Study in Ireland

With a reputation for natural beauty and friendliness, Republic of Ireland also has a long tradition of education. In the next 4 years, Ireland wants to invite 25,500 international students for full-time study. A statutory Code of Practice and Quality Mark is awarded to educational institutions that meet laid down criteria.

This Quality Mark will be used by State bodies for visas, immigration, access to labour market, and for promotions as well.

Ireland intends to fast-track degree programme visas. The maximum time a student may stay in Ireland for the purpose of attending courses at degree level is limited to seven years and students are responsible for managing their studies to ensure compliance with this time limit.

Students at honors bachelors’ degree level and above will be allowed to remain in Ireland for up to one year for the purpose of gaining relevant work experience or developing a business idea.

Top 10 reasons why Indian students should consider studying in Ireland

  • It is an English speaking country within the European Union.
  • It has short duration Masters degrees, usually of 1 year
  • It has a long tradition of providing quality education.
  • About 10% of the population is foreign nationals and the society is multi-cultural. Approximately 1500 Indian students currently study in Ireland.
  • It is closer to home, just nine hours away by flight, and is a gateway to Europe.
  • It is home to more than 1000 MNCs who run their back-office operations out of Ireland.
  • It is a young country like India, 40% of the population is under 25 years of age.

Cost of Studying in Ireland

The cost of studying in Ireland is determined by the tuition fees of your course and whether you wish to study in the capital city of Dublin or outside in another city. Tuition fees vary depending on the course you have applied to study.

  • Undergraduate fees range from €9,100 to €20,300
  • Average Post Graduate fees range from €9,150 to €20,000
  • MBA fees range from €13,000 to €30,000
  • The cost of living (inclusive of accommodation, food, travel, books etc) varies depending on your own particular lifestyle.

Levels for which students from India can apply for student visas

  • NFQ Level 7= Ordinary Bachelor Degree (3 years duration)
  • NFQ Level 8= Honours Bachelor Degree (3-4 years duration)
  • NFQ Level 8= Higher Diploma (1-year duration)
  • NFQ Level 9= Postgraduate Diploma (1-year duration)
  • NFQ Level 9= Masters Degree (1-2 years duration)
  • NFQ Level 10= Doctoral Degree (approximately 4 years duration)

There are 6 awarding bodies in Ireland. Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC), Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), it is an Irish version of AICTE, Dublin Institute of Technology
Institutes of Technology (IOT), State Examinations Commission


The main intake offered by all Colleges and University is September and few Universities offer Feb Intake also.

English Language Requirement

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 Programme.

Generally, Overall 5.5 bands in IELTS is required for undergraduates programs. Overall 6 bands in IELTS is required for PG programs.

For bachelor degrees, there is a requirement of overall 6 bands and for a masters degree, there is a requirement of 6.5 bands overall in IELTS.

Working In Ireland

Currently, international students who are enrolled for full-time study of courses present in the Internationalisation Register for at least a year do not require a work permit to work in Ireland. They are entitled to work 20 hours per week during term time and up to 40 hours per week during the holidays. The entitlement to work ceases once the student visa runs out.

The current minimum wage in Ireland is presently 9.80/hour.

Institute in IRELAND

  • Dundalk Institute of Technology(DKIT)
  • Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Griffith College Dublin
  • Independent College Dublin
  • Institute of Technology – Blanchardstown
  • Ireland College of Computer Training
  • Dorset College
  • IBAT
  • Grafton College

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