The Republic of Ireland is a beautiful island, combining contemporary modern cities with unspoilt countryside, cityscapes steeped in history, and a rich natural habitat.

Renowned for friendliness, Ireland, an English-speaking country offers the warmest of welcomes to students from all over the world.

Ireland’s longstanding reputation for high quality education is built on the solid foundation of commitment to excellence.

Average length of a full-time higher education programme:

  • Bachelor’s degree programme: 3 years
  • Master’s degree programme: 1 years
  • Doctorate/PhD: 4 years

Tuition fee for non EU-students:

  • The tuition fees at institutions in the Republic of Ireland starts around €9850 to 30000 per year.
  • Population: 4.995 million (2021)
  • Capital: Dublin
  • Geographical size: 69,797 km2
  • GDP: € 316.71billion (2021)
  • Official EU language(s): English, Irish
  • Currency: Euro

The higher education system in Ireland consists of the university sector, institutes of technology and private independent colleges. The entry requirements for international students to higher education are determined individually by each institution and are generally based on national examination performance and English language aptitude.

International students can choose to meet their education needs in highly respected business schools, centres of scientific and technology excellence as well as renowned language, humanities and arts faculties.

Number of higher education institutions: 34

Number of international students in higher education: 10,518

Accommodation approx. 550 euros

College students have a wide choice when it comes to accommodation. Some students choose to stay in on-campus accommodation, which is available in many colleges. On-Campus accommodation is always in demand it can be quite expensive and it is difficult to find.    

All universities have halls of residence, generally apartments of 4 to 8 students, with a private bedroom and shared kitchen, living room and bathroom. On campus accommodation must be paid in 2 installments, in September and in February.

Housing costs depend on the location, quality of the accommodation and the prices per month usually range from €450–700.

Food approx. 250 euros

Studies and personal requirements (books, culture, recreation): approx. 150 euros

The ISIC (International Student Identity Card) card is the most advantageous card for all students. It allows cardholders to get student discounts for transport, restaurants, cinemas, museums, exhibitions and concerts.

Total per month approx. 950 Euros

The average monthly living expenses for a student in Ireland are approximately 950-1500 euros.

You may apply for the student visa at the competent representative authority at the earliest six months before your planned travel date. You should not apply later than 15 calendar days before your planned stay.

  • Valid travel document
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Admission letter of the Higher education institution
  • Proof of sufficient financial means to cover the living costs.
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of appropriate travel health insurance
  • Flight reservation
  • Other documents

Contact your EUCAS advisor for more details.

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.

Students holding a valid  immigration stamp 2  permission will be permitted to work 40 hours per week only during the months of June, July, August and September and from 15th December to 15th January inclusive.  At all other times students holding Immigration permission Stamp 2 will be limited to working 20 hours per week. The permission to work ceases on the expiry of the students Stamp 2 immigration permission.

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