Ireland offers quality-assured international qualifications. The Irish Higher Education System has 33+ higher education institutions offering an extensive range of over 2200 programs at undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels, including affordable MBA programs. Another key reason for most of the International Students choosing Ireland as a popular study abroad destination is the 24-months stay back period offered by the country. This, combined with the flexibility for international students to work part-time for20 hours per week during term time and full-time for 40 hours per week during vacation,makes Ireland a worthy international education destination for aspiring students.
Ireland is considered as one of the friendliest countries for international students in the world. Ireland was ranked as the 10th most peaceful place in the world in the year 2019 on the Global Peace Index. English is the universal spoken language in the country, and that’s one of the reasons why so many multinational businesses locate their European base in Ireland.
Moreover, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the booming Information Technology industry, makes Ireland one of the most preferred countries for students aspiring to study abroad. The Irish Education System also enables students who have the right skills to find suitable jobs with large multinational companies in the technology and management sectors.
Ireland is famous not just for a high-quality education system, but also for its picturesque locations, excellent connectivity with the rest of Europe, and a booming ICT Industry for seeking highly-skilled employment.
Why Study In Ireland
Let’s find out why Ireland is a great option for you!
Ireland is a country that offers you the best of both worlds – the green countryside and a vibrant urban lifestyle. Here are top six reasons why Ireland could be an ideal study destination for you:
1. Quality Institutions
The excellence offered by Irish institutions can be explained by the fact that one in ten full-time students in Ireland is an international student.
2. Innovation and Research
Universities and colleges of Ireland form the top 1% of research institutes of the world with impacts in 19 disciplines including social science, natural science, humanities, and healthcare.
4. Stay in a Safe Community
In Global Peace Indices Ireland has been ranking in the top 10 countries in 2018* and 2017*, which makes it among the safest countries in the world.
Ireland’s Higher Education Institutions are absolutely committed to ensuring that visiting students settle in to their new environment and have all the information needed for an enjoyable stay.
5. Experience The Irish Culture
The Irish are also known for their friendly approach and welcoming. They love their conversations and are probably the best people to make you laugh. Ireland was voted as the world’s 10th most sociable country in 2017.
6. Work While You Learn
Good news – you can support your education in Ireland by working part-time. Also, after completion of your studies, you can stay back to seek employment under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme for non-EU third level graduates.
Fun Facts About Ireland
1. St. Patrick is the saint of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day falls on March 17th and is a grand celebration here where people eat traditional Irish food.
2. A lot of Irish names start with ‘Mac’ or ‘O’ which means ‘son of’ and ‘grandson of’.
3. Ireland witnessed continuous rain for 40 days in 2007
4. Almost 50% of Dublin’s population is less than 25 years of age.
5. Around 57% of the Irish population wears spectacles or contact lenses.
6. Trinity College Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland.
7. Mounds of dirt are called fairy forts in Ireland.
8. Did you know the titanic was constructed in Belfast, Northern Ireland?
9. Ireland is often referred as Emerald Isle because of its rolling hills and lush greenery
10. When in Ireland, you’ll find innumerable castles, most of which are open for tourists to visit and explore.
Ireland Education System
Internationally-recognized qualifications, academic excellence, abundant growth in research, vibrant campus life, and immense employment opportunities, education in Ireland will offer you all.
Study levels in Ireland
- Primary Education Including Pre-Primary
- Post Primary Education
- Further Education and Training
- Higher Education
National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
The standards of Irish education qualifications are specified by NFQ. It measures and compares the learning standards and achievements of qualifications and also facilitates the transfer between institutions.
Teaching and Learning Style
The colleges and Universities in Ireland provide an innovative and interactive learning approach wherein you’ll be engaging with your classmates and your instructor alike while understanding the topic/concept of discussion.
Higher (or third-level) Education
The higher education comprises universities, colleges, and institutes of technology, most of which are Irish government funded.
There are a number of pathway programs to higher education for international students including foundation studies mostly in business, engineering, or pure/applied, and social sciences.
English Language Requirements
To gain your study visa for Ireland, you’ll have to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. To prove your communication and correspondence skills you have to pass an English language test. A minimum score of 5.0 band is required in IELTS to apply for an Irish study visa.
Expenditure Guide for Ireland
However, studying abroad can be an expensive affair, but thankfully, Ireland is one destination where quality education is available at tuition rates lower than many other countries.
1. Tuition fee is your prime expenditure
Your expenditure on tuition fee depends on the institution and type of qualification you opt for. To cover your tuition fees, you will need approximately between €10,000 and €25,000 a year.
