The Republic of Ireland (or Eire as it is known in Irish), is an island off the western coast of Britain. Whilst the northern 6 counties of Ireland are part of the UK, the southern 26 counties make up the Republic of Ireland, the capital of which is Dublin - home to around a third of the country’s inhabitants.

  • Explore
  • Why Study in Ireland
  • Student life
  • Cost of Living
  • Scholarships
  • More
Discover Ireland

Discover Ireland

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.

Key Facts


Jan, Sept




Listed Universities



Ranked Universities


€9,850 to €55,000

Average Tuition Fees


€800 – €1,800 per month

Range Living Cost



International Students


Top Universities

  • 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
  • Management
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Engineering
  • Bio-technology and Pharmacy
  • Applied Science
  • Hospitality
  • Philosophy
  • 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.

Student Life in Ireland

Student Life

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.

Tuition Fees

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

  • icons

    €430 - €1,000 per month


  • icons


    Study Materials

  • icons


    Mobile & Internet

  • icons

    €60 (with student pass)


  • icons


    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.

Work and Study in Ireland

Entry Requirements

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.

Language 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

  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEFL 570 (paper-based) and 90 (internet-based)
  • PTE (card not required)
  • Cambridge English: First Certificate in English or higher.
Ireland Scholarships


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

Popular Cities
Culture in the Ireland
Employment Trends
How to fit in
Log in