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One of the main reasons that graduate and undergraduate international students opt to study abroad in Ireland is that it is a perfect country for anybody who wants a world-class education. Ireland offers progressive higher education, innovative with promising career options. The employment rate for males aged 15-64 years was 76.9% in 2021 which is much higher than other developed countries. Another attractive reason for international students to choose Ireland for higher studies is the stay-back visa option. Graduates and post graduates wishing to stay on in Ireland after completing studies to pursue a career can avail of either one or two year stay back visas.

Universities in Ireland are normally State-funded but are generally autonomous. There are 7 universities in Ireland, and some of the top universities are The National University of Ireland which is the umbrella university covering University College Dublin, the University of Galway, University College Cork, and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Ireland is a welcoming country. It is a safe place to study, live and work. On the Global Peace Index, it ranked 12th in the world, and 22nd in the World Happiness Index. Young Irish people have the 4th highest standard of education in the world, in accordance with the OECD 2019 Education report. There are adequate job opportunities in Ireland for students. Students can also apply for a Work Permit to continue their employment in Ireland. This permit allows non-EU students to grasp the opportunity of working in Ireland, wherein the job profile should pay them 30,000 EUR/ INR 23 Lakh per year.



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Avg Tuition Fee

£10k - 38k PA

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Intake for Study in Ireland

An intake is known as a semester in some universities in Ireland. For Irish universities, there are mainly two intakes, the Autumn Intake and the Spring Intake.


Type of Education in Ireland


Academic excellence, internationally-recognised certificates, diplomas and degrees, vibrant campus life, abundant growth in research, and immense employment opportunities, education in Ireland will offer you all. In Ireland, higher education is very flexible. Higher education can entail degree and non-degree programs.

  • Higher Certificate: There are various higher certificates offered by IoTs, and the duration of higher certificate is 2 years. One can do higher certificate courses with basic qualification. Though there are some fixed eligibility criterias to meet the requirements. 
  • Higher Diploma: Students opt for higher diploma in Ireland and higher diplomas are of 1 year. One can do higher diploma courses with basic qualification. Though there are some fixed eligibility criterias to meet the requirements. 
  • Graduate Diploma: Like higher certificates and higher diplomas offered by the universities of Ireland, a wide variety of graduate diplomas are given by the universities, and the duration is of 1 year maximum. Many confused the difference between diplomas and higher diplomas. The difference between a diploma and a higher diploma is the extra study time to undertake more advanced learning.
  • Post Graduate Diploma: Post graduate diplomas are very popular in the universities of Ireland. A majority of students opt for PG diplomas in a wide range of disciplines. Post Graduate diploma consists of a wide variety of subjects and the duration is 1 to 2 years.
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Bachelor’s degrees are mostly same in all universities in Ireland. The duration of Bachelor’s degree is 3 years maximum, but for the medicine, veterinary science and architecture programs are for 5-6 years.
  • Honours Bachelor’s Degree: Duration of Honours Bachelor’s degree is 4 years maximum, but for the degree in medicine, degree in veterinary science and architecture programs are for 5-6 years.
  • Master’s Degree: Duration of master degree programs are mostly 1 year with exception to certain programs that may extend to 16-24 months, but not more than 2 years.
  • Doctoral Degree: Doctoral degree programs are research level programs. The duration for doctoral or PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) programs are 3 years of research work followed by dissertation.

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Academic Prerequisites

Higher Certificate – Min 40% in Home Language, Need to have 2 other subjects, 30% in other subjects & Leaving Certificate.

Higher Diploma – Bachelor’s or Honours Bachelor’s.

Graduate Diploma – Bachelor’s Diploma copy, LOR, SOP.

