Study in Ireland
Ireland is one of the best places in the world to live. Perhaps the best country in the world to live. But don’t just take our word for it.
Ireland is still top in The Good Country Index which ranked 125 countries around the world “on what they contribute to humanity and the rest of the planet”.
Ireland came top in the Index’s “Equality and Prosperity” category. So the country is especially attractive to ambitious people who want to relocate from abroad and advance their careers.
Like it’s people, Ireland’s weather is never boring or predictable. Dancing in the rain, blowing in the wind, but all the time, the sun is never far away!
The climate can be summed up as being mild, moist and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. You can experience all four seasons in the one day, if you're lucky!
Extreme winters are rare, and you're more likely to encounter a warm glow than a frosty reception, with average winter temperatures of between 40°F/5°C and 46°F/8°C.
Summer temperatures are generally between 60°F/15°C to 70°F/20°C. One thing that is more than probable is rain - that’s what makes our grass so green, so don’t forget to pack your rain gear and a woolly jumper!
Town & country
Another reason why you might find Ireland particularly attractive is its geography. Cities like Dublin, Cork and Galway are often found among the top best cities in the world in which to live and, as a result, are highly sought after as locations both by new businesses and by high quality, experienced and well trained people.
With plenty of high quality primary, secondary and pre-schools, and some of Europe’s best universities and technical colleges, there are educational opportunities to suit all requirements. So it is a great country to raise a family.
- STUDY in one of the best education systems in the world for higher education achievements
- BENEFIT from Ireland's investment in the education system
- CHOOSE from over 5000 internationally recognised qualifications
- ACCESS world-class research opportunities in world-leading programmes
- CONNECT with career opportunities with leading global companies located in Ireland
- ACHIEVE your ambitions in Europe's most entrepreneurial country
- JOIN the 35,000 international students from 161 countries enjoying Ireland's vibrant culture
- LIVE in an English speaking country
- EXPERIENCE living in one of the friendliest and safest countries in the world
The Irish Government invests over 782 million annually in research in Ireland's higher education institutions. The impact of this funding is that Ireland's higher education institutions now lead the world in an increasing number of fields.
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.
Ireland is also where some of the world’s biggest and best companies have located key strategic research facilities. And in Ireland, you’ll find a unique ecosystem that sees academic researchers working hand-in-hand with small home-grown and start-up companies in partnership with some of the most powerful multinationals on the planet through a programme for shared research projects developed by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.
Top Universities in Ireland
Many universities in Ireland rank impressively well at international level, and the country as a whole is understandably a popular choice for international students. The varied selection of higher education institutions combines with historic cities, beautiful countryside and Ireland’s unique culture to make the country a highly attractive study destination. If you're among those choosing to study in Ireland, click on the tabs below to find out more about Irish universities, cities, applications and more.
Higher education in Ireland consists of universities, specialist colleges (offering courses in a single subject area), and institutes of technology. The latter do not just offer courses in technology subjects, but also cover a wide range of vocational programs, in subjects including hospitality, healthcare, pharmacy, media, textiles, marketing and many more.
Ireland’s seven public universities are all ranked within the world’s top 700 in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017, as is one of the 14 institutes of technology. Ireland also has seven private-sector colleges, ranging in size from the tiny Burren College of Art, which has only about 200 students, to the huge Dublin Business School, which has a student community of about 9,000.
Trinity College Dublin:
Established back in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s oldest higher education institution and one of the seven “ancient universities” in the territory of the UK and Ireland. It is the only constituent college of the University of Dublin, and was modelled after the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge. Today, Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s most prestigious university, ranked joint 98th in the world. Over 17,000 students are currently enrolled across the university’s three faculties: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering, Mathematics and Sciences; or Health Sciences.
University College Dublin:
Also based in the lively Irish capital, University College Dublin has its roots in the Catholic University of Ireland, which was founded in 1854. Ireland’s second representative in the international rankings, it ranks 176th in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017. Approximately 33,400 students are currently enrolled, and the university consists of five colleges, 34 schools and 18 research institutes and centers. It is associated with many notable alumni, including the famous Irish writer James Joyce, actor Gabriel Byrne, and Oscar-winning director and producer Neil Jordan.
National University of Ireland, Galway:
The National University of Ireland, Galway made an impressive leap from joint 271st to joint 249th in the 2016 edition of the QS World University Rankings, and also has a five-star rating in the QS Stars assessment system. More than 17,000 students are enrolled at the university, which is based in the city of Galway, on the western coast of Ireland, and the campus is currently undergoing a €400 million redevelopment program.
University College Cork:
The next highest-ranked Irish higher education institute at joint 283rd in the world is University College Cork. In 1998 it was officially renamed University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork, but it’s still widely known as University College Cork, or UCC. University College Cork was the world’s first university to receive the international Green Flag for environmental sustainability, in 2010.
Dublin City University:
A much younger institution compared to the three historic universities listed above, Dublin City University was established in 1975, and gained university status in 1989. Nonetheless, it’s gained a strong position in a short space of time, ranked joint 380th in the world. About 16,000 students are currently enrolled, including around 1,000 enrolled in distance education courses. Based in the northern part of the city of Dublin, the university boasts an impressive selection of on-campus facilities.
Before deciding to study Ireland, you should ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover your costs of living. For students who require a visa, being able to demonstrate this will form part of your application.
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. But, on average, we estimate that a student will spend between €7,000 and €12,000 per year.
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 capitalize on the available Ireland scholarships, we advise you to walk into The Chopras 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.
Welcoming and wonderfully rich in culture, Ireland, the "Emerald Isle," is sure to put a sparkle in your eye. You'll love its friendly people; laid-back attitude; often tragic yet fascinating history; and its rugged, romantic landscapes. This is "the land of saints and scholars," with more Nobel Prize winners for literature than any other country in the world. Dublin was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2010.
Places to visit and attractions for tourists are abundant and infinitely varied. The state museums are all free, heritage sites date to prehistory, and there are endless outdoor pursuits to enjoy countrywide, such as horse riding; golf; sailing; and remote, wild islands to explore. And of course, there's the famous Irish "craic" (good time) wherever you decide to go.
How to Apply?
Applying for a course in Ireland is easy. There are different ways to apply depending on what you plan to study, undergraduate, postgraduate or English language courses.
It's important to remember that the method of applying to an Irish higher education institution depends on whether you are an EU student or a non-EU student. Your status is determined by your application and cannot be changed after first year registration.
Applying to study in Ireland could not be easier for postgraduate students – wherever you are from. Whether you are an EU or a non-EU postgraduate student, all you have to do is apply directly to the international office in your preferred higher education institute.
However, some higher education institutes will ask you to apply through the Postgraduate Applications Centre. Don’t panic.
Student Visa Requirements:
Like most other countries, Ireland requires candidates from many non-EU countries to have a visa to come and study in Ireland. If you are a citizen of any of the non-EU countries on this list you will need a visa to study in Ireland. The student immigration process is divided into two categories, based on whether you are applying for a degree programme offered by a higher education institution or you intend to pursue an English-language or non-degree course.