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Why Study in Ireland?
Ireland has a long and rich history attached with its educational institutions and is a European Union member country that has a majorly English speaking population. The government of Ireland has spent a great deal on the educational facilities in the country, leading to a well equipped educational system, that is lower on diversity as far as international students are concerned (International students make up only about 12-15%). Ireland is generally regarded as a safe country, with almost no instances of violence against international ethnic minorities studying in the country. One of the most lucrative aspects of studying in Ireland is the fact that the government allows international students to work 20 hours/week during full time college and 40 hours/week during holidays, allowing students to be self reliant for payment of rent and other amenities. The government of Ireland also allows students to stay in the country till a year after the students have completed their course to look for employment in the country. The government of Ireland also has a sort of a “ fast track green card” that helps internationals to gain citizenship quickly in light of the “critical skills” that they posses.
Cost of Studying in Ireland
The primary cost associated with living as a student in Ireland will be the tuition fee that one incurs during one’s stay in the country. Apart from the tuition, the house rent is the second most significant component that increases the cost of living in Ireland. Apart from the tuition, the average international student has to spend about 500-800 Euros.
on rent, groceries, cellular phone bills, and associated living costs per month. These additional costs are normally covered by students employing themselves in informal work (weekly wages), for 20 hours/week during the full-time course period and 40 hours/week during the vacation period. for The Depending on the course that you have opted for the following may be your tuition fee ranges:
Medicine and related
€4,000 - €48,000
€9,250 - €24,000
Science & Technology
€9,250 - €45,000
Arts & Humanities
€9,250 - €22,000
€9,250 - €35,000
Specific costs associated with international students:
Average living costs in Irish cities (including the accommodation costs):
Cost of routine items and services for daily living:
Depending on where you live and how you live (shared or individual), you end up spending about €7000 to €12000 annually when living in Ireland as a student. A rough estimate of daily expenses is listed as follows:
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How do I save money while studying in Ireland?
Education System in Ireland
The education system in Ireland is a well planned, well-oiled machine that caters to local and international students. The higher education demand in the country is met by a 7 Universities, 14 Institutes of Technology, including the Dublin Institute of Technology and 7 Colleges of Education (Talk about luck Ireland and the number 7). Ireland is in the top-twenty worldwide for its higher education system, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2014.
The courses that are rated under the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) network are all internationally accepted professional courses and they are quality assured by the Irish government.
There are six types of major award available in Ireland at levels after high school:
Degree programme courses are those that lead to any of the awards below:
As an international student, after one has entered the country, one can only go higher on the NFQ network and not lower, so if you want to change courses, you can only do so for higher level courses and in very rare cases, within the same level.
Life in Ireland, Health and Safety
In 2010, Lonely Planet named Ireland the friendliest country in the world. The Global Peace Index rates 158 nations worldwide on measures such as conflict, safety and security in society and militarisation. In 2014, it ranked Ireland the 13th most peaceful place on Earth. The Irish have an innate maternal instinct and are very helping and friendly towards foreign nationals, especially students, and students who stay with a host family experience this instinct at its best}. Ireland is a Europen country with two official languages, i.e. English and Irish. Throughout Ireland, one may find other languages spoken as well, however English is understood and spoken throughout the country, which makes life in Ireland especially lucrative, as one enjoys the standard of living of the European countries, without dealing with learning an additional European language.
The Irish climate is mild, wet and very mutable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. if you're lucky, there is a possibility that you experience all four seasons in the one day, Ireland is much warmer than other countries that share its latitude. Extreme winters are rare, and you're more likely to encounter a warm glow, with average winter temperatures of between 40°F/5°C and 46°F/8°C.Summer temperatures are generally between 60°F/15°C to 70°F/20°C. Rain is a constant possibility, so don’t forget to pack your rain gear and a sweater!
Some students choose to stay in on-campus accommodation, which is available in many colleges. On-Campus accommodation is always in demand it can be quite expensive and it is difficult to find.
All universities have halls of residence, generally apartments of 4 to 8 students, with a private bedroom and shared kitchen, living room and bathroom. On campus accommodation must be paid in 2 installments, in September and in February Universities and colleges will have further details about their accommodation and how to apply.
