About Ireland


  • Location : Western Europe
  • Capital : Dublin
  • Area : 84,421km2
  • Population : 4.595 million (2013) World Bank
  • Currency : Euro

Ireland today ranks amongst the wealthiest countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita[87] and in 2012 was ranked the seventh most developed nation in the world by the United Nations’ Human Development Index.[88]

The number of non-EEA nationals registered as per the latest snapshot of the Garda National Immigration Bureau registration system taken in February 2015 who have permission to remain in Ireland as students (on immigration permission stamp No. 2) is approximately 35,400.

The main countries of origin for the persons concerned are the following: Brazil 30%, China 9%, USA 8%, India 7%, Malaysia 6%, Saudi Arabia 5%, Venezuela 4%.

Irish Study Visa Applications Outcomes
Year Net Granted Net Refused Total
2007 4849 4405 9254
2008 4563 2238 6801
2009 4049 1140 5189
2010 5123 754 5877
2011 4741 671 5412
2012 6939 851 7790
2013 9099 1751 10850
2014 10462 1886 12348

Why Study in Ireland?

Overview of Irish Universities Receiving an International Student Satisfaction Award in 2015
University Rating International Student Satisfaction Award
Maynooth University 9.5+ Outstanding International Student Satisfaction Award 2015
National University of Ireland, Galway 9+ Excellent International Student Satisfaction Award 2015
University of Limerick 9+ Excellent International Student Satisfaction Award 2015
University College Cork 9+ Excellent International Student Satisfaction Award 2015
University College Dublin 8+ Very Good International Student Satisfaction Award 2015


STUDY in one of the best education systems in the world for Higher Education Achievements


BENEFIT from Ireland’s investment in the education system


CHOOSE from over 5000 internationally recognised qualifications


ACCESS world-class research opportunities in world-leading programmes


CONNECT with career opportunities with leading global companies located in Ireland


ACHIEVE your ambitions in Europe’s most entrepreneurial country


JOIN the 35,000 international students from 161 countries enjoying Ireland’s


LIVE in the only English speaking country in the Eurozone


EXPERIENCE living in one of the friendliest and safest countries in the world

Universities and Colleges in Ireland

Education System


Years 1- 8


Years 1-3 Junior Cycle

Year 4 Transition

Years 5-6 Senior Cycle



Primary Degrees

Postgraduate Degrees

Postgraduate Diplomas

Colleges of Technology

National Certificate

National Diploma

Primary Degree

Postgraduate Degree

Colleges of Education

Primary Degree

Postgraduate Degree

Independent Colleges


Primary Degree

Postgraduate Degree

Professional Qualifications


The Irish university system is in the British tradition with set programmes leading:

Bachelor’s degree (three or four years)

Master degrees (coursework, research work or or some combination of both)

Doctoral degrees (awarded on the basis of research)



Universities in Ireland include the National University of Ireland, Trinity College, the University of Limerick and Dublin City University.

The National University of Ireland (NUI) is organised on a federal basis but the constituent colleges – University College Dublin, University College Cork and University College Galway – enjoy a large measure of autonomy. A further three colleges – St Patrick’s College Maynooth, the Royal College of Surgeons, and St Angela’s College of Education for Home Economics – are recognised colleges of the NUI


Colleges of Technology

The Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is the biggest third level institution in Ireland with 22,000 students. It has six constituent colleges – two Colleges of Technology, the College of Catering, the College of Marketing & Design, the College of Commerce and the College of Music. The DIT awards its own degrees


Regional Technical Colleges

Regional Technical Colleges (RTCs), which were introduced in the 1970s to provide for further technical educational needs have, over the years, become an integral part of the Irish third level system. There are eleven RTC’s throughout Ireland offering education and training, both fulltime and partime, for trade and industry over a broad spectrum of occupations and levels, in the areas of Business Studies, Engineering &Technology and Science & Paramedicine.


Specialist Colleges

There are also a number of specialist colleges with programmes leading to Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees approved by the National Council for Education Awards (NCEA).


Colleges of Education/Teacher Training

In Ireland the system of teacher training differs between primary and second level school teachers. Typically second level teachers complete a primary degree at university and then follow up with the Higher Diploma in Education at university. Primary school teachers complete a three year programme, leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Education (B.Ed.), at one of the five teacher training colleges.



In addition to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the Medical Schools in University Collcge Dublin, University College Cork, University College Galway and Trinity College have also developed a prestigious reputation in their field.



