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Introduction

Ireland is a small, independent country located in northwestern Europe. The country’s official name is the Republic of Ireland. Ireland is situated in the Atlantic Ocean and separated from Great Britain by the Irish Sea. Half the size of Arkansas, it occupies the entire island except for the six counties that make up Northern Ireland. Ireland resembles a basin—a central plain rimmed with mountains,. The mountains are low, with the highest peak, The principal river is the Shannon, which begins in the north-central area, flows south and southwest for about 240 mi (386 km), and empties into the Atlantic.

Languages

English, Irish (Gaelic) (both official)

Climate

Ireland’s climate is influenced most by the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, it doesn’t have the extreme temperatures that other countries at similar latitude would have. The average temperature is a mild 50°F. In spring (February to April) 46 to 54°F, In summer (May to July), 64 and 68°F. And In autumn, (August to October) 64 and 57°F January and February. 46°F

Irish culture has had a significant influence on other cultures, especially in the fields of literature. Alongside mainstream Western culture, a strong indigenous culture exists, as expressed through Gaelic games, Irish music, and the Irish language. The culture of the island also shares many features with that of Great Britain, including the English language, and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing, and golf.

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.

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.

Cost of studying & living

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

City cost of living rent index
Limerick 90.84 24.61
Dublin 88.02 54.35
Cark 81.09 36.78
Galway 78.26 32.1

Post study work Opportunities

While 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.

Visa and Immigration

People from certain countries need a valid Irish entry visa before arriving in the State, whether by air, sea or land. An Irish visa is a certificate placed on your passport or travel document to indicate that you are authorised to land in the State subject to any other conditions of landing being fulfilled.
If you wish to travel to Ireland for more than 3 months, for example to pursue a course of study, for work or to settle permanently in Ireland with family members who are already resident in Ireland, then you can apply for a long stay ‘D’ visa for a single entry. If you are granted a long stay ‘D’ visa and wish to remain in the State for longer than 3 months, or beyond the period of leave granted to you by an Immigration Officer at an Irish port of entry you will be required to register and obtain a residence permit.
The main conditions for a student visa in Ireland are:

  • You have a letter of acceptance from your chosen Institution
  • You must have proof that the tuition fees have been paid to the institution (in full if below €6,000)
  • You have access to over €3,000 in addition to your tuition fees
  • You have private medical insurance, this can be arranged through a group scheme with your institution or individually
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