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.
|Official Name||Republic of Ireland|
|Languages spoken||English, Irish|
|Area||70,273 sq km|
There are various benefits for international students, attracting them to consider Ireland as their new study destination.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Some of the universities and institutions in Ireland are as follows. Click on the link below to know about each University.
Intakes: January (for few courses only) and September
General Deadline for Applications: Up to 1st May
Documents required for making an application to a University:
The cost of higher education differs between each institution.
|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
Some universities offer 100% scholarship and some universities offer 50% scholarship for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
|Expenses(per week)||in Euros (€)|
|Taxis (per trip)||10.00|
For Photo visa specifications, Please click on the following link Ireland Visa Photo Specifications
Note: Students are advised to carry 2 to 3 photocopies of each document along with the original copies for verification.
No. the immigration permission has been granted only for the full time educational course.
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.
All the non-EEA students should register with their local immigration permission to remain in Ireland for more than 90 days
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.
The popular courses in Ireland are
The minimum level of attendance required for the course is 85%.
No. The students are not supposed to pay the tuition fees in cash.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes the on-campus accommodation is available in many institutions but it is not guaranteed to all the students.
Numerous scholarships are available to students who are from non-EEA, to award the outstanding achievement and to attract the students of highest calibre.
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.
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.
There are 4 categories in which the ILEP for student immigration permission is divided. They are:
The students are advised to research on the courses he wishes to enroll in.
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.
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.
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.