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  •   About Ireland
  •   Why Study in Ireland
  •   Living in Ireland
  •   Study Cost in Ireland
  •   Test Requirement in Ireland
  •   Ireland Visa
  •   Education Stystem in Ireland
  •   Working in Ireland

About Ireland

About Ireland

Location: Western Europe
Capital: Dublin
Major Cities/ Counties: Dublin, Cork and Limerick
Main Language: English and Irish
GDP: 61,606.48 USD (2016)
Currency: Euro (€)
Area: 84,421 km2
Distance from India: 9 hours flight approx.
Population: 4.595 million (2013)
Time Zone: UTC
* 9 out of 10 top IT companies are based in Ireland.
* 8 out of 10 top pharmaceutical & life science companies are based in Ireland.
* Half of the world major financial companies are in Ireland.
* St. Patrick is the saint of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day falls on March 17th and is a grand celebration here where people eat traditional Irish food.
* Almost 50% of Dublin’s population is less than 25 years of age.
* Trinity College Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland.
* Ireland is often referred as Emerald Isle because of its rolling hills and lush greenery
* When in Ireland, you’ll find innumerable castles, most of which are open for tourists to visit and explore.

Climate: Overall, Ireland has a mild but changeable oceanic climate with few extremes. The climate is typically insular and is temperate avoiding the extremes in temperature.

Government: The structure of the Government of Ireland is regulated fundamentally by the Constitution of Ireland. The Government is headed by a prime minister called the Taoiseach. The deputy prime minister is called the Tánaiste, and is nominated by the Taoiseach from among the members of the Government.

Why Study in Ireland?

Why Study in Ireland?

Quality education & quality institutions

The Irish government monitors the quality of education via National Framework of Qualifications (NFF), this means the quality of education will be uniform

Research & Innovation

The Irish Government invests over 782 million annually in research in Ireland’s higher education institutions. Universities and colleges of Ireland form the top 1% of research institutes of the world with impacts in 19 disciplines including social science, natural science, humanities, and healthcare. This provides huge scope for undergraduate and graduate students to apply for research programs driven by innovation and ample opportunities.

Land of opportunities

With over 1,000 multi-national companies, 9 of 10 global ICT companies, 8 of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies, 6 of the top 7 diagnostic companies, 8 of the top 10 gaming companies,15 of the top 20 medical device companies & 50% of the world’s leading financial services firms, Ireland is a land of dreams and opportunities for undergraduate & post graduate students.

Safe community

Ireland has been ranking in the top 10 countries in Global Peace Indices of 2018* and 2017*, which makes it among the safest countries in the world.

Vibrant Irish culture

In 2017, Ireland was voted as the world’s 10th most sociable country. The Irish are known for their welcoming and friendly approach. They love their conversations and are probably the best people to make you laugh. It is a family-oriented society, which is also extended to their approach towards international students.

Work while you learn

You’ll be allowed to work for 20 hours per week during the academic session and 40 hours per week during the months of May, June, July, August and mid- December to mid- January. After completion of your studies, you can stay back to seek employment under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme for non-EU third level graduates.

Living in Ireland

Living in Ireland

Traditions & Culture: The culture of Ireland includes customs and traditions, language, music, art, literature, folklore, cuisine and sports associated with Ireland and the Irish people.

Food: Irish food is known for the quality and freshness of its ingredients. Most cooking is done without herbs or spices, except for salt and pepper. Foods are usually served without sauce or gravy. The staples of the Irish diet have traditionally been potatoes, grains (especially oats), and dairy products.

Safety: Whilst Ireland is considered to be a relatively safe place to live, students are advised to exercise caution when walking home alone in the evenings, particularly in the more urbanized areas. From November through to February it can get dark as early as 4.30pm. The colleges themselves will be able to brief students on the personal safety issues relative to their particular area.

Welfare: The Student Welfare department is available in all the institutions across Ireland. They provide information to students about a range of concerns including; mental well-being, crisis pregnancy, sexual health awareness, suicide intervention and non-academic issues.

Health: The Irish healthcare system is divided into public and private services. Both services are provided by GPs and the Health Service Executive (HSE) is responsible for providing public and community health services. There are three types of hospitals: HSE hospitals, voluntary hospitals and private hospitals.

Dublin and Belfast have comprehensive local bus networks, as do some other larger towns.
• The Dublin Area Rapid Transport (DART) rail line runs roughly the length of Dublin’s coastline, while the Luas tram system has two popular lines.
• Taxis tend to be expensive
• Uber is in Dublin and is expected to spread elsewhere

Study Cost in Ireland

Study Cost in Ireland

Tuition fee

Your expenditure on tuition fee depends on the type of qualification and institution you opt for.

S.No. Study program Average fees (in Euros*)
1 Undergraduate program €9,850 to €25,500 annually
2 Postgraduate master's degree €9,500 to €34,500 annually
3 Doctoral degree €9,500 to €34,500 annually

*Please note all fee figures are indicative

If you want to bring down your educational expenses, it is best to apply to various scholarships available for Indian students.

Accommodation Cost

On-campus residence facilities & off-campus accommodation both are available.
The cost of accommodation may range anywhere around €400 - €850 per month depending upon your location
However, if you choose to stay within the campus, then the cost may come around €300-600 per month.

Visa Cost

Valid study visa cost is approx. €60

Living expenses

Monthly living cost that you are likely to incur will be approx. €650-1,000 (indicative).

Health Support & Insurance

It is mandatory for all students travelling to Ireland from India to get medical insurance before the commencement of their program. The average cost for medical insurance ranges between €500 - €800 annually (indicative). Extensive health and support services are readily available for all Indian students in Ireland.


