Study in Ireland

Study in Ireland

Ireland attracts a large number of foreign students each year due to its excellent reputation for education and welcoming culture. Ireland being part of the EU which also helps to make it easily accessible for many students from inside the EU. A further reason for Ireland's popularity is naturally that the language of instruction is English, making it highly accessible to students from all over the world.

Education system in Ireland
Irish institutions are classified into three categories: private independent colleges, universities and institute of technologies. Irish universities are autonomous but funded by the state government. The universities have a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on offer. There are 7 universities in Ireland.
There are 14 Institute of Technologies, and they have diploma, certificate and degree programmes in areas like business, linguistics, science and engineering on offer.
Private independent colleges have certificate, degree and vocational programmes on offer in fields like art & design, rural development, business studies and law.
Ireland accepts students with 15 years of education for postgraduate studies. It’s a young country and has over 200,000 international students. Irish universities are well-known for their research capabilities, and chances are high that your credentials will be recognized almost anywhere in the world. You might choose to study in Ireland for only a semester, a year, or longer. However long you pursue your education there, you are likely to find your credits will transfer to many other universities around the world, possibly even in your home country, where you can finish your degree.

Study options
The primary academic intakes begin in September at most colleges and universities in Ireland, though a few institutions offer intakes in February.
Undergraduate degree programmes usually last for 3 to 4 years (full-time study), which might vary depending on each institution. Postgraduate qualifications awarded could be postgraduate diploma or PhD. Both taught and research postgraduate courses are on offer at Irish institutions. A typical postgraduate lasts for 1–2 years of full-time study and a PhD.

Education and stay is affordable 
Ireland is one of the best value for money overseas education destination. Fee for many programmes is inclusive of tuition, housing, insurance, and various cultural activities and educational tours. Tuition rates, living costs, and other recurring costs are largely lesser than those in the US and the UK. In addition, most programmes are only a year-long rather than two, reducing the cost of earning a degree to almost half.
Scholarships for international students
  • The Republic of Ireland has an outstanding scholarship program for international students. Each scholarship is based on specific criteria for eligibility laid down by individual institutions in Ireland.
  • For example, Dublin Institute of Technology offers a Centenary Scholarship Programme for all international students pursuing a Master's degree at the institution. Similarly, the National University of Ireland in Galway offers several scholarships specifically for Indian students, such as the Max Arthur Macauliffe Special Merit Scholarship, and the Sir Peter Freyer Special Merit Scholarship.
Safe country with friendly people 
Ireland has the reputation of being a safe and welcoming country to live in and study. The Global Peace Index ranked it as the 12th "most peaceful country" in 2009 and 2013. The leading travel site Lonely Planet voted it as the friendliest country in the world in 2008 and 2010. It named Dublin as the third best city in the world to visit in 2016. Irish people are renowned for their friendliness. Though they might sound a bit reserved initially, just make sure to meet them over a game of football or over a glass of Guinness.

It’s home to many of the world’s leading companies
Leading global MNCs call Ireland their home. In fact, globally, Ireland is the second most attractive country for FDI after Singapore. Apart from tech giants like Google, Facebook, IBM, Apple, and Twitter, 9 of the world's top 10 pharmaceutical companies have their main office for European operations in Ireland. This means no shortage of jobs after you complete your programme.

One of the major benefits of studying in Ireland is the post-study visa. This makes it easier for students to look for job opportunities in the country after they graduate and, once they have found employment, they are then eligible to apply for a green card/work permit.
The good news is that Ireland announces 24-month “stay back option” for students completing masters or doctoral qualifications. This provision means international students completing advanced degrees in Ireland can now stay for up to 24 months in Ireland to find a job and apply for further work permit.