Why Study in The Ireland?
- 1-year master’s degrees
- A Post-Study work visa in Ireland for 1 to 2 years to remain and work in Ireland.
- Is currently home to 9 of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies.
- Scholarships up to 100% are available for deserving students
- Ireland is the largest exporter of software in the world and rates amongst the top five producers of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals globally. The ever-increasing demands of this high-technology economy have ensured that the higher education technological sector offers the highest and most advanced standards and opportunities available today.
- Close links to industry and is characterized by creativity, flexibility, and pragmatism.
- Young vibrant population, with 40% of the population under the age of 25;
- The Irish Government invests over 782 million annually in research in Ireland’s higher education institutions. The impact of this funding is that Ireland’s higher education institutions now lead the world in an increasing number of fields.
- Ireland is also where some of the world’s biggest and best companies like Google, Facebook, HP, Accenture, Apple, Amazon, Uber, Pfizer, Abbott Laboratories, Tesco and etc have located key, strategic research facilities.
- In Ireland, you’ll find a unique ecosystem that sees academic researchers working hand-in-hand with small home-grown and start-up companies in partnership with some of the most powerful multinationals on the planet.Ireland is a safe and tolerant place to live and ranks consistently in the world’s Top 20 countries for quality of life, peace, and human development.
Universities in Ireland rank in the top 3% world-wide.
The Irish economy is one of the fastest growing in the Eurozone
The Irish Government offers a one-year stay-back visa for Bachelors graduates and up to two years for Masters graduates.
Living in the Ireland
Traditions & Culture: The culture of Ireland includes customs and traditions, language, music, art, literature, folklore, cuisine and sports associated with Ireland and the Irish people. For most of its recorded history, Ireland’s culture has been primarily Gaelic. The country has its own language, music is known all over the world, they have produced literary greats and our theatre, arts, and folklore are known all over the world.
Food: Irish food is known for the quality and freshness of its ingredients. Most cooking is done without herbs or spices, except for salt and pepper. Foods are usually served without sauce or gravy. The staples of the Irish diet have traditionally been potatoes, grains (especially oats), and dairy products. Potatoes still appear at most Irish meals, with potato scones, similar to biscuits or muffins, a specialty in the north.
Safety: Whilst Ireland is considered to be a relatively safe place to live, students are advised to exercise caution when walking home alone in the evenings, particularly in the more urbanized areas. From November through to February, it can get dark as early as 4.30pm. The colleges themselves will be able to brief students on personal safety issues relative to their particular area. Despite increasing urbanization and the difficulties historically associated with the conflict in Northern Ireland, personal safety is generally very high and there is a low level of violent crime.
Welfare: The Student Welfare department is available in all the institutions across Ireland. They provide information to students about a range of concerns including; mental well-being, crisis pregnancy, sexual health awareness, suicide intervention and non-academic issues. Dedicated officers can also provide the students with information about a number of additional support services both locally and nationally and help connect students to these organizations, should they need the support.
Health: The Irish healthcare system is divided into public and private services. Both services are provided by GPs and the Health Service Executive (HSE) is responsible for providing public and community health services. There are three types of hospitals: HSE hospitals, voluntary hospitals and private hospitals.
Dublin and Belfast have comprehensive local bus networks, as do some other larger towns.
The Dublin Area Rapid Transport (DART) rail line runs roughly the length of Dublin’s coastline, while the Luas tram system has two popular lines. Taxis tend to be expensive Uber is in Dublin and is expected to spread elsewhere
Drive: The big decision in getting around Ireland is to go by car or use public transport. Your own car will make the best use of your time and help you reach even the most remote of places
Bus: The bus network, made up of a mix of public and private operators, is extensive and generally quite competitive – although journey times can be slow and lots of the points of interest outside towns are not served.
Rail: The rail network is quicker but more limited, serving only some major towns and cities. Both buses and trains get busy during peak times; you’ll need to book in advance to be guaranteed a seat.
Cost of Studying in Ireland
Under graduation- €10,000 to €25,000 per year
Post-Graduation- €14,000 to €35,000 per year
Doctorate Degree- €9,000 – €30,000 per year
Cost of Living in Ireland-
Living Expenses: On average a student will spend approx. €10,000 per year depending on location and lifestyle
On Campus Accommodation- €7,200 – €8,000 per year
Private Apartments- €7,200 – €12,000 per year
Private rental (house share) – €6,000 – €7,200 per year
Health insurance- €300 to €500 per year
Food- €3,000-€4,200 per annum
Utilities(electricity, gas, water): €1,200-€1,800 per annum
Overall Expense (including Accommodation): €14,500 – €23,000 per year
Basics: You will be required to show the funds in the form of various savings to cover the expenses of the first year of studies and the further progression.
Dependents information: Not allowed on a student visa.
Immigration on Arrival: Your passport will be checked when you arrive at the airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. It must be valid for the whole of your stay.
How to Apply: AEC Experts will guide you in Study Visa processing.
