Study in Ireland
Ireland has become one of the ideal destinations for Indian students to pursue their higher education. Being an English speaking country in Europe and with its world class education system, wide range of courses with shorter duration, extensive job opportunities, high quality of life, safe society, and no other reason is required to make it one of the top study abroad destinations.
Let’s see Why Ireland is an Ideal choice for you?
Why study in Ireland? Is Ireland good for Higher Education?
- Quality of Education
National framework of qualifications (NFF) is a government body which monitors quality of education among Irish universities. This means you need not have to bother which university is best which university is bad, studying in a small Business school to studying in a top rated university would have same weightage and recognition from Irish people and Employers.
- High International student numbers
Currently there are 35000 international students from over 160 countries. This says Ireland is a top choice for international students. By choosing to study in Ireland you are going to join other 35000 students from all over the world.
- English speaking country
Ireland is the only English speaking country in Europe. One greatest advantage in choosing Ireland is students don’t need to learn any additional languages, which is also one of the major headache for students, especially for students who really want to study in Europe but not interested to learn additional languages, Ireland would be a best choice for them.
- You can work while you study
International students can work 20 hours per week part time during study and 40 hours per week during vacations and holidays. But it is recommended not to completely depend over part time earnings to cover your study expenses, because studies are your first priority then earning.
- Post study work visa
International students can remain in Ireland up to 2 years after their studies in Ireland. During this time student can search for a job and on successful employment he/she can convert their visa to work visa
- Excellent job opportunities
International Students have tremendous job opportunities in Ireland after their studies and even many universities offer paid internship options with in their curriculum, which will be an added weightage to your resume.
- Fastest growing economy
Ireland economy is the fastest growing economy in European Union and it is 4th highest in the world for “Per capita income”. Ireland’s economy is relaying on foreign investments, these multinational companies contribute around €19.2 billion in to Ireland’s economy. Foreign direct investments are likely to increase every year as Ireland has highest youth population in EU zone.
- Friendly and Safe country
People in Ireland are considered to be the friendliest, one of the major factor which makes students to lead happiest and comfortable life while they are studying in Ireland. Because many students have misconception that there is a racism in abroad countries especially for Indian students, off course yes in very few countries which we don’t even recommend to our students, but especially a country like Ireland gives you more comfort and happiness while you study in Ireland as Ireland people are more friendly.
Basic facts about Ireland
Here are some basic facts you need to know about Ireland when you are considering Ireland as an option;
- Ireland is located in the north‐west of Europe.
- Politically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, apart of the United Kingdom.
- Capital of Ireland is Dublin.
- Cork, Galway, Maynooth & Limerick are some of the popular cities of Ireland.
- Official language of Ireland is Irish and English.
- Population of Ireland is approximately 49 Lakhs and the Urban population of Dublin is approximately 13 Lakhs.
- Currency of Ireland is Euro €
- Flight duration from Mumbai/Delhi to Dublin: 12 hrs. 30 mins.
Types of Institutions in Ireland
Under third level qualifications in Ireland which is Graduation or above level, Institutions are categorized in to 3 types:
- There are total 9 Universities out of which 8 are Government‐funded universities and 1 private German University providing undergraduate, postgraduate & research degree programmes.
There are 11 government‐funded institutes of technology. They offer a wide variety of programmes which can be both academically and vocationally focused.
• Private colleges, they offer a range of programmes including professional certificates, diplomas, undergraduate & postgraduate degrees in a diverse range of subjects.
Intakes Available in Irish Universities
When can I start my studies in Ireland?
Like any other European countries Irish Universities offer 2 major intakes also referred as Semesters. Intakes available at Irish Universities are;
- Autumn intake/Semester 1: (Starts in early September and runs till December)
- Spring intake/Semester 2: (Starts in early January and ends in August)
Usually all Universities, Institute of technologies and Private colleges offer majority of the courses in Autumn semester, while very few Institute of technologies and Private colleges offer courses in Spring semester.
Which Intake is best for me to start my studies?
There are no such influencing factors based on which you can choose which intake is best to start your studies. You can choose the intake based on which course you want to study and whether that course is available in that particular intake. Students can choose from various options if they are choosing autumn intake as All Universities and colleges offer courses in September while there will be very limited options in spring intake as not all the Universities offer courses in spring semester. Hence students with very good academics background and want to choose over top Universities they can choose autumn intake, if somebody is having low academic background they need not to wait for only autumn they can choose next available intake as they only have possibility of admission in Institute of technologies and Private colleges.
Courses in Demand: Which course to study in Ireland?
