Famous for its friendly culture, its love of Guinness (a dark, Irish stout) and its green, rolling hills, Ireland has one of the highest proportions of people living in rural areas compared to other EU member states. A country that casts a spell over everyone who visits, it was name “Best Place in the World to Live” by the Economist in 2005.
€9,850 to €55,000
Average Tuition Fees
€800 – €1,800 per month
Range Living Cost
- Trinity College Dublin Ireland
- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
- University College Dublin
- National University of Ireland, Galway
- University College Cork
- Maynooth University
- Dublin City University
- University of Limerick
- Dublin Institute of Technology
- Information Technology
- Mass media
- Bio-technology and Pharmacy
- Applied Science
- Occupational health
Why Study in Ireland
Student life in the Republic of Ireland can be as varied as you want it to be. Although southern Ireland is well-known for its stunning countryside, it’s also home to vibrant, metropolitan cities and one of the most welcoming cultures in the world.
The post-study visa
Generous scholarship opportunities
It can be possible to work while you study.
International students will be given a warm welcome when studying in the Republic of Ireland. Most universities have a Housing Department and will help you with arranging university accommodation or living off-campus. First-year students will normally live in university accommodation, usually in halls of residence which is a great place for getting to know other students and making lifelong friendships.
€45,000 - €54,135
Medicine and related
€9,950 - €24,958
Average fees for Engineering
€9,750 - €24,958
Average fees for Science & Technology
€9,750 - €22,000
Average fees for Arts & Humanities
€9,750 - €20,000
Average fees for Business
Cost of Living
Students can expect to pay around €10,000-€12,000 per year in living expenses, with your accommodation costs taking up most of that.
Average Monthly Costs
€430 - €1,000 per month
Mobile & Internet
€60 (with student pass)
Movies & Others
Work and study in the Ireland
Want to support your study working part-time? If that is what you are thinking about, yes, you can work part-time. The type of work is mostly casual—waiters in pubs or restaurants, salespersons in storefront and so on. If you are technically skilled or qualified, you will get a job only if there are no suitable EU or EEA candidate for the position. You can work for a maximum of 15 hours a week and 40 hours on vacation or holidays. Non-EU and non-EEA students complain that to get permit to work you have to go through endless paper-work and red-tape and that you have to shell down a lot as tax—as much as 40%. Another complaint they make is it is almost raining every day, and get out of your room to go to work is a chore. If you can get placed in a comfortable job using your network of people, you should feel lucky.
School leaving certificate with good performance in their six best subjects, including English and Irish.
Extra bonus points for higher level maths for admission to Technology courses.
Non-EU or no-EEA students who are not familiar with Irish educational patterns and terms should consult their college or university for matching entry requirements.
If you are not Irish, you will need English proficiency certificate to obtain admission to an institute of higher education in Ireland. And you have to score required marks or score in all the four skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing. Scores from any of the following tests are accepted
If you are the right candidate fulfilling all the eligibility criteria, you can avail yourself of plenty of scholarships provided by the Irish government, higher education institutes and several other bodies. Visit their websites, reach their offices and talk to them in person to get every detail of application procedure.
The Republic of Ireland’s strong tradition of education makes it a popular destination for international students, particularly those from the USA and China. Students coming to study here from within the EU and EEA will not need a visa to study, but non-EU and EEA students should begin their preparations at least a year in advance in order to secure a visa, apply to their chosen universities and demonstrate sufficient financial support.
Ireland student visa requirements
- Passport-sized photos
- Valid passport
- Letter of acceptance from the university or college giving all details regarding course, number of hours and duration of the course. The letter must be addressed to you.
- Health Insurance
- Proof that you have sufficient funds to finance your education and stay.
- Proof of scholarship if you have been offered any.
- Copies of proofs of all the fees paid.