Types of Visa in Ireland:-
There are several types of student visas available in Ireland, including:
- Short stay study visa: This visa is for students who want to study in Ireland for less than 3 months.
- Long stay study visa: This visa is for students who want to study in Ireland for more than 3 months.
- Degree programme visa: This visa is for students who have been accepted into a degree program at a recognized Irish educational institution.
- Language and non-degree program visa: This visa is for students who want to study English or participate in a non-degree program, such as a vocational or professional training course.
- Exchange student visa: This visa is for students who are participating in an exchange program between their home institution and an Irish educational institution.
- Postgraduate research visa: This visa is for students who have been accepted into a postgraduate research program at a recognized Irish educational institution.
Ireland Student VISA Requirements
- Passport: You will need a valid passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your intended stay in Ireland. Make sure to include a copy of all the pages of your passport.
- Application form: You will need to fill out the online visa application form and print a signed copy of the summary sheet.
- Passport-sized photographs: You will need two recent, passport-sized photographs.
- Letter of acceptance: You will need a letter of acceptance from a recognized educational institution in Ireland. This should be an original letter, not a photocopy or fax.
- Evidence of finances: You will need to show evidence that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Ireland. This could include bank statements, a scholarship letter or a letter from your sponsor or an educational loan letter.
- Evidence of health insurance: You will need to provide evidence that you have comprehensive medical insurance, which covers you for any medical expenses during your stay in Ireland.
- English language proficiency: You may need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency, such as a TOEFL, Duolingo or IELTS certificate.
- Academic transcripts: You may need to provide academic transcripts from your previous studies.
- Application fee: You will need to pay a fee when you submit your application.
- Police Clearance Certificate is also required.
Arrival & Housing
Planning & Housing:
College students have a wide choice when it comes to accommodation. Some students choose to stay in on-campus accommodation, which is available in many colleges. On-Campus accommodation is always in demand it can be quite expensive and it is difficult to find.
Students who want to be totally independent choose self-catering, rented accommodation. Students pay their rent monthly and in advance.
Some students choose to live with a host family in their home. This way, you have your own independence but still have the home comforts (and some rules) as well as a family to help you settle in to a new way of life in a new country.
Restricted items to bring to IRELAND:
Certain goods cannot be imported to Ireland or can only be imported under license. The main items that cannot be imported or must be imported under licence are:
- Offensive weapons
- Indecent or obscene material
(books, periodicals, prints and video recordings)
- Plants or bulbs
- Live animals or dead animals (including cats and dogs)
- Birds or poultry
- Endangered species
- Meat and meat products
- Hay or straw (even if used as packing)
Welcome Week: Welcome Week is your opportunity to make friends, and learn more about studying at the university and living in the country. You will be invited to attend a number of events throughout Welcome Week – some of which are optional and others compulsory.
Travel to your institution: If you are staying near the university, there is a shuttle service available. Else, you may choose to travel by train or buses.
Opening a bank account: In order to open an Irish bank account, you will need two documents: one to prove your identity and one to prove your address. This applies both in branches and online. Proving your identity is simple. You just need your passport.
Can you work? Yes
What kind of work can you do? There are various part-time jobs available in all the sectors across hospitality/catering to call centers to banking and finance and etc. With few exceptions, it is very unlikely that you will find a part-time job related to your course of study.
How many hours can you work? 20 hours per week during studies; 40 hours per week during vacations.
Do you need prior approval when you work? No
About Tax?You will normally start to pay tax from your first payday. The amount of tax you pay depends on your level of pay and the amount of your tax credits.
Employment Permit System
Work permits are issued for up to 2 years. Generally, the salary must be €30,000 or more and the employer must have carried out a labor market test. The cost for a 2-year work permit is €1000. After 12 months working in the country, work permit holders can apply for their family members to join them.
Green card permit
Green card permits are issued for jobs where the salary is over €60,000. Green card permits are also issued for certain jobs where the salary is between €30,000 and €59,999, for an up-to-date list of eligible jobs go to: www.enterprise.gov.ie. There is no labour market test. There must be a job offer of 2 or more years.
Spousal/Dependent work permit
Spousal/Dependent work permits are issued to spouses or dependents (who came to Ireland before they were 18 years of age). If the main work permit holder was granted their work permit before 1st June 2009:
There is no labour market test
There is no fee for the work permit
There are no ineligible jobs
If the main work permit holder was granted their work permit after 1st June 2009, then the spouse or dependent will have to apply for a work permit in their own right which means
There is no labour market test
There is no fee for the work permit
There are no ineligible jobs
How to find a job?
You can contact your Local Employment Service (LES)
You can check local and national newspapers: The Irish Times and The Irish Examiner (job supplement on Fridays), The Irish Independent (job supplement on Thursdays), The Sunday Independent, and The Evening Herald.
Use personal contacts, for example, relatives or friends who may know of current vacancies.
You can also check the internet for details of current vacancies – here is a sample of some websites for job-seekers:
€30,000- €35,000 per annum
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