Study in Ireland, and find the best universities in Ireland.
This study guide will give you all the information you need to find universities and study in Ireland.
Ireland is in many ways the perfect study abroad destination. It’s famous for friendliness, great craic and Guinness, has some brilliant cities to live in but also has plenty of open, green spaces.
What more could an international student want?
How about some highly-ranked universities, a continental feel but lessons in the English language and some of the world’s most innovative courses?
Bachelor Degree In Ireland
Find the right Bachelor Degree in Ireland with our comprehensive guide.
Universities in Ireland
The majority of universities in Ireland are focused around three main cities – Cork, Galway and Dublin, so make your choices from here.
There are several different types of higher education institutions in Ireland, from technical colleges to universities and private institutions.
The types of institution that you can study at include:
• Institutes of technology – Offer higher certificates, Masters and Doctoral degrees in technical industries
• Colleges of education – Teacher training institutions
• Private colleges – Vocational degrees for industries such as catering, law and art
The seven public universities in Ireland are all ranked by QS in the top 700 universities in the world, as well as one of the 14 institutes of technology,
The highest ranking universities in Ireland are:
Trinity College Dublin which is the oldest institution in the country and one of the seven “ancient universities” in the UK and Ireland. It has over 17,000 students studying over three faculties.
University College Dublin has around 33.400 students enrolled across the five colleges, 34 schools and 18 research institutes it is made up of.
The National University of Ireland, Galway has jumped in reputation in recent years with the campus currently undergoing a €400 million redevelopment program. The university prides itself on offering a number of less-typical courses, including a BSc in Podiatry and BE/MEng in Sport and Exercise Engineering.
Tuition Fees in Ireland
Explore tuition fees in Ireland for bachelor’s degrees and find the right bachelors degree at the right tuition cost for you.
As with many other countries in Europe, standard undergraduate degrees in Ireland last for three or four years.
As in much of the western world, the Irish higher education system follows the bachelors/masters route.
This means students achieve one of the following:
BA – Bachelor of Arts
BSc – Bachelor of Science
The majority of undergraduate degrees in Ireland are taught in English.
Entry requirements vary across different institutions and courses so you need to research exactly what is expected from your application. In most cases you will need to have completed some form of upper secondary education and have a proven proficiency in English.
UK or European Union students need to apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants from outside the EU will need to apply directly to the university online or by sending an application form through the post.
Immigration & Visa in Ireland
Advice on Immigration & Visa in Ireland, where you can make sure you get the right documents to make a successful application to your ideal university.
EU students are able to come and study a degree in Ireland providing you are studying at an approved institution for more than three months and have sufficient income to support yourself.
Non-EU students will need to apply for a visa dependent on their nationality.
You will generally need to show the following, regardless of your nationality:
• You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
• You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa
• You have paid all relevant visa fees
• You have sufficient funds to support yourself
• You have comprehensive health insurance cover
Other than EU nations there is a full list of nations that are also exempt from visas which you can view here.
Students from these countries need to supply proof of acceptance and to register with immigration authorities if intending to stay in Ireland for more than 90 days.
If you do need a visa to study in Ireland you can apply online via the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.
Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Ireland
Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Ireland.
Students taking undergraduate degrees in Ireland have options when it comes to choosing somewhere to live, with the three main types of accommodation being:
• University accommodation – such as halls of residence
• Private accommodation – such as house and flat rentals
• Homestays – living with an Irish family
The majority of international students in Ireland will choose to live in university accommodation, particularly in their first year of study. This is the easiest way to get to know fellow students, settle into university life and avoid the stress of having to find your own accommodation.
Living in Ireland can be as cheap or as expensive as you want to make it, but in general you will pay more if you live in Dublin than anywhere else in the country. Estimates suggest the average student needs between €8,000 – €12,100 to live on each year – excluding tuition fees.
Advice For Parents
Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Ireland. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.
How safe is Ireland?
Ireland is in general a safe place to be an international student, with the most serious crimes likely to be petty theft and pickpocketing. In fact, Ireland was voted the friendliest country in the world by Lonely Planet and regularly ranks in the top 15 of safest countries in the world.
Despite this, students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:
• Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
• Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
• Not making valuables obvious
• Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
• Being wary of strangers
• Being careful of traffic
Staying in touch
Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:
• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection
• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date
• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill
Apply to Study in Ireland
Apply to Study in Ireland and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in Ireland.
If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.
You can find out about studying in other countries with our country guides.