The Cost Of Studying In Ireland: 3 Things To Know!

Ireland as a Higher Education Destination

Have you ever thought of Ireland as your ‘study abroad’ destination? If you haven’t, you might just give it a thought now! Historically, Ireland has been an educational hub of Europe. With its saints and monasteries, Ireland’s scholarly lineage can be traced back as far as 5oo AD, earning it the title ‘Land of Saints and Scholars’. That lineage continues even today as Ireland’s educational excellence has put it at the vanguard as a study abroad destination.

Education in Ireland: Fact File

  • Ireland is ranked first in Europe, in terms of graduates per 1,000 of the population.
  • All of Ireland’s universities are top three percent worldwide.
  • Ireland is ranked 13th in the Global Innovation Index 2018.
  • There are more than 20 centres for excellence in Ireland devoted to various disciplines.
  • These institutions offer more than 50 globally recognised masters programs.
  • Almost half of the students undertaking these programs are from overseas, including Mitchell Scholars. (Source: Chronicle of Higher Education)
  • There have been more than 16,889 international student enrolments in Irish universities in 2017

Ireland Beckons Indian Students

While most students and scholars are heading for the United States, or the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand for study abroad, some have started exploring avenues in other nations, especially those in the European Union. Ireland is one such destination. It is projected that, in 2018/19, the number of Indian students applying for a place in the Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is going to touch 3,500.

What drives Indian students to head for Ireland?

The general consensus is

  • A relatively cheaper education
  • The range and variety of courses
  • English as the language of instruction
  • The safe and friendly environment
  • The prospect to be able to remain in Ireland for a further two years after graduation

What are the programs of choice for Indian students?

  • Traditionally, business, science, and engineering, culinary arts and hotel management
  • Lately, emerging technologies like AI, Robotics, AgTech, CleanTech, FinTech, Data Analytics, and Cyber Security
  • Also, humanities, design, communications, and the new media

Why Is Ireland Cheaper Than Others?

  • The duration of the programs: Most of the graduate programs in Ireland are of 12 months unlike the 24 months duration in many other countries. This saves a substantial sum of money towards tuition fees and other expenses.
  • The lower tuition fees: The tuition fee rates of most of the programs are lower than that of other overseas destinations.


So if you are looking for Ireland as a cost-effective & world-class Study Abroad destination, then these are the three things you need to know:


Three Things to Know

1. Your Principal Expense: Tuition Fee

Depends on

  • Type of institution
  • Type of Program
  1. Engineering, business and management, medicine, and natural science that involve laboratory work or workshop have a higher tuition fee.
  2. The humanities or the arts have lower tuition fees.
  • Postgraduate programs are expensive than undergraduate programs.
  • Average annual tuition fees:
  1. For undergraduate program: €10,000 to €25,000
  2. For master’s program: €9,000 to €35,000
  3. For doctoral program: €9,000 to €30,000

2. Meeting Expense

  • The Irish HEIs offers 200+ merit-based scholarships that are open to all.
  • Explore scholarship and bursaries offered by different institutions.
  1. Before applying for a scholarship, closely check for eligibility.
  2. A good scholastic record is the primary criterion.
  3. Extracurricular activities may add punch to your application.
  4. Competition is stiffer for government scholarship than university scholarship.
  5. Some research programs cover the entire tuition fees as well as a part of the living expense.
  • Look for a part-time job.

3. Paying Tax

  • Indian students are permitted to work 20 hours per week during academic sessions and full-time during vacations.
  • If you work along with your studies, your income will be taxable.


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