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.
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
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.
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
Students are allowed to work for up to 20 hours a
Contact the visa office of the embassy. The embassy
has opened visa application centres in Delhi, Chandigarh,
Jalandar, Chennai, Kochi and Hyderabad.
Ireland has a shortage of hi-skilled manpower in
areas such as Information Technology, Healthcare, Financial
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
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.
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.