Scholarships or Bursaries
Irish Aid funded Fellowship Training Programme DIT Centenary Scholarship Programme Galway Mayo Institute of Technology scholarships Claddagh Scholarship Programme Fulbright Scholarships
More about Ireland
The capital of the Republic of Ireland and home to around 25% of its population, Dublin has become increasingly diverse over recent years and now has a foreign-born population of 20%, the majority of which are from the United States.
Ranked 25th in the QS Best Student Cities, it has a great selection of highly ranked universities as well as awe-inspiring medieval architecture, outstanding literary heritage and a lively nightlife
Choice of prestigious, highly ranked universities
Plenty of culture and heritage
Despite being the largest city in Ireland, it’s still incredibly friendly
Located on the west coast of the Republic of Ireland, Galway is famous for its stunning beaches as well as being a hub for the arts and cultural events. Home to the Galway Arts Festival and the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, alongside cobbled streets lined with pretty, multi-coloured houses. https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/beautiful-panoramic-sunset-view-over-claddagh-1190107633
Galway universities include the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology.
Ranking amongst the top 2% of world universities, the National University of Ireland, Galway is one of the original Queen’s colleges
Galway is the winner of the European Capital of Culture 2020
Great access to Ireland’s spectacular scenery such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Kerry Ring and the Connemara lakes
Set around a bustling harbour in the south of the island, Cork is a haven for tourists who come to see its historic architecture and its vibrant culture. With a collection of trendy bars and traditional pubs, its nightlife is good too and it's perfectly positioned for exploring some spectacular sights.
Cork universities include the University College Cork, as well as Cork Institute of Technology.
The University College Cork’s mantra of ‘World Ready and Work Ready’ ensure international students graduate with a degree that will prepare them for the future
There are great work opportunities, with big names such as GSK, Johnson & Johnson, McAfee and even Apple’s EMEA HQ choosing Cork as a base
It’s very friendly. Cork has been named number one small European city for business friendliness
One of the friendliest and most welcoming countries in the world, the Irish are renowned for their wit and banter, as well as their love of ‘the craic’, an Irish expression for good time. Family and their ties to ‘home’ are a very important part of the culture, and even when living separately, close connections with extended family is maintained.
As a place to live, the Republic of Ireland is very safe. For example, Cork has one of the lowest crime rates and highest safety index in the world. This makes it a great place to start out on your adventure of living and studying abroad.
In the Republic of Ireland, the most popular sports are Gaelic football and Hurling, although rugby and golf are also important parts of the Irish culture. Football still has a huge audience, but is not as popular as elsewhere in the world.
Both traditional sports which are governed by the GAA, Gaelic football and hurling are unique to this part of this world and are both spectacular to watch. Gaelic football, which is similar to American football in some respects, involves players using their hands and feet to score goals in their nets or over a bar. Hurling involves a tennis sized ball which players try to get into their goals using hurleys (hook shaped sticks) to hit the ball.
Some of the most popular events in the Republic of Ireland’s sporting calendar includes:
With a strong history of folk and traditional music, Irish music has itself influenced country and roots music in the USA as well as modern rock music.
Whilst you’re in Ireland, you should also try and experience an Irish Ceili band - a social dance which features performance dances as well as participation dances in circular and line formations.
St. Patrick’s Day:St. Patrick’s Day A public holiday in Ireland, events are held all over the country to mark St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th March. The parade in Dublin is well worth attending; giving big, loud and very proud salute to St. Patrick, there’s traditional Irish dancing, music and lots of Guinness.
One City, One Book:OAn initiative which celebrates Ireland’s heritage as a leader in the world of literature, every April people are encouraged to read a book connected with Dublin.
Puck Fair :One of Ireland’s oldest traditional celebrations, the Puck Fair in Killoglin is held on the 10, 11th and 12th of August every year, when the Queen of Puck crowns a wild goat King Puck. A festival that dates back over 400 years, its origins might be lost to history, but this legendary street festival is still very much anticipated.
