Ireland

Why Study in Ireland?

Ireland’s reputation for high quality education is built on the foundation of commitment to excellence. Its world renowned universities offer internationally recognised qualifications.

Ireland’s higher education system involves a combination of universities, specialised colleges as well as institutes offering a wide range of vocational programs. Some of these include subject areas such as hospitality, pharmacy, healthcare, marketing, textiles, media and many more.

Top Universities in Ireland

Seven public universities of Ireland are ranked within the top 700 of the world as per the 2012/13 QS World University Rankings. Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD) and University College Cork fall within the top 200 of the ranks.

Ireland universities and colleges offer a multitude of courses aimed to provide a rewarding career to the students. Some of the popular streams include:

  • Information Technology
  • Management
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Engineering
  • Biotechnology and Pharmacy
  • Applied Science and Hospitality

List of Universities in the Ireland

  • University College Cork
  • Dublin Business School
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Griffith College Ireland
  • Maynooth University
  • National College of Ireland
  • Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Dublin (UCD)

Emerging Sectors in Ireland

The Irish economy is dominated by its IT sector which represents one third of Ireland’s total exports, sales of approximately €50 billion per annum with 70,000 skilled people employed. Ireland has proven itself as an excellent location for IT companies with many of the world’s top companies already located here and taking advantage of Ireland’s unique offering.

Ireland is also one of the leading locations for the pharmaceutical industry in Europe. Biotechnology is the major growth segment of the pharmaceutical industry and one of Ireland’s most successful business sectors with over €4.5 billion invested by companies to date. The sector now accounts for over 30% of all new drugs in development.

Ireland remains a welcoming location for international financial services firms hence representing further employment in the country’s financial IT sector. Accountants, auditors, investment bankers and tax specialists are in demand.

Moreover, given Ireland’s geographical make, the green sector holds strong potential with a value currently estimated at €3.6 billion.

Skill Shortages

Despite an unemployment rate of almost 15%, there is still a shortage of candidates with the skills, education, languages and experience to take on roles such as software engineers and gaming specialists.

There are engineering vacancies in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sectors as well.

There are a number of niche tech companies from mobile telecoms to gaming software to e-learning and bioinformatics hiring at this point. It is a global marketplace and companies here are continuing to win international business.

The maximum vacancies in Ireland are for software engineers specialising in web development, networking, IT security and gaming; electrical engineers specialising in power generation and wind power; biomedical engineers; and project management engineers.

Qualified accountants who specialise in financial control, compliance, treasury and risk are also in demand.

A degree is required for 85% of professional vacancies and 75% of employers demand between two and six years experience.

Average Income in Ireland

Job Profile Average Salaries in Euros per year
Software Engineer 40,000 – 80,000
Account Manager 40,000 – 60,000
Business Development Consultant 30,000 – 40,000
Sales Representative 28,000 – 30,000
Analyst 30,000 – 35,000

Education Cost for Studying in Ireland

Tuition Fees (EUR €)
  • Undergraduate Bachelor Degree – 9000 Euros to 20000 Euros
  • Postgraduate Masters Degree – 9000 Euros to 20000 Euros
Living Expenses (EUR €)
  • 7000 Euros to 12000 Euros a year

Scholarships to Study in Ireland

  • Major Intake: September

  • Minor Intake: Jan/Feb

Students considering Ireland are recommended to begin the application procedure 8-12 months prior to the intake. Scholarship deadlines vary amongst institutions. In order to capitalise on the available Ireland scholarships, we advise you to walk into Global Education Ideas Global Education Offices as early as possible.

The Government of Ireland and the Irish Universities Association have announced a scholarship scheme offering Indian students a chance to pursue their studies in Ireland with 10,000 awarded for living expenses and full tuition fee waiver.

Students can apply for this Ireland scholarship once they have an offer from an Irish University for a full time taught postgraduate Master’s programme.

Ireland is reaching out to international students and wants to increase international students studying in Ireland from outside the EU to 25,500 by 2015. It is recognised that India will play a crucial role in this and in addition to the fully funded scholarships many of the universities are offering attractive scholarships to aid Indian students pursuing a study abroad experience in Ireland. Contact us and we will provide you complete information on the Ireland scholarship process.

Admission Process for Study in Ireland

To be assured of obtaining the best quality advice about the opportunities available for studying in Ireland students should register with Global Education Ideas. After registration all students will be carefully guided through a number of key stages, maximising their chances of getting admission in the institutions of their choice. This is how we, at Global Education Ideas, work on the  Ireland admissions process:

  • Registration
    You register with Global Education Ideas and be assured of obtaining the best quality advice.
  • Profiling
    We make an assessment of your academic qualifications, work experience, financial status, career goals as well as life interests and aspirations.
  • Standardised Tests
    We evaluate the requirement of any standardised tests you may need to take or review results that has been already obtained.
  • University/Course Selection
    Together, we shortlist potential universities and courses that match your profile.
  • Document Editing
    We edit the essays, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation and Resume, which have been written by you.
  • Application Review and Submission
    The completed application forms are reviewed before they are submitted to your final choice of universities.
  • Interview Preparation
    We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the chosen universities.
  • Visa Counselling
    We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the High Commissions or Embassies, as well as the collation and review of relevant documentation for submission of the visa application.
  • Pre-Departure Information
    We deliver comprehensive information about the country of choice to ensure that you are completely prepared for life at an overseas university.

Student Visa for Ireland from India

Here is a list of documents required for Ireland:

  • Attested copies of X, XII & Graduate Degree (if applicable), Mark Sheets including Backlogs (Re-sits)
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
  • Standardised Tests e.g. GMAT, GRE (where necessary for the programme)
  • Two academic references
  • Two references from employers (where applicable)
  • Passport sized photographs
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Resume/CV
  • Draft for application fees, if applicable
  • Portfolio (for Art, Design & Architecture programme)
  • Other Certificates & Achievements of Extracurricular Activities

Note: Documents required for individual universities and individual courses in Ireland may vary.

Exams for Studying in Ireland

Students have to pass one or more additional tests before they can be considered by most universities for admission. These range from the standardised graduate and college admission tests such as GRE, GMAT and SAT to English Language tests, such as TOEFL and IELTS.

Global Education Ideas offers high quality Test Prep programmes throughout India. Through its high-tech, state of the art teaching centres strategically located throughout the country it offers students preparatory training on the full range of admissions tests that universities need.

Contact Global Education Ideas today for detailed information relating to the tests that may be needed for admission in Ireland.