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Study in Ireland

The levels of education in Ireland are primary, secondary and higher (often known as "third-level") education. In recent years further education has grown immensely. Growth in the economy since the 1960s has driven much of the change in the education system. Education in Ireland is free at all levels, including college (university).

The Department of Education and Skills, under the control of the Minister for Education and Skills, is in overall control of policy, funding and direction, whilst other important organizations are the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority, and on a local level the Education and Training Boards are the only comprehensive system of government organization. There are many other statutory and non-statutory bodies which have a function in the education system 

Visa Requirements


· Visa Application form

· Original Passport valid for at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from Ireland following visits. A full copy of all pages of this passport should be submitted.

· One recent passport sized photograph not more than 6 months old. Please see www.embassyofireland.in for details of photograph requirements. If the submitted photograph does not meet these requirements it will delay processing on your application.

· You should submit all previous passports along with a photocopy of each page of all the passport(s) submitted. If you have been refused a visa for any other country, details of this, preferably the original letter issued to you by the authorities of that country, should be submitted. Concealment of other visa refusals will result in your Irish visa application being refused

· The required visa fee in the form of DD in favor of “Embassy of Ireland, New Delhi”. DD’s can be obtained from all VFS Application centers.

· An up to date Police Clearance Certificate or Observation in your passport is required from each applicant.

· Acceptance Letter & Confirmation of fees paid -- this is not necessary for those courses listed for “Approval In Principal”.

· Details of family members residing in Ireland or another EU country.

· Statement of Purpose.

· Brief CV.

· Certificate of Educational Qualifications.

· Evidence of adequate level of English e.g. TOEFL, IELTS (Where the Course being pursued is through English). A guideline of the scores required is as follows:-

 
 

IELTS: A MINIMUM SCORE OF 5 IELTS IS REQUIRED FROM INDIAN STUDENTS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR A STUDY VISA FOR IRELAND.
TOEFL: A MIMIMUM SCORE OF 173 IS REQUIRED FROM INDIAN STUDENTS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR A STUDY VISA FOR IRELAND.

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Education

  

Undergraduate
 

Ireland offers a vast range of bachelor degree programs for students. Each of the courses is carefully designed to ensure that students develop strong foundation knowledge in their desired chosen subjects. Each department is managed by a team of competent teachers, so that students can expect the best out of their selected courses. All the universities in Ireland have a vibrant and active community that gives students a chance to gel with students from other countries. The bachelor degree programs are not only focused on academics. The universities also give students opportunities to take up voluntary services and encourage them to take part in cultural activities as well.

 

Postgraduate
 

The entry requirements for postgraduate study differ from university to university, course to course. However, most courses require an undergraduate degree, usually a minimum of a 2:2, in a related discipline.

· MSc Computer Science (Networks and Distributed Systems)

· MSc Applied Science (Software Design and Development)

· MSc Software Engineering & Database Technologies

· MSc Software Design & Development

· MEng Computer and Communications Systems

· Meng Signal Processing Engineering

· Meng Engineering Computation

· MengSci Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing Process & Automation Systems)


 Intakes in Ireland
 

The main intake offered by Universities and Colleges in Ireland is September. Few Institutions also offer a February start.


 Requirements
 

Undergraduate
 

The admission requirements for entry to graduate programmes are a matter for each university. Generally, however, a first degree of at least a second class honours standard or the equivalent is required. If you are unsure of the equivalency of your qualification to that required, please consult the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland’s qualifications recognition section.
 

All Irish universities require a minimum competency in the English language that allows a student to undertake their studies. Universities use IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or other appropriate resources to determine an applicant’s suitability for a course of study through English. Please see the university contact details provided on this site for further details on admission requirements and procedures.

 

Postgraduate

· For applying to a master’s program at an Irish university, it is mandatory to possess a relevant honors bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent degree diploma.

· Certain years of work experience is a strict requirement for some courses, such as MBA.

