The Cost Of Studying In Ireland-Top 3 Things to Know

Being an English-speaking nation, Ireland is fast emerging as one of the top destinations of overseas education amidst Indian students. On a highly positive note, Ireland is one of the most affordable countries in the European continent for pursuing advanced education. Though the cost of an Irish education depends on factors like location of the university, type of accommodation, and lifestyle preferences of the student, on an average, one must be prepared to spend between €7,000 and €12,000 per year for studying in Ireland.

1. One-off costs

Students must be prepared to afford the following one-time expenses before traveling to Ireland:

• Visa application and processing
• Travel/Medical Insurance
• Baggage expenses
• Police registration

2. Housing, accommodation, and transportation

• Students must come to Ireland at least 15 days prior to the start of the course to find a suitable accommodation.
• Staying in a shared apartment (3 or 4 km) from the university is highly recommended
• Transportation is costly and it is suggested to use a bike for travel.

3. Living expenses

• Cost of living in cities like Dublin is quite high and includes the amount spent on rent, food, utilities, transportation, study materials, and social life.
• Ireland has a wide range of Asian stores with supplies of Indian food and grocery items but one must be choosy since they come at a huge price.

Though Ireland allows its students to work up to 200 hours a week during the courses and 40 hours a week during the vacation period, one must not rely upon this income to meet the mentioned expenses while studying in Ireland. Scholarships and tuition fee waivers (of 50-100%) are also offered by several universities in Ireland to eligible students who qualify for it based on merit.

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