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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Students can expect to pay around €10,000-€12,000 per year in living expenses, with your accommodation costs taking up most of that.
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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.
Irish Aid funded Fellowship Training Programme DIT Centenary Scholarship Programme Galway Mayo Institute of Technology scholarships Claddagh Scholarship Programme Fulbright Scholarships
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
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.