Ireland, a north-west European island nation, is well-known for University education ever since the Sixteenth Century. Irish people are world renowned for their kindness and hospitality. The county with emerald green landscape offers world-class opportunities for education, but are often overlooked by those considering overseas studies. As there are many higher education institutions in the country, an overseas will definitely be able to do a course that is of interest to him/her at the undergraduate or postgraduate level.
Universities in Ireland
Out of about a dozen Universities in Ireland, many are located in the Republic of Ireland. A couple of the Universities are located in Northern Ireland. These Universities offer a wide range of degree courses that are very similar to those available in other popular overseas study destinations. They include Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. programmes. As the government of Ireland has invested significantly large amounts of money in the research and development field in the recent times, the popularity of the country as an overseas study destination is on the rise. In Ireland, the Trinity College Dublin, founded in 1592, is the oldest University. The University College Dublin is the largest University with more than 20,000 students across 35 schools.
Studying in Ireland – Costs Involved
As Ireland is part of the European Union, the currency in the country is the Euros. Since Northern Ireland is the United Kingdom’s member country, the Pound Sterling is the currency in this part.
Some students from the European Union are eligible for the Free Fees Initiative of the Irish government. This is applicable for full-time, undergraduate studies. Students should confirm with their chosen University as regards their eligibility as their fees might be reduced to a contribution of about Euros 2,500 and a student levy, which will just be a nominal amount.
Tuition fees vary from course to course, institution to institution, and for European Union and non-European Union students. It is, therefore, recommended that students double-check the fees to be paid with their chosen institution prior to starting the application process.
Tuition fee for EU Students
For students from Ireland/EU nations, the HEA (Higher Education Authority) will pay their fees. The fee is paid for students that are entering the third level for the very first time provided they have been residing in an EU nation for three out of the last five years preceding their entry into a third level course, except in the following cases:
- Students that are repeating a semester or year
- Students that are pursuing another undergraduate course
However, students holding a Level 6/ Level 7 qualification that wants to do a Level 8 programme in another general study is not eligible for fee exemption.
Student Contribution Fee
Students eligible for a fee waiver under HEA scheme are, however, required to pay a Student Contribution of Euros 3,000 to cover services such as examination fees and support for student clubs, societies, and services.
Tuition fee for Non-EU Students
Students not eligible for EU fees or Free Fees will have to pay the fee applicable for International students. The tuition fees range is as follows:
- Medicine and related courses – Euros 45,000 to Euros 54,135
- Engineering streams – Euros 9,950 to Euros 24,958
- Science and Technology programmes – Euros 9,750 to Euros 24,958
- Arts and Humanities courses – Euros 9,750 to Euros 22,000
- Business studies – Euros 9,750 to Euros 20,000
Tuition fee for EU Students
The tuition fee applicable for postgraduate studies in the case of EU students is in the range as indicated below:
- Medicine and related courses – Euros 3,800 to Euros 21,000
- Engineering streams – Euros 5,500 to Euros 9,000
- Science and Technology programmes – Euros 5,000 to Euros 10,000
- Arts and Humanities courses – Euros 4,400 to Euros 9,600
- Business studies – Euros 6,000 to Euros 30,000
Graduate students that ordinarily reside (183 days in a year for at least three years) in the EU/EEA/Swiss Confederation prior to registration might be eligible to pay fees at the standard rate. Others will have to pay tuition fees as applicable to International students.
Irish Emigrants’ Children and Other European Citizens Who Qualify
Irish, EEA, EU, or Swiss students who have spent a minimum of five years in a primary school/second level educational institution in Ireland are eligible to pay fees at EU rates from September 2014 onwards. Students who do not qualify will be charged fees applicable to non-EU students and as specified by the third-level educational institution.
However, the students will have to provide documentary evidence that they have studied in the EEA/EU/ Switzerland (at either primary/post-primary) for a minimum of five years.
Tuition fee for Non-EU Students
Tuition fees for postgraduate studies for non-E.U. students are approximately as follows:
- Medicine and related courses – Euros 4,000 to Euros 48,000
- Engineering streams – Euros 9,250 to Euros 24,000
- Science and Technology programmes – Euros 9,250 to Euros 45,000
- Arts and Humanities courses – Euros 9,250 to Euros 22,000
- Business studies – Euros 9,250 – Euros 35,000
Study Abroad Programmes
Tuition fees for Study Abroad students who want to do a course at a third-level educational institution would be in the range as indicated below:
- Medicine and related courses – Euros 9,000 to Euros 20,000
- Engineering streams – Euros 9,000 to Euros 17,000
- Science and Technology programmes – Euros 9,000 to Euros 17,500
- Arts and Humanities courses – Euros 5,100 – Euros 13,500
- Business studies – Euros 5,000 – Euros 14,000
Tuition Fees for English Language Courses
Tuition fees for taking English language courses in the country can vary depending on the school and the programme chosen. For budgeting purposes, the figures given below can be considered. Students must check with the English language training institution they are planning to enroll into prior to taking up the programme.
- General English Standard – Euros 150 to Euros 250 per week for 20 lessons per week
- One-to-One Tuition – Euros 45 to Euros 60 per hour
- Examination Preparation Programmes – Euros 700 to Euros 950 for four weeks and 20 lessons per week
- International Foundation Course – Euros 6,500 to Euros 13,200
Students wanting to pursue higher studies in Ireland should make sure that they have sufficient funds for covering their living costs. Those students who need to have a visa will have to provide proof that they have the funds required to meet the living costs as part of their visa application. It may be possible for students to undertake some kind of part-time work during the course of their stay in Ireland, by they cannot rely on such income to meet all their expenses.
Living cost is dependent on where the school is located in Ireland, the kind of accommodation chosen, and the student’s personal lifestyle. However, on average, students can expect the living cost to be in the range of Euros 7,000 to Euros 12,000 per year.
In addition to course fees, there will be some one-off costs, especially for those travelling to Ireland for their studies. These include the following:
- Medical insurance
- Travel insurance
- Deposit for Accommodation
- Registration with police
- Post, baggage to and from Ireland
- Rent – Euros 427 per month (Euros 3,843 per year)
- Utilities – Euros 28 per month (Euros 252 per year)
- Food – Euros 167 per month (Euros 1,503 per year)
- Travel – Euros 135 per month (Euros 1,215 per year)
- Books and class material – Euros 70 per month (Euros 630 per year)
- Clothes/Medical – Euros 41 per month (Euros 369 per year)
- Mobile – Euros 31 per month (Euros 279 per year)
- Social life/Miscellaneous – Euros 75 per month (Euro 675 per year)