Unless your institution provides with a shuttle service you’ll have to rely on the available public transport like buses, trains, subways, water taxies etc. Monthly passes for students are available.

Don’t ignore your taxes

Indian students studying in Ireland are allowed to work 20 hours per week during academic sessions and full-time during vacations. If you choose to work along with your studies, your Irish earned income will be taxable.

Test Requirement in Ireland

Test Requirement in Ireland

As English is the language of instruction at all Irish Institutions of higher education, Indian students in Ireland must demonstrate a proficiency in English in order to be accepted for a third level Programme. Generally, the required minimum score in TOEFL is 100 & IELTS 6.5 in the Internet Based Test.

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Ireland Visa

Ireland Visa

To be able to study in Ireland, students need a valid visa. This normally takes up to 4 to 5 weeks and it is best to apply well in advance. A Letter of Acceptance from the college, confirming you have been accepted and enrolled on a course of full-time education, involving a minimum of 15 hours of organized daytime study each week and evidence of financial support for tuition fees and living expenses are documents required to issue visas. Along with the visa form, international students in Ireland need to submit personal information, academic qualifications, financial strengths equaling to €10000 for each year as living expenses.
Generally, you are granted a visa for the entire duration of the course and the student visas are Multi Entry Visas. As study in Ireland consultants.

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Education Stystem in Ireland

Education Stystem in Ireland

Education in Ireland will offer you, academic excellence, internationally-recognised qualifications, vibrant campus life, abundant growth in research, and immense employment opportunities

Study levels

The Irish education system is quite similar to that of the UK which in itself explains the quality it provides to its students. There are four different levels of education in Ireland.

  • Primary education including pre-primary
  • Post primary education
  • Further education and training
  • Higher education
National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)

The NFQ specifies the standards of Irish education qualifications. It measures and compares the learning standards and achievements of qualifications.
It allows students to move from one study level to another as long as their student visa requirements are fulfilled your degree is recognised and accepted globally.

Note that the both Irish universities, Institutes of Technology and HECA private colleges provide third-level qualifications on the NFQ.

* Universities and colleges in Ireland provide an interactive and innovative learning approach
* You’ll be expected to do a lot of independent learning which can include working on assignments, reading a lot of academic lists and making notes during your lectures.
* The classroom size is smaller than India and English are the medium of instruction.
* Ireland has a total of 7 universities, 7 colleges of education, 15 private higher education institutions and 14 Institutes of Technology
* (IoT). There a few additional third-level private institutions in Ireland that offer specialised education in disciplines like business studies, art and design, law, medicine, etc.

Higher education can entail degree and non-degree programs.
Non-degree programs
Level Description
Level 6 Higher certificate (mostly offered by IoTs)
Duration: 2 years
Level 7 Higher diploma
Duration: 1 year
Level 8 Graduate diploma
Duration: 1 year
Level 9 Postgraduate diploma
Duration: 1-2 years

Degree programs
Level Description
Level 7 Bachelor’s degree
Duration: 3 years (medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, and architecture programs may be for 5-6 years)
Level 8 Honours bachelor’s degree
Duration: 3-4 years
Level 9 Master’s degree
Duration: Mostly 1 years with exception to certain courses that may extend to 16-24 months
Level 10 Doctoral degree
Duration: 3 years of research followed by dissertation
Pathway programs

There are also many pathway programs to higher education for international students including foundation studies mostly in business, social sciences, engineering or pure/applied sciences. Irish universities have arranged with private pathway providers that helps students receive the extra support and assistance they need to succeed. Indian students aiming for masters can also apply to pre-master pathway programs if they’re unable to fulfil the requirements for direct entry.

Academic year

Higher education is usually divided into two semesters.

First semester: Starts in September and runs till December
One-month Christmas break: December/January
Second semester: Starts late January and runs till May
Summer break: May till early September

After graduation

As per the revised Third Level Graduate Scheme Permission, the Irish Government offers the opportunity to students who have graduated from Irish institutions to stay in Ireland for up to 24 months for employment.

Working in Ireland

Working in Ireland

Part Time:
Can you work?


What kind of work can you do?

There are various part-time jobs available in all the sectors across hospitality/catering to call centre to banking and finance and etc. With few exceptions, it is very unlikely that you will find a part-time job related to your course of study.

How many hours can you work?

20 hours per week during studies; 40 hours per week during vacations.

Do you need prior approval when you work?


About Tax?

You will normally start to pay tax from your first payday. The amount of tax you pay depends on your level of pay and the amount of your tax credits.

Full Time:
Employment Permit System
Work permit

Work permits are issued for up to 2 years. Generally, the salary must be €30,000 or more and the employer must have carried out a labour market test. The cost for a 2-year work permit is €1000. After 12 months working in the country, work permit holders can apply for their family members to join them.

Green card permit

Green card permits are issued for jobs where the salary is over €60,000. Green card permits are also issued for certain jobs where the salary is between €30,000 and €59,999. There is no labour market test. There must be a job offer of 2 or more years.

Spousal/Dependent work permit

Spousal/Dependent work permits are issued to spouses or dependents (who came to Ireland before they were 18 years of age). If the main work permit holder was granted their work permit before 1st June 2009:

  • There is no labour market test
  • There is no fee for the work permit
  • There are no ineligible jobs

If the main work permit holder was granted their work permit after 1st June 2009, then the spouse or dependent will have to apply for a work permit in their own right which means

  • There is a labour market test
  • There is a fee for the work permit
  • There are ineligible jobs
Average Salary?

€25,000- €30,000


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