Study in Ireland

Ireland is a very beautiful and a green country which is located in the north-west of Europe. Ireland is an island which is separated from Great Britain by Irish Sea. Ireland is also known as Emerald Isle because of its greenery all over the land and its rolling hills.

Ireland receives a lot of rain every year which helps to maintain the greenery. It is divided between republic of Ireland and the northern island politically, which is the part of the United Kingdom. Ireland has an equable climate and it is warmer in winter and cooler in summer due to south west winds which cross the North Atlantic Ocean. The annual temperature is 10°c and the average monthly temperature is 4°c.

Quick Facts
Official Name Republic of Ireland
Capital Dublin
Currency Euro (€)
Languages spoken English, Irish
Area 70,273 sq km
Population 4.73 million
Calling code +353
  • Why Study in Ireland
  • Education in Ireland
  • Universities
  • Entry Requirements
  • Cost of Education
  • Student Visa Checklist
  • FAQ's

Why study in Ireland

There are various benefits for international students, attracting them to consider Ireland as their new study destination.

Post study work

The Third Level Graduate Scheme is created to allow the foreign graduates who are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who obtained a primary, masters or doctorate degree from an Irish third level educational institution to remain in Ireland for a period of six months to two years. The purpose of the permission is to remain there to seek employment and gain a Green Card or Work Permit.

Part time job

The outside the European Economic Area must study for full time and they are allowed to work 20 hours per week during the course study and 40 hours per week during vacation.

Post study visa

One of the major advantage of studying is Ireland is the post study visa. It is actually useful for students who wish to work in Ireland after completing their master’s program. The students will get a stay back option for 2 years after the one year master’s course and a stay back of 1 year after the completion of bachelors program. This makes the students easy to find a job after their graduation. Once the student gets employment, the student is eligible to apply for green card or work permit. The international student also has a chance to get indefinite right to stay which is the permanent residency.

English Speaking Country

Even though Ireland has its own language (Gaelic) with its cultural identity, only 36% of the Irish population knows to speak Irish and 94% of the population speaks English as it is the universal spoken language and it makes the international students the best choice to study at Ireland.

World class universities

Despite being an island with a population of 4 million, there are a number of excellent higher education universities in republic of Ireland. Many universities have a high rank in Ireland. They are known for its excellence in many disciplines. They understand the students better and they have popular and good choices for the international students. The language used for teaching is English language so that every student can understand the language better. Ireland is recognized as international location for high quality scientific research.

Job opportunities

There are approximately more than 4000 IT jobs available in companies like Google, Microsoft, Intel, Facebook, Yahoo etc, in Ireland. You can get a job in any of the companies after your graduation.

Popular brand

The popular brands in Ireland are Apple, Pfizer, EMC, VMWARE, Google, Facebook, Paypal, Microsoft, Yahoo, eBay, PopCap Games, Populis, LinkedIn, AOL, Twitter, Airbnb, Riot Games, Kildare and Intel.


There are many scholarships given to the international students who are from non European Economic Area (EEA) in Ireland from a various sources such as government of Ireland, the Irish higher education institutions and other organizations. The students can apply for the fully funded scholarship for under graduate programs and post graduate programs. The student can contact the organization directly for more information. Some universities offer 100% scholarship and some universities offer 50% scholarship for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Low cost tuition fee

The tuition fee varies depending on the course and the college you prefer. Most of colleges have low cost fee ranging from 9,000 to 54,000 per year for non EU students for the bachelors degree and 9,000 to 31,000 for the post graduation.

Accommodation cost

The international students can enjoy a balanced lifestyle in a country like Ireland. Total living costs range from 600 to 873 EUR per month. The students can live in the college campus as well as outside either alone or with a partner and a child. The cost varies according this and it ranges from 375 to 470 EUR per month.

Permanent resident ship

The student can acquire a permanent resident ship after staying in Ireland for more than 5 years legally. You must register with Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and have to obtain the certificate of registration but there is no need for an employment permit. A person can be eligible for a green card when the person has got an offer to work in Ireland with minimum salary of € 30,000 for occupations in the computer and electrical field.

Ireland is a safe country

Ireland is a friendly and a safe country. Ireland was named as ‘The most friendly country in the world’ by the lonely planet in 2010. Ireland loves to welcome their new guests as they are a welcoming bunch of friendly people. That is why international students get so much out of Irish experience.


Ireland is rich in its cultural heritage with the language of its own, culture, music, sports etc. it is a dynamic, lively and a modern country. The landscape of Ireland provides a rich environment for many outdoor leisure pursuits. Ireland’s emerald landscape and the people of Ireland are the most enriching reasons for the international students to study in Ireland.

Education in Ireland

Education System in Ireland

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.

Qualifications Recognition in Ireland

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). 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.

