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
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.
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.
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.
The main intake offered by Universities and Colleges in Ireland is September. Few Institutions also offer a February start.
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.
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)
Utilities (per week)
Food (per week)
Taxis (per trip)
Mobile Phone (per week)
€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.
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
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