Ireland has published a landmark International Education Strategy 2010-15. This is with a view to creating brand ambassadors for Ireland across countries. Ireland is fully aware that it makes sense to invest in international students.
In the next 4 years, Ireland wants to take in 25,500 international students on full-time courses. A statutory Code of Practice and Quality Mark is awarded to educational institutions that meet laid down criteria.
This Quality mark will be used by State bodies for visas, immigration, access to labour market and also for promotions.
Ireland intends to fast track degree programme visas. The maximum time a student may stay in Ireland for the purpose of attending courses at degree level is limited to seven years and students are responsible for managing their studies to ensure compliance with this time limit.
Students at honors bachelors’ degree level and above will be allowed to remain in Ireland for up to one year for the purpose of gaining relevant work experience or developing a business idea.
With a reputation for natural beauty and friendliness, Republic of Ireland also has a long tradition of education. The Republic of Ireland covers 26 of the 32 counties and the remaining countries from Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom.
The cost of studying in the Ireland is determined by the tuition fees of your course and whether you wish to study in the capital city of Dublin or outside in another city.Tuition fees vary depending on the course you have applied to study.
Undergraduate fees range from €9,100 to €20,300
Average PG fees ranges from €9,150 to €20,000
MBA fees can range up to €30,000.
The cost of living (inclusive of accommodation, food, travel, books etc) varies depending on your own particular lifestyle. Please make sure to account for the entire living costs and tuition fees and do not assume that you can earn some money doing part-time jobs. Part-time jobs can probably only fetch a part of your expenses and when you are filing for your visas, authorities need to see your entire expenses for 1 year accounted for.
NFQ Level 7 = Ordinary Bachelor Degree (3 years duration)
NFQ Level 8 = Honours Bachelor Degree (3-4 years duration)
NFQ Level 8 = Higher Diploma (1 year duration)
NFQ Level 9 = Postgraduate Diploma (1 year duration)
NFQ Level 9 = Masters Degree (1-2 years duration)
NFQ Level 10 = Doctoral Degree (approximately 4 years duration)
There are 6 awarding bodies in Ireland.
Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC)
Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), it is Irish version of AICTE
Dublin Institute of Technology
Institutes of Technology (IOT)
State Examinations Commission
The main intake offered by all Colleges and University is September and few Universities offer Feb Intake also.
As English is the language of instruction at all Irish Institutions of higher education, students must demonstrate a proficiency in English to be accepted for a third level Programme. Generally, the required minimum score in TOEFL is 90 Internet Based Test. Many universities and colleges provide English Language training programmmes for intending students. Furthermore, there are over 110 private English language training schools throughout the country which run both short and long terms courses.
Overseas students wishing to study in Ireland have two options :
a) Attend secondary school in Ireland and complete the Leaving Certificate Examination with Irish students. This route is chosen by a number of students who commonly take the examination in conjunction with English language tuition.
b) Undertake recognized public examinations in their own countries. This is a more common route and it is essential that every applicant check that the educational qualifications she/he is presenting are adequate to satisfy entry requirements. To have a realistic prospect these results should be very good, e.g. for medicine 3 good 'A' Level passes (grades A/B) or the equivalent, in relevant subjects are required. The minimum requirement for most degree level programmes is 3 grade 'C's at A level or equivalent. If there is any doubt about the acceptability of an applicant's qualifications, clarification should be sought in good time from the particular third level institution.
c) Student can apply to the institutions directly or to the Central Applications Office for Undergraduate Programmes.
Currently international students who are enrolled for full-time study of at least 1 year duration on courses present in the Internationalisation Register do not require a work permit to work in Ireland. They are entitled to work 20 hours per week during term time and upto 40 hours per week during the holidays. The entitlement to work ceases once the student visa runs out.
Although you might be entitled to 20 hours of part-time work, before you enter Ireland you are required to prove to the visa authorities that you have enough funds to cover your tuition fees and living expenses. Pursuing your course is your primary objective. The current minimum wage in Ireland is presently €7.65/hour.