Why Study Ireland

Ireland is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island in the world. It lies to the northwest of continental Europe and is surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets. To the east of Ireland is Great Britain, separated from it by the Irish Sea. The island is divided between separate jurisdictions: the Republic of Ireland, which covers just under five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, which covers the remainder and is located in the northeast of the island.Irish culture has had a significant influence on other cultures, particularly in the fields of literature and, to a lesser degree, science and education. A strong indigenous culture exists, as expressed for example through native sports, Irish music, and the Irish language, alongside a common Western culture, such as contemporary music and drama, and sports such as football, rugby and golf, and the English language.

World class (dynamic and progressive) education
Global Recognition

Benefits of studying in Ireland

  • Ireland’s 6 rank degrees in the globe are recognized worldwide.
  • Ireland is an English-speaking country with a long tradition of providing education for international students.
  • There are many specialist centers at Irish universities and Institutes of Technology, which have cutting-edge facilities and technologies to provide the skills and training that students need for access to ‘high-value’ employment after graduation.
  • Ireland offers a modern and multifaceted education system, which combines the best parts of Ireland’s rich heritage with its thriving, technologically adept society and a unique perspective on the future.
  • Major international corporations like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Dell, Intel, and IBM have international headquarters in Ireland.

Why Study in Ireland
Ireland’s worldwide reputation for high-quality education is built on the solid foundation of commitment to excellence.
STUDY in one of the best education systems in the world for Higher Education Achievements.
BENEFIT from Ireland’s investment in the education system.
CHOOSE from over 5000 internationally recognized qualifications.
ACCESS world-class research opportunities in world-leading programs.
CONNECT with career opportunities with leading global companies located in Ireland.
ACHIEVE your ambitions in Europe’s most entrepreneurial country.
JOIN the 35,000 international students from 161 countries enjoying Ireland’s vibrant culture.
LIVE in the only English speaking country in the Eurozone.
EXPERIENCE living in one of the friendliest and safest countries in the world.

Ireland’s Strengths

  • A Friendly, Safe Environment
  • English Speaking Country
  • Extensive Choice of Courses
  • Internationally Recognised Qualifications
  • Long Tradition in Education Excellence
  • Innovative and Creative Culture
  • Leading Global Companies in Ireland
  • Best for Entrepreneurs and Business

Where Can I Study In Ireland?
The higher education system in Ireland consists of the university sector, institutes of technology and private independent colleges. The entry requirements for international students to higher education are determined individually by each institution and are generally based on national examination performance and English language aptitude.

Irish higher education institutions offer degrees at ordinary and Honours Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate levels and undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas over a full range of disciplines. You can visit us nearby you to find the course or higher education institution best suited to you.

NUI Colleges
Institutes of Technology
Private Higher Education Institutions
Applying for a Student Visa
You must make your visa application online using the AVATS on-line facility, this Online Visa Application Facility is available worldwide and must be used by all applicants for an Irish Visa.
Your application will only be processed when the online form is completed AND the required documentation, passport photograph, and appropriate fee are received by the relevant office as indicated by the online system.
You should read the visa application details very carefully. If you do not provide the documentation required, your visa will be refused.

  • Some points for you to note. When making an application you must:
  • Complete the online application form
  • Check the Irish Embassy details where your documentation is to be sent
  • Provide a passport sized photo
  • Ensure your passport is valid for 12 months
  • Pay the application fee
  • Provide a signed letter of application which explains why you require the visa
  • A Letter of Acceptance from the Irish university, college or school, confirming you have been accepted and enrolled on a course of full-time education, involving a minimum of 15 hours organized daytime tuition each week.
  • This letter must name you (the applicant) and verify the title/duration of the course
  • It should also confirm the number of fees payable for your course, and that this amount has been paid.

If the college has taken out medical insurance on your behalf, details of this must be contained in this letter of acceptance. If it is not arranged by the college, you must organize this yourself and provide evidence with your application.

You must provide evidence that you have access to sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees and cost of living expenses. You must show you have sufficient funds to support your stay in Ireland without recourse to public funds, or the reliance on casual employment. In order to provide evidence of access to sufficient finances, you will need:

  • A detailed statement of your bank account covering a six-month period immediately prior to your visa application, and showing sufficient funds to cover your costs.
  • Produce official confirmation that you are in receipt of a scholarship.
  • Note: The estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year is €7,000. You must demonstrate that you or your sponsor has ready access to an amount of at least €7,000 for each year of your studies, in addition to the course fees for each of those years. Where NON-EEA Students are studying for a period of fewer than 6 months the non-EEA Student must have access to €500 per month of the stay or €3000 whichever is the lesser.

Alternative Evidence of Finance – Degree Programme Students
A pilot program has now been introduced that would allow degree program students to provide an alternative to bank statements as a method of proof of finances. The alternative method is an “education bond” with a minimum value of €7,000. The bond must be lodged to an approved student fees payment service (e.g. the electronic fee payment service offered by EduStep).

Working in Ireland
International students engaged in full-time study of at least one year’s duration (on a course leading to a qualification which is recognized by the Irish Department of Education and Skills currently do not need a work permit to work in Ireland.