Bealtaine (May Day):Nowadays, this ancient celebration which is associated with early Irish mythology, is usually celebrated with an extravagant family meal. But, if you head to County Limerick or Wicklow, you can experience a more authentic Bealtaine celebration to mark the start of summer.
Good Friday:Celebrated on the Friday before Easter Sunday, this is a religious holiday which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. The Good Friday Agreement, which helped achieve peace in Ireland, is also celebrated on this day. The sale of alcohol is prohibited on Good Friday but, as it is not a public holiday, not all schools and businesses will close.
Christmas and St. Stephen’s Day:By far the biggest celebration of the year, the Republic of Ireland celebrates Christmas very enthusiastically. The festivities normally begin on the 8th December, which is a traditional Christmas shopping day for the rural communities.
The 26th December is a national holiday in Ireland, and is known as St. Stephen’s Day or Wren’s Day. Men dress as ‘Mummers’ or ‘Wrenboys’ in ragged clothing and straw hats, and sing, dance and play music. Several towns hold Mummers Festivals on this day.
Revolving around simple, hearty dishes, Irish cuisine makes the most of seasonal produce especially lamb, green veg and, of course, potatoes.
- Irish stew
- Soda bread
- Smoked salmon
With unemployment being virtually non-existent in the Republic of Ireland, prospects for international students studying here is huge; especially with access to the post-study visa and the extension of the ‘stay back’ option for non-EU/EEA graduates to 2 years.
Despite its small size, the Republic of Ireland is home to some huge international businesses such as Microsoft, Google and Apple, and is second only to Singapore when it comes to the amount of Foreign Direct Investment it receives.
Ranked in 13th place in the Bloomberg Innovation Index 2018, according to Enterprise Ireland the country is successfully competing in global markets and is achieving international sales at record levels. It might be a small country, but it’s having a big impact and shows no sign of slowing down.
- Remember when it’s your round. If you go to the pub with Irish friends, it’s normal to take it in turns to buy each other a round of drinks. Just remember when it’s your turn!
- Be polite. Irish people are very polite so remember to always say ‘please’ and thank you’.
- Remember to smile. The Irish are very friendly and like to welcome you with a smile. When greeting people, always smile and make eye-contact. Shaking hands or a quick hug is also a common form of greeting.
- Be easygoing. Irish people like to be thought of as easy going. This applies to timekeeping too so, whilst you wouldn’t want to try and be late for an appointment, don’t worry too much if things are running late.
- Craic - A word that is indelibly associated with Ireland, it generally means fun, gossip or going-ons. Pronounced ‘crack’, don’t be concerned that people are talking about a more taboo meaning of this word! You’ll hear it like ‘What’s the craic?’ (what’s going on?), ‘Any craic?’ Or ‘How’s the craic?
- Cheers - Thanks
- Grand - Good or okay. You might hear: ‘That’s grand’.
- Jacks - Toilets. Toilets might be labelled as ‘Fir Jacks’ = ladies, ‘Ban Jacks = men’s
- Pint of Gat - a pint of Guinness. Also known as ‘the black stuff’
- Lift - If someone offers to take you somewhere in their car, they have just given you a ‘lift’. Always say ‘thanks for the lift’ when you get out - DON’T say ‘thanks for the ride’ or ‘can I have a ride’ as this has a different (and far less appropriate) meaning entirely!
- Chips - In Ireland, these are what American’s would call ‘French Fries’. Potato chips (or crisps in the UK) are called ‘taytos’. Confusing? You’ll get used to it!
- Eejit - Someone who is acting like an idiot or doing something silly
- Shift - This means to kiss someone. ‘Did you get the shift?’ means ‘did you kiss them?’
- Howya - Hello or how are you
- How’s she cuttin’? - ‘how are you’ or ‘what’s the news’
- Suckin’ diesel - A congratulatory term, if you’re suckin’ diesel, you’re doing really well at something.