Why study in Ireland?
Known as the Emerald Isle, because of it lush green pastures, Ireland is often noted as being one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Ireland’s dramatic land, sky and seascapes will take your breath away. There are magical castles, enchanted ruins, ancient archaeology and thousands of miles of windswept coastline, with some of the most beautiful beaches, highest sea cliffs and biggest waves in Europe.
Did you know? ... Ireland is also renowned for being one the friendliest and most welcoming countries in the world!
The higher education system in Ireland consists of the university sector, institutes of technology and private independent colleges. The entry requirements for international students to higher education are determined individually by each institution and are generally based on national examination performance and English language aptitude.
Ireland has a longstanding reputation for high quality education and today Ireland has one of the best education systems in the world. There are 34 higher education institutions in Ireland who offer an extensive range of over 5000 programmes leading to internationally recognised, quality assured qualifications. International students can choose to meet their education needs in highly respected business schools, centres of scientific and technology excellence as well as renowned language, humanities and arts faculties.
Did you know? … All of Ireland’s universities are ranked in the top 3% in the world and in many research fields are in the top 1%. Ireland’s rapid rise in world rankings for Research and Development is notable. They are ranked No.1 in the world in Nanoscience; No.2 in Immunology, No.2 Computer Science, No.3 in Animal and Dairy and No. 5 in Materials Science.
Studying in Ireland offers a unique student experience. Ireland has a dynamic, innovative and vibrant society. With the youngest population in Europe - half of the population is under the age of 35 - Ireland today is brimming with youthful energy. A recent independent survey (Study Portals) ranked Ireland No.1 in Europe for international student satisfaction. Irish universities were recognised for their innovative programmes, support structures for students, and vibrant student life.
International students in Ireland are permitted to work part time to gain some income to supplement the cost of living. Students may work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic term, and up to 40 hours per week during holiday periods.
An English speaking country within the European Union, Ireland has a reputation for natural beauty and friendliness. Ireland is home to more than 1,000 MNCs who run their back office operations out of the country and is just 9 hours by flight from India. Ireland has many similarities with India and an important one is that like India, Ireland is a young country with 34% of its population under the age of 25 years.
The land of Oscar Wilde and Dracula, the country is the perfect place for all the writers. Ireland also home many music legends and gives ample opportunity for a music and dance lover to explore his/her talents. With a high ratio of economic development the country is the safest place to start your career with in the time of economic upheaval.
Ireland is the only English speaking country that uses the euro currency. The country offers very good value for money for Indian students.
Apply to Ireland collegesThe academic year in Ireland runs from September to June with a semester system. Higher education in Ireland includes the university sector, institutes of technology, as well as private, independent colleges. Being in Ireland you can achieve following academic awards:
- Higher certificate is a two year full time course but does not give you a degree.
- Ordinary Bachelors degree is a three year full time course equivalent to BA (Pass) course.
- Honors Bachelors degree is a three or four years full time course depending on the specialization.
- Graduate Diploma is for students looking for vocational courses. A graduate diploma is usually a one year course.
- Masters degree is one year course for research programmes.
- Doctorate is completed in three years.
Eligibility criteria to apply to higher education institutions in Ireland
- Students need to fulfil the following criteria:
- To clear the Irish School Leaving Certificate Examination after attending upper secondary school in Ireland and then applying for higher education.
- Undertake recognised public examinations in their own countries. This is a more common route and it is essential that every applicant check that the educational qualifications she/he is presenting are adequate to satisfy entry requirements. To have a realistic prospect these results should be very good, e.g. for medicine 3 good 'A' Level passes (grades A/B) or the equilivent, in relevant subjects are required. The minimum requirement for most degree level programmes is 3 grade 'C's at A level or equivalent. If there is any doubt about the acceptability of an applicant's qualifications, clarification should be sought in good time from the particular third level institution.
- As English is the language of instruction at all Irish Institutions of higher education, students must demonstrate a proficiency in English to be accepted for a third level programme. Generally, the required minimum score in TOEFL is 550.
Cost of study
Being in Ireland a student’s budget should come up to €6,000-11,000 for a year approx excluding your tuition fee. The cost of your stay in Ireland may include:
- Accommodation: €2, 500-5, 000
- Textbooks: €600
- Food and Household: €1, 500- 2, 500
- Other expenses: €1, 000- 2, 500
Your tuition fee may include:
- Undergraduate courses average fees
- Engineering: €9,100-20,000
- Science and Technology: €9,100-16, 500
- Arts and Humanities: €9, 100-15, 500
- Business: €9, 000-15,500
- Medicine and related: €31, 000- 45, 000
- Postgraduate courses average fees
- Engineering: €9,000-18,000
- Science and Technology: €9,000-18,000
- Arts and Humanities: €8,000-20,000
- Business: €9,000-18,000
- Medicine and related: €12,000-30,000
Scholarships: There are hundreds of scholarships available for international students from a wide variety of sources such as the Government of Ireland, the Irish higher education institutions and other organisations. These are awarded solely at the discretion of the individual organisations that set down their own criteria for eligibility. Students are advised to contact the institution or organisation of their choice directly, to obtain more detailed information.
