With a view to creating ambassadors for Ireland all over the world, Ireland has developed an Education Strategy, which hopes to invest resources in international students. More than 25000 enrolments are planned for international students every year.
Apart from the efforts put in by the country, Indian students get several inherent advantages if
they opt for higher education in Ireland :
- Ireland has a long tradition of good quality education
- It is an English speaking country, with very friendly people, so Indian students will be comfortable there
- Ireland is one of the leaders in science and technology, with billions of Euros being invested. Also, Ireland is home to more than a 1000 multinational company’s back office operations. So there are huge employment opportunities there after completion of your education.
- You get a clear road map for employment and permanent residency after finishing your education
- Lots of Indian students in Ireland, who are part of the 10% of Ireland’s population who are from foreign countries, giving you a multi-cultural ambience.
How Much Would It Cost?
Undergraduate courses can cost anything from INR 8 lakhs to 16 lakhs. Post graduate courses including MBA would cost up to INR 24 lakhs. These are calculated at INR 80 per Euro. Monthly living expenses would be around INR 1 lakh, and would include shared rent, heating and electricity bills, food, conveyance, books, laundry, medical and social expenses. One more thing to keep in mind is that part time jobs are not very common in Ireland. If at all you get something, it might be able to pay enough just to cover part of the living expenses.
Also, at the time of application to universities, you would need to provide evidence that you are financially capable of supporting yourself for the next one year.
Requirements Before Applying
Education standards and certifications in Ireland are governed by the National Framework of Qualifications, which is similar to the AICTE in India. They have laid down the various levels for which an Indian student can apply for a student visa to Ireland :
- Level 7 – Bachelor Degree (3 years duration)
- Level 8 – Honours Degree (3-4 years duration)
- Level 8 –Diploma (1 year duration)
- Level 9 – Postgraduate Diploma (1 year duration)
- Level 9 – Master’s Degree (1-2 years duration)
- Level 10 – Doctoral Degree (approximately 4 years duration)
For undergraduate courses, Standard 12 of India would be accepted, but they desire much higher marks. An average of 75% to 85% would be needed to be accepted. The minimum percentage of marks for post graduate courses is around 60%. There are a total of 7 universities and 14 Institutes of Technology in Ireland. The IOTs are generally a little more lenient while accepting students.
When You Are There
As soon as you reach Ireland, you must register yourself with the GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau). Garda is how the police in Ireland is referred to. After you have arrived at your university with a 90 day visit visa, you get a set of papers from the institute which need to be submitted at the GNIB, who would then process your student visa. If you are lucky enough to get hostels within your campus, then you would save some money. But otherwise, you would need to take shared rented accommodation, or put up with families at homestays. Remember to get your health insurance and vaccinations done after you reach Ireland. Basic health insurance valid in Ireland would cost you about INR 10000, although you can opt for more comprehensive coverage as well. As mentioned above, there are clear guidelines laid down to ensure you can apply for and get a work permit easily.