Popular Courses in Ireland

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science with Data Science
  • Computing
  • Computer Science (Software Engineering)
  • Computer Science (Data Analytics)
  • Big data and data analytics
  • Data Science & Analytics
  • Cyber security
  • Cloud computing
  • Supply chain and logistics
  • MBA
  • Accounts and finance
  • Management (Business)
  • Human Resource Management
  • Finance
  • Business Management
  • International Management
  • Public Health Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Nursing - Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Doctor of Psychological Science (Clinical Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Nursing Science
  • Medical Science

Steps to follow – Post Student Arrival in Ireland

The student will receive his visa for 15 days or 3 months. The student should register at the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) soon after he arrives.

The documents which are listed below are required

  • Passport
  • Student ID card provided by university of Ireland
  • A letter from the registrar’s office of the school or university stating that the student is a registered student and mentioning the date of starting and the completion date of his course.
  • The student must show a part of his living expense like a minimum of €3000 to the visa office in his bank statement.
  • A fee of €300 through credit card or debit card (no cash accepted)

Working in Ireland

  • Minimum of 1 year of study is must
  • Students must hold a valid immigration stamp
  • Registration with Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) is must.
  • Registered students are permitted to work only 20 hours per week during the course time and 40 hours per week during vacation.
  • Minimum wage of the student is €9.15 per hour.

Universities in Ireland

Some of the universities and institutions in Ireland are as follows. Click on the link below to know about each University.

  • Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin
  • University College, Dublin
  • Griffith College, Dublin
  • Atlantic Aviation Institute
  • University College, Cork
  • Dublin City University
  • University of Limerick
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Maynooth University
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology Sligo
  • Limerick Institute of Technology
  • National College of Ireland
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
  • Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
  • Institute of Technology Tallaght
  • Institute of Technology, Tralee
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Public Administration
  • National College of Art and Design
  • National University of Ireland, System
  • Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth
  • Marino Institute of Education
  • Royal Irish Academy of Music
  • Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • Carlow College
  • All Hallows College

Intake & Deadline

Intakes: January (for few courses only) and September

General Deadline for Applications: Up to 1st May

Entry Requirements

English language requirement

  • Medium of Instruction – English
  • IELTS – for Masters: 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 for Bachelors: 6.0 with no band less than 5.5
  • Academic percentage – 60% to 70% and above
  • Study gap should not be there more than 2 years.
  • More than 2 years of experience is accepted for masters.

For Undergraduate Courses

  • A Higher secondary school certificate (12th Standard results) from a recognized institution is required.
  • To enter the 3rd year of a degree, students are required to have successfully passed a minimum of two years of higher studies after 12th Standard to earn 60%

For Postgraduate Courses

  • An undergraduate degree from a well recognized University with a minimum of 70% or above.
  • Students with other relevant qualifications and a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience are also considered.

Application Documents

Documents required for making an application to a University:

  • Correct application form
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A Statement of purpose (for Universities & Institutes of Technologies).
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (for Universities & Institutes of Technologies) & Work Experience Letter if any.
  • IELTS/TOEFL/PTE Score card.
  • Degree Certificate & all the mark sheets of Bachelors.
  • Attested copies and mark sheets of 12th STD & 10th STD.
  • The subject key should be mentioned if the 10th and 12th mark sheets contain only subject codes.
  • Copy of Passport (first & last page).
  • 4 extracurricular activities.
  • Passport size photographs.

Cost of Education

The cost of higher education differs between each institution.

Average Tuition Fee – Non-EU


Type of courses In Euros (€)
Medicine and related 45,000 - 52,000
Engineering 9,750 - 23,000
Science & Technology 9,750 - 22,000
Arts & Humanities 9,750 - 20,000
Business 9,750 - 18,000


Type of courses In Euros (€)
Medicine and related 9,250 - 31,000
Engineering 9,250 - 24,000
Science & Technology 9,250 - 45,000
Arts & Humanities 9,250 - 22,000
Business 9,250 - 34,500


The Scholarships are given for the international students in Ireland who are not considered as the people of the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Ireland universities. The scholarship amounts for the programmes are

  • Undergraduate Merit Scholarships - €2,000
  • Postgraduate Merit Scholarships - €2,000

Some universities offer 100% scholarship and some universities offer 50% scholarship for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Estimated Living Costs for Dublin

Expenses(per week) in Euros (€)
Rent 127.00
Utilities 31.00
Food 46.00
Public Transport 12.00
Taxis (per trip) 10.00
Total €274.50

Student Visa Checklist

For Photo visa specifications, Please click on the following link Ireland Visa Photo Specifications

Documents Required for Visa Application

  • Complete visa application form (MVV form) printed and signed.
  • Original passport with photocopy of front and last page.
  • coloured passport size photographs which is taken recently not more than 6 months old.
  • The student should submit the photocopies of each page of all the passports.
  • Original police clearance certificate.
  • Original and a photocopy of acceptance letter and confirmation of fees.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • 10th and 12th mark sheet
  • Graduation mark sheet and certificate
  • IELTS/PTE score card
  • Experience certificate
  • Bank statement and bank balance certificate of last 6 months
  • Bank loan sanction letter (if any)
  • Income tax return acknowledgment or in case of student his/her sponsor’s for the last two assessment years
  • CA statement regarding net worth of the sponsor
  • Photocopy of medical insurance is mandatory
  • Provide full details of the sponsors for the students
  • In case if the sponsor is not directly related to the student, then explain their relation and provide evidence.

