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Ireland is one of the most popular destinations for international students heading to Europe. Ireland, with its beautiful setting in the British Isles, has also earned a reputation as one of Europe's most beautiful countries. The country has a long and storied history, as well as centuries of tradition and culture. Every year, over 30,000 students fly in from all over the globe to study in Ireland, attracted due to a number of factors such as cultural diversity, scholarship availability, full-time and part-time work opportunities, and much more.

 

Education System in Ireland

 

If you’re planning to study abroad in Ireland, you will have access to multiple opportunities such as academic excellence, globally recognised qualifications, a dynamic campus culture, rich research & development, and numerous job prospects. For those of you who plan to study in Ireland, here’s a glimpse of the education system for you to gain a broader understanding of how to go about your studies.

The Irish education system is quite comparable to that of the United Kingdom, which explains the high level of education it gives to its students. Ireland's educational system is divided into four tiers: -

  • Pre-Primary & Primary Education
  • Post-Primary Education
  • Training & Further Education
  • Higher Education

 

Higher Education

In Ireland, higher education consists of universities, colleges, and institutes of technology, the majority of which are funded by the Irish government. Ireland has 7 universities, 7 colleges of education, 15 private higher education institutions, and 14 technological institutes (IoT). In Ireland, there are a few more private third-level institutions offering specialised education in fields such as business studies, art and design, law, medicine, and so on.

You can study in Ireland by opting for degree programmes, non-degree programmes, and/or, pathway programmes. Irish institutions have made arrangements with pathway providers to give students the additional support and guidance they require to succeed. Higher education in Ireland is divided into 2 semesters - 

First Semester: September - December

Second Semester: Late January - May

Why Study in Ireland

 

International students are drawn to Ireland for a variety of reasons. If you've considered studying a master's in Ireland or even a bachelor's for that matter, keep reading to see why so many international students have chosen to study in Ireland.

World-Class Education: One of the key reasons that international undergraduate and graduate students choose to study in Ireland is because it is an ideal location for anybody seeking a world-class education. Specifically, world-class education in a forward-thinking, dynamic country with exciting job opportunities.

 

Part-time Employment Opportunities: Typically, institutions in Ireland encourage students to work part-time in order to fund their basic expenses. Courses are typically flexible and developed in such a manner that you can study and work in Ireland at the same time. You can create a part-time plan with flexible course hours. Ireland provides post-work visas to students, allowing them to work in the country for an extended period of time.

 

Low Cost Of Education: Because most institutions are supported by the state, the cost of life and education in Ireland is comparatively low. While tuition costs vary depending on the course and university, the fee is quite low in comparison to other places. Aside from the cheap education costs in Ireland, the normal living expenditures are also reasonable. 

 

Safety: Ireland is a highly safe, pleasant, and welcoming place to stay. Ireland is ranked 12th in the world on the Global Peace Index and 22nd on the World Happiness Index. According to the OECD 2019 Education Study, young Irish people have the world's fourth-highest educational standard.

Top Universities And Global Ranking

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Dublin, Ireland

Cost Of Living

10,000

Tuition Fee

8,247

ranking
Country Rank

#490

Cost Of Living

10,000

Tuition Fee from

8,247

ranking
University Rank

#490
Dublin City University is a globally recognised university committed to excellence and the development of talent through its fundamentals of academic and operational excellence. DCU’s strategic objective is to gain recognition as an International University of Enterprise and to equip students with the requisite skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Dublin City University was initially set up to fulfil the national requirement for a highly skilled workforce in the areas of business, science and electronics, computer technology, communications and languages. DCU was the first university in Ireland to introduce work placement as part of its degree programmes, while its degree programmes were also the first to be interdisciplinary - for example studying business alongside languages. Many DCU students study at universities in Spain, France, Germany and Austria as part of their degree programmes under Erasmus exchange agreements.

Dublin, Ireland

Cost Of Living

10,000

Tuition Fee

12,849

ranking
Country Rank

#101

Cost Of Living

10,000

Tuition Fee from

12,849

ranking
University Rank

#101
Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1592 and is one of the world’s leading universities, the best in Ireland and consistently ranked in the top 100 globally. For over 400 years, this historic university has been a world leader in high-quality, internationally-recognised education and, with a global reputation for excellence, Trinity promotes creativity and innovative thinking in students. The University brings together a vibrant international community of almost 17,000 students and 2,860 members of staff and its stunning campus of historic buildings and cobblestoned walkways is juxtaposed with its state-of-the-art facilities and world-renowned centres of excellence where cutting-edge research takes place. With 24 academic schools, Trinity offers courses in disciplines ranging from languages and literature to nanoscience and biomedical engineering. Trinity College Dublin also has the largest library in Ireland and Dublin international airport provides regular flights to Europe and North America. Upon successful completion of an undergraduate or postgraduate programme at Trinity, students have the opportunity to stay in Ireland to work for one year on the Third Level Graduate Scheme. Trinity’s Career Service was ranked 2nd in Europe (ISB 2015) with 95% of Trinity graduates in employment or further studies within 6 months after completing their studies. The European headquarters of companies such as Google, eBay, AirBnB, Microsoft, PayPal, LinkedIn and Facebook, Dublin is an ideal place for students and graduates interested in working in these world-leading corporations.

