Basic Information about Ireland
Ireland’s worldwide reputation for high quality education is built on the solid foundation of commitment to excellence. Ireland is a beautiful island, combining contemporary modern cities with an un-spoilt countryside, cityscapes steeped in history and a rich natural habitat. Renowned for friendliness, our safe, English speaking country offers the warmest of welcomes to students from all over the world.
Join the growing number of international students choosing Ireland to fulfill their potential.
Ireland is an English-speaking country with close cultural, economic and educational links with the English-speaking world, especially with the UK – our next door neighbour and with the USA, where Irish Americans form a high proportion of the population. We are European – part of the EU family of nations and cultures and of the increasingly integrated European Education Area. Ireland is Global in outlook – for several centuries Irish people have emigrated to and settled in many countries around the globe and today we welcome people to Ireland from all over the world.
The Higher Education System
The higher education system (third level) in Ireland is broad in scope and encompasses the university sector, the technological sector, education colleges and private, independent colleges. The institutions which fall within the first three groupings are autonomous and self governing, but substantially state-funded. Admission requirements for overseas students are determined individually by each institution and are generally based on national examination performance and English language aptitude. The academic year typically runs from September to June and is divided into either two or three semesters with holidays in December (Christmas) and April (Easter). The following academic awards can be acquired at Irish third level institutions:
Higher Certificate: two-year full-time course.
Ordinary Bachelor’s Degree: three-year full-time course.
Honours Bachelor’s Degree: normally a three- or four-year course.
Graduate Diploma: designed for graduates seeking vocational reorientation – usually a one-year course.
Master’s Degree: either by research or through a taught programme. Normally one-two year(s) in duration.
Doctorate (PhD): usually takes a minimum of three years of original research.
Some scholarships for overseas students are available from the universities and colleges themselves.. Most scholarships are granted in the framework of university or institutional co-operations. If you are interested in studying in Ireland and if you are looking for financial support/Schalorship, we strongly recommend that you reach our counselor who would assist you to find all the information on available scholarships (section Study & Research in Ireland). Our aim is to make it easier for those interested in studying in Ireland as well as those providing assistance and advice in ESC’s office to find details of existing grant programmes and to guarantee that the information about these programmes is always up to date.
What are the advantages of studying in Ireland ?
- Irish education is of the highest international quality.
- Ireland is an English speaking country. The quality of the Irish education system is a major contributing factor to the rapid rate of economic growth Ireland has experienced over the last few decades.
- Irish higher education institutions are widely recognized for excellence in many disciplines.
- Ireland is a safe country to study in.
- Irish people are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality which greatly contributes to the ease with which overseas students adapt to student life in Ireland.
What would be the average tuition fee for Bachelors and Masters Program ?
The students looking for Bachelors courses with duration of 2-3 years the average tuition fee will be approximately €10,000- € 15,000 per year and for the Masters programs the average tuition fee will be approximately €8000-€13,000 per year .These tuition fees may from Universities to Universities.
What are the major intakes in Ireland ?
Major intake in Ireland is June and September.
What are the documents required for admission ?
- Application form completely filled
- Valid Passport
- Academic Documents with the attestation.(All Individual Mark sheets)
- Experience Certificate – If any
- TOEFL of 80/120 or IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in each module.
Can I work during or after my studies ?
Since April 2001, non-EU students who are approved to study in Ireland, can avail of casual work to help support themselves while in Ireland. Students are allowed to work part-time (up to 20 hours a week) or full-time (up to 40 hours a week) during holiday periods.
What are the VISA Application requirements ?
In the application students will be asked to supply the following information :
- Valid passport: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected completion of your studies in Ireland. If you hold any previous passport, you should also submit this with your application.
- Evidence of course admission
- Private Medical Insurance
- You must also demonstrate that you or your sponsor will have ready access to an amount of at least €7,000 for each subsequent year of your studies, in addition to the course fees for each of those years.
- A statement of purpose explaining why you wish to study in Ireland
- A detailed Curriculum Vitae