportunities but expensive too. Moreover, it depends on the course you have opted to study.

Which exams are necessary to pass for studying in Ireland?

If you want to pursue medicine, you would be required to appear for the GAMSAT exam developed by the Australian Council for Educational research. Other language tests are as follows:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) -a requirement of at least 6.5 bands as composite and 6.0 or above in every component
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – 220 marks for computer-based test and 550 for the paper-based test

Can students get PR of Ireland?

Yes, students can apply for PR after legally living for 5 years in Ireland. However, there is an advantage for techies as they can apply for citizenship only after 2 years. Remember that legally spending time in Ireland is not calculated on the dates of your visa or employment permits but rather on immigration. Thus, it is advisable to register your immigration as soon as possible when you reach Ireland.

Do Irish universities accept the Indian education system?

Yes, the Indian education system of 10+2+3 is accepted in Ireland for master’s programs

Is studying in Ireland free of cost?

The undergraduate degree for Irish or EU citizens is free. However, if a student wants to benefit from this government initiative they have to apply for funding governmental program and give enough proofs to prove their eligibility. Still, students have to pay a contribution of around €3,000 per year for services, exams conduction, and support to societies and clubs.

On the other hand, a non-EU student is required to pay for their studies.

Can students get a refund?

All colleges and universities of Ireland have posted their refund policy on their respective websites.

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