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Study in Ireland

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

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 are the best programs in Ireland?

As with many other countries in Europe, standard undergraduate degrees in Ireland last for three or four years, with a master’s being the natural progression if desired.

Ireland is home to institutions that specialize in certain subjects, including business schools, medical universities, and engineering universities. Whether you’re looking to study for a bachelor’s, master’s, MBA, or PhD, Studee can help you find the perfect place to study abroad.

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  2. Application guidance

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  3. Visa & travel advice

    Get help after application, all the way to your first day at university

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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.

Student reviews for Ireland

  • Tanmay Nath
    India
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Trinity College Dublin International Business
    What's it like to study in Ireland?
    Ireland is a very friendly and welcoming country. It has a beautiful countryside as well. It is one of the most upcoming countries in the EU since Brexit as it is the only English speaking country in EU now. I have made a couple of day trips to small towns and the countryside and if the weather is in your favour, Ireland is the most beautiful place on this planet.
  • Nicolás Brennan Hernández
    Spain
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    3 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    3 stars
    Trinity College Dublin Politics
    What's it like to study in Ireland?
    While Ireland's weather isn't for everyone, it sure makes up for it in the character of its people, which are open and always fun
  • Covadonga Castellanos Gonzalez
    Spain
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Trinity College Dublin Genetics
    What's it like to study in Ireland?
    Irish people are very friendly and welcoming. They try to make you feel at home and help in whatever way they can. Ireland also has a lot of things to offer; it is very easy to travel around the country and it has very diverse landscapes and sceneries to enjoy.
  • Gabriella Chioffi
    United States
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Trinity College Dublin Cultural Studies
    What's it like to study in Ireland?
    Ireland as a whole country is a very nice place to be. It is very easy to take the train to any other part of the country on weekend trips, and with an airport in Dublin, it is also convenient to travel to other places in Europe or abroad. The locals are very welcoming and friendly and I have really enjoyed getting to experience Irish culture.
  • Catriona Paget
    United Kingdom
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Trinity College Dublin History
    What's it like to study in Ireland?
    I think Ireland is a fantastic place to study as an international student. It is super friendly but also has a large community of international students which means you aren't the odd one out. It is also a beautiful country to explore and being based in Dublin means it is relatively easy to get around.

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?

Qualifications

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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