Study In Ireland

Country’s national language:  English, Irish

Country’s currency:  Euro (1 Euro = Rs 74.89 approx.)

Country’s capital city:  Dublin

Country’s higher education system

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.

Higher Education in Ireland is provided mainly by 7 Universities, 14 Institutes of Technology, including the Dublin Institute of Technology and 7 Colleges of Education. In addition, a number of other third level institutions provide specialist education in such fields as art and design, medicine, business studies, rural development, theology, music and law.

Applications for entry to undergraduate courses in universities, colleges of education, institutes of technology and some other institutes of higher education, are processed by the Central Applications Office (CAO).  The aim of the system is to process applications centrally and to deal with them in an efficient and fair manner. The participating institutions retain the function of making decisions on admissions.

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is the statutory planning and development body for higher education and research in Ireland. The HEA has wide advisory powers throughout the whole of the third-level education sector. In addition it is the funding authority for the universities, institutes of technology and other designated higher education institutions.

   International student population in country: 32,000

Rankings and position at global platform

Many Irish universities rank  impressively well at world level, and Ireland as a whole is understandably a popular choice for   international students.

Ireland’s seven public universities are all ranked within the world’s top 700 in the 2012/13 QS World University Rankings, as is one of the 14 institutes of      technology. Three make the top 200: Trinity College Dublin (TCD) at 67,    University College Dublin (UCD), 131, and University College Cork, 190.

Ireland also has seven private-sector colleges, ranging in size from the tiny Burren College of Art, which has only about 200 students, to the huge Dublin.

Business School, which has a student community of about 9,000.

Programs and courses offered by country

  1. Attested copies of the mark sheets of Std X, XII, etc.
  2. Academic Reference Letters from professors who have taught you most recently.
  3. If you have work experience then at least one work reference letter from the employer who can comment on your
    professional skills and abilities.
  4. Statement of Purpose.
  5. Curriculum Vitae/ Resume.
  6. Portfolio in case of students applying for Arts and Design courses.
  7. 4 Extra Curricular Activities certificates.

 Visa Requirement

  • Art and design
  • Medicine
  • Business studies
  • Rural development
  • Theology,
  • Music
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Science & Technology
  Entry criteria

The Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is responsible for developing and maintaining the National Qualifications Framework (NFQ) and for quality standards (Quality Assurance and Pastoral Care) in both the higher education sector and English Language schools.

Students are encouraged to use the National Framework of Qualifications to identify the qualification they will achieve before making decisions. Qualifications recognised through the NFQ are quality assured. This means that you can have confidence that your course, and the institution at which you are studying, are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

The Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is intended to put you, the international student, at the centre of the education and training system in Ireland.

Entry requirements vary, but proficiency in the English language is a set requirement. For students who need a little extra practice, preparatory English courses are available at many universities, and also at separate English tuition schools.

Fees structure

For students outside the EEA/Switzerland, tuition fees vary depending on both the institution and the subject. For 2012/13, the government organization Education in Ireland advises undergraduate students to expect to pay €31,000-€45,000 for medicine and related subjects, €9,100-€20,300 for engineering, €9,100-€16,500 for science and technology, and €9,100-€15,500 for business and arts and humanities per year.

Non EU Undergraduate Tuition Costs

  Course average fees

Medicine and related €12,035 – €37,000
Engineering €9,150 – €19,500
Science & Technology €9,150 – €18,000
Arts & Humanities €8,900 – €20,000
Business €9,150 – €30,000

  Course average fees

Medicine and related €31,000 – €49,135
Engineering €9,100 – €20,300
Science & Technology €9,100 – €16,500
Arts & Humanities €9,100 – €15,500
Business €9,000 – €15,500

 Funding of VISA

Evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while studying in Ireland. As a student you will not have recourse to State funds and the Irish government requires that you be able to show that you – or your sponsor – have immediate access to at least EUR 7,000, the estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year – for each year of your course.

 Admission procedures

You should make sure that you read the information given for each course carefully and that you can meet all of the requirements set out.

In particular, you should make sure that you find out:

  • the level of education needed for admission and which of your qualifications will be recognised
  • the level of English required and any language certificates you will need to present
  • whether any work/voluntary experience is also required
  • if you will need to present a portfolio of work
  • the minimum age for admission to the course

whether the course is full-time or part-time (non-EEA students are only eligible to study full-time in Ireland).


The usual deadline for online applications is 20 January, and for paper applications is 1 February. However, ‘late’ online applications can be made until 1 February, and paper applications until 1 May.
  Visa policies and procedures
You must apply online for your student visa before you come to Ireland. Completing the form through the Internet generates a unique reference number which can also be used to track the application. At the end of the online application, you will receive a summary of the supporting documentation required, the fee payable and where it should be submitted to (often the nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate).

 Documents required to process visa application

You should refer to the full INIS guidelines relevant to your type of study and any information provided when you apply online.

The following information summarizes some of the key requirements.

  • A letter of acceptance from a recognized college or university confirming that you have been accepted on a full-time course of study (at least 15 hours per week).
  • Evidence that full fees have been paid (although it is not expected that you pay more than EUR 7,000 before visa approval).
  • Evidence of private medical insurance. » Read More
  • A passport valid for at least 6 months after the completion of your course
  • Fully complete the online application form, and submit your signed summary application form, photographs and fee. You must provide full details of your previous education on the application form.
  • In addition to the signed summary application form, please also submit a signed letter of application
  1. outlining your reason for coming to Ireland,
  2. giving details of any members of your family who are currently in Ireland, or any other EU State.
  3. If your employment history or educational background have no obvious connection to the course you now wish to pursue, you must give a full explanation of why you are now embarking on a change of career
  • Passport, valid for 12 months, and copy of previous passport if applicable.
  • If you have been refused a visa for any other country, details of this must be given. Submit the original letter issued to you by the authorities of that country. Concealment of visa refusals will result in your Irish visa application being refused – You must provide full details of all visa applications you have made for any country, including Ireland. If you have ever been in Ireland before, whether legally or illegally, you must give details of your time here. Failure to disclose any of these details will result in your current application being refused.
  • Evidence that you have private medical insurance cover – Private medical insurance cover is required. Your college may arrange this on your behalf. If so, details of this must be included in your Letter of Acceptance from the college. If it is not arranged by the college, you must organise this yourself and provide evidence with your application.

Standard visa processing timing:  8 weeks

  Benefits and opportunities

Companies who require a skilled, educated and highly capable workforce to drive their success chose to locate in Ireland.

Despite a worldwide recession, 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. Over 1,000 FDI giants in ICT, Social Media, Pharmaceuticals and Finance have made Ireland the hub of their European operations, with names such as Google, HP, Apple, IBM, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pfizer, GSK and Genzyme.

A report ‘Investing in Ireland’ – a survey of foreign direct investors – shows that 97pc of multinational executives plan on maintaining their current stake in Ireland. The survey, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit shows that the areas of financial services, technology and pharmaceuticals will account for the majority of new jobs.

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