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Study in Ireland

Why Ireland?

Study in Ireland, the land of poets. With a wide variety of institutions offering a number of programmes, Ireland provides a dynamic learning experience.

There is something definitely magical about Ireland — it’s the land of elves, leprechauns, castles, warriors and balladeers. The Republic of Ireland is not to be confused with Northern Ireland, which is still an integral part of the United Kingdom. Ireland's 800 years of struggle under the British monarchy was a period of intrigue, strife, famine, progress and intellectual development as some of the most famous works in English Literature were written during that time. Writers like George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and James Joyce are all part of the Irish literary world.

Study options

The primary academic intakes begin in September at most colleges and universities in Ireland, though a few institutions offer intakes in February.

Undergraduate degree programmes usually last for 3 to 4 years (full-time study), which might vary depending on each institution. Postgraduate qualifications awarded could be a postgraduate diploma or PhD. Both taught and research postgraduate courses are on offer at Irish institutions. A typical postgraduate last for 1–2 years of full-time study and a PhD last for 3 years at Irish institutions.

The Education System in Ireland

Academic excellence, internationally-recognised qualifications, vibrant campus life, abundant growth in research, and immense employment opportunities, education in Ireland will offer you all.

The Irish education system is quite similar to that of the UK which in itself explains the quality it provides to its students. Education in Ireland is mainly categorised in four levels.

  • Primary education including pre-primary
  • Post-primary education
  • Further education and training.
  • Higher education.

Ireland is a great place to enjoy a world-class education, quality of life and colourful confluence of culture. While the tuition fee in Ireland is reasonable, it is best to plan well to manage your expenses well. Tuition fees for international students vary according to the type and duration of the course. Each university in Ireland sets its own tuition fees, depending on subject and level of study. The average degree costs between €10,000 and €25,000 a year.

As per the revised Third Level Graduate Scheme Permission, the Irish Government offers the opportunity to students who have graduated from Irish institutions to stay in Ireland for up to 24 months for employment.

Cost of studying in Ireland

With the cost of living in Ireland is considerably lesser when compared with London or New York, Dublin and Cork have become attractive options for world-class higher education. The proximity to London also allows students to visit London during the weekends.

But what’s the exact cost of studying in Ireland? Students studying in Ireland have to pay somewhere between €10,000 and €30,000, depending on the course they opt.

Living cost may range from €600 to €800 per month for international students (it can go up depending on the location you choose to stay). The average cost of food could be €200 per month. Transport cost, health insurance and other expenses should be factored in while calculating your education cost in Ireland.

Student life in Ireland

Dublin is a fun city with one of the youngest populations in Europe. It going without saying that entering college or going back to study again is always exciting. You may have too many worries about how you are going to finish it and how you are going to find a job. But still, the thought that sets in, as soon as you think about college life is refreshing.

Fun, friends and boring lecturers are all part of student life in college. Getting new friends, joining clubs and exploring new forms of art, cuisines can be amazing, especially when you have set foot in a foreign land.

Ireland is known for its architecture and breath-taking landscapes. There is an abundance of nightclubs in the City centre and the city offers something for all. Students can dance, eat and socialize till the wee hours of the night.

Benefits of studying in Ireland

  • Courses are taught in English.
  • Courses are globally recognised and accredited by leading academic bodies.
  • Scholarships are given for deserving students.
  • Strong Asian community.
  • Close proximity to London and is well-connected to the rest of Europe - the student life is something everyone must experience.
  • A land of astounding beauty with some amazing cliffs, lakes and beaches.
  • Dublin is a tech hub in Ireland. It is Google’s European headquarters as well.
  • Ireland is known as the largest exporter of software worldwide and is also well-known for its pharmaceutical industries.
  • International students studying at Irish institutions have options to work part-time for 20 hours /week.
  • The country has 4.4% of the unemployment rate.
  • Ireland also offers 1-year postgraduate and accepts MBA admissions (in certain cases) without any prior work experience.
  • Due to the technological advancements in Dublin, and other cities in Ireland, most universities have a good rapport with industries; therefore, students find it easy to find a job.
  • Also, most universities encourage students to take up internships with popular companies, to become job-ready graduates.
  • Ireland has a 2-year stay-back option for postgraduates studying at Irish institutions.
  • Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google from 2001–2011 once said that their decision to locate to Ireland “is everything to do with the … workforce of geographically diverse, speaking multiple languages, creative young people coming out of [Ireland’s] top universities”. 

You have more than one reason to study in Ireland. With a strong economy in areas like software development and pharmaceuticals, Ireland offers a lot on a platter of an international student. What could be more wonderful than studying in a country that offers you scenic beauty, pleasant life and a dynamic environment with ample opportunities to look for your career!

Part-time

Working during your studies can be a great way to supplement your income and you can gain valuable life skills. Before you start applying for jobs, make sure that your visa has a stamp 2 which permits you to work in Ireland on a part-time basis.For most international students living on a student visa, the maximum number of hours that you can work is 20 per week. The number of working hours is restricted to 20 to make sure that there is ample time to study and to ensure that the focus remains on studies.

There are several platforms available when looking for part-time work as a student in Ireland. You can begin by starting to search at the university’s career portal. Usually, institutions have a portal which has a list of all positions available on and off-campus. You can apply for the same and also look for employment opportunities in job sites. Not all positions are advertised online so it may be worthwhile to print a few copies of your CV to distribute to local businesses.

As an international student in Ireland, you can take advantage of discounts and savings that will make your finances easier to manage. Ireland has several discount cards that offer privileges when you make a purchase at participating outlets.

iConnect card: Ireland’s iConnect card gets a discount at a huge range of shops, hotels and retail outlets ranging from restaurants, accommodation to entertainment.

Student Leap card- this is Ireland’s travel card that also gets you great savings on mobile plans, shopping, discounted meals in McDonald's.

ISIC card: ISIC has been the mainstay discount card for international students offering exclusive discounts on a huge range of products and services.