Post Graduate Diploma – High School Diploma for Bachelor, Bachelor’s Certificate for Master, LOR, LOA, and SOP

Bachelor’s Degree – High School Diploma proof, LOR, LOA, and SOP

Honours Bachelor’s Degree – High School Diploma proof, LOR, LOA, and SOP

Master’s Degree – Bachelor’s degree or diploma, 2.1 honours degree, Minimum score of 60%, LOR, LOA and SOP

Doctoral Degree – Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, Minimum 60% in all levels, LOR, LOA and SOP

Documents Required

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X & XII Marksheets
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NEET Scorecard
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Courses in Ireland

Name of Course Duration Average FEE Average Salary Range
B.Sc. in Business Analytics 3 Years 42,000 IEP £42,000 - £44,500
M.Sc. in Business Analytics 2 Years 100,000 IEP £110,000 -£133,350
B.Sc. in Data Science 3 Years 35,000 IEP £39,000 - £42,000
B.Sc. in Computing 3 Years 37,000 IEP £36,000 -£39,500
M.Sc. in Data Science & Computing 2 Years 31,000 IEP £46,000 -£48,350
M.Sc. in Data & Computational Science 2 - 3 Years 25,000 IEP £49,000 - £51,230
B.Sc. in Software Engineering 3 - 4 Years 21,000 IEP £31,000 - £34,000
M.Sc. in Software Engineering 3 Years 34,000 IEP £56,000 - £59,800
M.Eng. in Electronic Engineering 4 - 5 Years 33,000 IEP £117,000 -£192,000
Honours Bachelor in Actuarial and Financial Studies (BAFS) 3 Years 21,000 IEP £88,100 - £102,500
M.Sc. in Finance 2 - 3 Years 12500 IEP £45,600 - £48,350
Bachelor in Accounting & Finance (B.A.) 3 Years 24,000 IEP £25,400 - £27,500
Bachelor in Nursing (B.Sc.) 3 Years 57,756 IEP £96,229 - £99,340
Bachelor in Pharmacy (B.Sc.) 3 Years 12,000 IEP £51,000 - £54,500
Master in Public Health (M.Sc.) 2 Years 21,000 IEP £39,004 - £42,230
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) 6 Years 177975 IEP £ 60,000- £ 65,000

Cost of Studying in the Ireland

The actual cost of living in Ireland depends on one’s lifestyle, but the place was chosen specially, the city in Ireland where one resides – determines the costs the most. Moreover, the cost of living for students will remain the same as those of international students from countries outside of the European Union.

Ireland fits within an acceptable budget for higher education. Thanks to its respectable standard of living and comparably affordable tuition fees, living costs, and other costs for international students.

The actual cost of living or total cost, whatsoever we refer to as the cost of staying and studying in Ireland includes expenses for housing, food, clothing, utilities, insurance, and more. It goes without saying that your weekly or even monthly expenses for food and accommodation will depend on if you shop from the outskirts of a city, for instance, Carrefour, or if you like to have them at a nearby food merchant that would be a bit costly for sure.

Needless to mention, the utility will also depend on the climate where you are currently dwelling, and also the Irish property you are using. If you are living in the outskirts of the city, the utility cost will be different for sure. We have covered all the estimated living expenses for Indian students here. Let’s look at a glance!

Type of Expense Avg. Yearly Cost (EURO)
Tuition Fees 15000.00
Living and accomodation 9000.00
Airfare 666.00
Visa 365.00
Total 25031


Ireland receives more and more investment from the US than the BRIC countries. It is a small country, but you find global people there; all but 80 million people worldwide found Irish descent. Irish culture is phenomenal like education. They have radically transformed their economy, which is why job prospects for international students increased a lot.

Universities in Ireland have a long-standing and deep commitment to high-level education for international development. Every year, the Irish Embassy in India along with other Irish organizations awards scholarships to a large number of meritorious students all over the world to visit universities in Ireland. The scholarship amount varies from program to program. If you are a brilliant student and a tad bit lucky, you can avail of any of the scholarships that we are about to mention here. 

  • Centenary Scholarship Program: – This is an excellent scholarship program for UG and PG courses offered to students from Brazil, China, India, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and USA. You will get 1 year total tuition fee of whichever amount it is. The deadline for the scholarship is May every year.

  • Bank of Ireland UG Scholarship: – This scholarship is applicable for the most promising UG international students, either in Science or in Humanities, to follow a fully funded part-time honours degree course. Stipend is given of approximately 27731 Euro, deadline is August every year.

