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Most Extensive Student Guide on Studying in Ireland

System of Education in Ireland

While Ireland government offers free education to nationals of the country and European union residents, the international students are not applicable for this benefit.

Students Intake

Autumn Intake: Starts from September (Major Enrolment session)

Spring Intake: Starts from February

Notably, there are some universities that enroll students throughout the year.

Popular Courses in Ireland

  • Business Studies
  • Language and Literature
  • Medical courses
  • Nursing
  • Social sciences

Top Universities in Ireland

Scroll down to find the list of popular universities in Ireland:

  •  Cork Institute of Technology
  •  Dublin City University
  •  Griffith College
  •  IBAT College Dublin
  •  Maynooth University
  •  National College of Ireland
  •  National University of Ireland Galway
  •  Trinity College
  •  University College Dublin
  •  Waterford Institute of Technology

Reasons for Studying in Ireland

Different reasons for choosing Ireland as your study destination are as given below:

  • Ireland is a safe country and there are no racist crimes at all.
  • It is a popular study destination choice amongst Indian students.
  • The temperature in Ireland is mild varying from 2°C to 7°C in winters and from 17°C to 20°C in summers.
  • There are many popular universities located in main cities like Dublin.
  • Visits to places relevant to your courses like theaters, museums, and historical sites is a part of your curriculum.

Admission Prerequisites

A list of prerequisites required for admission to Irish universities is as given below:

  • A minimum of 60% marks in Grade 12th for a degree course. Those securing around 50% may consider studying for the diploma or foundation courses.
  • You must have completed 18 years of age before joining any of the degree programs.
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP).
  • Resume.
  • The score of internet-based language proficiency tests like IELTS and TOEFL.
  • 2 letters of recommendation (LOR) from your employer in case you possess relevant work experience.
  • Portfolio if applying for architecture or art/design courses.

Admission Process

Admissions to undergraduate courses are done through the Central Applications Office (CAO). CAO is an online system of enrolment. The applicants are required to create their accounts on CAO website and provide all the desired information.


  • Shortlist the names of schools and colleges that you’re interested in applying to.
  • Appear for language proficiency tests like TOEFL, IELTS, etc.
  • Prepare your Statement of Purpose (SOP) and admission essays if needed.
  • Ask for letters of recommendation (LOR).
  • Register at Central Applications Office (CAO) website.
  • Make an application to colleges in which you meet the eligibility criteria.
  • You may have to appear for video interviews.
  • Apply for student visa upon receiving the acceptance by the university.

Accommodation Options

University accommodation

  1. Catered accommodation: You get cooked meals with meal costs fixed beforehand only.
  2. Self-catered accommodation: You are only given a place to stay. Meals are entirely your responsibility.

Private accommodation

You can check with your university accommodation office and they will provide you with a list of private landlords/ properties available in the area.


School Expenses: The average tuition costs vary from one school to another in Ireland depending on a number of factors including location of the school. The average tuition fee varies from €10,500  to €30,000 per year.

Living expenses: The living expenses may vary from one student to another depending on his city and other factors. A student needs an average of €600 to €1000 per month.

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Irish Student Visa


  • Demonstrate that there are minimum €7000 funds available in your bank account.
  • You must also prove that either your parents or sponsor will make a provision of minimum €7000 every year.
  • A letter of acceptance from a recognized school/ university in Ireland that confirms your admission.
  • A proof of the first tuition fee installment made to the school.
  • An application fee of €300.
  • Language proficiency test score.
  • Private medical insurance: It is required that you have a minimum of a basic policy covering emergency medical expenses.
  • A valid passport

Work Permit

Students who are enrolled in a full-time course are allowed to work for 20 hours per week. However, the students may work up to 40 hours per week during their holidays.

Work Visa

A student qualifying for ‘Third Level Graduate Scheme’ scheme (level 8 or upwards qualification) gets a grant of 12-month extension. The period of extension starts from a day of receiving examination results. Thereafter, students have to apply for a work visa that is initially issued for only 2 years but is renewable after that.

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