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Studying in Ireland for international students

Thinking about studying in Ireland? Here's the complete guide for international students.

Ireland has one of the best education systems in the world, its people are friendly and open-minded, and its big cities are smaller and easier to get around. Let’s dig deeper into why you should consider studying in Ireland.

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Why study in Ireland?

Schools and universities in Ireland are globally recognised. This means that graduates of Irish universities can get ahead in their careers all over the world. Let's go over more about why Ireland could be your best choice!

  • High-quality education

Ireland's education system is consistently ranked as one of the best in the world. It has seven universities that are among the best in the world, and it puts a lot of emphasis on cutting-edge research and working with other countries to develop their teaching methods.

  • Quality of life

Ireland is a safe and tolerant place to live, consistently ranking in the top 20 countries in the world for quality of life, peace, and human development. It is also a young country, with one-third of the population under the age of 25. You will join more than 35,000 international students from 161 countries who have chosen to study in Ireland.

  • The Irish culture

Irish people are proud of their nation and culture, and they are eager to share them with you. Even though Ireland is a small country (population: about five million), more than 70 million people worldwide claim to be of Irish descent. Once you've lived in Ireland, you'll have friends from all over the world.

Admission requirements in Ireland for international students

In Ireland, admission requirements vary by university and major. However, when applying to universities in Ireland, international students must generally submit the following documents:

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The cost of studying in Ireland for international students

The cost of studying in Ireland will vary based on the type of degree and university you choose. You'll need between €11,000 and €35,000 to cover your college expenses.

Degree TypeAverage annual tuition fees in euro
Bachelor’s degree€11,000 to €25,500
Master’s degree€11,000 to €35,500
Doctoral degree€11,000 to €35,500

Scholarships to study in Ireland for international students

Here are some of the most well-known scholarships for international students who want to study in Ireland:

Scholarship NameValue
The University of Delhi Graduate ScholarshipUp to 50% of fees
Global Excellence Postgraduate ScholarshipsUp to 5000 EUR
Academic Year Study Abroad Excellence ScholarshipUp to 3000 EUR
Generation Study Abroad ScholarshipUp to 2000 EUR
MSc Merit Based ScholarshipsUp to 2000 EUR

Student visa requirements in Ireland for international students

Your visa requirements to study in Ireland will depend on your age and the type of degree you wish to pursue there. The Irish government offers two types of student visas, C and D study visas, which you can learn more about on their official website.

In general, you will be required to submit the following:

  • A valid passport or other travel documents
  • Acceptance letter from an accredited Irish university or college
  • Medical insurance
  • A declaration that you intend to leave Ireland when your visa expires

More about studying and living in the Ireland

Ireland higher education system

Ireland higher education system

Education has been prized in Ireland throughout its long and sometimes difficult history. Today Ireland's higher education system offers excellent programmes for international students of all ages. More than one in ten full-time students come from overseas.
What are the upcoming intakes in Ireland?

What are the upcoming intakes in Ireland?

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Cost of living in Ireland
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Study in Dublin
Dublin is a famously friendly and walkable city, where ‘town’ is in the centre of everything and everyone’s lives.

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