When choosing which course to study in Ireland, we usually consider factors like which courses are in demand, which course is having good job prospects, which industry is rapidly growing in Ireland, What is Ireland good at and finally which course suits your interest in terms of course modules, duration, Internship opportunities etc…
Now by keeping all these factors, here are the lists of courses which are in demand in Ireland;
- Pharmaceutical and medical technologies
- Computer Science and IT
- Software development
- Biomechanical and Medical devices manufacturing
- Accounts and Finance
- Biotechnology and Life Sciences
- Technology and Creative design etc…
Salaries in Ireland # highest paying jobs in Ireland
How much will I get paid after my studies? Do salaries in Ireland are good or impressive?
Companies in Ireland pay impressive packages to their employees. After Germany Ireland is the country which pays you very good salaries, thus Ireland is worth for your Investment in to studies. Here are the highest paid sectors in Ireland;
- Financial, Insurance & Real Estate:€57,000 per annum.
- Information and Communication: €56,000.
- Professional & Scientific Roles:€50,000.
- Public Sector:€48,000.
Post Study work Visa in Ireland
Can I work in Ireland after my studies? How long?
International students are allowed to gain valuable work experience and Industrial exposure after finishing their studies in Ireland. Ireland Government created a third level graduate scheme nothing but Post study work Visa to help international students to make an international career, depending on the level of qualification that they have attained they can remain in Ireland up to 24 months and gain work experience. International students can work 40 hours a week when they are under this scheme.
This Post Study Work Visa gives an opportunity to gain professional work experience which helps you in future career goals, to develop your language skills means you can improve your English vocabulary specific to the respective industry, You can explore Ireland well you may not have time to explore each and everything during your studies.
According to “Irish National Framework of Qualifications” (NFQ) Post Study Work Rights for different Qualification Levels are as below:
|Qualification Level||NFQ Level||Post Study Work Rights|
|Ordinary Bachelors Degree||Level 7||6 months|
|Bachelors Honours Degree||Level 8||12 months|
|Higher Diploma||Level 8||12 months|
|Masters Degree/ Postgraduate
|Level 9||24 months|
Part Time Work Rights in Ireland
Can International students work part time in Ireland?
For any International students who are planning for studies abroad, one of the main concerns is expenses or Budget. They want to minimize their budget as much as possible, on the other hand some students would not have enough funds to cover their complete education expenses, and hence they look for some source of income while studying in Ireland.
Eligibility Criteria & Conditions
- Must be registered with GNIB (Garda national Immigration bureau)
- Must be enrolled at fulltime course listed on “Interim list of eligible program (ILEP)” for a specific period.
- Attending full time program at Graduate level or above
- Program duration must be minimum one year or more
Do I need specific Work permit to work Part time in Ireland?
International students who are studying in Ireland, whose courses lasts for1 year or more do not require to have any specific work permit to do Part time job. They can work with their student visa itself. Usually students are issued with two types of student visas;
- Stamp 2
- Stamp 2A
Stamp 2 Visa permits International students to study a Full time course that is listed on “Interim list of eligible programs” (ILEP) and allows International students to work 20 hours per week during school period and 40 hours per week during holidays and vacations. But they cannot engage themselves in any type of business or trade.
Stamp 2 Visa is issued to those who are coming to study ;
- English language program
- higher national diploma
- Bachelor degree, and
- Master degree and PhD courses.
Stamp 2A Visa permits International students to study full time course which are not listed on “Interim list of Eligible programs” (ILEP) and its holders are not allowed to work part time and engage in any type of business or trade.
Stamp 2A visa is issued to students who want to enter Ireland to take up “Semester abroad” program at Irish Universities, and those who want to study at private secondary school in Ireland.
Part time earnings in Ireland:
How much can I earn from Part time work in Ireland/Year?
During study period: 10 Months * 4 Weeks * 20 Hours * 10 Euros
: 8000 Euros * 85 INR (1Euro = 85 INR)
: INR 6,80,000/Year
During Holidays/Vacations: 2 Months * 4 Weeks * 40 Hours * 10 Euros
: 3200 Euros * 85 INR (1 Euro =85 INR)
: INR 2,72,000/Year
Total Earnings from Part time/Year: INR 9,52,000 (Approx.)
Cost of Education in Ireland:
How much I have to spend for Master Degree course in Ireland?
What should be my Budget if I want to pursue Masters in Ireland?
Approximate expenses for studying Master degree in Ireland are as indicated below:
|IELTS Exam fee||14,000 INR|
|Tuition Fee (Avg. 18000 EUROS)||15,30,000 INR|
|Living Expenses||8,50,000 INR|
|Visa Fee (Multiple Entry)||8,300 INR|
|Airfare (Bangalore to Dublin)||35,000 INR|
|Total Expenses (A)
|Less Part time Earnings (B)||9,00,000 INR|
|Net cost to be spent by the student(A-B)||16,00,000 INR|
|Note: Tuition Fee are taken on an Average and 1 Euros = 85 INR|
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