Note: Students are advised to carry 2 to 3 photocopies of each document along with the original copies for verification.


  1. Can the student study a Part time course?
  2. No. the immigration permission has been granted only for the full time educational course.

  3. What is the total period of time a non EEA national student can be permitted to remain to pursue courses of study?
  4. The period of time which a non EEA national student can be permitted to remain to pursue courses of study is 7 years. The Period of time which was previously spent in Ireland by studying the courses also count for the 7 year time limit a non EEA.

  5. Is the student required to register and seek permission to be in the State?
  6. All the non-EEA students should register with their local immigration permission to remain in Ireland for more than 90 days

  7. How should the student open a bank account?
  8. To open a bank account the student will need two forms of identification. Irish banks are obliged to establish their identity and verify their address. They cannot use the same document as proof of both their identity and their address. These are minimum requirements and it is at the discretion of the bank to look for further information.

  9. What are the most popular courses in Ireland?
  10. The popular courses in Ireland are

    • Big data and data analytics
    • Data Science & Analytics
    • Cyber security
    • Cloud computing
    • Supply chain and logistics
    • MBA
    • Accounts and finance
  11. What is the attendance requirement for a non-EEA student for a full time language course?
  12. The minimum level of attendance required for the course is 85%.

  13. Can the student pay the fees in cash?
  14. No. The students are not supposed to pay the tuition fees in cash.

  15. How much money should the student budget for the living expense?
  16. The students who are from non-EEA are suggested to have 1,000 euro per month to cover accommodation and living costs, excluding their tuition fees.

  17. How can the student pay the fees?
  18. There are many ways to pay the fees to the institution including online, bank transfer, or by using a bank giro. For the students who apply for a visa, they can also use Pay to Study facility as this will generate an automatic fee receipt.

  19. Does the student need to pay a deposit?
  20. A deposit is payable to secure the student’s place on most colleges/ universities. If a deposit is required, it will be mentioned in the offer letter.

  21. What is the Third Level Graduate Scheme?
  22. The Third Level Graduate Scheme is nothing but which allows the non-EEA students who graduated from any of the Irish higher education institutions to remain in Ireland to seek employment.

  23. Is the on-campus accommodation available?
  24. Yes the on-campus accommodation is available in many institutions but it is not guaranteed to all the students.

  25. What are the scholarships available?
  26. Numerous scholarships are available to students who are from non-EEA, to award the outstanding achievement and to attract the students of highest calibre.

  27. Does the student require a private medical Insurance?
  28. All the students who are from non-EEA are required to have a private medical insurance when they are coming to reside in Ireland to study. The student is required to show the proof of the appropriate medical insurance to the immigration authorities at the time of registration.

  29. How can the student check that the course he wishes to study is included in ILEP?
  30. If the students who are from non-EEA are coming to study in Ireland, they must be enrolled in a full-time course on The Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP). You must check the ILEP to check whether the course you have chosen is available on that list or not. Your student permission will be granted only if you have enrolled on a course which is listed on The Interim List of Eligible Programs.

  31. What are the courses which are available in the ILEP?
  32. There are 4 categories in which the ILEP for student immigration permission is divided. They are:

    • Higher Education Programmes leading to Major Awards
    • Higher Education Programmes leading to Non Major Awards
    • Professional Awards
    • English Language Programmes

    The students are advised to research on the courses he wishes to enroll in.

  33. Will the college expect the student to pay any extra fee that the student was not aware of before enrolling in the course like extra fee for an exam?
  34. All the fees which are applicable to the course will be clearly notified to the students before enrolling in the course. The students will not be asked any extra fee which is not mentioned to them earlier.

  35. Can the student bring family members with them?
  36. The students are not allowed to bring their family members in general. For visa required students, their husband, wife, or child will have to make their own. Spouses or children will be considered as applicants on their own right. They should advance their application for entry or residence on the basis of their relationship with a student. The students are not allowed to accompany their children other than those who are born during their stay.

  37. What are the basic healthcare regulations for non-EEA students?
  38. A basic policy which covers emergency medical expenses like accident requiring hospital expenses must be possessed by non-EEA students and a proof of insurance should be submitted at the time of registration.