Ireland 1Ireland tops the list of Countries which offer quality higher education and is best suited for Indian Students in ways more than one. The Government of Ireland invests over 782 million for research with regard to the study and improvement of Educational Institutions.Ireland boasts of many of the Global Leading Companies.

Irish universities are in the top 1% of research institutions in the world in terms of research impact in 19 fields, spanning natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. This creates a unique opportunity for you at undergraduate and postgraduate level to join research programmes that are
Driving innovation and changing lives Worldwide Language is no barrier, as Ireland is the only English speaking countries in the Euro Zone.

Below is given in a nut shell as to why anyone has to choose Ireland either for Under Graduation or Post Graduation.

  • STUDY in one of the best education systems in the world for Higher Education Achievements
  • BENEFIT from Ireland’s investment in the education system
  • CHOOSE from over 5000 internationally recognised qualifications
  • ACCESS world-class research opportunities in world-leading programmes
  • CONNECT with career opportunities with leading global companies located in Ireland
  • ACHIEVE your ambitions in Europe’s most entrepreneurial country
  • JOIN the 35,000 international students from 161 countries enjoying Ireland’s vibrant culture
  • LIVE in the only English speaking country in the Euro Zone
  • EXPERIENCE living in one of the friendliest and safest countries in the world
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Ireland is one of the world’s friendliest countries, in fact it has been awarded this accolade twice in recent years by the travel guide company Lonely Planet.

Degrees from Irish Universities are recognised internationally so you can be assured your future employer will respect the addition in your experience. Ireland has been chosen by some of the world’s largest technology companies as their European base, these companies include Google, Facebook, Apple and Intel. In many cases across the world, large companies work alongside nearby Universities to develop their courses and provide qualifications that better match the needs of the employer – all of which increases the value of your degree.

Whilst studying in Ireland on a course of NFQ Level 7 (Bachelor’s Degree) or above you are permitted to participate in part-time work for up to 20 hours a week during term-time and 40 hours per week during holiday time. Specific restrictions exist on working while studying so please check these with the embassy or your chosen institution before travelling. You are not allowed to stay in the country to pursue employment opportunities but you can sometimes extend your stay to study a further degree.

Ireland has strong links with both the UK (it’s nearest neighbour) and the USA (home of many immigrant Irish families). Beyond social, political and industrial links it also shares links across its education institutions, which increases the opportunities to continue your education in these countries.

Education System

The Irish Education System was traditionally divided into three basis levels: Primary (8 years), Secondary (5 or 6 years) and Higher Education which offers a wide range of opportunities from post-secondary courses, to vocational and technical training, to full degree and the highest post-graduate levels.

The higher education system in Ireland is broad in scope and encompasses the university sector, the technological sector, the colleges of education and private, independent colleges. The institutions which fall within the first three groupings are autonomous and self governing, but substantially state funded. Education has been a key factor in making Ireland one of the fastest growing economies in the world over the past decade.

“Cooperative Education” involves placement of students in employment relevant to their Degree programmes for six or eight months during their undergraduate studies. Some Institutions in Ireland adopts this model as an integral part of the academic programme.

The Costs of Living and Studying in Ireland

Ireland’s currency is the Euro (€), however because Northern Ireland (which is home to two of the Universities in Ireland) is a member country of the United Kingdom the currency there is the Pound Sterling (£).

Study Costs
Some EU Students are eligible for the Irish government’s Free Fees Initiative, which applies to full-time, undergraduate degree courses. Contact your chosen University to confirm you are eligible, as your fees may be reduced to a student contribution of €2,500, plus a nominal amount in the form of a student levy.

The tuition fees for non-EU international students vary widely from institution to institution and also course to course but as a guide you can see the average range for postgraduate and undergraduate fees for the 2013/14 period in the table below.

Subject Area Undergrad Fees Postgrad Fees
Business and Management € 9,000 – 15,500 € 9,150 – 18,800
Science and Engineering € 9,100 – 20,300 € 9,150 – 18,000
Arts and Humanities € 9,100 – 15,500 € 8,900 – 20,000
Medicine and Health Studies € 31,000 – 45,000 € 12,035 – 37,000

This information is correct at time of publication, to find out more about the fees at your chosen institution please use the course directory at the top of this page or contact the University directly.

Living Costs
It has been estimated at current prices (2014) an international student will require between 7,500 to 12,500 Euros (€) per year for food, travel, textbooks, insurance, socialising and accommodation. The amount varies depending on whereabouts in Ireland you will be studying, what kind of accommodation you choose and how socially active you are during your studies.

The biggest portion of this sum is accommodation. Each institution has an accommodation officer/advisor who can provide more information about on-campus and nearby accommodation during your studies.

List of Universities

  • Dublin City University (DCU)
  • Maynooth University
  • NUI Galway
  • Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
  • University College Cork (UCC)
  • University College Dublin (UCD)
  • University of Limerick
  • College Limerick
  • National College of Art & Design (NCAD)
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • Uversity
  • Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT)
  • Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)
  • Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT)
  • Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
  • Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT)
  • Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB)
  • Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow)
  • Institute of Technology Sligo (IT Sligo)
  • Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT Dublin)
  • Institute of Technology Tralee (IT Tralee)
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT)
  • Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)
  • Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)
  • College of Computing Technology
  • Dublin Business School
  • Griffith College
  • Hibernia College
  • IBAT College Dublin
  • ICD Business School
  • Independent College Dublin
  • National College of Ireland

If you are going to study in Ireland from a country within the EU you do not need a visa, if you are coming from outside of the EU then you will be required to hold a valid visa. This should be applied for up to 8 weeks in advance of departure.

The main conditions for a student visa in Ireland are:

  • You have a letter of acceptance from your chosen Institution
  • You must have proof that the tuition fees have been paid to the institution (in full if below €6,000)
  • You have access to over €3,000 in addition to your tuition fees
  • You have private medical insurance, this can be arranged through a group scheme with your institution or individually

More detailed student visa details are available from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)

More answers to common student visa questions are available on our study abroad blog.

Further information about studying in Ireland can be found here.

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