Students who want to be totally independent choose self-catering, rented accommodation. Students pay their rent monthly and in advance. At the beginning of a letting period you pay a deposit of one month's rent, which will be refunded when you leave (provided you have not caused any damage to the premises). The normal length of a lease is 9 or 12 months. Some students choose to live with a host family in their home. This way, you have your own independence but still have the home comforts (and some rules) as well as a family to help you settle in to a new way of life in a new country. Staying with a host family can be a great way for students to find their feet in a new country!
Popular Cities and Courses
There are few cities that house all the higher education institutes, viz. Dublin, Galway, Cork, Maynooth and Limerick. Of these cities Dublin has the highest density of universities and also is the most expensive cities to live in. Almost all colleges/universities offer degrees in Bussiness administration (MBA or MS in Bussiness) along with courses for Human Resource management. Other popular courses include MS in Computer Science and Masters in Education. Apart from masters in education, all the courses will be extremely useful all over the EU, while the aforementioned course is mostly for setting up an education career in Ireland.
Popular Universities in Ireland:
Universities and educational institutes in Ireland include
1. Dublin City University (DCU)
Dublin City University,Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland.
Top five courses:
2. Maynooth University
International Office, Humanity House, South Campus, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Top five courses:
3. NUI Galway
International Affairs Office, NUI Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland.
4. University College Cork (UCC)
University College Cork, College Road, Cork, Ireland.
Top five courses:
5. University College Dublin (UCD)
University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Top five courses:
Master of Public Policy
6. University of Limerick
International Office, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.
Top five courses:
Institutes of Technology
Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Co. Waterford, Ireland.
Job prospects in Ireland
While being a student in Ireland, one no longer requires a work permit for being employed informally for working 20 hours/week during the course and 40 hours/week during the vacation period (during the months of June, July, August and September and from 15th December to 15th January inclusive). If possible, it is best if the student gets employed within the university campus, which cuts down the costs for travelling and makes more time available for the student to be within the university and hence study longer for ones degree.
Working part time with full time course
International students enrolled for full-time courses that are recognized by the IDES do not require an additional work permit to work in the country. However, they do need to have the proper documentation to be able to gain employment.
According to Education Ireland's official portal, all international students equipped with a valid immigration stamp 2 are permitted to work 40 hours/week in Ireland, but only between June to September, and from December 15 to January 15 (holidays). During the rest of the year, international students holding the valid work document can work 20 hours/week (college days). All students are allowed to work till the expiration of the Immigration permission Stamp 2.
Students who wish to take up work in Ireland must obtain a Personal Public Services Number (PPS Number). An employer can only pay employees with a PPS number, and funds will usually only be paid to an Irish bank account. Students will also be required to comply with the Universal Social Contribution (USC), Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI), employment laws and taxation requirements.
It is normal to have a trial period before you are permanently hired. Ireland’s minimum wage is €9.15 per hour.
What kind of jobs can international students find?
It is very difficult for a student with no experience to get a job even though it’s a part-time job in Ireland. The best way to get a part time job is for someone who was/is working at the establishment to recommend you for the post that you are applying for. Ireland is relatively small with sparse population, making it very difficult to find part time jobs. The best thing a student can do for reducing the economic burden while studying in Ireland is to tutor for subjects that one is good at. If one is exceptionally good at the subject, the mentor of the course could employ one for teaching assistantships, which pay well and one doesn’t lose touch over the subject because one is constantly learning instead of doing menial jobs.
Students enrolled on courses on the Degree Programme are allowed to undertake an internship where this forms part of their programme. This is subject to the following rules.
Work after the degree:
An international student who has finished his/her course is allowed to work in Ireland informally (40 hrs/week) till the time he/she finds formal employment, for a period of one year after the completion of the degree for an NFQ 8 level course and above. The student must have chosen a course with possible relevant experience for a job from the high skills list of jobs for Ireland.
