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Study in Ireland

About Ireland

Ireland's worldwide reputation for high quality education is built on the solid foundation of commitment to excellence. Ireland is a beautiful island, combining contemporary modern cities with an unspoilt countryside, cityscapes steeped in history and a rich natural habitat. Renowned for friendliness, safe, English speaking country offers the warmest of welcomes to students from all over the world.

Average winter temperatures are of between 40°F/5°C and 46°F/8°C. Summer temperatures are generally between 60°F/15°C to 70°F/20°C. One thing that is more than probable is rain.

Ireland today is a multi-cultural society where all religions are embraced and respected as playing vital roles in the societal make-up of the country.

Why Ireland

  • A friendly safe Environment
  • English Speaking Country
  • Extensive Choice of courses
  • Internationally Recognised Qualifications
  • Long Tradition in Education Excellence
  • Innovative and Creative Culture
  • Leading Global Companies in Ireland
  • Entrepreneurial Society

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.

Types of Institutions

  • Universities
  • NUI Colleges
  • Institutes of Technology
  • Private Higher Education Institutions

Courses in Ireland

Irish Higher education institutions offer degrees at ordinary and Honours Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate levels and undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas over a full range of disciplines.

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.


Course Fee

Medicine and related €12,000 - €45,000
Engineering €9,100 - €20,300
Science & Technology €9,100 - €16,500
Arts & Humanities €9,100 - €15,500
Business €9,000 - €15,500

Estimated Living Costs for Dublin

Rent (per week) €127.00
Utilities (per week) €31.00
Food (per week) €46.00
- Public Transport (per week)
- Taxis (per trip)
Total €274.50 (per week)


There are a number of scholarships available for international students from a wide variety of sources such as the Government of Ireland, the Irish higher education institutions and other organisations. These are awarded solely at the discretion of the individual organisations that set down their own criteria for eligibility. Students are advised to contact the institution or organisation of their choice directly, to obtain more detailed information.

Working while Studying in Ireland

International students engaged in full-time study of at least one year’s duration at or above NFQ Level 7 are permitted to work while they study.


Students enrolled on courses on the Degree Programme are allowed to undertake an internship where this forms part of their programme. This is subject to the following rules. The internship or work placement part of the programme cannot exceed 50% of the duration of the programme e.g. a 4 year programme would permit 2 years of work placement. In addition, the employment cannot be in a self employed capacity.

Documents Required for Admission

  1. SSC - 1 set (Photocopy)
  2. 10+2 - 1 set (Photocopy)
  3. Graduation (Individual Transcripts, Consolidated & Provisional) - 1 set (Photocopy)
  4. Recommendation letters - 2 set (Photocopy)
  5. Statement of Purpose - 1
  6. Resume - 1
  7. IELTS / TOEFL Score card - 1 set (Photocopy)
  8. Passport Front & Back - 1 set (Photocopy)
  9. Work Experience Certificate - 1 set (Photocopy)
  10. Passport size color photos - 4

Documents Required for Visa Application - Ireland

  1. All academic transcripts in original + 2 photocopy sets
  2. Original IELTS / TOEFL score card + 2 photocopy sets
  3. Original passport + 1 photocopy of complete passport + photocopy of the first 2 pages
  4. PCC (Police Clearance Certificate from Passport office or Commissioner Office or SP office or Local Police station)
  5. Regular passport size photograph - 4 (35x45 Size - Face Zoom, Plain back ground)
  6. Affidavit of support: 10/- Stamp Papers - 2 Papers
  7. Self Declaration: 100/- Stamp Papers - 2 Papers
  8. Statement of Support
  9. Resume
  10. Online Application form
  11. Student questionnaire, to be filled up by the applicant
  12. CE (Charted Engineer)
  13. CA
  14. VFS Disclaimer
  15. Total VISA application fee (including DD making bank charge, VFS charge and service tax) is approximately Rs. 5100/-. This needs to be paid in cash.

Post Study Pathways for International Students

Under Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme, after the completion of studies, graduates are allowed to remain in Ireland and look for employment or apply for a green card / work permit.

  • During their approved stay under the scheme, a student can work full-time
  • The permission under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme is non renewable.
  • Students should have studied in Ireland and completed a qualification at NFQ Level 8-10
  • Award granted by a recognised Irish awarding body