· Students are required to submit official transcripts of the subjects studied and examinations taken at the undergraduate level to prove their eligibility. Most Irish universities refuse to accept photocopies; thus, obtain official duplicate transcripts from the previous university.

· Academic references are another important requirement while applying for a master’s degree in Ireland. Approach and ask a trusted person to provide details on your achievements at the academic level.

· A state of interest should also be submitted to indicate your proposed studies and professional/personal goals linked with the studies to the undertaken.

· Detailed curriculum vitae with relevant professional and extra-curricular experience should be submitted with the application.

· Evidence of English competency should be provided through tests scores of TOEFL or IELTS.

· Courses like MBA have special entry requirements, such as a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), which should be qualified with minimum eligible score.

· A copy of birth certificate

 

Popular Universities:

· Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin

· University College Dublin

· University College Cork

· Dublin City University

· University of Limerick

· National University of Ireland, Galway

· National University of Ireland, Maynooth

· Dublin Institute of Technology

· Cork Institute of Technology

· Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

 Education and Living Costs:
 

Tuition Fees:
 

The cost of studying in Ireland largely depends upon the university you are seeking admission in and the study program you have taken up. Pursuing a postgraduate degree program from an Irish university can cost you between €8900 and €37,000. The tuition fees segregated according to the course are listed here:
 

Medicine and related: €12,035 - €37,000
Engineering:€9150 - €18,000
Science & Technology:€9150 - €18,000
Arts & Humanities: €8900 - €20,000
Business: €9150 - €18,800

 Estimated Living Costs for Ireland (Dublin)

  

Rent (per week)  


€127.00

 

Utilities (per week)   


€31.00

 

Food (per week)    


€46.00

 

Transport
  PublicTransport(perweek)  
  Taxis (per   trip)                    


  €12.00
  €10.00

 

Entertainment
  Pub/Bar (pervisit)
  Cinema   (pervisit)  
  Restaurant (pervisit)
  Mobile Phone (per week) 


  €15.00
  €5.00
  €20.00
  €8.50

 

Total


€274.50 (per week)

 

Note: Estimated living costs for the rest of the country is generally cheaper as rent is much cheaper in the secondary cities in Ireland.

Scholarship Opportunities

 

Government of Ireland Scholarships for Indian students are available on one year taught Masters at participating Universities that include University of Limerick, NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway, Dublin City University, University College Cork, and University College Dublin (info. updated as on June 2013).

Individual University Scholarships in Ireland are also available. Several Institutes of Technologies offer merit-based scholarships to Indian students based on their academic percentage. If you need information on scholarships in Ireland, please get in touch with us

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FAQ'S

Do I have to pay for medical insurance?

Students from EU member states who are in possession of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to public health services in Ireland. This card is available from health authorities in your home country. Further information to your rights on healthcare while here can be obtained on the European Health Insurance Card website.
For students from non-EU countries, you will be required to have medical insurance in place in order to be granted a visa.


Can I study part time?

If you are from a non-EU country, you must complete a minimum of 15 hours scheduled contact time per week in order to be eligible to be eligible for a visa to study in Ireland. Please see the following Department of Justice web site for more information. If you are an English language study wishing to study for less than 90 days in Ireland and combine learning with other tourist pursuits, you will be classed as an educational tourist and subject to visit/holiday visa rules.


What will the weather be like?

Ireland's climate can be summed up as being mild, moist and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. Because the island is hugged all year round by the warm influence of the Gulf Stream, Ireland is much warmer than other countries that share its latitude. The Gulf Stream also ensures that the Irish coastline remains ice-free throughout winter. Extreme winters are rare but they do happen on the odd occasion when Ireland's temperatures plummet.


How do I open a bank account?

In order to open a bank account, you will need two forms of identification. Irish banks are obliged to establish your identity and verify your address. You cannot use the same document as proof of both your identity and your address. These are minimum requirements and it is at the discretion of the bank to look for further information.


Can I work during or after my studies?

Since April 2001, non-EU students who are approved to study in Ireland with higher education institutions listed on the Internationalisation. Register, 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