2. Calculate accommodation costs
Most institutions in Ireland offer on-campus residence facilities to international students. There is also the facility for off-campus accommodation wherein you can share apartments with other students from India.
3. Cost of your student visa and permit
To study in Ireland, the first step is to secure a valid study visa and that comes with its own costs (approx. €60). Feel free to consult your UNIXPERTS counsellor for latest updates and information on the visa application process and related costs.
4.Consider Health Support and Insurance
For students who are traveling to Ireland from India, it is mandatory to get medical insurance before the commencement of their program.
If your institution is not providing you with a shuttle service to-and-fro from your lodging, you’ll have to rely on the available public transport.
6.Don’t ignore your taxes
Indian students studying in Ireland are allowed to work 20 hours per week during academic sessions and full-time during vacations and the income is taxable.
Student Visa Requirements for Ireland
Need help with applying to student visa? Here’s help!
The Irish Government provides an opportunity to all Indian students to study in the country but as a prerequisite, you’ll have to obtain a student visa first.
How to apply for study visa, you will generally need:
- A current passport or other valid travel documentation
- Letter of acceptance from a recognized Irish institution
- As a mandatory condition, your passport needs to be valid for 12 months
- Passport-sized colour photographs
- The score of an English language proficiency test such as IELTS
- Fee payment Proof
- Evidence of funds (€7,000) to provide your living expenses for the duration of your course
- Evidence for gaps in your educational history (if any)
- Medical insurance details
- A statement of your commitment that you’ll leave Ireland on the expiry of your visa
- For ‘C’ visa you need application summary sheets and proof of your return home as attested documents
- Evidence for academic ability to pursue your chosen course
- A translator confirmation as evidence of accurate translation of the original document submitted;
- The translation date;
- The full name and signature of the translator; and
- The contact details of your translator
**Please note that these are the basic requirements, speak with your UNIXPERTS counsellor for a detailed list of documents required for visa processing
How to apply for VISA?
You can apply for a study visa up to three months before your travel date to Ireland. If you plan to visit another state before you travel to Ireland, then you must possess a relevant visa for that state in your passport before you apply for an Irish visa.
Applying for your visa online
You can apply for your student visa application online using the Irish Government’s official website. Also, you can apply for up to three months before your intended date of travel to Ireland.
How can UNIXPERTS help with visa applications?
If you’re an UNIXPERTS student with an offer letter from any of our partner institutions in Ireland, we can advise you on how to go about the entire process. We’ll make sure you are fully informed on the latest visa requirements and conditions; also help you prepare the right documents for your submission.
You will have to pay €60 as your visa fee (do check the latest fee when applying) as an applicant from outside Ireland.
English Language Requirements
To gain your study visa for Ireland, you will have to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. A minimum score of 5.0 band is required in IELTS to apply for an Irish study visa.
As part of your application, you will also be required to furnish your biometric information. As an Indian student, you’d need to provide your fingerprints to the Irish authorities.
What are Popular Courses in Ireland?
|Top Courses in Ireland||AVERAGE ANNUAL TUITION FEES (Euros per Annum)|
|Computer Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence||12,000 – 21,000|
|Data Analytics||11,000 – 23,000|
|Software and App Development||13,000 – 25,000|
|Gaming and ICT||11,500 – 19,000|
|Finance, Accounting and Taxation||12,500 – 22,500|
|Financial Technology (FinTech)||14,000 – 25,000|
|International Business and Management||10,500 – 19,500|
|MBA||13,000 – 35,000|
Health and Other Support Services
Here’s a lowdown on the support services available for you!
It can be a little challenging to cope with the changes in your environment when you move to Ireland for the first time.
In case you get hassled at any point, you can reach out to:
Pre-arrival support guide
Many institutions offer a pre-arrival support guide that includes details of medical insurance available, accommodation options and many more
Campus support services
Dedicated to support international students via various orientations and programs.
Student associations on campus
Most universities and colleges have their own student associations, which help international students manage their various activities along with academics.
Support for students with disabilities
Most universities and institutions offer special support to international students with disabilities
Work Placement Programme
Some Irish institutions have work placement as a part of their course structure.
Make sure you have a Health Insurance
Most universities and colleges also provide with health insurance facilities to international students, you might have to arrange for it on your own if your institution doesn’t provide one before your departure.
Popular health insurance providers in Ireland include:
- Irish Life Health
- VHI Healthcare