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Why Study in Ireland.

The Irish education system is one of the best in Europe (the 2014 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook ranked among the top 20 for its higher education system), with close links to industry and creativity, flexibility and pragmatism.

Education System in Ireland

Higher education in Ireland is offered by universities and institutes of specialized higher education. Universities are financed for the most part by the State in the form of annual grants-in-aid and non-recurrent grants for capital expenditure, in a proportion

Cost Of Studying in Ireland

Ireland is a welcoming island with a strong history of literature and cosmopolitan cities. The government invests around EUR 870 million annually in higher education research and also promotes international scholarships for students.

Student Visa Process

The processing time is variable, depending on the country you submit your application. Usually, you will get an answer in between four to eight weeks from the date on which your application is lodged at the Visa Office/Embassy/Consulate.

Universities In Ireland

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Why Study In Ireland?

Ireland is a beautiful island that combines modern towns with an idyllic countryside, historic cityscapes and a rich natural habitat. The Republic of Ireland is a fascinating place that combines adventure, history, culture and entertainment.

 

Historically, however, in the last 20 years, Ireland has always been one of Europe’s poorer countries; it has grown into one of Europe’s richest nations. And the quality of the Irish education system is an important factor in the rapid rate of economic growth that Ireland has experienced in recent decades

 

The worldwide reputation of Ireland for high-quality education is based on a solid commitment to excellence. Although it is an island nation, it is packed with things that make it a popular destination for foreign students.

 

Top Reasons to Choose Ireland as a Study Destination

 

*The Irish education system is one of the best in Europe (the 2014 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook ranked among the top 20 for its higher education system), with close links to industry and creativity, flexibility and pragmatism. Education was a key factor in making Ireland one of the world’s fastest-growing economies in the last decade.

 

*Many of Ireland’s higher education institutions are internationally ranked, and almost every student has something to do with many strong programs (5000 +) in a variety of areas (medicine, science, technology, engineering, business, law, languages, literature, history, philosophy, psychology, etc.).

 

*Ireland is an English – speaking country, one of the main reasons for choosing Ireland as a destination for study. Students who come to Ireland find it easy to cope with the course and the place.

 

*Ireland is known for its high-quality scientific research as an international hub. Many students from around the world visit Ireland to conduct research in various fields, including India.

 

*The country is home to world’s leading MNCs. In fact, after Singapore, it is the world’s second most attractive country for FDI. Many brands like Google, HP, Apple, IBM, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Pfizer, GSK and Genzyme have their main European office in Ireland.

Higher Education System In Ireland

INSTITUTION TYPES & CREDENTIALS

 

Types of higher education institutions:

University

College

Institute of Technology

School

 

Higher education:

 

Higher education in Ireland is offered by universities and institutes of specialized higher education. Universities are financed for the most part by the State in the form of annual grants-in-aid and non-recurrent grants for capital expenditure, in a proportion of the order of 90%, as well as by student fees, endowments, and private donations. Each college has its own governing body and exercises full control over its finances. Colleges are composed of faculties and departments.

 

Main laws/decrees governing higher education:

Decree: Qualifications Act Year: 1999

Concerns: University

Decree: Universities Act Year: 1997

Concerns: Universities

 

Academic year:

Classes from: Oct to: Jun

 

Languages of instruction: English, Irish

 

Stages of studies:

 

Non-university level post-secondary studies (technical/vocational type):

Non-university level:

 

Higher technical and vocational education is offered by Institutes of Technology (formerly Regional Technical Colleges) and specialized colleges. They offer two-year Certificate, three-year Diploma and four-year Degree programmes in the applied fields of Engineering, Science and Business Studies, as well as some postgraduate courses.

 

University level studies:

University level first stage: Bachelor’s Degree:

 

The main stage of higher education leads to a Bachelor’s Degree, which may, in certain cases, also be a professional qualification (Professional Degree). The length of study generally varies between three and four years. The Bachelor’s Degree may be awarded as a General Degree, an Honours Degree and a BA (Special) Degree. In Veterinary Medicine, Architecture and Dentistry studies last for five years. Medicine takes six years.

 

University level second stage: Master’s Degree:

The second stage of higher education consists of more advanced (graduate) studies and leads to the Master’s Degree. These studies last for a minimum of one year after the award of the Bachelor’s Degree. Candidates who attend a course of study and/or present a thesis based on research are awarded a Master’s Degree.

 

University level third stage: Doctorate:

A further two years’ study after the Master’s Degree are normally required for the PhD Degree.

 

University level fourth stage: Higher Doctorate:

A Higher Doctorate may be awarded, after a minimum of five years (usually longer), following the award of the first Doctorate, for original work already published.

Cost of studying in Ireland.

Ireland is a welcoming island with a strong history of literature and cosmopolitan cities. The government invests around EUR 870 million annually in higher education research and also promotes international scholarships for students. Nine prestigious universities and 15 technological institutes welcome approximately 35,000 international students from 161 countries in the country.

 

The impact of Ireland’s research in natural sciences, social sciences and humanities are visible. In this English-speaking country, which matches the charm of the UK while keeping costs close to European averages, the international environment is visible.

 

EU/EEA students can study for free

 

The undergraduate degree courses in Ireland are, usually, free for citizens of Ireland/EU. However, in order to benefit from the “free fees initiative”, you have to apply for the funding governmental programme and prove that you are eligible (e.g.: you apply for the first time, and your chosen programme lasts more than two years).

