A quick guide to studying in Ireland for Indian students

A quick guide to studying in Ireland for Indian students

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 12 Dec, 2022 | 03:05 PM]
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Now that you’ve chosen Ireland as your dream study-abroad destination, here’s Nationwide Visas’ quick and easy complete guide to help you successfully apply for an Ireland Study Visa.

Plan ahead – get the basics right.

Moving to study abroad from India can sometimes be a daunting task. For Indian students, it is advisable to plan for your Ireland study– at least a year in advance. This includes choosing the appropriate program, applying to the colleges, gathering documentation, securing necessary proof of funds, etc. Planning ahead will make your entire stay in Ireland hassle-free.

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Where are what to study in Ireland?

Ireland is home to some of the world’s renowned educational institutions and offers over 5000+ programs to choose from.

While Dublin remains the most popular destination among Indian students – it is not the only option. Cities in Ireland such as Cork, Galway, and Limerick are among the other student hubs. From bachelor’s and master’s degrees, doctorate and Ph.D. courses, to shorter certificate and diploma courses – Ireland has something for everyone.

Popular universities in Ireland include:

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Dublin
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • University College Cork
  • Technological University Dublin
  • American College, Dublin
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
  • National College of Ireland

Popular courses in Ireland include:

  • Language and Literature
  • MBA
  • Social Sciences
  • Computer Science / Information Technology
  • Data Analytics
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Biotechnology & Medicine
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Applying to a university in Ireland

Now that you’ve narrowed down your preferred university and course, you will now have to thoroughly research for information about the subjects, credits, cut-offs, deadlines, tuition fees, etc.

Post this, you can take the English language proficiency exam such as IELTS, TOEFL, or GMAT – and get your Statement of Purpose (SOP), Essays, Resume, and Letter of Recommendation (LOR) in order. Other mandated documents such as academic transcripts, extra-curricular activities certificates’, passports, and proof of funds will also be required. 

Applying to a university in Ireland

Next, you will need to directly apply to the university – and submit the necessary documents. Generally, student intakes in Ireland are during September and February months. Some universities/colleges may also ask you to attend an interview after shortlisting your application.

Fees and other expenses

Compared to other popular study-abroad destinations, the cost of studying in Ireland is relatively lower.

Other expenses include accommodation, travel, personal expenses, and mandatory medical insurance cost which can range from €7,000 to €12,000 per year.

Getting your Ireland Study Visa

You can apply for an Ireland Study Visa up to 3 months before your date of arrival in Ireland. The process to apply for an Ireland Study Visa is online, where, you fill up the application (typically a long-stay single-entry student visa) – along with the required proof of funds and other mandated documents. You will need at least €7,000 in your bank account while demonstrating proof of sufficient funds to cover the cost of your stay for one year. Other documents include an admission letter, proof of payment of the first tuition fee installment, passport, employment details, and medical insurance proof.

Before you leave India

Here’s a quick checklist to look at prior to your departure:

  • Buy medical and travel insurance.
  • Finalize living arrangements.
  • Have identity documents such as a passport.
  • List of key addresses and emergency contacts in Ireland.
  • Essentials like universal charging adapters.

Once you arrive in Ireland

The first thing you must do when you reach Ireland is to secure yourself a local phone and internet connection.

Like many students in a new country, you may find it difficult to settle into an unfamiliar country with unknown people – and might even feel homesick. For this, you can participate in your college groups and teams to help you make new friends quickly. Also, Ireland has a large Indian diaspora - you can get involved with them in community activities.

Read More:- Cost of Living in Ireland: Complete guide 2023

Post-study options for Indian students

Ireland offers a wide range of opportunities for Indian students wanting to work while studying or work after graduation. Once you secure a job offer – you get issued a work permit, which is valid for a duration of two years. What’s more – if you wish to continue living in Ireland (who can blame you?), you can apply for a Green Card!

Have questions? Talk to the best immigration consultants in India at Nationwide Visas today!


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