The Irish legal system is part of the Common Law tradition and therefore relevant to the legal training needs of many countries. There are excellent law faculties in most of the universities. There are also two professional law schools – the Incorporated Law Society, training solicitors, and the Kings Inns, training barristers.


English Language Training

In addition to formal fulltime academic and professional studies, Ireland has, over the past twenty years, become an increasingly popular location for English language training, attracting students of all ages and nationalities. Currently over 100,000 people visit Ireland annually to undertake language programmes.


Education Cost

Non EU Undergraduate Tuition CostsTuition costs vary considerably depending on the institution and the study programme. Tuition costs do not remain static, so it is important to double-check fees with the Institution(s) you are considering applying to.

Course average fees

Medicine and related €31,000 – €50,000 €12,035 – €51,635 €9,000 – €20,000
Engineering €10,000 – €21,600 €10,500 – €19,500 €9,000 – €17,000
Science & Technology €10,000 – €21,600 €10,500 – €18,000 €9,000 – €17,500
Arts & Humanities €10,000 – €16,500 €10,500 – €20,000 €5,100 – €13,500
Business €10,000 – €16,000 €10,500 – €30,000 €5,000 – €14,000


English Language CoursesTuition costs for English language courses in Ireland will vary depending on the English language school and the type of programme you choose.

The figures given below provide a guideline for budgeting. Costs do not remain static, so it is important to double check fees with the English language centre(s) you are considering applying to.


Course Description Average Fees
General English Standard 20 (lessons per week) €150 – €250 (per week)
One-to-One Tuition €45- €60 (per hour)
Examination Preparation Programmes 20 (lessons per week) €700 – €950 (4 weeks)
International Foundation Course €6500 – €13,200

Best course to study in Ireland

Skill Shortage

Economic Sector Occupation Job Titles
Information Technology ICT Professional Computer Systems Managers, Computer Analysts, Computer Programmers, Computer Testers
Healthcare Health Professionals Registered Nurses, Registered Midwives, Medical Practitioners, Specialist Nurses, Pharmacists/Pharmacologists, Dental Practitioners
Healthcare Health Associate Professionals Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Orthoptists, Medical Physicists, Dieticians, Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Medical Scientists, Physiotherapists, ECG technicians, Cardiac Catheterisation Technicians, Neurophysiological Measurement Technicians, Vascular Technicians, Respiratory Technicians, GI Function Technicians, Audiologists, Biochemists, Medical Radiographers
Industry Professional Engineers and Technologists Civil, Mining, Electrical, Software, Chemical, Design and Development, Planning and Quality Control, Network, Validation, Product Development, Process and Equality
Industry Construction Professionals Building Managers, Architects, Quantity and other Surveyors
Education/Healthcare/Industry Researchers and Natural Scientists Researchers, Chemists, Physicists, Natural Scientists, Biological Scientists, Material Scientists
Financial Business and Financial Professionals and Associate Professionals Chartered and Certified Accountants, Management Consultants, Business Analysts, Actuaries, Economists, Statisticians, Underwriters, Claims Assessors and Analysts, Risk Professionals, Security Specialists, Fund and Investment Management Specialists, Common Law Jurisdiction Lawyers with experience in the financial services sector, Investment Funds Professionals, Fund Accountants, Fund Valuations Professionals, Fund Administrators, Custody Specialists, Transfer Agents, Hedge Fund Specialists, Compliance Specialists, Risk Specialists, Tax Experts, Legal Experts
Industry/ Services Specialist Managers Marketing and other specialist manager.

