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.
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
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.
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.
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.
INSTITUTION TYPES & CREDENTIALS
Types of higher education institutions:
Institute of Technology
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
Decree: Universities Act Year: 1997
Classes from: Oct to: Jun
Languages of instruction: English, Irish
Stages of studies:
Non-university level post-secondary studies (technical/vocational type):
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.
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
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:
Tuition fees at top-ranked universities
Here is a list of average tuition fees at the top-ranked Irish universities:
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
After you have all the information packed, get ready for a unique study experience in Ireland!
What types of visa you need to study in Ireland
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:
3).PTE (Pearson test)
Documents for a student visa in Ireland
* 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.
|1||Trinity College Dublin||www.tcd.ie|
|2||University College Dublin, Dublin||www.ucd.ie|
|3||The National University of Ireland Galway||www.nuigalway.ie|
|4||University College Cork, Cork||www.ucc.ie|
|5||Dublin City University, Dublin (Pathway as well as UG & PG Direct Entry)||www.dcu.ie|
|6||University of Limerick , Limerick||www.ul.ie|
|7||Maynooth University, Maynooth (Pathway as well as UG & PG Direct Entry)||www.maynoothuniversity.ie|
|8||Technological University Dublin (Pathway as well as UG & PG Direct Entry)||www.tudublin.ie|
|9||Institute of Technology, Carlow||www.itcarlow.ie|
|10||Institute of Technology Sligo (Pathway as well as UG & PG Direct Entry)||www.itsligo.ie|
|11||Athlone Institute of Technology, Westmeath (AIT)||www.ait.ie|
|12||Limerick Institute of Technology||www.lit.ie|
|13||National College of Ireland||www.ncirl.ie|
|14||Dublin Business School, Dublin||www.dbs.ie|
|16||Shannon College of Hotel Management, A college of NUI Galway||www.shannoncollege.com|
|17||International University of Applied Sciences - IUBH||www.iubh.ie|