Ireland is the land of scholars and saints. As far as education for International students is concerned, Ireland is an emerging country, which is now spreading its wings. With students seeking new frontiers for higher education, Ireland has emerged as a very promising country because of two strengths – the medium of instruction and cheaper costs. More attractive for students is the visa, which is easy to obtain. One strong reason why Ireland is also trying to attract more number of students is the fact that their population is not growing much and they would have a very low level of growth in further education, in terms of numbers. Trinity College in Dublin is the oldest and most prestigious university that was founded in 1592. National University of Ireland, University College of Dublin, University college Cork, University of Limerick are equally reputed universities. Dublin Institute of Technology is the largest among Institutes of Technologies in Ireland. Others include Waterford Institute of Technology, Athlone Institute of Technology, Letterkenny Institute of Technology etc.
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Irish universities offer program right from the Certificate level to the Doctoral level, and in almost all fields of study. Engineering and Technology are two areas which are quite popular among international students.
There are seven universities, 14 technical institutes and 24 recognized independent institutions in Ireland. There is a close association between universities and industries in Ireland, which translates into internships and employment for students after completion of their education.
Bachelor’s degrees are of three to four years duration. A subsequent Graduate diploma is of one year duration. Further, a master’s level degree is from one to two years duration. Doctoral programs usually takes between 3-5 years or original research.
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Admission for Indian students is possible if they have their complete education in English medium, but with higher scores.
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.
Admission is preferred either into the Bachelor’s or Master’s level by most Indian students. For both levels, a good academic background – minimum first class – and English medium instruction are required. If proficiency in English is not good, some universities do insist on having scores either from TOEFL or IELTS.
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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 who set down their own criteria for eligibility.
Aspects like Education policy, curriculum, national exams etc. are administered by the Department of Education and Science in Ireland.
Universities award the degrees/diplomas in their own colleges. Whereas, non-university colleges award the degrees/diplomas issued by the Higher Education Training Awards Council (HETAC), which administers standards at all levels of higher education, upto PhD level.
All non-European students are allowed to work for 20 hours part-time per week, during college days and full-time during vacations, for the permitted duration of stay in Ireland.