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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.


  • CapitalDublin
  • LanguageEnglish, Irish
  • GDP$ 399 billion
  • CurrencyEuros
  • Population4.9 Million
  • Dialling Code+353

Why Study in Ireland?

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
In Ireland, most qualifications fit into what is known as the The National Framework of Qualifications(NFQ). The NFQ specifies the standards of Irish education qualifications. It measure and compares the learning standards and achievements of qualifications and also facilitates the transfer between institutions.

Higher education (also known as or Third-Level)

The higher education comprises universities, colleges, and institutes of technology, most of which are Irish government funded. Ireland has a total of 7 universities, 7 colleges of education, 15 private higher education institutions and 14 Institutes of Technology (IoT).

Duration of Higher Education in Ireland

Level Program Duration
Level 7 Bachelor's Degree ( 3 years) 3 years
Level 7 Bachelors Degree (in medicine, dentistry, veritinary science) 5-6 years
Level 8 Bachelors Degree (Honours) 4 years
Level 9 Master's Degree 16-24 months
Level 10 PHd or other Doctoral Degrees) 3 to 4 years


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
Deadlines to apply for admission varies from institute to institute and Canadian admissions are a first-cum-first basis. Students must apply at least 3 to 4 months before the course start date.

Popular fields of Study in Ireland

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    Business & Management

    Human Resource Logistics & Supply Chain Accounting / Finance Business Marketing
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    Information Technology

    Computer Science Big Data / Data Science Information Systems Mgmt Artificial Intelligence
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    Engineering & Technology

    Biomedical Engineering Agriculture Engineering Electronic Engineering Civil and Structural Engineering Environmental Engineering
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    Creative Arts

    Communication & Media Film & Television studies Animation & Graphic Design Sports Journalism
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    Education & Social Services

    Early Childhood EducationMental health Social work
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    BiotechnologyPharmaceutical Technology Biodiversity & Conservation Cellular Manufacturing & Therpy

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Student Visas

You can apply for a study visa if you are planning to come to Ireland to undertake a course of study for more than 3 months. 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. 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 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 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.
Document checklist :
  • Your signed and dated summary application form and the appropriate fee (where applicable) must be accompanied by the supporting documents set out below.
    Your name and visa application reference number must be printed clearly on the back
  • Two colour passport sized photographs not more than 6 months old
    Note: If you do not submit the required documentation your application may be refused on the basis of insufficient documentation.
  • Your current passport and a full copy of all previous passports
    Your current passport must be valid for at least 12 months after your proposed date of arrival in Ireland.
  • A signed letter of application including your full contact details:
    • Outlining your reason for wanting to come to Ireland,
    • Giving details of any members of your family who are currently in Ireland, or any other EU Member State,
    • Undertaking that you will observe the conditions of your visa, that you will not become a burden on the State, and that you will leave the State on the expiry of your permission to remain, and
    • Where the course you now wish to study does not naturally follow on or relate to your educational/employment history, giving valid reasons, supported by documentary evidence (where available), for this change.
  • Evidence that you are enrolled on a privately funded course
    You must submit a Letter of Acceptance from the college:
    • confirming that you have been accepted and enrolled on a course of full-time education, involving a minimum of 15 hours organised daytime tuition each week,
    • giving details of the course that you will be studying,
    • stating the amount of fees payable for your course, and
    • stating the amount that has been paid,
  • Evidence accounting for any gaps in your educational history
    You must provide information to account for any gaps between your last period of full time education and your application to study in Ireland
    If any such gap in education has been filled by periods of employment, you must give full details of your employment history.
  • Evidence fees have been paid to college
    You must provide a copy of an Electronic Transfer of Funds (ETF) to the Irish Bank of the college, showing details of the beneficiary's name, address, bank details and the same details for sender,
    a valid receipt showing that the course fees have been lodged to an approved student fees payment service e.g. the electronic fee payment service offered by Pay to Study (formerly International Student Payments Service, (ISPS)
  • Evidence that you have the academic ability to follow your chosen course
    You must provide evidence that you have the ability to follow your chosen course e.g. exam results, past qualifications.
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency
    You must provide a valid score report of any English language proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL or PTE Academic
  • Finances
    You must show that you have sufficient funds to support your stay in Ireland without recourse to public funds, or the reliance on casual employment. Evidence of funds (€7,000) to provide your living expenses for the duration of your course. You must also demonstrate that you and/or your sponsor(s) have ready access to at least €7,000 for each subsequent year of your studies in addition to course fees for each of those years. This can be shown by bank statements, income certificates
    Note: You must provide an up-to-date bank statement (last 6 months statement). Bank statements must be on official headed paper. Where original bank statements are not available, internet printouts will be accepted once every page has been notarised by the bank and the statement is accompanied by letter from the bank confirming its authenticity. Handwritten entries or details on bank statements will not be accepted.
  • Private Medical Insurance
    Private Medical Insurance cover is required. Your college may arrange this on your behalf. If so, details of this must be included in your Letter of Acceptance from the college. If it is not arranged by the college, you must organise this yourself and provide evidence with your application.
  • Previous Visa Refusals
    If you have been refused a visa in the past for any country, you must provide the details. The original letter issued to you by the authorities of that country must be provided with your application.
    Not disclosing any previous visa refusals will result in your application being refused.
  • Supporting documents
    If any accompanying children below 18 years are included in the application, then the child’s birth certificate must be submitted along with Consent of parent /legal guardian
After submission of the application you may also have to appear for a personal interview at the Ireland embassy or consulate.
Processing times can vary from time to time. However, you can generally expect a decision within 7 to 8 weeks from the date on which your application is lodged at the Visa Office/Embassy/Consulate.

Working while you study in Ireland

International students with 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.
To be eligible to work part-time, you need to be:
  • Registered with local police known as Garda National Immigration Bureau or GNIB
  • Accepted to a course recognized by the Minister for Education and Skills
  • Enrolled in a full-time course at or above NFQ Level 7 and attending classes between 8 AM and 6 PM per week
  • Enrolled in a course with at least one year’s duration
You will also need to acquire a PPS Number (Personal Public Services Number). Your employer will be able to pay you only if you have a PPS number. Also, you will need to open an account with any Irish bank as the payment can be made only to an Irish bank account. You will be required to comply with the Irish tax laws, employment laws, and taxation requirements.

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  • Do institutions/ universities in Ireland accept 10+2+3 education system of India?

    Yes, 10+2+3 system of India is accepted by Irish universities for all post-graduate programs.
  • Which English language tests are accepted by Irish institutions?

    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)
  • How much will it cost to Study in Ireland?

    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
  • Can I work part-time while studying 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.

    Students with stamp 2A permission are NOT allowed to work.
    Can I stay in Ireland after I complete my studies to seek employment?
    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

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    I am planning to study in Ireland and Am I required to have Private Medical Insurance?
    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. Click Here to know more