Ireland Application Process
Preparations for studying in an Irish university maybe started almost a year in advance like for all of the overseas universities. All admissions are completed by mid June, and different universities have different deadlines for different courses. If you want to enter Ireland as a student you better get your checklist ready, and the tasks that you will have to go through in order to have a smooth transition is as follows:
Non EU students need to prove their proficiency in English by obtaining a formidable score on any of the exams, which include TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, Cambridge Proficiency, Cambridge Advanced and ETAPP. As a general rule of thumb the score that you obtain must be valid till the day of the commencement of the course at the university. The English language proficiency, through these tests are mandatory visa requirements, however the lower limits of the scores for visa issuance and for admittance in to the university will be different most of the times. The minimum requirement for visa issuance is as follows:
International English Language Testing System (IELT S) Academic
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Before you jump into conclusions based on your bias, it is always better that you make a list of universities that you would want to get into depending on variables such as preferred course/supervisor, tuition fee, availability of scholarship, cost of living in the particular city, availability of informal employment, proximity to known relatives etc. Make sure that you have shortlisted at least a few universities with late deadlines as back up. Make sure, if you are going for a research position that you go through the pages of the specific tutors that you are interested in. Make lists of tutors you are interested to work under their area of specialization, the university/Institute that they belong to along with deadline dates for application submission and scholarships. If you are interested in working with someone very specific, it is always better that you contact the tutor by E-mail and work out details like research funding. It is always important that you make customized research proposal for every tutor you are interested in, depending on the expertise of the tutor in question. However it is equally important to understand that you may under no circumstances send a generic e-mail to all the tutors that you are interested to work under.
Each university requires at least two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and the copy of your passport for applying for a normal course. Applications for different institutions with multiple courses can be filled online and uploaded using the PAC (Postgraduate Applications Centre) website. Each application has a fee of 50 Euros. This centralized application process makes it easy for the student. After filing the application, the candidate will be allotted an 8 digit Postgraduate Application Number. This number must be mentioned in the all the supplementary documents that we are going to upload ( transcripts, passport copies etc.).
Apart from this the candidate also needs to prepare a list of documents required for the visa process once the candidate receives admittance into one’s university of choice.
Depending on your eligibility you may get admits into multiple universities and this is great, because now you can go back through your university shortlist and compare the pros and cons of the universities that you got the admits for. Normally, it would be best to consider the ROI ranks of the university in such a situation to improve one’s chances at employability and naturalization in Ireland. Along with this one can also contact peers who used Yocket and have been inducted in such programmes; other Indian nationals who are alumni or are currently pursuing their education in that particular institute either through linkedIN or facebook.
After you finalize the university/institute of your choice, you have to pay the fees for the first six months (at least 6000 euros or complete fees, if the total fee is less than 6000 euros) of your study. Once the fee is paid, you have to collect the receipt and start the process for visa application.
Steps to apply for Ireland Student Visa
Applying for a student visa is a bit time taking as it may take up to 8 weeks in certain cases, and requires some meticulous form filling and documents. It is important that one must make a judicious and quick decision regarding the university that one wants to choose so that the visa applications may proceed as quickly as possible. The complete details for visa applications can be found here.
Steps for applying for a student visa in Ireland:
You can apply for a study visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to Ireland.
The course that you are going to pursue must be included in the Internationalisation Register administered by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) (Visit www.nqai.ie for more information). The maximum time a student may stay in Ireland for the purpose of attending
courses at degree level is limited to seven years and students are responsible for managing their studies to ensure compliance with this time limit.
It is not permissible for Students who come to Ireland on a Degree Programme course to enroll in a Non Degree or Language Course.
Students may apply for an Irish student visa through the Irish Embassy at india and the following documents are required of the students, so as to ensure quick and error free visa processing:
have access to €3,000 at first registration, to support yourself, live in
Ireland without going into business or getting a job, or availing of any
The fees for Irish visas are:
VFS Service charges for other nationals
Once in the country the student has to register with the GNIB (Irish police). The GNIB will issue you with a residence permit/GNIB card. The fee for this card is 300 euros.
Some points for you to note.
When making a visa application you must:
Post-Study Work Visa
2 years post-work visa is available on the completion of the degree.
It may be possible to stay in Ireland after you complete your studies for the purpose of seeking employment under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme. This scheme exists to allow legally resident non-EEA third level graduates to remain in Ireland for the purpose of seeking employment and applying for a green card or work permit. During the period of permission under the
Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme a student can work full time (up to 40hrs per week).
The permission the student will have will remain that of student. The permission under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme is non renewable. A student can only avail of the Third Level Graduate Scheme once. Once a student has availed of the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme they are not permitted to re-enter full time education and to be registered as a student at the end of this period. One Year Permission under the Third
Level Graduate Scheme Permission To be eligible for a one year permission under the third level graduate scheme a student is required to have
Checking on your visa status
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