Cork, Ireland

Cost Of Living

10,000

Tuition Fee

10,800

ranking
Country Rank

#298

Cost Of Living

10,000

Tuition Fee from

10,800

ranking
University Rank

#298
Founded in 1845, University College Cork (UCC) is part of the three Queen's Colleges. The University has been named Irish University of the year five times and UCC offers over 120 degrees in Humanities, Business, Law, Architecture, Science, Food and Nutritional Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing and the Clinical Therapies, with over 20,000 students currently enrolled. UCC offers a world-class student experience with the highest quality teaching, learning and research. With an emphasis on independent learning, there is a rich and dynamic range of opportunities for students to engage with. Students are encouraged to challenge ideas in a community environment that offers top-quality pastoral care for all.

Dublin, Ireland

Cost Of Living

10,000

Tuition Fee

10,250

ranking
Country Rank

#173

Cost Of Living

10,000

Tuition Fee from

10,250

ranking
University Rank

#173
University College Dublin is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities. Ranked in the top 1% of institutions worldwide, in the overall 2019 QS World University Rankings, UCD was placed 185 in the world. In 2019, for the second year in a row, UCD was ranked number one in Ireland for graduate employability and 74th in the world, in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings. UCD, Ireland’s Global University, is Ireland’s largest university. Established in 1854, the University has a student body of over 34,000 students with over 8,000 international students drawn from 139 countries. Students are attracted to UCD by the strength of its teaching and research, by the programme portfolio (UCD offers Ireland’s widest range of programmes which are recognised and valued by academic institutions and employers throughout the world) and the holistic experience which studying in UCD offers. The University's main Dublin campus occupies an extensive parkland estate of 133 hectares and some of the world-leading facilities include the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science, UCD Sutherland School of Law, UCD Lochlan Quinn School of Business and UCD Student Centre.

Galway, Ireland

Cost Of Living

10,000

Tuition Fee

8,100

ranking
Country Rank

#258

Cost Of Living

10,000

Tuition Fee from

8,100

ranking
University Rank

#258
The National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) is located near the city of Galway on the western coast of Ireland and was founded in 1845. More than 18,000 students are currently enrolled, over 3,000 of which are international, and NUI Galway is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide. The University is well known for programmes in computer science, English language and literature, history, pharmacy, pharmacology, and law, all of which are listed in the QS World Rankings by Subject. The University is a member of the Coimbra group of long-established European universities and has a number of partnerships with other global universities as well. NUI is a leading university in Ireland for research and academic excellence. The Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI is the leading data analytics research centre in Ireland, while its Health Promotion Research Centre is recognised by the World Health Organisation and CURAM. The Centre for Medical Device Research is the number one research institute of its kind in Ireland. NUI Galway has over 50 undergraduate and 400 postgraduate courses available to choose from.

Available courses to study

Ireland's education system is rapidly expanding. Since 2012-13, there has been a 5% growth in the overall number of overseas students. Almost nine out of ten students engaging in research attend universities. English, History, Politics, Management, Engineering, Information Technology, Arts and Humanities, and other major courses are among those provided by Irish educational institutions. Ireland also provides English language classes as well as short courses for students who are interested.

Studying Technology in Ireland implies that you’ll be graduating from one of the most promising tech universities in the world. With an ample and diverse array of subject topics being covered, students in this discipline go on to work as technology strategists, scrum masters, information security managers, programme managers, data analysts, and other positions.

Marketing degrees in Ireland are meant to provide students with the knowledge and abilities required to succeed in their chosen marketing vocation. Students will acquire important marketing topics such as strategy and branding, as well as communication, planning and analysis, social media marketing, and data analytics.

A few of the engineering disciplines available at Ireland's technical education include electrical, mechanical, computer, and construction engineering. Students in Ireland can also select an embedded course, which is a mix of two courses. Students' creativity and problem-solving abilities are enhanced as a result of this.

Ireland has in store a range of science and technology courses including geology courses, biology courses, physics and chemistry courses, and more. The city offers part-time courses, evening courses, as well as full-time training opportunities, most of which are available in the top cities like Dublin, Galway, and more.

Finances

Cost Of Education

Ireland is one country where high-quality education is provided at a lesser cost than in other countries. This is b Because the duration of graduating courses is typically 12 months, as opposed to the 16-24 month duration of programmes in other countries. The tuition fees you pay are determined by the type of qualification and institution you choose. You will require between €10,000 and €25,000 each year to meet your tuition costs.

