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About Ireland

The Republic of Ireland is a small independent nation situated on the West Coast of Europe, with a population of under four million people. Although they do have their own distinctive Celtic language and culture, English is the predominant language spoken in Ireland today. Irish people are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality. The Island of Ireland, including Northern Ireland which is administered by the United Kingdom, has the population of five million. Because of its size, travel within Ireland is relatively easy. The United Kingdom and other parts of Europe are also easily accessible by both air and sea. The capital of Ireland is Dublin. Ireland enjoys a temperature climate influenced by the relatively warm waters of the Gulf Stream in whose path the island lies. During the winter months temperatures rarely drop below freezing and snow is uncommon. The coldest and wettest months are December, January and February. July and August are the warmest months. Ireland has a rich heritage and the influence of its culture has been felt the world over, probably more than any other, from music, art, myths, language, food and literature. For a very long time, with no newspapers, radio or TV, news and events were put to music and relayed by the Bards that traveled the land. A Bard was always welcome, as his music and poetry was entertaining as well as bringing news of what was happening throughout the country side.

 

Study in Ireland

 

Applying for an Irish student visa gives you the opportunity to immigrate to Ireland on a temporary basis in order to undertake a course of study in the country. Studying in Ireland is quite popular option for undergraduates across the world; Ireland offers a long history of excellence in learning with nine universities, fourteen institutes of technology and a host of other educational establishments. Ireland`s long and honourable tradition in educational excellence is recognised the world over. Dating back to the Middle Ages, Ireland held the position as one of the principal education providers to the western world. Successive modern governments have continued to regard education as a key priority and investment in this area has been sustained for a long time. This has resulted in one of the highest education participation rates in the world today, which, in turn, has had positive implications for the strong economic growth and development of Ireland.

 

Cost of Study

 

At the Bachelor`s level, the average cost of engineering education is between 9,500-13,000 Euros. Business education costs aprox. 10,000-14,000. Medical education is the costliest, which will setback a student by at least 23,000 Euros per year. Master`s level cost approx. 6,000-12,000 Euros per year. Additionally accommodation, living expenses, books and other miscellaneous expenditure would come to approx. 6,000-8,000 Euros, depending upon the location. A small number of scholarships for international students are available from the universities and colleges themselves. These are awarded solely at the discretion of the individual institutions that set down their own criteria for eligibility.

 

Admission Process

 

Academic year starts every year in September and ends by June. Deadlines for most programs fall between 1st February and 1st May. The academic year is divided into two or three semesters

 

Before submitting your application it is essential to gather as much information as possible about:

  • The course of study you are planning to take.
  • The institution you are planning to attend.
  • Funding.
  • Accommodation.
  • Once you are happy with your choices you will need time to gather the necessary paperwork, arrange accommodation, visa, funding etc.
  • Our advice would be to begin the application process at least 4 to 6 monthsr in advance of your proposed arrival in Ireland.

 

Visa Guidelines

 

In applying for a Student Visa you must be able to show that:

  • You are enrolled on a privately funded course involving at least 15 hours of organised daytime tuition each week.
  • You have paid the requisite fees to the college.
  • You have the academic ability to follow your chosen course.
  • You have a level of English language sufficient to do so (except in the case of an application which is solely for an English language course).
  • You have immediate access to at least €7,000. This is the estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year.
  • You must also demonstrate that you or your sponsor has ready access to an amount of at least €7,000 for each subsequent year of your studies, in addition to the course fees for each of those years.
  • You have private medical insurance.
  • You can account for any gaps in your educational history.
  • Your intention is to return to your country of permanent residence following completion of your studies in Ireland.