For more information on scholarships, see also: www.educationinireland.com
International students in Ireland are permitted to work part time to gain some income to supplement the cost of living. Students may work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic term, and up to 40 hours per week during holiday periods. Ireland’s minimum wage is €9.15 per hour.
An Irish higher education can provide a strong platform for international graduates to launch their careers. Following graduation. Ireland has a one year stay-back option. Following graduation, non EU students can remain in Ireland for up to one year to look for employment. In 2016 Ireland has had the fastest growing economy in the EU for the past three years, and there are a number of skills shortages, particularly in the areas of engineering, computing, science and finance.
Ireland continues to attract a huge amount of foreign direct investment (FDI), in fact, Ireland is the second most attractive country globally for FDI - after Singapore. An ever increasing number of International companies requiring skilled, educated and highly capable graduates are choosing to locate in Ireland. Over 1,000 multinationals currently have operations in Ireland. With companies like Dell, Facebook, IBM, Intel, HP, P&G, Oracle, Apple, Motorola, Google and many more there seems to be no dearth of jobs in Ireland.
- 9 of the world’s top 10 global ICT companies are based in Ireland
- 8 of the top 10 gaming companies
- 6 of the top 10 diagnostics companies
- 15 of the top 20 medical devices companies
- 50% of the world’s leading financial service firms
Ireland is also where some of the world’s biggest and best companies have located key, strategic research facilities. And in Ireland, you’ll find a unique ecosystem that sees academic researchers working hand-in-hand with small home-grown and start-up companies in partnership with some of the most powerful multinationals on the planet. Ireland’s world class institutions have shown the ability to deliver ‘employment-ready’ skills so students can transition smoothly into the workplace. This has been an important driver in Ireland’s transformation into a high tech, knowledge based economy.
Ireland Visa and Immigration
Like most other countries, Ireland requires candidates from many non-EU countries to have a visa to come and study in Ireland. If you are a citizen of any of the non-EU countries on this list, then you do not need a visa to study in Ireland. For full details of the student visa process for Ireland visit:
Life in Ireland
The Irish love any excuse to celebrate and meet people. That’s why you are never far away from one of the thousands of festivals held every year. Food, music, heritage and all that's great about Ireland are showcased. But beware – many festivals are held in muddy fields, so pack your boots!
For a small country, Ireland packs an enormous punch on international literary, music, film and cultural scene. Ireland is the country that gave the world Ulysses, Dracula and Gulliver’s Travels. Dublin has been named one of only four UNESCO Cities of Literature. And writers William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Becket, and Seamus Heaney have won Ireland four Nobel Prizes for Literature. Other playwrights of note include Oliver Goldsmith, Oscar Wilde, Sean O’Casey, Brendan Behan, John B. Keane and, more recently, living legend Conor McPherson.
St Patrick’s Day Festival. This is the national holiday on 17th March that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other. On St. Patrick’s Day everyone wants to be Irish! From March 14 to 18 the Irish will be painting the town green, with hundreds of events, parades and celebrations all around Ireland.
Ireland’s contemporary novelists Roddy Doyle, John Banville, Anne Enright, William Trevor, Sebastian Barry, and Colm Toibin have won Ireland a host of Costa and Man Booker prizes. Eoin Colfer delights young adults throughout the world with his tales of Artemis Fowl, and our chic-lit heroes Cathy Kelly, Celia Ahern and Marian Keyes soar high in the international best seller lists.
Dance, music and storytelling are strong traditions. Irish music is incredibly powerful…and diverse. U2 has been described as rock’s hottest ticket. Enya is one of the biggest selling female artists in the world. Other greats, past and present, include Westlife, Hozier, Thin Lizzy, Bob Geldof, Snow Patrol, Clannad, Horslips, The Corrs, Boyzone. Riverdance took the world by storm and has brought about a renaissance in Irish dance.
Scholarships in Ireland
There are hundreds of scholarships available for international students from a wide variety of sources such as the Government of Ireland, the Irish higher education institutions and other organisations. These are awarded solely at the discretion of the individual organisations that set down their own criteria for eligibility. Students are advised to contact the institution or organisation of their choice directly, to obtain more detailed information.
Up to date lists of scholarships opportunities can be found at www.educationinireland.com