Study in Ireland

Introduction to Ireland

Ireland is a popular destination for international students and offers a high level of education that is recognised throughout the world, combining a remarkable higher education experience with historical cities, beautiful scenery and a unique heritage. Ireland is located on the west coast of Europe and is a member of the European Union.

Courses and exams

Students have to pass one or more additional tests before they can be considered by most universities for admission. These range from the standardised graduate and college admission tests such as GRE, GMAT and SAT to English Language tests, such as TOEFL and IELTS.

Education and Living cost

The cost of living for a student in Ireland can vary depending on what part of the country you live in, what type of accommodation you choose, your transport options for travelling to and from classes, as well as a range of other factors.

Tution fee for

  • Undergraduate courses 9,000 – 45,000 EUR/year for undergraduate degree courses.
  • Postgraduate Master and PhD courses: 9,150 – 37,000 EUR/year

Part time job

All nationals from the European Economic Area (EEA) are free to take up full-time or part-time employment in Ireland while studying.

International students engaged in full-time study of at least one year’s duration (on a course leading to a qualification which is recognised by the Irish Department of Education and Skills currently do not need a work permit to work in Ireland.

Students holding a valid  immigration stamp 2  permission will be permitted to work 40 hours per week only during the months of June, July, August and September and from 15th December to 15th January inclusive.  At all other times students holding Immigration permission Stamp 2 will be limited to working 20 hours per week. The permission to work ceases on the expiry of the students Stamp 2 immigration permission.

Availability of finances

In addition to the tuition fees, all students (irrespective of EU/ non-EU) at universities and colleges in Ireland are required to pay nearly €2,500 per year as a service fee for supporting the clubs, societies and for examination entries. With banks introducing lucrative schemes, all-round-the-year borrowers should do a thorough research of the market before settling in on their choice.

Job and post work permit and permanent residency

Once you have finished your studies in Ireland, you may wish to stay back a little longer and consider taking up a job to gain invaluable work experience. If you are enrolled as a full-time student, with an Irish accredited degree, and have the Visa Stamp 2 you may qualify for the Third Level Graduate Scheme. The steps to the process is as following –

  • Students can apply for non-renewable extension of up to 2 years after course completion. This extension is granted for the purpose of finding suitable employment.
  • Later on, you can apply for a green card (renamed Critical Skills Employment Permit) or work permit (renamed General Employment Permit).
  • A new visa stamp – Stamp 1G – is now granted to foreign graduates who are authorized to work under the Third Level Graduate Scheme. So if you are granted Stamp 1G you don’t need to separately apply for visa extension.

The time of extension also depends on what your level is on the National Framework of Qualifications. For those pursuing degree at the level of 8 or above, the period for Graduate Employment Scheme is 12 months. For those with degree on level 7, a 6 month extension will be provided.

Generally, you can apply for residency after legally living in Ireland for 5 years. This includes General Employment Permit holders. However, as a nice advantage for techies, Critical Skills Employment Permit holders can apply for residency after just 2 years. Once you’ve been granted residency, you won’t need any further employment permits.