Studying in Ireland - Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to help you know Ireland better
Moving to a new country is not easy. The lifestyle, classroom environment, transportation – everything is going to be different from Sri Lanka. And we know you have a lot of questions in your mind, so have answered common questions students like you raise about studying and living in Ireland.
Do Irish institutions accept 10+2+3 education system of Srilanka?
Yes, 10+2+3 system is accepted by Irish universities for masters programs.
What and where to study in Ireland after 12th?
Choosing a program and an institution solely depends on your interests, academic background, and budget. To decide where to study and what to pursue, you can start by creating a list of your interests and skills and spend some time reflecting upon it. Do your research to understand which skillset or interest has a good scope professionally. Narrow down your choices accordingly and search for relevant courses and institutions. You’ll also have to take intakes of your preferred courses into consideration, because not all universities or colleges offer programs in all three intakes.
Our handy guide can help you choose a course that suits your profile and needs the best. You can book a free counselling session with our experienced counsellors who can advise you on course selection, application submission, and visa procedure.
What and where to study in Ireland after graduation?
Pursuing masters in Ireland can be one of the best decisions of your life since it’ll not only enhance your technical skills but also give your CV an edge over others. As a Srilankan student with an undergrad degree, you should be ideally looking for an institution that emphasises on practical knowledge, hands-on experience and getting you job-ready. Universities and colleges in Ireland provide an interactive learning approach wherein you’ll be engaging with your classmates and your instructor alike while understanding the topic/concept of discussion.
Begin by taking a look at the subjects you learnt in your undergrad program, list down the ones that interest you. Narrow down to your preferred niche and search for possible programs and universities. Ireland is one of the few countries that provide masters in several niche courses gaining a lot of popularity in the current market. For instance, you can get a master’s degree course in subjects like digital marketing, analytics and strategic management which are otherwise not easily available in Srilanka. Applying to Irish universities and colleges would also require you to take language and/or aptitude tests. So, do consider your academic scores while deciding what and where to study. Look for the intake offered for your preferred courses and prepare accordingly.
Our experienced counsellors can help you identify and secure the university or college where you can thrive. Visit your nearest IDP office for free advice on how to further your post-graduate career in Ireland.
Which English language tests are accepted by Irish institutions?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the most preferred English language proficiency test accepted by almost all institutions in Ireland. However, globally, Irish institutions are open to accepting other proficiency tests as well (do check the official website of your preferred institution for the same).
Can students work during studies in Ireland?
All Srilankan students are allowed to work for 20 hours per week during the academic session and 40-hours per week during the months of May, June, July, August and from December 15th to January 15th.
Are qualifications from Ireland recognised worldwide?
Yes, degrees from Ireland institutions are accepted worldwide and known for their quality of education.
What are the accommodation options available in Ireland?
As a Srilankan student, you can opt for on-campus residence facility or look for an off-campus accommodation. Most universities in Ireland offer Halls of residence (self-catered or full-board) for students from other countries. Living as a resident on-campus is a very affordable option, however you need to apply for it separately, and well ahead in time to secure a slot for yourself.
If you are unable to find such accommodation or wish to stay alone, you can get a space for yourself on rent in shared apartments or stay with a local Irish family. Remember, the rentals will vary from city to city. Your IDP counsellor will also help you find an accommodation that works out the best for you.
Are there any special requirements for under -18 students to study in Ireland?
If you’re 16 or 17 years old, you must have written consent from your parents/guardians that you can live and travel independently along with the details of your guardian in Ireland. Your IDP counsellor will help you with the same when you apply for your visa.
What are interesting facts about Irish universities?
Some interesting facts about Ireland universities
You’ll find a higher education student in every 22 people in Ireland, which is about 4.6% of its total population.
Female students rejoice! There are 3,500 more female students than males in higher studies programs. The percentage of women at postgraduate level is 54% as compared to men at 46%.
Over one in 10 students is an international student
Every year, over 66,000 students graduate from a higher education institution
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