Some facts about Ireland Education for international students
Living Cost will differ depending upon the location of the institution, the type of accommodation preferred and on the personal expenditure of the student. On average, we estimate that a student will spend between €6,000 and €11,000 per year depending on location and lifestyle.
All non-Irish nationals, who are not citizens of the EU/EEA or Switzerland, must register in person with the GNIB after arrival and after completion of registration at your third level institution. The GNIB will issue you with a residence permit/GNIB card.
For students from non-EU countries, you will be required to have medical insurance in place in order to be granted a visa.
If you are from a non-EU country, you must complete a minimum of 15 hours scheduled contact time per week in order to be eligible to be eligible for a visa to study in Ireland. If you are an English language study wishing to study for less than 90 days in Ireland and combine learning with other tourist pursuits, you will be classed as an educational tourist and subject to visit/holiday visa rules.
Ireland’s climate can be summed up as being mild, moist and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. 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 but they do happen on the odd occasion when Ireland’s temperatures plummet.
Since April 2001, non-EU students who are approved to study in Ireland with Higher Education institutions listed on the Internationalisation Register, can avail of part time work to help support themselves while in Ireland. Students are allowed to work part-time (upto 20 hours a week) or full-time (up to 40 hours a week) during holiday periods.
Yes. A small number of scholarships for overseas students are available from the universities and colleges. These are awarded solely at the discretion of the individual institutions who set down their own criteria for eligibility. Students are advised to contact the institution of their choice directly, to obtain information.
Note: You will be required to have accepted an offer of a recognised programme of study in Ireland and to have a receipt of payment letter from a college in Ireland before you can begin the process of applying for your visa overseas to study in Ireland.