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Study in Ireland

Everything you need to know about studying in Ireland as an international student.

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Why study in Ireland?

Ireland is a great destination in which to study a postgraduate degree. Many Irish universities are highly ranked at world level, and with its European setting and English language, Ireland is a popular destination for international students.

The majority of institutions in Ireland are focused around three green and lively cities: Cork, Galway and Dublin. Wherever you choose, you’re guaranteed quality education and good social opportunities.

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What is the cost of studying in Ireland?

Irish tuition fees for non-EU students can be between €15,000 and €43,000 a year, which is similar to the UK.

Living costs in Ireland are also similar to the UK, and are known for being on the higher side of Europe. In general you will pay more if you live in Dublin than anywhere else in the country. Estimates suggest the average student needs between €8,000 - €13,000 to live on each year – excluding tuition fees.

Key facts

  • Euro € Currency
  • 226,000 Student population
  • Irish and English Language
  • 34 Universities

Where can you study in Ireland?

Ireland is a beautiful country with friendly people and a strong social scene. Dublin is Ireland’s capital and major city, and is a popular destination with both tourists and students. You can expect to spend plenty of time in pubs sipping pints of Guinness in Dublin.

Outside of the major cities, Ireland is home to lots of rural countryside. It’s well worth taking the time out of studying to visit the country’s villages, where you can take part in adventure activities like windsurfing, hang-gliding, rock climbing or trekking.

Extreme weather in Ireland is rare, although the country does experience plenty of rain due to its location on the Atlantic coast.

Universities in Ireland

What are the requirements to study in Ireland?


Irish students compete for entry based on results achieved in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination. International students will need to provide universities with their educational history in order for them to determine if they meet the correct level for each program.

English language tests

Most Irish institutions will accept an IELTS score as certification of English language proficiency. TOEFL is also likely to be accepted, however this depends on the specific university you are applying to. It is also possible to be admitted to a university with a C1 Advanced qualification for English.

Ireland student visa

If you aren’t from the EU or EEA It is likely you will need a D Type Study Visa to study in Ireland. This type of visa has to be applied for online and will not be processed until the immigration services receive any requested supporting documentation from you. You may also need to submit your biometrics.

Ireland student visa requirements

How to study in Ireland

  1. Choose a university and program in Ireland
  2. Ensure you can meet the specific requirements set by the university and take any necessary English tests
  3. Apply through the university’s chosen platform. Submit your application which will include sections such as personal data, educational background, and a letter of intent
  4. Submit any supporting documents such as official translated transcripts, test scores and proof of finances
  5. Pay an application fee if necessary
  6. Wait for a decision on your application
  7. Accept your offer and pay any deposits for tuition or accommodation
  8. Start the process for your Ireland D type student visa

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