Average Income

Average and Median Monthly Salary Comparison in Ireland

Maximum: 18,000 EUR

Average: 3,607 EUR

Median: 3,200 EUR

Job Category Average Salary
Independent Jobs 1,000 EUR
Fitness / Hair / Beauty 1,333 EUR
Counselling 1,417 EUR
Cleaning and Housekeeping 1,450 EUR
Care Giving and Child Care 1,500 EUR
Pet Care 1,600 EUR
Food /Hospitality / Tourism / Catering 1,912 EUR
Law Enforcement / Security / Fire 1,917 EUR
Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers 1,967 EUR
Photography 2,000 EUR
Facilities / Maintenance / Repair 2,076 EUR
Real Estate 2,267 EUR
Import and Export 2,350 EUR
Legal 2,356 EUR
Electrical and Electronics Trades 2,365 EUR
Customer Service and Call Center 2,367 EUR
Administration / Reception / Secretarial 2,417 EUR
Marketing 2,567 EUR
Automotive 2,731 EUR
Oil / Gas / Energy / Mining 2,800 EUR
Publishing and Printing 2,917 EUR
Science and Technical Services 2,937 EUR
Advertising / Graphic Design / Event Management 3,078 EUR
Human Resources 3,090 EUR
Teaching / Education 3,128 EUR
Environmental 3,111 EUR
Sales Retail and Wholesale 3,276 EUR
Business Planning 3,392 EUR
Accounting and Finance 3,439 EUR
Construction / Building / Installation 3,458 EUR
Teaching / Education 3,128 EUR
Engineering 3,643 EUR
Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defence 3,688 EUR
Quality Control and Compliance 3,697 EUR
Health and Medical 3,943 EUR
Insurance 3,998 EUR
Architecture 4,017 EUR
Banking 4,027 EUR
Factory and Manufacturing 4,083 EUR
Information Technology 4,203 EUR
Telecommunication 4,264 EUR
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology 4,333 EUR
Fundraising and Non Profit 4,521 EUR
Purchasing and Inventory 5,488 EUR
Executive and Management 6,176 EUR


Minimum: 1,000 EUR

Admission Process

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English Proficiency

IELTS, Cambridge Advanced/Proficiency, TOEFL scores, for applicants whose first language is not English


TOEFL is 550 (paper-based test) and 90 (internet-based test).

However, it is best to contact the concerned university for minimum cutoffs, as every university has its own respective admission eligibility criteria.


Eligibility Requirements

International students willing to study in Ireland have two options.

Either, they can attend secondary school in Ireland and obtain Leaving Certificate Examination, along with Irish students. Students, who take up English language tuition to show their proficiency in the language, opt for studying secondary school in Ireland.

Or, they can study secondary school in their respective countries and take the recognized public examination. They should secure minimum grades and marks to become eligible for admission to the university they are applying to. Also, they must check whether their qualification complies with the educational qualification demanded by the university.


Documentations Required

Attested copies of transcripts or mark sheets of class X, class XII, and qualifying examinations

Two academic reference letters from professors who have taught you most recently

In case you have previous work experience, at least one reference letter from the employer, commenting on your professional skills and abilities

Statement of purpose

Up-to-date curriculum vitae

4 extra-curricular activities certificates

Students applying for Arts and Design courses should submit a portfolio


Complete Formalities

After you have completed the application forms mail them to the university.

15 days of time to process and evaluate your application and documents.

Convey your confirmation to the university, after which the university will send you a mail reconfirming your admission.

Apply for student visa at the Irish embassy in your country or state

Complete all necessary paperwork to get permission to stay in Ireland for the duration of your studies.

Complete all other departure formalities and fly to Ireland at least one week before the orientation session of the university.

Document Required Documents
1 Online summary sheet, signed and dated by you, the applicant
2 Your original passport, valid for at least 6 months after your date of departure from Ireland with at least 2 blank visa pages. Please include a photocopy of the passport bio page, all visas and all stamps.v
3 1 recent photo that conforms to requirements
4 Processing fee
5 A letter giving full details of the reason for your visit
6 (a)

Evidence of Funds:

Evidence of how you intend to finance your trip and support yourself for the duration of your visit in the form of Upto date bank statements for the 3 month period Bank Statements should include the most recent transactions for the account up to the date of your application and:

must be original

must show your current address and

must show availability of sufficient funds to cover the costs of your proposed trip. Lump sum lodgements made shortly before your application will not be considered.


In the event that you are being supported by a spouse, partner or member of your family, they should provide:

evidence of funds as specified

an original, signed and dated letter stating that they are undertaking to support you during your trip to Ireland

evidence of their relationship to you

evidence of your address

7 (a)

In employment or studying:

An original up to date signed letter from your place of employment or study on headed paper with full contact details – giving details of your employment or course and confirming that you will be returning there following your visit to Ireland.


Self Employed:

You must provide documentary evidence of your business/company in the form of:

An original, signed and dated letter on headed paper from your solicitor/accountant/tax consultant and/or

Recent correspondence relating to your self-employment from the Inland Revenue and/or

The original letter of incorporation and/or Up to date banks statements (from the past three months) for your business bank account

8 Details of any previous Irish visa applications made including those refused.
9 If you have been refused a visa for any other country details of this should be submitted. Failure to disclose previous visa refusals will result in your Irish visa application being refused


A person who is successful in acquiring a job after completion of studies will be granted one non-renewable extension to their current student permission for a six-month period, starting from the day on which they received their exam results. This scheme allows the person to seek employment and gain a green card or work permit.