Ireland, officially the Republic of Ireland is an island nation on the westernmost edge of Europe. It is the continent’s second largest island (after Great Britain). The Republic of Ireland occupies 80 percent of this landmass, while a large chunk of land in the north, called Northern Ireland, is part of the United Kingdom.
Ireland is known for its wide expanses of lush, green fields – so much so, that its nickname is the Emerald Isle.Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth. In the Republic of Ireland, under the Constitution of Ireland, English Language and Irish have official status, with Irish being the national and first official language. The language of instruction used in universities is English.
Studying in Ireland
- Ireland is ranked in the top 10 for education (IMB World Competitiveness Ranking 2019) and provides students with one of the best education systems in the world; offering world-class universities, a diverse range of degree options and globally-recognised qualifications.
- There are many great career opportunities in Ireland for international graduates due to its appeal to multinational businesses.
- Students benefit from smaller tuition fees and living costs compared to the UK
- Ireland is the only English-speaking country in Europe that offers post-study work visas to international graduates, making it an attractive destination to kick-start your career.
- Ireland offers a great balance of city life and country life. Major cities in Ireland are smaller than other European capitals but offer everything you need (from shops and restaurants to entertainment and transport) and are vibrant and full of unique history.
- The number of international students in Ireland from non-EEA (European Economic Area) countries has increased by 45% since 2013, meaning you will be surrounded by students from all over the world.
- While you are at college in Ireland you are entitled to work up to 20 hours per week in term time, and 40 hours per week in holiday times.
Cost of Tuition
Tuition may vary depending on the University and course of study
Undergraduate courses: 9,850 – 55,000 EUR/year
Postgraduate Master’s and PhD courses: 9,950 – 35,000 EUR/year
All international students have to pay a student contribution fee of maximum 3,000 EUR/year for student services, like examination entries and support for clubs and societies. The fee varies from one university to another, and it can change every year.
Apply to study in Ireland
International students must meet the minimum English language requirements in order to be granted a student immigration permit. You will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency through an internationally recognised certificate, which has been issued within 2 years of the expected start date of the course. Accepted English exams are:
IELTS Academic, TOEFL iBT or PTE Academic.
Documents needed for admission processing include:
- International Passport
- Passport photograph
- Any qualified high school certificate
- Leaving school testimonial
- University certificate and transcripts (for postgraduate courses)
- Personal statement
- Curriculum Vitae
- Academic reference
- Work reference
This can also apply to master’s and pHd students
Always consult the university website for specific admission requirements.
Apply for a student visa to Ireland
If you’re not from the EU or EEA, you need to apply for a visa to enter Ireland and study there. The type of visa you should apply for depends on the length of your degree:
C-type study visa – for any study programme/course that lasts less than 3 months (90 days)
D-type study visa – for any study programme that lasts longer than 3 months. To stay longer than 3 months, non-EU/EEA students also have to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau, which can grant the permission to stay in Ireland beyond the initial 90 days.
You can apply for a study visa up to 3 months before your date of arrival in Ireland. To apply, you must simply complete an online application form on the website of the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service. After filling the online application process, follow the instructions and submit your supporting documentation. You may be required to provide your Biometrics information as part of the application process.
The visa processing time is variable, depending on your nationality and other factors. Usually, you will get an answer in 4 to 8 weeks from the date on which your application is lodged at the Visa Office/Embassy/Consulate. It is best not to buy travel tickets until you receive an official answer from the Irish consulate.
Documents required for the student visa in Ireland
- Two recent colour passport-size photographs
- Passport and a full copy of any previous passports
- A signed letter of application including your full contact details (stating the reason you want to come to Ireland)
- Letter of Acceptance from the college/university
- Evidence accounting for any gaps in your educational history
- Proof of payment of the registration and tuition fees
- Copies of all academic qualifications and exam results required for university studies
- English language proficiency certificate
- Proof you have sufficient funds to support your stay in Ireland without recourse to public funds, or the reliance on casual employment
- Medical Insurance
- Commitment to leave Ireland on the expiry of your visa