 

Courses in the humanities, education and arts are often less expensive, but areas such as medical, engineering, business, and management are more likely to be more expensive. If you want to study in Ireland at a higher level, the tuition price is usually more, and the expenses vary based on the programme.

Cost Of Living

The cost of living is primarily determined by where you reside in Ireland, as well as how often you socialise. However, an international student typically requires between €600 and €1000 per month. Prices in Ireland's main cities and smaller towns vary greatly, with Dublin being the most pricey place to live in. Some of the major elements that affect the cost of living as an international student in Ireland are as follows:

 

Expense

Monthly Cost

Accommodation

€427

Food

€167

Travel & Transport

€135

Course Materials

€70

Daily Utilities

€28

Socialising

€75

Major Cities To Study

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Dublin has outstanding educational opportunities. The city is home to four institutions, all of which are ranked by QS World University Rankings. According to the Irish Universities Association, there are now over 32,000 international students studying in Ireland. It also has a large number of globally recognised multinational corporations, notably in banking, technology, medical sciences, and business services.

Galway blends the enthusiasm of youthful and varied people with the authenticity of a historic and traditional setting. Galway, known for being a safe, vibrant, and student-friendly city, is Ireland's fastest-growing city, particularly in the high-tech sector, so you may benefit in a variety of ways as an international student.

Limerick has three main higher education institutions with a student population of around 21,000 people. The city is a bustling, pulsating city with a plethora of things to see, do, and explore, so running out of things to do in Limerick is never an option!

Cork City is regarded by locals as Ireland's true capital. Cork is a friendly and cosmopolitan city with a strong student population of roughly 36,000 people. Approximately 10% of these are overseas students from more than 100 different countries.

Maynooth is only a few minutes from Dublin City Center, and there are several transit options to get between the two cities. Maynooth's major appeal is the 'Maynooth University.' Many national and international students opt to study at the university as their first preference.

Visa Process and Requirements

If you are an international student from a country other than the EU or EEA, you must apply for an Irish student visa. You will be eligible for one of two types of visas depending on the length of your study programme:

For study programmes that last less than 3 months (90 days);

For study programmes that last longer than 3 months. To stay longer than 3 months, non-EU/EEA students also have to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau, which can grant permission to stay in Ireland beyond the initial 90 days.

The following supporting documents must be sent with your signed and dated summary application form, as well as the corresponding fee (if applicable):

 

  1. 2 recent passport-sized photos
  2. Current passport, and previous passports
  3. Acceptance letter from a reputable university.
  4. A signed letter of application, giving your complete contact information:

 

  • stating your reasons for wanting to come to Ireland, 
  • details of any family members who are currently in Ireland or another EU Member State, 
  • promising that you will follow the terms of your visa, that you will not become a burden on the State, and that you will leave when your permission to stay expires, and 
  • where the course you now wish to study does not naturally follow on or relate to your educational/employment history

 

  1. Evidence of payment to the college.
  2. IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, and other English proficiency tests scorecards
  3. Evidence of funds (€7,000) to cover your living needs during your course. This includes a bank statement for the six months before your visa application. You must also provide official proof that you are the recipient of a scholarship (If applicable).
  4. You must also reserve your accommodation in Ireland and give proof of the address where you will be staying once you arrive.

 

You can apply for an Irish student visa three months before your travel date from your home country. Following the completion and submission of the application form and supporting documents, the next step is to supply your Biometrics information. This information refers to information about your distinguishing physical characteristics. If you apply for an Irish student visa, it will be accepted within 4 to 8 weeks after the day your application is registered with the Visa Office or Embassy.

If you hail from a non-EU country, you must finish at least 15 hours of scheduled contact time each week to be eligible for a visa to study in Ireland. If you are an English language student who intends to study in Ireland for up to ninety days and combines studying with other tourist activities, you will be classified as an educational tourist and will be entitled to the visit/holiday visa requirements.

Students who are from EU member countries in possession of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) have access to public health services in Ireland. This card is accessible from your native country's health authorities. More information on your healthcare rights while in Europe may be found on the European Health Insurance Card website. In order to be granted a visa, students from non-EU countries must have medical insurance in place.

Yes. Universities and colleges provide scholarships to international students. These are granted purely at the discretion of the individual universities, which establish their own eligibility conditions. UniScholarz provides a wide range of merit-based as well as need-based scholarships in Ireland for international students. You should check to see if you've met all the requirements as per the scholarship's eligibility criteria before applying for one.

Non-EU students who have been given the approval to study in Ireland at a higher education institution listed on the ILEP can work part-time to supplement their income while in the country. During the holidays, students are permitted to work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) or full-time (up to 40 hours per week).

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