Education in Ireland

A unique feature of education in Ireland is the fact that the government provides for free education at all levels of study including college level for students within the European Union. Therefore several students from the EU countries migrate to Ireland for higher education. Medical insurance coverage and examination fees for other students can be covered by the Student Services Fees provided by the Irish government to citizens from other countries.

Requirements for International Students to Study in Ireland

  • Student visa only for students belonging to countries outside the European Union and Switzerland.
  • Acceptance letter from principal of last school or college attended.
  • Immigration registration form
  • IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, TIE or Cambridge certificate to prove English language proficiency.
  • Valid passport

List of Top Colleges in Ireland

Name of the College Courses Offered
Pitman Training Dublin North Diploma in Business IT, Web Design, Accounting, Finance Management, Medical Secretary, Legal Secretary, Receptionist Training and Microsoft Office Skills
eBSI Export Academy Diploma in International Trade, Export Market Entry Strategy, Trade & Customs Practice, Logistics & Transport, Operations Management, Shipping and Export Operations
Cork College of Commerce Diploma and Certificate courses in Office Administration, Computers, Tourism, Business Studies, Health Studies, Applied Languages and Childcare & Montessori
National College of Ireland Graduation, Post graduation, Diploma and Certificate courses in Business Management, Accounting, Computing, Human Resource Management, Technology and Humanities
Griffith College
  • BA in Journalism & Visual Media, International Hospitality Management, Interior Architecture, Fashion Design, Business Law, Business Studies and Finance
  • B.Sc in Computing Science
  • LLB in Irish Law

List of Top Universities in Ireland

Name of the University Courses Offered
Dublin City University Bachelor, Master, Ph.D and Certificate programs in Humanities, Engineering, Medicine, Science & Technology and Business & Social Sciences
University of Limerick Graduation, Post graduation and Doctorate in Humanities, Business, Engineering, Science & Technology, Cultural Studies and Medicine
National University of Ireland, Maynooth Bachelor degree in Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Science & Technology and Engineering
University College Cork Post graduation in Zoology, Sociology, Psychology, Sports, Physical Sciences, Agriculture, Biology, Engineering, Business Management, IT, Education, Medicine, Accounting and Archaeology
University College Dublin Post graduation in Languages, International Relations, Archaeology, Accounting, Economics, Performing Arts, Communications, Engineering, Management, Law, Medicine, Psychology, Sociology and Veterinary Science

Scholarships Offered to International Students

  • British Chevening Scholarships – Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • British Council Fellowship Program
  • Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
  • Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme
  • Commonwealth Scholarship & Fellowship Plan
  • Sino – British Friendship Scholarship Scheme
  • Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships for Overseas Studies
  • British Marshall Scholarships
  • Lecturing or Advanced Research Awards
  • Commonwealth Nassau Fellowship

Educational Expenses

The tuition fees vary from one institute to another. An average education expense for an international student in various fields of study is listed below:

  • Medicine – Euro 29,000 to 45,000
  • Science & Technology – Euro 9,100 to 20,300
  • Engineering – Euro 9,100 to 20,300
  • Humanities – Euro 9,100 to 15,500
  • Business – Euro 9,100 to 16,500

Students Visa

To get a student visa, a student needs the following documents:

  • Letter of acceptance from the authority of the last attended university or college
  • Proof of payment of registration fees
  • Proof of financial support required for studying and living in Ireland
  • Passport that is valid for 6 months after the end of course
  • Medical insurance certificate

Education System

The Irish education system is broadly classified into the stages of:

  • Primary education – extends for 8 years
  • Secondary education – extends for 5 to 6 years
  • Higher education – comprises vocational, graduation and postgraduate courses
  • Further education – comprises doctoral programs and extended studies