STUDY IN IRELAND
Studying abroad may be one of the most beneficial experiences for a college student. By studying abroad, students have the opportunity to study in a foreign nation and take in the allure and culture of a new land.
Study in Ireland
Ireland, a large island in north-west Europe, has been offering University education since the 16th Century. The country renowned for it’s kind and welcoming population alongside it’s emerald green landscape has a world-class education provision, often overlooked when considering studying abroad.
With 9 Higher education institutions the country will undoubtedly have a course to interest you at either postgraduate or undergraduate level.
Scholarships and fellowships are available from the Irish government but the availability of these varies depending on what country you are coming from and what course you are planning to study. Some institutions also offer scholarships directly but these are limited and highly competitive.
To start your Study in Ireland adventure search for a course and institution using the course search form at the top of this page.
Universities in Ireland
Ireland has 9 Universities in total with 7 Universities in the Republic of Ireland and 2 in Northern Ireland.
Across all of these institutions you will find a range of degrees similar to those in other popular study abroad destinations, including Bachelors, Masters and PhDs/doctorates. Ireland has been increasingly popular with the international research communities as the Irish government have invested significant funds into research and development in recent years.
The oldest University in Ireland is Trinity College Dublin which was founded in 1592. The largest University in Ireland is University College Dublin, which has over 20,000 students across it’s 35 schools.
As the two Universities in Northern Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast and University of Ulster are part of the United Kingdom more relevant information can be found on our Study in the UK directory.
The Costs of Living and Studying in Ireland
Ireland’s currency is the Euro (€), however because Northern Ireland (which is home to two of the Universities in Ireland) is a member country of the United Kingdom the currency there is the Pound Sterling (£).
Some EU Students are eligible for the Irish government’s Free Fees Initiative, which applies to full-time, undergraduate degree courses. Contact your chosen University to confirm you are eligible, as your fees may be reduced to a student contribution of €2,500, plus a nominal amount in the form of a student levy.
The tuition fees for non-EU international students vary widely from institution to institution and also course to course but as a guide you can see the average range for postgraduate and undergraduate fees for the 2013/14 period in the table below.
|Subject Area||Undergrad Fees||Postgrad Fees|
|Business and Management||€ 9,000 – 15,500||€ 9,150 – 18,800|
|Science and Engineering||€ 9,100 – 20,300||€ 9,150 – 18,000|
|Arts and Humanities||€ 9,100 – 15,500||€ 8,900 – 20,000|
|Medicine and Health Studies||€ 31,000 – 45,000||€ 12,035 – 37,000|
This information is correct at time of publication, to find out more about the fees at your chosen institution please use the course directory at the top of this page or contact the University directly.
Why Study in Ireland?
Ireland is one of the world’s friendliest countries, in fact it has been awarded this accolade twice in recent years by the travel guide company Lonely Planet.
Degrees from Irish Universities are recognised internationally so you can be assured your future employer will respect the addition in your experience. Ireland has been chosen by some of the world’s largest technology companies as their European base, these companies include Google, Facebook, Apple and Intel. In many cases across the world, large companies work alongside nearby Universities to develop their courses and provide qualifications that better match the needs of the employer – all of which increases the value of your degree.
Whilst studying in Ireland on a course of NFQ Level 7 (Bachelor’s Degree) or above you are permitted to participate in part-time work for up to 20 hours a week during term-time and 40 hours per week during holiday time. Specific restrictions exist on working while studying so please check these with the embassy or your chosen institution before travelling. You are not allowed to stay in the country to pursue employment opportunities but you can sometimes extend your stay to study a further degree.
Ireland has strong links with both the UK (it’s nearest neighbour) and the USA (home of many immigrant Irish families). Beyond social, political and industrial links it also shares links across its education institutions, which increases the opportunities to continue your education in these countries.