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What is the cost of studying in Ireland?

Wondering how to manage your expenses in Ireland? Here’s our list of estimates to help!

Studying abroad can be an expensive affair, but thankfully, Ireland is one destination where quality education is available at tuition rates lower than many other countries. Since the duration of graduation courses is mostly 12 months unlike the 16-24 months duration of programs in other countries. So, as a student from India, it makes for a very desirable place to study at, with innumerable growth opportunities. 

Before you depart from India, ensure that you consider expenses like accommodation, food, health coverage and travel along with your tuition fee when calculating the estimated cost of studying in Ireland. This will help you plan your budget more effectively.

1. Tuition fee is your prime expenditure

Your expenditure on tuition fee depends on the type of qualification and institution you opt for. To cover your tuition fees, you will need approximately between €10,000 and €25,000 a year.

Most commonly, courses in humanities, education and arts are a little cheaper, while subjects such as medicine, engineering, business and management are likely to be more expensive. If you wish to study at a postgraduate level, the tuition fee is typically higher and the costs vary depending on the program.

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Study program

Average fees (in Euros*)

1

Undergraduate program

€10,000 to €25,000 annually

2

Postgraduate master's degree

€9,000 to €35,000 annually

3

Doctoral degree

€9,000 to €30,000 annually


*Please note all fee figures are indicative

If you want to bring down your educational expenses, it is best to apply to various scholarships available for Indian students.

2. Where will you live? Calculate accommodation costs

Most institutions in Ireland offer on-campus residence facilities to international students. You can also opt for an off-campus accommodation wherein you can share apartments with other students from India. Take help from the accommodation office in your college. Cost for accommodation may range anywhere around €427 per month depending upon your location and time of the year. You can explore more about the accommodation options available to you in Ireland here.

3. Cost of your student visa and permit

In order to study in Ireland, the first step is to secure a valid study visa and that comes with its own costs (approx. €60). Find information on visa application process and related cost here.

4. Living expenses in Ireland

You need to keep a little money aside for your grocery shopping, social activities and emergency situations. When living in a foreign country as a student, it is better to keep a track of your expenditures so that you do not over spend. Considering various expenses and living costs, a single student budget in Ireland ranges around €7,000 to €12,000 (indicative). You should also consider these common expenses when creating your budget:

  • Communication expenses: As a student from India, you’d be frequently calling your friends and family back home. Therefore, always keep a section of your budget for phone bills and data expenses. Look for cost-effective calling plans and student discounts in order to stay connected with your loved ones within your monthly budget.
  • Books and supplies: Purchasing textbooks can get a little expensive. For courses like law, medicine and pharmacy, the value can go higher than the conventional courses. Books and class materials can cost you around €630 annually. You can manage this in your budget by opting for second hand books, buying digital versions or even securing a library membership.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals: Your daily expenses will include laundry, toiletries, clothing, dining out, etc. This depends entirely on the kind of lifestyle you choose for yourself.

5. Keep safe. Consider health support and insurance

It is mandatory for all students travelling to Ireland from India to get a medical insurance before the commencement of their program. The average cost for medical insurance ranges between €500 - €800 annually (indicative). Extensive health and support services are readily available for all Indian students in Ireland. Read more about it here.

6. Transportation. Know how much it will cost to move around

Unless your institution provides with a shuttle service to-and-fro from your lodging, you’ll have to rely on the available public transport.

For short distances

You can make use of regional trains, bus, DART, LAUS or local taxi service, the schedule of which can be checked on the web. Transportation costs in Ireland shouldn’t cost you more than €135 on a monthly. It is a good idea to get a Student Travelcard for commuting around the city as they can reduce your costs by up to 40%.

For long distances

For travelling between different cities, you can avail any of the following options:

  • Long-distance bus
  • Rail
  • Air

7. Don’t ignore your taxes

Indian students studying in Ireland are allowed to work 20 hours per week during academic sessions and full-time during vacations. If you choose to work along with your studies, your Irish earned income will be taxable.

Remember, the exchange rate variations may also affect your budgeting. We suggest you also look for a part time job while you are studying in Ireland or seek scholarship in the universities you apply to. This can help lower your cost of studying abroad to a great extent.

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