WHY STUDY IN IRELAND?
Ireland has a long and honourable tradition in education. As a result of a sustained investment in this area Ireland now has one of the highest educational participation rates in the world - 81% of Irish students complete second-level and approx 50% go on to higher education. This dynamic, educated population has made its mark at home and abroad with international companies looking to Ireland for hiring graduates for top notch positions. Education is considered a fundamental right under the Irish constitution. In recent years the focus has expanded to include pre-school education and adult and further education as the concept of lifelong learning becomes reflected in the education opportunities available within the Irish education system
ADMISSION IN IRELAND
Instructions about the method to get admission in Irish Universities The third-level education is highly competitive in Ireland. Students compete for entry based on results achieved in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination. Students are graded on their six best subjects scores. Entry requirements for courses may vary from year to year, depending on the number of places available and the number of applicants, thus there exists a great deal of competition for the more sought after programs.
Overseas students wishing to study in Ireland have two options:
- Attend upper secondary school in Ireland and complete the Leaving Certificate Examination with Irish students. This route is chosen by a number of students who commonly take the examination in conjunction with English language tuition.
- Undertake recognized public examinations in their own countries. This is a more common route and it is essential that every applicant check that the educational qualifications she/he is presenting are adequate to satisfy entry requirements. To have a realistic prospect these results should be very good, e.g. for medicine 3 good 'A' Level passes (grades A/B) or the equivalent, in relevant subjects are required. The minimum requirement for most degree level programs is 3 grade 'C's at A level or equivalent. If there is any doubt about the acceptability of an applicant's qualifications, clarification should be sought in good time from the particular third level institution.
As English is the language of instruction at all Irish Institutions of higher education, students must demonstrate a proficiency in English to be accepted for a third level program. Generally, the required minimum score in TOEFL is 550. Many universities and colleges provide English Language training programs for intending students. Furthermore, there are over 150 private English language training schools throughout the country, which run both short and long-term courses. Before embarking on the application procedure it is essential to gather as much information as possible about the course of study you are planning to take and the institution you are planning to attend. Once you are thoroughly satisfied with your choices you have made, you will need time to gather the necessary paperwork, arrange accommodation, visa, funding etc. It is advisable to begin the application process at least one year in advance of your proposed arrival in Ireland.
STUDENT VISA PROCESS
Process to obtain Irish Student Visa for international students International students coming from a state other than the EU should contact the Irish diplomatic mission in their home country. Those who do not have an Irish diplomatic mission in their home country should apply directly for a visa application form, well in advance of their departure, to:
Department of Foreign Affairs
Visa Office Hainault House
69-71 St. Stephen's Green
Tel: +353 1 4780822
Fax: +353 1 4751201.
Please select the Irish Diplomatic Representation nearest to you In their application students will be asked to supply the following information:
- Valid passport number
- Date of issue and expiry of passport
- Date, place and mode of arrival in Ireland
- Letter from University/College indicating that they have been offered a place in a recognized educational establishment
- Letter indicating the source of funding to cover fees and maintenance
- Recent passport photographs
- Visa application fee.
Standard non-refundable Visa Application Processing Fees are charged at 25.39 for a Single-Journey and 50.78 for Multiple-Journey. Nationals of certain countries are exempt from fees. Check with your nearest Irish Diplomatic Representation for details.
Scholarships and Financial aid available for International Students in Ireland A limited number of scholarships for overseas students are available from the universities and colleges themselves. These are awarded solely at the discretion of the individual institutions who set down their own criteria for eligibility. Students are advised to contact the institution of their choice directly, to obtain further information.
The Department of Education and Science also has a limited number of scholarships. For details contact:
Department of Education and Science
Many overseas students studying in Ireland are sponsored by their own governments or through other international scholarship programmes. In most cases applications should be made through the Ministry of Education in the student's home country.
LIST OF UNIVERSITIES IN IRELAND
Irish Universities and Colleges with link to their respective websites
All Hallows College Athlone Regional Technical College Dublin City University Dublin City University Dublin Institute of Technology Dundalk Regional Technical College St. Patrick's College Maynooth University College Dublin University College Galway University College, Cork The University of Dublin University of Limerick All Hallows College Athlone Regional Technical College Coolmine Community School Dublin City University Dublin Institute of Technology Regional Technical College Cork Regional Technical College Galway Regional Technical College Letterkenny Regional Technical College Limerick Regional Technical College Sligo Regional Technical College Tallaght Regional Technical College, Carlow Regional Technical College, Dundalk Royal College of Surgeons St.Patrick's College Maynooth Tralee Regional Technical College Trinity College Dublin University College, Cork University College, Dublin University College, Galway University of Limerick Waterford Regional Technical College
LIVING COST IN IRELAND
Living Cost for International Students in Ireland The main costs that students can expect to incur while studying in Ireland include fees, accommodation and living expenses. These vary considerably depending on the course, the institution and the lifestyle of the student. The figures given below provide a guideline only for budgeting. Costs do not remain static, so it is important to double check fees with the institutions of your choice and to ask their advice on other living costs. Living Expenses vary depending on the type of accommodation preferred and on the personal expenditure of the student. To give some idea of the total cost involved, the following approximate figures for 2001/2002 are given as a guide to overall expenses for one academic year (usually 9 months). All prices are in Euros.
|| € 800-1,000
|Accommodation (Including Heat and Light) Self Catering Accommodation
|| € 3,500-5,400
|On Campus Accommodation
| € 1,700-2,500