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
- Fee Structure
- Colleges/ Universities
- Career Opportunities
- Useful Links
Benefits of Studying in Ireland
Top UniversitiesMost Irish universities and private colleges are internationally ranked and boast of some of the most rigorous courses and connect with leading global companies located here.
State of The Art FacilitiesIrish 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 ProgramsStudents 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 BarrierAn 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 Researchers and Scholars.
Job Opportunities during and after EducationStudents are allowed to work part-time 20 hours a week during semesters to pay for their living expenses. During holidays students are allowed to work full time for 40 hours a week. After completing Masters, students get 2 years work permit. Also please note:
- There are over 1000 MNCs in Ireland.
- 50% of the World's major financial services companies are here.
- Ireland is the World’s 2nd largest software exporter.
- Ireland has 15 of the top 20 medical devices companies.
- 8 of the top 10 global ICT companies are based here.
English RequirementMost 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.Irish universities also accept PTE (Pearsons Test For English).
Cost of LivingThe living expenses per year for international students are 7000 Euros per year approx. It includes accommodation, transportation, fooding etc.
Education SystemThe main intake offered by all the Colleges & Universities is September. Few Universities also offer January intake.
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.
Minimum 60% in Graduation with IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 Bands. Generally, Universities of Ireland do not offer presessional courses. Hence, students not meeting the English language requirements need to retake the test and improve their IELTS scores. Dublin Business School is exception as they offer 2 months presessional English Language course depending upon the IELTS/PTE score.There is a Pathway program for few universities where academic requirements are not met.
Visa RequirementsIn 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:
INR 6000 (aprox ).
For more details visit:http://vfs-ireland.co.in/pdf/studyvisachecklist.pdf
- 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 an average a student will spend between €7000 to €12,000 per year as living expenses depending on location and lifestyle.
- Ireland grants good scholarships to deserving students based on academics.
- Scholarships are available at Bachelors and Masters level. There are scholarships for almost all programs.
- Trinity College Dublin
- University College Dublin
- University College Cork
- University of Limerick
- National University of Ireland, Galway
- Maynooth University
- Dublin City University
- Cork Institute of Technology
- Dublin Institute of Technology
- Dundalk Institute of Technology
- Institute of Technology Carlow
- Waterford Institute of Technology
- Athlone Institute of Technology
INSTITUTES OF TECHNOLOGY
- Dublin Business School
- Griffith College
- National College of Ireland
PRIVATE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
- 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.