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The cost advantage
Ireland score on the price front. With score of Indians flocking to Europe’s third largest island, it could be a study destination worth considering

The country’s USP
Ireland is billed as a provider of quality education in the English language at competitive costs. The Embassy of Ireland says that it does not have reliable figures on the number of Indians enrolled in Irish institutes. An estimate number of Indian students enrolled in Ireland would be 1,300, which include 874 (student) visas issued last year.

Hot for what?
Business is the most popular subject taken up by 31 per cent Indian students in Ireland. Twenty-six percent are pursuing ICT, 14 per cent Hospitality and Tourism, 1 per cent Engineering and the rest are following other subjects.

Session commences
The session is on from September to June, with summer vacations from June to September and shorter breaks during Christmas and Easter. The session is divided into two or three semesters. Some institutions have two intake, some three and others only one. Most universities o by the semester systems.

Top institutes
The following five Irish universities have the highest enrolment from Indians:
1. National Universities of Ireland, Galway
2. Trinity College, Dublin
3. University of Limerick
4. Dublin city University
5. University College, Cork

Standardised test scores
No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score are required. However, institutes may insist on an International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) score of at least 6.

Tuition fee
The annual tuition fee for undergraduate and post-graduate programmes (excluding medicine) varies from about 7,000 to 12,000 euros (Rs 3,79,000 – Rs 6,49,709).

Cost of living
The living cost, on an average, is 600-700 euro (Rs 32,485 – Rs 37,899) month or 7,000 euros (Rs 3,78,997) a year. Accommodation is cheaper outside Dublin.

Universities distribute scholarship directly and the applicant has to find one himself by approaching them. The embassy does not provide scholarship nor does the government.

Part-time jobs
Students are allowed to work for up to 20 hours a week.

Student visa
Contact the visa office of the embassy. The embassy has opened visa application centres in Delhi, Chandigarh, Jalandar, Chennai, Kochi and Hyderabad.

Job opportunities
Ireland has a shortage of hi-skilled manpower in areas such as Information Technology, Healthcare, Financial Services, Accounting
Its recently launched Third Level Graduate Scheme allows non-European Economic Area student, completing their undergraduate, postgraduate or doctorate programmes at a third-level Irish institution, to work in specific job fields. The student permission of those who qualify under the scheme will be extended (nonrenewable) for six months so that they can find a job. For more information, visit www.entemp.ie

How to apply
Whereas European Union students can apply straight to the Central Application Office, non-EU students, including Indians, should contact individual universities or institutions directly for admissions.

When to apply
Apply anytime of the year but at least two-and-half months before your selected course is scheduled to start.

Each course has a different deadline for application, which depends on its date of commencement.

Application processing time
The offer letter comes depending on when you applied. The application processing time can be as little as 24hours on the spot that is, at the Embassy of Ireland, or may take three weeks to a month. If a course starts in September, the universities or institute may offer admission by April or May.

Application docket
In Ireland, candidates are selected for undergraduate programmes through a score system based on their school leaving certificates. Overseas applicants for UG programmes are selected on the basis of Class XII marks. Their marks in the Bachelor’s degree and the subject they studies are considered for direct entry into PG programmes.

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