  • Scholarship for Ontario College Graduate – Ontario College students can study honours degree programs in Ireland. Graduates of 2 years college programs in Ontario securing an honours degree can pursue 2 further years of study in Ireland. The scholarship covers up to 7144 Euro. The deadline is May every year.

  • The Walsh Scholarships – The Walsh Fellowships are awarded to brilliant international graduates seeking research opportunities in agricultural & food research in Ireland. 30 new students every year are awarded this fellowship of 22,000 Euros. The deadline for the scholarship is September every year.

  • UCD Global Scholarships – University College Dublin offers scholarships for international students in any discipline of UG and PG courses. Scholarship amount offered 3233 Euro per year under different schemes.

  • NUI Galway International Students Scholarships – Non- EU meritorious students can get this scholarship if enrolled in undergraduate, postgraduate, and research programs. Scheme-specific awards amounting from 2068- 5358 Euro for UG and PG students 

  • University College Cork Excellence Scholarships – Excellence Scholarships are available to intended Ph.D. degree pursuers for both, EU and Non-EU students of University College Cork, funding covers 3233 Euro per year for Ph.D. research.

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Visa Ireland - Type of Visa

Citizens of certain countries that want to study in Ireland need to apply for a Visa to enter and study. Visa applicants need to apply online for Ireland Visa. Please keep in mind that you will have to produce original documents in English or be accompanied by a registered notary translation authority. Visas in Ireland are divided into two categories.

1.      Visa pricing for Types ‘C’ which is less than 3 months or up to 90 days is €100.

2.      Visa pricing for Types ‘D’ which lasts longer than 3 months or 1 to 4 years is €160.

Visa in UK

  • Short-term Study: - Study
  • Tier 4 General Student - Study
  • Child Student - Tier 4
  • General Work - Tier 2

Visa in Australia

  • Visa (Subclass 485)
  • Visa (Subclass 500)
  • Visa (Subclass 590)

Visa in USA

  • F1 - Visa
  • M1 - Visa
  • J-1
  • H-1B

Visa in New Zealand

  • Fee Paying Student
  • Exchange Student
  • Post - Study Work
  • Skilled Migrant Category Resident

Document Required for Visa

Your application for a student visa to study in Ireland will only be approved if you can show that you have each of the following minimal requirements:

Valid passport/ photo ID
Letter of Acceptance
Study Permit/Visa
English Proficiency
Proof of Income

Careers in Ireland

Over the years, Ireland has become one of the most popular countries for international students. The job opportunities after studying in Ireland are also very good. Some of the top fields of employment in Ireland are as follows:

Part-Time Work Opportunities

Working part-time In Ireland for international students is allowed up to 40 hours per week on holidays and 20 hours per week during the study year.

Post Study Work VISA

Graduates with an award at Level 9 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications qualify for post study work Visa for 12 months initially in Ireland.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the main reasons international undergraduate and graduate students these days opt to study abroad in Ireland is that it is a perfect country for anybody who wants a world-class education; especially a high standard education in a progressive, innovative country with promising career opportunities.

On average, international students spend around 7,000 to 12,000 EURO per year. The type of accommodation actually counts a lot on living costs in Ireland. When you plan well for the money, they can enjoy study as well as social life without any hassles. The average tuition fee for UG courses ranged around €9,850- €2,250.

To obtain a student visa in Ireland, a few compulsory documents must be presented to the authorities. Visas in Ireland are divided into two categories, such as: short and long study visa for international students.

Dublin, Cork, Galway, Maynooth and Limerick are some of the renowned cities where international students come to study every year.

The IELTS/TOEFL academic is required to obtain an Irish visa for studies, and for admission to an Irish University.

The cost of living in Ireland depends on your lifestyle and the city you decide to dwell in. So, for Indian students, the estimated cost of living in Ireland is 49,553 INR on campus and 70,200 off campus.

No doubt, Indian students can get jobs in Ireland after studying, graduation or post graduation. But graduates with an award at Level 9 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications qualify for post study work Visa for 12 months initially in Ireland.