STUDY IN Ireland

Why study in Ireland?

Ireland is the only English speaking country in the European Union (EU). Ireland is different from Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom.

Small, friendly and a safe country and one of fastest growing economies in the EU Ireland is home to some of the prestigious Universities like Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD), University of Limerick and many more.

Dublin the capital city is the busiest city and the location for European headquarters for many IT and pharmaceutical companies

Applying to study in the Ireland?

Ireland has three types of Institutions

Universities – 7 of them funded by the Government and offer Undergraduate, Post Graduate and Research degrees.

Institutes of Technology  (IOTs)- 14 Government funded institutions mostly offer Under Graduate and Post Graduate courses with vocational inclination.

Colleges – Usually privately run and offer professional qualifications and degrees.

Applications to Irish Institutions are usually through online application portal PAC for Post Graduate applicants. There is a nominal application fee € 50 for each application.

The main intake is in September followed by an Intake in January.

Working in Ireland and Stay back Options

Graduate Employment Scheme is available in Ireland from 6 months to 2 years depending on level of study according to National Qualification Framework (NFQ). 

The categorisation is as follows:

1. NFQ Level 9 – Masters and PG Diploma – Stay back period 2 years.
2. NFQ Level 8-  Bachelor’s Degree with Honours- Stay back period 1 year.
3. NFQ Level 7 – Bachelor’s Degree (Ordinary) – Stay back period 6 months.

Work Permit: Available for graduates earning salary of € 30,000 per annum and above. Can be issued initially for 2 years and can be renewed further for 3 years. It can be issued for indefinite period after 5 years.

Green Cards: This is issued to individuals who are working in specified skill shortage area and salary is over € 60,000 per annum. Can be issued initially for 2 years and extended and can be extended indefinitely after the initial period.

Accommodation & Living Cost

All universities offer accommodation on campus but this is available on first come first served basis. If you do not apply early you may need to book for private accommodation which is available abundantly in all major cities in Ireland.

The prescribed cost of living for one year is €7000 however it is advisable that students budget for €10,000 in addition to the tuition fee.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee range for most courses in Ireland is between € 10,000 to € 20,000 some popular programs and universities can charge a bit more. The prescribed living expenditure that need to be evidenced at the time of visa application is €7000.

Students also need to budget for health insurance cover the period of their education in Ireland.

Immigration & Visa

Students should apply for their visa at least 6 weeks prior to the course start date. If you wish to opt for Approval in Principle (AIP) you should aim to apply at least 7 weeks in advance. Irish Embassy in India would not accept visa applications if the course start date is in less than 3 weeks form date of visa application.

All applications are completed online at the following link:

It is mandatory for all students to submit a completed Student Visa Questionnaire along with the hard copies of documents at the near Visa Application Centre – VFS

The latest student questionnaire can be downloaded from

Note that the Police Clearance Certificate and Medical Insurance are mandatory for all Student Visa applicants.

Please contact UniStride Visa Team for expert advice on your visa application and do not take chances with incomplete paperwork risking a visa refusal.

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