• Ireland is the only nation in the world with a musical instrument (the Irish Harp) as its national symbol.
  • English and Irish (Gaeilge) are the official languages in the Republic of Ireland.
  • The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia.
  • Ireland is famous for Oscar Wilde, Guinness and leprechauns.

Education in Ireland

Higher level education in Ireland is made up of three sectors that are substantially funded by the State: the university sector, the technological sector and colleges of education. In addition, there are a number of independent private colleges.

Ireland has seven universities, which are autonomous and self-governing. They offer degree programmes at bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels. The technological sector includes institutes of technology which provide programmes of education and training in areas such as business, science, engineering, linguistics and music to certificate, diploma and degree levels.

Why study in Ireland

Top research institutions

Irish universities are in the top 1% of research institutions in the world in terms of research impact in 19 fields, spanning natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. This creates a unique opportunity for you at undergraduate and postgraduate level to join research programmes that are driving innovation and changing lives worldwide.

Unique career opportunities

There are amazing career opportunities for international graduates in Ireland as many multinational businesses have their European headquarters based in Ireland. In fact, Ireland is home to five of Forbes top 10 companies: Apple, Google, Alphabet, Amazon and Samsung.

You may be able to study without a visa

Some nationalities, like South Africans, can enter and study in Ireland without requiring a visa. If you're studying for under three months, you will only need to go through immigration at the airport (or your "port of entry").

If you plan to study for longer than three months, you will need an Irish Residence Permit (IRP))

Safe and happy country

Ireland is one of the safest countries in the world, ranking eighth in the 2021 Global Peace Index and 13th in the 2021 World Happiness Report. The capital city of Dublin was voted by Lonely Planet as the seventh best city in the world in 2022. The Irish people’s welcoming nature coupled with an unrivalled sense of fun, ensures that studying in Ireland will be an unforgettable experience.

Cost of studying in Ireland

Tuition when studying in Ireland can cost between €8,000 and €14,000 per year for an undergraduate programme. For postgraduate programmes it may cost between €11,000 and €20,000 per year.

Precisely how much you will need will vary depending on where you are studying in Ireland, on the type of accommodation you choose and, of course, on your own personal lifestyle. On average, we estimate that a student will spend between €7,000 and €12,000 per year.

Getting a student visa

Some nationalities (including South Africans) are able to enter Ireland without a visa, and don’t require a student visa to study in Ireland. However, all non-EEA nationals, including those with visas, must obtain permission to enter the State by reporting to an Immigration Officer at the port of entry. You will need to obtain an Irish Residence Permit (IRP) if you are studying for longer than three months. The residence permit allows you to stay in Ireland for up to 12 months.

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Working in Ireland

International students engaged in full-time study of at least one year’s duration (on a course leading to a qualification which is recognised by the Irish Department of Education and Skills currently do not need a work permit to work in Ireland.

It may be possible to stay in Ireland after you complete your studies for the purpose of seeking employment under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme. This scheme exists to allow legally resident non-EU third level graduates to remain in Ireland in order to look for employment or apply for a work permit.

Health insurance

Students are strongly advised to arrange insurance for private medical care as this ensures choice of hospital, doctor and hospital accommodation in the event of illness. Please note that you can only arrange health insurance with an Irish Health Insurance Provider when you are living in Ireland.

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