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Ireland is an island to the north-west of Continental Europe. It is the 3rd largest Island in Europe & 20th on the Earth. To its east is the largest island UK which is separated by the Irish Sea. The climate of Ireland is Oceanic types which avoids extremes in temperature. Its capital is Dublin. Other important cities include Belfast, Cork, Waterford and Limerick.

The Economy of Ireland is a modern knowledge economy. It mainly focuses on services & high tech industries. It depends on trade, industry & investment and is ranked one of the wealthiest countries in the OECD.

Ireland has a reputation for being a safe and welcoming country to live in and was ranked 12th in the 2009 Global Peace Index. It has also been voted as the friendliest country in the world by Lonely Planet.

  • Benefits of Studying in Ireland
  • Education System
  • Visa Requirements
  • Fees Structure
  • Colleges/ Universities
  • Useful Links

Benefits of Studying in Ireland

Top Universities
Most Irish universities and private colleges are internationally ranked and boast of some of the most rigorous courses that are at par with those offered by universities in the US and the UK.

State of art facilities
Irish universities also take great pride in their highly synergistic and state-of-the art facilities, which ensure that students participating in research oriented programs in engineering and medical fields can conduct original and path breaking research.

Short Focused Master Degree Programs
Students who are keen to get their masters quickly to hasten their academic and professional growth can choose Irish Universities that offer 1 year Master’s degree programs. Those keen to pursue their MBA would also find it easy to make though Irish colleges, as unlike universities in other countries, they are open to accepting students with no prior work experience.

No Language Barrier
An English speaking country, Ireland is also one of best places to earn a Master’s in English. The country has rich literary tradition and has produced some of the best poets and writers of the 20th century.

Job Opportunities during and after Education
Students are allowed to work part-time 20 hours a week to during semesters to pay for their living expenses. During holidays students are allowed to work full time for 40 hours a week after completing your education students can get a 1 year work permit.

English Requirement
Most Irish universities insist upon a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 for Bachelors, Diploma and advanced courses and 6.5 for Graduate, Graduate Certificate and Master's programmes.

Cost of Living :
The living expenses per year for international students are 7000 Euros per year approx. It includes accommodation, transportation, fooding etc.

Education System

The main intake offered by all the Colleges & Universities is September. Few Universities also offer February intake.

Bachelors:

Minimum 70%‐80% in class 12th for universities, 60% for Institute of Technologies 50% for Private Institutions with IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 Bands.

Masters :

Minimum 60% in Graduation with IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 Bands. Generally, Universities of Ireland do not offer pre‐sessional courses. Hence, students not meeting the English language requirements need to re‐take the test and improve their IELTS scores. Dublin Business School is exception as they offer 2 months pre‐sessional English Language course depending upon the IELTS score.


Visa Requirements

In applying for a Student visa you must be able to show that:
  • You are enrolled on a privately funded course involving at least 15 hours of organized daytime tuition each week
  • You have paid the requisite fees to the college
  • You have a level of English language sufficient to do so (except in the case of an application which is solely for an English language course)
  • You have immediate access to at least €7,000. This is the estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year.
  • You must also demonstrate that you or your sponsor has ready access to an amount of at least €7,000 for each subsequent year of your studies, in addition to the course fees for each of those years.
  • You have private medical insurance.
  • You can account for any gaps in your educational history.
  • Your intention is to return to your country of permanent residence following completion of your studies in Ireland.
  • Visas can be obtained in two ways.

1) Normal student visa‐ processing time 4‐6 weeks.

2) Through Approval in principle scheme‐ processing time 5‐7 weeks.

APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE SCHEME

Under this scheme, applicants for a study visa from India, who have been accepted on to a QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) approved course, can apply for a study visa without having to pay the requisite college fees in advance.

Fees need only be paid when the visa application has been approved. Once evidence of the Electronic Fee Transfer has been submitted to the visa office New Delhi the visa will be issued. Electronic Fund Transfer is the only acceptable method of fee payment recognized by the Irish Visa Office, New Delhi.

Total Visa Fees:

SINGLE ENTRY VISA FEE – INR 4,300

MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA FEE - INR 7,100*

VFS (Visa Facilitation Services) HANDLING CHARGE – INR607

APPEAL made at VFS INR 200 per applicant charges. To be paid in cash at the time of appeal

For more details visit:

http://vfs-ireland.co.in/pdf/studyvisachecklist.pdf

Fees Structure

  • Medicine and Related: €12,035- €37,000 approx

  • Engineering: €9,150 – €18,000 approx

  • Science & Technology: €9,150 – €18,000 aprox

  • Arts & Humanities : €8,900 – €20,000 aprox

  • Business : €9,150 – €18,800 aprox

On average a student will spend between €6000 and €10,500per year depending on location and lifestyle.

Scholarship/ Bursaries

Some universities provide scholarship for various programs.

Disclaimer: This guidance is for students interested in studying abroad in particular country. It is only a guide for which information is taken from various relevant websites. It aims to answer some common questions. Visitors are recommended to contact the office for most updated information.

Colleges/Universities

    UNIVERSITIES

  • University College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • University of Limerick
  • NUI Galway
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Maynooth University
  • Dublin City University

    INSTITUTES OF TECHNOLOGY

  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Waterford Institute of Technology

    SPECIALIST COLLEGES

  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Shannon College of Hotel Management University

    PRIVATE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

  • Dublin Business School
  • Griffith College
  • IBAT College
  • ICD Business School
  • National College of Ireland

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Useful Links

  • www.educationinireland.com - Provides valuable information about the Irish education system and the various educational institutions of Ireland.
  • www.citizensinformation.ie - The website is built to provide information to people on various subjects ranging from health, employment, housing to consumer affairs.
  • http://www.vfsglobalirelandvisa.com/india// - All visa requirewments
  • www.daft.ie,www.findahome.ie - These websites provide information about accommodation in Ireland. Information is categorized which helps in finding accommodation according to one’s preference of location and price.
  • www.enterprise.gov.ie - The websites is useful to understand the trading and employment practices and policies of Ireland.
  • www.icosirl.ie - The Irish Council for International Students (ICOS) is an independent non-profit network of educational institutions, NGOs and individuals interested in international education and working with government and other agencies to promote good policies and best practice in relation to the recruitment, access and support of international students in Ireland.
  • www.idaireland.com - Ireland`s inward investment promotion agency is a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland through a wide range of services. A good website to get sector news and reports.
  • www.inis.gov.ie - Official website of The Irish Naturalization & Immigration Service (INIS). Provides in-depth information about immigration, citizenship and visas.
  • www.qqi.ie - Quality and Qualifications Ireland(QQI)is responsible for the external quality assurance of further and higher education and training (including English Language provision) and validates programmes and makes awards for certain providers in these sectors. QQI is also responsible for the maintenance, development and review of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
  • www.research.ie/ - The Irish Research Council was formally launched by the Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, on 29 March 2012. A sub-board of the Higher Education Authority, the council was established through a merger of the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Science (IRCHSS) and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET).
  • www.studentleapcard.ie - The website provides information to students on travel discounts across Ireland. The website is very valuable for students as they come to know about various offers and discounts.

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