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Study in Ireland

Ireland

  • Capital Dublin

  • Currency Euros

  • Language English & Irish

  • Population 4.9 Million

  • GDP $410 billion

  • Dialling Code +353

Why study in Ireland ?

Ireland is an island nation located on the west coast of Europe. It is the continent’s second largest island after Great Britain. It is a member of the European Union and it is known for its beautiful green countryside, fascinating history and friendly people.

Over the last few years, Ireland has emerged as a preferred destination for Indian students looking to study abroad. The Irish education system is considered to be one of the best in the world. The Irish qualifications are recognised world-wide. In addition to all this the Irish economy is one of the fastest growing among the European Union and the 6th most competitive in the world.

More than a thousand big, mostly American global companies have operations in Ireland, among them: Google, Apple, Facebook, PayPal, Microsoft, Yahoo, eBay, AOL, Twitter and Intel. Pfizer, Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson also have a major presence there

Ireland is home to some of the finest universities in the world. Some of the key fields Irish universities specialise in include the natural sciences, technology, economics, and the humanities. Across Ireland, there are two dozen universities and institutes of technology to you can apply to.

In addition to the above Ireland is consistently ranked in the world’s top 20 countries for high quality of life, peace, and human development. The Irish are known for their welcoming and friendly approach. They love their conversations and are probably the best people to make you laugh.

Top 6 reasons for studying in Ireland

  • Academic Excellence
  • Internationally recognized degrees
  • Affordable tuition fee
  • Vibrant campus life
  • Post study work
  • Safe & multicultural

Intakes

Almost all Irish institutes and universities offer two (2) major intakes also known as Semesters :

Autumn/Semester 1 Starts early September
Spring/Semester 2 Starts late January

Application submission deadlines to apply varies from institute to institute in Ireland and our advice to students is to apply at least 3 to 4 months before the course start date. 

 

 

Student visas

  • All Indian citizens who want to study in Ireland to undertake a course of study for more than 3 months will need to obtain a student visa. The course must be full-time academic courses leading to major awards or equivalent at or above Level 7 of the National Framework of Qualifications of Ireland. In addition to this the course that you are going to pursue must be included in the Internationalisation Register administered by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) (Visit www.nqai.ie for more information).

You can apply for a study visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to Ireland.

You must apply online for a visa via the department website.

After you have completed the online application process; you must follow the instructions on the summary application form that is created by the online system. The summary form will contain information on where you are to submit your supporting documentation. The summary form which you must print, sign and date must be submitted with your supporting documentation. You may be required to provide your Biometrics information as part of the application process.

The current visa fees for visas are:

  • Single entry €60
  • Multi entry €100
  • Transit €25

(This fee cannot be refunded if your application is refused or withdrawn)

You can pay it in local currency. You may be required to pay additional charges e.g. relating to the submission of your documents.

Processing times can vary from time to time. However, you can generally expect a decision within 7 to 9 weeks from the date on which your application is lodged at the Visa Office/Embassy/Consulate.

CLICK HERE - Document checklist and procedure to apply for Irish student visa   

Work while you study in Ireland

International students who have the Stamp 2 permission are allowed to take up casual employment. They can work up to 20 hours a week during term time and up to 40 hours a week in the holidays. Holiday periods have been standardised - June to September inclusive and from 15 December to 15 January.

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FAQ's

Yes, 10+2+3 system of India is accepted by Irish universities for all post-graduate programs.
The following English language tests are commonly accepted for entry into degree-level courses:
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Internet-Based Test (IBT)
  • Trinity College's Integrated Skills in English (ISE)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)
The course fee at most Irish universities or institutes is relatively affordable compared to many other countries. For courses in humanities, arts, education etc , the tuition fee is little cheaper, whereas subjects such as science, medicine, engineering, business, and management are likely to be more expensive. Tuition fee may be different from institute to institute and may depend on the type of qualification and institute/ university or institute you opt for. Below we have outlined the approximate range of annual tuition fees:
Study Level Average Annual Fee (in Euros)
Undergraduate € 10,000 to 25000 per annum
Masters € 10,000 to 34000 per annum
MBA € 8000 to 25000 per annum
Doctoral &Phd € 14,000 to 25000 per annum
Living costs:

The estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year is €8,000 to €12,000 per year (indicative). This cost includes shared accommodation , electricity, food, books, laundry and medicine, travel pass, movies etc

International students who have the Stamp 2 permission are allowed to take up casual employment. They can work up to 20 hours a week during term time and up to 40 hours a week in the holidays. Holiday periods have been standardised - June to September inclusive and from 15 December to 15 January.

Students with stamp 2A permission are NOT allowed to work.

Yes, It may be possible to stay in Ireland after you complete your studies for the purpose of seeking employment under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme. This scheme exists to allow legally resident non-EU third level graduates to remain in Ireland in order to look for employment or apply for a green card/work permit.

  • During their approved stay under the scheme, a student can work full-time (40 hours a week).
  • The permission under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme is non renewable and valid for 24 months
Yes, All Non – EEA Students are required to have private medical insurance when coming to and residing in Ireland for the purpose of study. At registration with the immigration authorities a student is required to show proof of the appropriate medical insurance.