Higher education in Ireland is internationally ranked and has been committed to excellence for centuries
Ireland is home to many top universities including Trinity College in Dublin, the country's oldest college established in 1592
Wide choice of programs available like Business Management, Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and IT, Literature, Communications, Environmental studies
Part time work options available for up to 20 hours per week during term and up to 40 hours per week during vacations
Ireland is ranked top-twenty worldwide for its higher education system, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2014
There are around 34 higher education institutions in Ireland that offer an extensive range of over 5000 programmes
Scholarships upto 50% of tuition fees available to Indian students
Universities in Ireland generally require IELTS 6.0- 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in any one component though the requirement may vary with courses
Around 1,000 Indian students come to Ireland yearly
Courses are fully taught in English
A few facts & figures:
Location :

It is an island in the North Atlantic which is the second-largest island of the British Isles after Great Britain, and the third-largest in Europe. It is divided in two parts: Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland(part of Europe)

Population :

6,378,000 (as of 2011)

Climate :

The climate of Ireland can be summed up as being mild, moist and changeable with abundant rainfall. Extreme heat and cold are both rare throughout the country. In summer, temperature rises to maximum 30° C and in winters, temperature goes down to minimum 10.9°C

Language :

English Speaking Country

Economy :

Ireland is ranked as one of the wealthiest countries in the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). The Irish Economy grew at an impressive 4.8% in 2014, the fastest in Europe. Leading Global Companies in Ireland are Google, HP, Apple, IBM, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pfizer, GSK and Genzyme.

Culture :

The Irish are a very sociable people and go out of their way to welcome visitors to their country and make every effort not to offend anyone.

Why Ireland?

Ireland offers internationally recognized degrees which are at par with the UK and USA at a lesser cost
Ireland has low Cost of living which is approximately EUR 10,000- EUR 15,000 per academic year for Dublin and around €9,180 per year for other cities
Students may seek one year extendable post study visa to find a job
Abundant scholarships available for international students
Part time work options available up to 20 hours per week during term and up to 40 hours per week during vacations
Ireland is one of the few countries in the world which offer lots of job opportunities to students
Home to around 30 universities of which Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD), University College Cork (UCC), National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, and Dublin City University (DCU) are few of the popular universities
Strong Asian community
Close proximity to UK

Education System

Types of institutions:
University :

Universities in Ireland are State-funded. There are 7 universities in Ireland. The top universities are The National University of Ireland (NUI), The University of Dublin, The University of Limerick (UL), Dublin City University (DCU). The State-supported universities all award their own degrees and other awards.

Institutes of Technology :

These provide certificate, diploma and degree level programmes in areas such as business, science, engineering, linguistics and music.

Colleges of education :

These provide specialized training for primary school teachers. They offer a 3-year Bachelor of Education degree and an 18-month postgraduate diploma.

Visa Process

The students who wish to pursue higher studies in Ireland must apply for a visa to enter Ireland. Following are the documents required for filing the visa; however, there may be variations on a case-basis:

Documents Required:
Fully filled application forms
Passport sized photographs
Passport copies
IELTS score card
Academic certificates
Letter of acceptance from a recognized school/college/university
Evidence of funds for tuition & living expenses
Visa fees:

The current application fees for visa is INR 6800/-


Q-1; What are the accommodation options available?
On-campus accommodation: University offers apartments to 4-8 students per apartment. It could be semi or fully furnished as per the applicant's demand
Long-term student hostel: It is quite flexible and cost effective option. Meals may also be available
Accommodation with a family: Applicant may stay with any local family as a paying guest. Generally they offer just a set of room with bathroom
Private rented accommodation: It could be flat/apartment or a room with kitchen & shower area. Other services may or may not be included according to the applicant's budget.
Q-2; Can I work part time while studying?

Yes, an international student can work up to 20 hours per week during term and up to 40 hours per week during the vacations.

Q-3; Are Scholarships available?

Yes, there are many scholarships available for international students and can be checked with the desired university before applying.

Q-4; What is the cost of living?

Generally living expenses depend upon a number of factors like life style of student, accommodation preference, personal expenses and eating habits. Rents and many prices are cheaper for those living outside of Dublin so lower overall costs can be expected. On average, a student may spend between €5,000 and €11,000 per year.


Tuition fees estimates:
UG Courses




€31,098 – €50,000


€10,000 – €21,600

Science & Technology

€10,000 – €21,600

Arts & Humanities

€10,000 – €16,000


€10,000 – €16,000

PG Courses




€12,035 – €51,635


€10,500 – €19,500

Science & Technology

€10,500 – €18,000

Arts & Humanities

€10,500 – €20,000


€10,500 – €30,000

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List of Universities and Colleges in Ireland:
All Hallows College
American College in Dublin
Athlone Institute of Technology
Col?iste Mhuire, Marino
Coolmine Community School
Cork Institute of Technology
Dublin City University
Dublin College of Management and IT
Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Dublin Institute of Design
Dublin Institute of Technology
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Froebel College of Education
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Griffith College
HSI College, Limerick
Institute of Public Administration
Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
Institute of Technology, Carlow
Institute of Technology, Sligo
Institute of Technology, Tallaght
Institute of Technology, Tralee
Irish College of Humanities
Irish International University (Distance Education)
Irish Management Institute
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Limerick Institute of Technology
LSB College
Marino Institute of Education
Mary Immaculate College
Mid-West Business Institute
National College of Art and Design
National College of Ireland
National University of Ireland
National University of Ireland, Cork
National University of Ireland, Dublin
National University of Ireland, Galway
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Portobello College
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Royal College of Surgeons
Royal Irish Academy
Shannon College of Hotel Management
Skerry's College, Cork
St. Catherine?s College of Education for Home Economics
St. Nicholas Montessori College Ireland
St. Patrick's College, Maynooth (Pontificial University)
St. Patrick?s College of Education
St. Patrick?s College, Carlow
St. Patrick?s College, Tipperary
The Burren College of Art
The Church of Ireland College of Education
The Garda College
The Honorable Society of Kings Inns
The Law Society of Ireland
The Military College
The Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy
The Montessori College
Tipperary Institute
Tourism College
University College Cork
University College Dublin
University of Dublin, Trinity College
University of Limerick
Waterford Institute of Technology