 

Nationality, immigration status, residence and course requirements are also criteria that can qualify you for a tuition-free university degree.

 

However, all students have to pay around 2,500 EUR/year for student services, such as examination entries and support for clubs and societies.

 

Tuition fees for non-EU students

 

  • Undergraduate courses 9,000 – 45,000 EUR/year for undergraduate degree courses.

 

  • Postgraduate Master and PhD courses: 9,150 – 37,000 EUR/year.

 

Fees vary depending on your chosen field of study, programme and university.

 

Most affordable universities in Ireland

 

Check the list of Irish universities with the most affordable tuition fees for EU/EEA students:

 

  • The University of Limerick – average tuition fees 7,000-8,000 EUR/year

 

  • University College Cork – average tuition fees 6,500 EUR/year

 

  • Cork Institute of Technology – average tuition fees 3,500 EUR/year

 

  • St. Patrick’s College – average tuition fees 4,500 EUR/year

 

  • Dublin Business School – average tuition fees 8,300 EUR/year

 

Tuition fees at top-ranked universities

 

Here is a list of average tuition fees at the top-ranked Irish universities:

 

  • Trinity College Dublin – average tuition fees 7,500 EUR/year

 

  • University College Dublin – average tuition fees 6,700 EUR/year

 

  • National University of Ireland, Galway – average tuition fees 6,000 EUR/year

 

  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – average tuition fees 6,000 – 8,000 EUR/year

 

Take note that usually, non-EU/EEA students will have to pay double the tuition charged to EU students.

 

Funding & student support

 

While you study in Ireland you also have the chance to find some possibilities to support yourself financially. Here are some scholarship examples:

 

 

a) 15 undergraduate scholarships: awards are 6,000 EUR/each student

b) 11 postgraduate scholarships: awards are 10,000 EUR/each student

 

  • Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) – national awarding authority for all higher education grants offer financial support meant to cover living costs during nine months over the course of an academic year.

 

 

After you have all the information packed, get ready for a unique study experience in Ireland!

Visa Process to Study In Ireland

What types of visa you need to study in Ireland

 

  • ‘C type study visa’ – for any study programme/course that lasts less than three months

 

  • ‘D type study visa’ – if you applied for a course that lasts longer than three months

 

Check the extended list of nationals that require a student visa for Ireland.

 

 

When and where to apply for the study visa in Ireland?

 

1. You can apply for a study visa up to three months before your date of arrival to Ireland.

 

2. To apply, you must simply complete an online application form on the website of the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service.

 

3. After filling the online application process, follow the instructions and submit your supporting documentation.

 

4. You may be required to provide your Biometrics information as part of the application process.

 

5. The processing time is variable, depending on the country you submit your application. Usually, you will get an answer in between four to eight weeks from the date on which your application is lodged at the Visa Office/Embassy/Consulate.

 

6. It is best not to buy travel tickets until you receive an official answer from the Irish consulate.

 

Language requirements for my study in Ireland

 

International students must meet minimum English language requirements in order to be granted a student immigration permission.

 

You will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency through an internationally recognised certificate that has been issued within two years of the expected start date of the course to be considered valid.

 

Accepted English exams are:

1).IELTS

2).TOEFL

3).PTE (Pearson test)

 

Documents for a student visa in Ireland

 

  • Two recent colour passport sized photographs

 

  • Passport and a full copy of any previous passports

 

  • A signed letter of application including your full contact details (stating the reason you want to come to Ireland)

 

  • Letter of Acceptance from the college/university

 

  • Evidence accounting for any gaps in your educational history

 

  • Proof of payment of the registration and tuition fees

 

  • Copies of all academic qualifications, exam results required for university study

 

  • English language proficiency certificate

 

  • Proof you have sufficient funds to support your stay in Ireland without recourse to public funds, or the reliance on casual employment

 

  • Medical Insurance (the insurance coverage covers the student at a minimum of 25,000 EUR)

 

  • Commitment to leave Ireland on the expiry of your visa

 

* The estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student during one academic year is 7,000 EUR. Non-EEA students who are studying for a period of fewer than 6 months are required to prove that they are able to support living costs of 500 EUR/month.

Our Partner Universities

Sr No.NameWebsite
1Trinity College Dublinwww.tcd.ie
2University College Dublin, Dublinwww.ucd.ie
3The National University of Ireland Galwaywww.nuigalway.ie
4University College Cork, Corkwww.ucc.ie
5Dublin City University, Dublin (Pathway as well as UG & PG Direct Entry)www.dcu.ie
6University of Limerick , Limerickwww.ul.ie
7 Maynooth University, Maynooth (Pathway as well as UG & PG Direct Entry)www.maynoothuniversity.ie
8Technological University Dublin (Pathway as well as UG & PG Direct Entry)www.tudublin.ie
9Institute of Technology, Carlowwww.itcarlow.ie
10Institute of Technology Sligo (Pathway as well as UG & PG Direct Entry) www.itsligo.ie
11Athlone Institute of Technology, Westmeath (AIT)www.ait.ie
12Limerick Institute of Technology www.lit.ie
13National College of Irelandwww.ncirl.ie
14Dublin Business School, Dublin www.dbs.ie
15Griffith Collegewww.griffith.ie
16Shannon College of Hotel Management, A college of NUI Galway www.shannoncollege.com
17International University of Applied Sciences - IUBH www.iubh.ie