Study in Ireland

WhyStudy in Ireland?

  • Education in Ireland is free at all levels for Irish nationals and resident of theEuropean Union. This includes university education as well. However, thisbenefit is not applicable to international students.
  • Entryinto the undergraduate courses (ordinary and honours degree courses) isgenerally done through the Central Applications Office (CAO).
  •  This way, prospective students apply throughthe CAO rather than applying individually to each university.
  • Theautumn intake in Ireland starts in September and the spring intake begins inFebruary. Some universities may have enrolments throughout the year as well.
  • Safetyin Ireland: Travelling through Ireland is not dangerous atall. The biggest danger you might face could be pickpockets who wouldsimply snatch your bag, which is a risk anywhere in the world. Other than thatcountry is safe for people of Indian origin, as “racist-hate” crimesare uncommon.

·         Indians living in Ireland: There are around 100,000 Indians residing in Ireland currently. Cities like Galway, Dublin, Cork, Limerick, and Athlone are the regions where most Indians reside.

Admission process: –

  • For eachcourse, a minimum academic score of 60% and above in Standard XII is required.
  • The Foundationsand the Diploma programmes are available for students who have secured around50%.
  • Thestudents should have to completed 18 years of age before joining a degreeprogram.
  • It isimportant to remember that even though entry requirement is lower at Irishuniversities, the education standard is not.
  • Hence,you should carefully enhance your ability to cope with the high standard ofeducation through the course of next few years beforehand.
  • Admission Process: For undergraduate courses, the Irishuniversities accept applications through Central Applications Office (CAO) anonline enrolment system. 
  • You willhave to create an account on the CAO website to provide your basic information,submit the scanned version of your documents, score of TOEFL/IELTS and payapplication fees.

The documents to be submitted are:

  • Academic Transcripts: Mark Sheets of Standard X,XII, and the bachelor’s degree (if applicable)
  • Internet-based TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • If youhave work experience then two letters of recommendation (LOR) from the employer/manager who knows you well andcan comment on your professional abilities
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Academic Resume
  • Portfolio(in case of the students applying for art and design courses or architectureprograms)
  • Proof offunds
  • Healthinsurance
  • A copy ofyour passport

Photocopies of all these documents should be translated in English and certified by the educational institution or by notary.

Cost of living: – Course costs, costs which you only have to pay once, not regularly/ which you may have to pay if you are travelling to Ireland.Make a note of ones which apply to you and estimate the total cost of these. Visa application, Travel insurance, Medical insurance, Post/ baggage to / from Ireland, Registration with police, Mobile phone.
Cost Monthly (€) Annual (€)
Rent €427 €3,843
Utilities €28 €252
Food €167 €1,503
Travel €135 €1,215
Books  & Class materials €70 €630
Clothes/Medical €41 €369
Mobile €31 €279
Social life/Misc €75 €675

Irishstudent visa requirements: –

  • Indian studentsmust have apply for a visa to enter Irelandbefore they travel.
  • Studentswill be required to have accepted an offer of the recognised programme of studyin Ireland and to have a receipt of payment letter from a college in Ireland, beforeyou can begin process of applying for your visa overseas to study in Ireland.
  • Studentsfrom with the EU do not need visa to study in Ireland.

Documents for the study visa: –

  • A recent passport sized photograph
  • Letter of acceptance from a recognized Irish university confirming that you have been accepted for a full-time course.
  • Scores of either IELTS or TOEFL
  • Proof of payment of tuition fees
  • Bank statement as proof of enough funds (€7000) required to cover the cost of living for the first year of stay in Ireland.
  • Evidence that you or your parents/sponsor have access to at least €7000 for following years of study as living costs.
  • Private medical insurance papers

Tuitionfees in Ireland: –

  • Indian undergraduate students
  • Arts and humanities: €10,000 – €16,500
  • Business: €10,000 – €16,000
  • Engineering: €10,000 – €21,600
  • Medicine: €31,000 – €50,000
  • Sciences: €10,000 – €21,600
  • Indian postgraduate students
  • Arts and humanities: €10,500 – €20,000
  • Business: €10,500 – €30,000
  • Engineering: €10,500 – €19,500
  • Medicine: €12,000 – €52,000
  • Sciences: €10,500 – €18,000

IrelandUniversity Rankings 2018: –

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • National University of Ireland,Galway
  • University College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • Dublin City University
  • Maynooth University
  • University of Limerick
  • Dublin Institute of Technology