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WHY STUDY IN IRELAND?

With a pre-dominantly young and dynamic populace leading their modern economy and having the fourth highest standard of education on a global scale, there has been a notable progressive rise in the number of overseas students choosing to go to study in Ireland.

  • Renowned standard of education- The higher education institutes in Ireland are very well recognized for their excellent caliber of teaching and education across various disciplines.
  • Global research hub- Home to 9 of the Top 10 global pharmaceutical companies, a multitude of students come to Ireland in pursuit of scientific research excellence that is in a league of its own.
  • High Employment probability- Ireland is one of the most alluring countries for FDI. With a significant number of global MNCs having their head office set up in Ireland for carrying out their European operations, resulting in sizable recruitment opportunities.
  • Explore your surroundings- Studying in Europe makes it moderately easy to take the time to travel and visit surrounding countries to experience a variety of diverse cultures over long weekends and vacation breaks.
  • International student offices- Most universities have trained staff on campus to assist incoming overseas students. They will usually organize orientation programs to help familiarize students with the Irish lifestyle and college protocols.
  • Scholarships- Depending on eligibility, International students can avail from a variety of financial aids offered to help with the tuition, cost of living and make their education more affordable.
Ireland’s Education System

In the last decade, Ireland has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world with education at the forefront of this advancement. With a well-planned, clever mix of affable but rational innovation, Irish universities and institutions. They now lead the world in a number of fields like natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities, making Ireland a lucrative destination for International students.

Students between the age of 5-10 years attend Primary school.

The Irish Education System can be broadly classified into 3 basic levels:

  • Primary education takes 8 years to complete.
  • Secondary education takes 5-6 years to complete.
  • Higher education up to the Post Graduate degree level- The third level education i.e. the Higher education post-secondary level offers a wide range of options. Apart from private colleges, all other institutes though independent are substantially funded by the state. In totality Ireland has;
  • 7 Universities
  • 7 Colleges of education
  • 14 Institutes of Technology
  • 15 Private institutes offering specialized education in disciplines

These institutes award students with varying credentials depending on their choice of course, International students can enroll for;

  • Vocational training
  • Technical training
  • Undergraduate degree
  • Post graduate degree
Types of Qualifications

The tuition fees varies depending on

  • Course
  • University
  • Field of study

Additionally, there is significant difference between the fees levied on European students in comparison to International students. Here is a brief review of the prevalent study options in Ireland across different levels in Euros:

QUALIFICATION DESCRIPTION DURATION ANNUAL TUITION FEES
National Certificate It is a Full-time course in a Technology discipline offered by an Institute of Technology or similar designated institute. 2 years €6,000- €20,000
National Diploma It is Full time course in a Technological discipline and requires a prior National certificate credential. 1 year €8,000- €30,000
Bachelor’s degree Undergraduate programs focusing on academic knowledge in a variety of courses across various disciples, armed with independent and analytical approach. 3-4 years €9,000- €45,000
Post Graduate Diploma Vocational in nature, this qualification aims to develop practical skills of students in a speedy manner. Students can apply after completing their bachelors’ degree preferable in a similar field. It can sometimes be equivalent to a masters’ qualification. 1 year €10,000- €30,000
Master’s degree Postgraduate programs provide a broader view of the subject area and available for coursework as well as research merit. It requires relevant bachelor’s degree from a similar field. 1-2 years €9,500- €37,000
Doctoral Degree

Higher doctoral degree

PhD is a premier research award which require a masters’ degree and a pre-approved research proposal by a panel of institute academics for admission. Minimum 3 years €9,000- €30,000

*Please note all fee figures are indicative

Student Bursaries

Many institutions offer variety of financial assistance for International students in the form of

  • Grants- Usually issued by the government, to award students with monetary assistance to pay for their university education, on the basis of their financial need.
  • Scholarships- Financial aids designed to support student’s education based on academic or other achievements.
  • Tuition waiver- They are granted by the university and essentially reduces the amount of tuition fees that the institute usually charges.
  • Studentships- This type of funding is usually provided for a specific project, covering the cost of tuition and research material along with a stipend allowance for the student.

It is recommended to check with universities and get a clear understanding of the aids that are applicable to you. With many students applying for monetary support, International students should commence the process a year prior to the intake session.

There are also a variety of financial aids like study abroad loans and scholarships to help International students supplement their education.

Intake season

In order to offer flexibility to International students, most universities follow a semester-based system offering 2 major intake sessions:

  • Fall semester begins in the month of September
  • Spring semester commences in January

Depending on the semester you plan to attend, International Students are advised to

  • Begin the admission process at least 6 months prior
  • Dedicate 3 of those months to accurately fill the application forms
  • Complete any aptitude or Language tests 3 months before
  • Complete visa application and interviews 3 months prior
Employment Opportunities and Future Prospects in Australia:

Depending on the course you are enrolled in, International students are allowed to work part-time up to 20 hours per week in New Zealand and full-time for the duration of the Christmas and New Year holidays. Main sectors offering part-time jobs are;

  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Agriculture
  • Tourism

Immigration is embraced in New Zealand, so if you wish to continue living and working in New Zealand after the completion of your course you will need to apply for a Post-study Work Visa. This visa is valid for up to 12 months and allows part time employment till you can find a job in your field.

Upon successfully landing a job, contingent to the course you have graduated from, you may be granted work visa for up to 3 years.

This especially works in favor of international students with qualifications in fields that are sought-after in New Zealand such as;

  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Business and finance
  • Engineering and construction
Student Visa Requirements

A number of supporting documents are required for filing an Ireland Student Visa including;

  • A valid passport
  • 2 Passport-size photographs
  • Completed Student Visa form (D Study Visa)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Evidence of payment for registration and tuition fees
  • Letter of Acceptance from university
  • Attested academic documents
  • Proof substantiating any gaps in educational history
  • Attested work experience documents, if applicable
  • 2 Letters of recommendation from employer, if applicable
  • Certified English Proficiency Test scores (TOEFL/IELTS/PTE/DUOLINGO)
  • Scores for GRE/ GMAT, if required
  • Letter confirming exit upon course completion
  • Proof of financial welfare
  • Relevant International Healthcare Insurance
  • Submit biometrics with Irish Authorities

In addition, students may be required to come for an interview at the Irish Embassy along with supplementary documents.

Step-by-Step Guide to Application and Visa Process:

Our expert faculty at Study Square will guide and assist you every step of the way and streamline this process for you, offering you the best chance of success for acquiring your visa;

All you need to do is;

  • Register on our website (provide link)
  • Schedule a meeting with our Admission counselor
  • Select a suitable course
  • Shortlist universities based on your preferences
  • With our assistance send your applications to the selected universities
  • Receive expert guidance for Visa application
  • Make payment of financial deposits
  • Acquire Letter of Acceptance from the university
  • Avail our assistance to apply for the Student Visa
  • Attend our pre-departure session
  • Prepare yourself for a bright future in the Emerald Isle!
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