  • From 1st January 2015 students holding a valid immigration stamp 2 will be permitted to work 40 hours per week only during the months of May, June, July and August and from 15th December to 15th January inclusive. At all other times, they will be limited to working 20 hours per week.
  • Degree programme students can get casual work where they are: Registered with GNIB
  • Enrolled on a recognized programme leading to a qualification recognized by the Minister for Education & Skills
  • Attending a full-time programme of education at or above NFQ Level 7
  • Undertaking a minimum of 15 hours day time study
    Getting tuition, between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm per week for a minimum of 25 weeks per annum
  • On a programme of at least one year’s duration
  • Students will also be required to comply with the Universal Social Contribution (USC), Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI), employment laws and taxation requirements.

Students enrolled in courses on the Degree Programme are allowed to undertake an internship where this forms part of their program. This is subject to the following rules.
The internship or work placement part of the program cannot exceed 50% of the duration of the programme e.g. a 4-year program would permit 2 years of work placement. In addition, employment cannot be in a self-employed capacity.
Work placements as part of an academic programme must form an integral part of the programme which contributes to the final award.
Educational facilities must also ensure that the placements are suited to the programme being pursued.
Post Study Pathways for International Students
It may be possible to stay in Ireland after you complete your studies for the purpose of seeking employment under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme. This scheme exists to allow legally resident non-EU third level graduates to remain in Ireland in order to look for employment or apply for a green card/work permit.
During their approved stay under the scheme, a student can work full-time (40 hours a week).
The permission under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme is non-renewable.
A student can only avail of the Third Level Graduate Scheme in accordance with the rules below.
Post Study Work (One Year Permission under the Third Level Graduate Scheme Permission)
This allows non-EU/EEA students who have graduated from Irish higher education institutions to remain in Ireland for 12 months to seek employment.
To be eligible for one-year permission under the third level graduate scheme, a student is required to have: an award granted by a recognized Irish awarding body, for example, Dublin Institute of Technology, Irish universities, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Institutes of Technology with delegated authority).

  • Students are eligible for the scheme if they have a Bachelor, Master or Ph.D. degree
  • Employers can hire graduates who are eligible to work for up to 40 hours per week.
  • You must have a valid GNIB card which will be extended for 12 months
  • When should you apply for the Third Level Graduate Scheme: You apply, after your results issue, to the GNIB office. You must:
  • Provide a letter from the university or college you attended indicating you have obtained your examination results and are eligible to graduate
  • Have a valid passport
  • Have your GNIB Card
  • Pay €300 by credit/debit card.
  • After 12 months, you may be eligible for the Green Card or Work Permit Scheme.

Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport is served by a large number of buses, coaches and taxis all allowing you to get to and from the airport with ease. The airport is located approximately 10 km north of Dublin city center, where additional onward rail and bus services are available.

By Bus | Taxi

  • Dublin Airport is accessible by over 700 buses and coaches From Dublin airport, you can reach many areas in and around Dublin, as well as various towns and cities across Ireland. You can buy a bus ticket when you arrive or you can book tickets online
  • Taxis are available from the forecourts directly outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Passengers should follow Taxi signage to the designated taxi ranks. A taxi dispatcher is available at either taxi rank if you require any further information or assistance.

Registering with Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)

After arrival, many international students have to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).
All non-Irish nationals, who are not citizens of the EU/EEA or Switzerland, must register in person with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) after arrival and after completion of registration at your third level institution. The GNIB will issue you with a residence permit/GNIB card. The fee for this card is €300 and must be paid by credit card, laser card or bank giro. This fee cannot be paid in cash.

Garda National Immigration Bureau

13-14 Burgh Quay,
Dublin 2,
Tel: +353 1 666 9130 / 01
Download GNIB Location Map

Opening Hours

Mon. to Thurs.: 8.00am – 10.00pm

What you need to bring with you:

  • Valid passport;
  • Current student card;
  • Evidence of financial support, e.g. current bank statement showing your name, a letter of guarantee from parent or guardian indicating the availability of sufficient funds to sustain you for the duration of your stay in Ireland; or a letter from your sponsoring body confirming financial status.
  • A letter from the college including your student status, start date and the duration of your course and stating that fees have been paid.
  • Evidence of private health insurance.
  • €300– this must be paid by credit card, laser card or bank giro

Induction & Orientation
Induction and Orientation activities often act as the first point of direct contact between you, the international student, and your chosen institution, and so play an important role in:

  • Welcoming you to the institution.
  • Ensuring that you are familiar with the facilities and services that are available to you in the higher education institutions.
  • Introducing you to the structures and procedures of the higher education institution.
  • Ensuring you know where to go for guidance and support during your time here in Ireland as an international student.
  • Generally, orientation sessions are held at the start of the academic year. As well as sessions introducing students to college life and services, some institutions offer sessions on each individual course as well as Library and Sports Centre tours. You are recommended to attend orientation sessions as this information will help you adapt to life at the institution and ensure you enjoy and get the most out of it!

Like it’s people, Ireland’s weather is never boring or predictable. Dancing in the rain, blowing in the wind, but all the time, the sun is never far away!
Our climate can be summed up as being mild, moist and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. You can experience all four seasons in the one day, if you’re lucky!
Because the island is hugged all year round by the warm influence of the Gulf Stream, Ireland is much warmer than other countries that share its latitude. The Gulf Stream also ensures that the Irish coastline remains ice-free throughout winter.
Extreme winters are rare, and you’re more likely to encounter a warm glow than a frosty reception, with average winter temperatures of between 40°F/5°C and 46°F/8°C.
Summer temperatures are generally between 60°F/15°C to 70°F/20°C. One thing that is more than probable is rain – that’s what makes our grass so green, so don’t forget to pack your rain gear and a woolly jumper!