Why study in Ireland

Known for its large expanse of lush green fields and magnificent castles, Ireland is a country that offers you the best of both worlds – the green countryside and a vibrant urban lifestyle. Its world-class institutions, extensive selection of courses, and abundant work opportunities make it an ideal destination for Indian students. A technology hub with many leading companies having their European headquarters here, Ireland will assure you of a holistic experience that goes beyond your studies. Here are top six reasons why Ireland could be an ideal study destination for you:
1. Quality institutions
One in ten full-time students in Ireland is an international student, which explains the excellence offered by Irish institutions. The Irish government monitors the quality of education via National Framework of Qualifications (NFF). This means irrespective of the university you enroll in, the quality of education remains uniform.
2. Innovation and research
Universities and colleges of Ireland form the top 1% of research institutes of the world with impacts in 19 disciplines including social science, natural science, humanities, and healthcare. This provides huge scope for undergraduate and graduate students to apply for research programs driven by innovation and ample opportunities.
3. A land of opportunities
Whether you’re applying for an undergraduate course or a graduate program, you will find abundant opportunities in Ireland. In fact, many of the world’s biggest and best organisations have their key strategic research facilities here. Ireland is known to have over 1,000 multi-national companies with 9 of 10 global ICT companies, 8 of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies, 6 of the top 7 diagnostic companies, 8 of the top 10 gaming companies, and 15 of the top 20 medical device companies. Phew! Also, 50% of the world’s leading financial services firms are also stationed in Ireland.
4. Stay in a safe community
Ireland has been ranking in the top 10 countries in Global Peace Indices of 2018* and 2017*, which makes it among the safest countries in the world. You’ll enjoy similar rights as any local Irish citizen and stay in a society that is always ready to help and support.
5. Work while you learn
Good news - you can support your education in Ireland by working part-time. You’ll be allowed to work for 20 hours per week during the academic session and 40 hours per week during the months of May, June, July, August and mid- December to mid- January. After completion of your studies, you can stay back to seek employment under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme for non-EU third level graduates.

Education system

Know how the Irish education system works!
Academic excellence, internationally-recognised qualifications, vibrant campus life, abundant growth in research, and immense employment opportunities, education in Ireland will offer you all.
Study levels in Ireland
The Irish education system is quite similar to that of the UK which in itself explains the quality it provides to its students. Education in Ireland is mainly categorised in four levels.
• Primary education including pre-primary
• Post primary education
• Further education and training
• Higher education

National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
The NFQ specifies the standards of Irish education qualifications. It measure and compares the learning standards and achievements of qualifications and also facilitates the transfer between institutions i.e. it allows students to move from one study level to another as long as their student visa requirements are fulfilled. Since the qualifications under NFQ correspond with that of European Qualification Framework, your degree is recognised and accepted globally.
Note that the both Irish universities, Institutes of Technology and HECA private colleges provide third-level qualifications on the NFQ.
Fee structure
Ireland is a great place to enjoy a world-class education, quality of life and colourful confluence of culture. While the tuition fee in Ireland is reasonable, it is best to plan well to manager your expenses well. Tuition fees for international students vary according to the type and duration of the course. Each university in Ireland sets its own tuition fees, depending on subject and level of study. The average degree costs between €8,000 and €25,000 a year.
Teaching and learning style
Universities and colleges in Ireland provide an interactive and innovative learning approach wherein you’ll be engaging with your classmates and your instructor alike while understanding the topic/concept of discussion. Irish system reaches out to support international students, both in the classroom and outside of it.
You’ll be expected to do a lot of independent learning which can include working on assignments, reading a lot of academic lists and making notes during your lectures. In addition to lectures, tutorials are also conducted to helps students understand the concepts in a better manner. The classroom size is smaller than India and English is the medium of instruction. As an Indian student, you may take some time to get used to the Irish accent but once you do, you’ll know why it is called the most charming accent of the world.
Higher (or third-level) education
The higher education comprises universities, colleges, and institutes of technology, most of which are Irish government funded. Ireland has a total of 7 universities, 7 colleges of education, 15 private higher education institutions and 14 Institutes of Technology (IoT). There a few additional third-level private institutions in Ireland that offer specialised education in disciplines like business studies, art and design, law, medicine, etc.
Higher education can entail degree and non-degree programs.
Non-degree programs
Level Description
Level 6 Higher certificate (mostly offered by IoTs)
Duration: 2 years
Level 7 Higher diploma
Duration: 1 year
Level 8 Graduate diploma
Duration: 1 year
Level 9 Postgraduate diploma
Duration: 1-2 years

Degree programs
Level Description
Level 7 Bachelor’s degree
Duration: 3 years (medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, and architecture programs may be for 5-6 years)
Level 8 Honours bachelor’s degree
Duration: 3-4 years
Level 9 Master’s degree
Duration: Mostly 1 years with exception to certain courses that may extend to 16-24 months
Level 10 Doctoral degree
Duration: 3 years of research followed by dissertation

Pathway programs
There are also many pathway programs to higher education for international students including foundation studies mostly in business, social sciences, engineering or pure/applied sciences. Irish universities have arranges with private pathway providers that helps students receive the extra support and assistance they need to succeed. Indian students aiming for masters can also apply to pre-master pathway programs if they’re unable to fulfil the requirements for direct entry.
Academic year
Higher education is usually divided into two semesters.
First semester: Starts in September and runs till December
One-month Christmas break: December/January
Second semester: Starts late January and runs till May
Summer break: May till early September

After graduation
As per the revised Third Level Graduate Scheme Permission, the Irish Government offers the opportunity to students who have graduated from Irish institutions to stay in Ireland for up to 24 months for employment.
Third Level graduate scheme: Students who have studied in the Ireland and completed a qualification with Bachelors (Three or Four Years). Post graduate Diploma. Masters or MBA form an Irish Higher educational Institutions listed by Irish awarding Body (Overseas Accreditation will not be accepted) will be allowed to remain in Ireland for up to 12 months and 6 months for the Ordinary Bachelors Degree(Three years Full Time) to seek employment and apply for a Green Card/ Work Permit. This period of months starts from the day you receive exam results.

Education cost

Education Cost ireland

Tuition Fees
Tuition fees vary depending on the institution and the study programme. An example of tuition fees for 2014/ 2015 for undergraduate, non-E.U. students at a third level institution are as follows:

Course Average Fees (Euro)
Medicine Related Courses € 12,035 – € 51,635
Engineering € 10,000 - € 21,600
Science & Technology € 10,000 - € 21,600
Business Related € 10,000 - € 30,000
Arts And Humanities € 10,000 - € 20,000

{1 Euro € = Rs 75 approx.}

Cost Of Living

On average, a single student should count approx. between €8,000 and €12,000 per year as living expenses, depending on location and lifestyle.


Third level students: The higher education system in Ireland is called as Third level education or tertiary education.
Most third level institutions have on-campus student residences, often resembling small villages with on-site facilities such as shops, launderettes, restaurants etc.
Another popular option, particularly in the main cities is self-catering rented accommodation, often shared with other students. Students opting for this kind of accommodation are advised to arrive in the country two or three weeks prior to the start of the academic year in order to secure a place in a house/apartment.
Some third-level students opt for host family accommodation. This can be a good option for those leaving home for the first time as it helps to integrate them into the local community and the Irish way of life. Students are normally provided with their own room and with morning and evening meals.