The emerald landscape of Ireland and its friendly people are the elevating reasons for students worldwide to study in the country. Known to be one of the best education systems in Europe, the Irish education system has been a key contributing factor in the rapid economic growth of the country over the decades.
Recognised for its excellence in the field of software export and pharmaceutical production, the country has always been a preferred international location for high quality research in scientific studies amongst students, especially Indians. In fact, over 1 Lac Indians are currently residing in Ireland across the cities of Cork, Dublin, Galway, Athlone and Limerick.
Are you also planning to move to Ireland for higher studies? If yes, then you need to know everything about the country including its education system, renowned colleges, admission process, scholarship opportunities, visa and many more.
Top colleges in Ireland
Having a worldwide recognition, Ireland is home to some of the renowned universities of the world that include –
Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin – Known for its transformative student experience and academic excellence, the Trinity College of Dublin stands firm on 88th rank in the QS World University Ranking 2018.
University College Cork – Being among the top 2% of universities worldwide, the University College Cork is known for its international student’s strength, employment opportunities, research and innovation, business and enterprise and excellent education opportunities.
National College of Ireland – Known for offering world-class career services to graduating students, the National College of Ireland is surrounded with companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, JP Morgan etc., thereby opening a gamut of exciting job opportunities for students worldwide.
Griffith College – Offering more than 170 courses to opt from in the fields of music, drama, accountancy, design, law, media, business and computing, the Griffith College is largest independent 3rd level of institution for students in Ireland, having its foundation at Cork, Limerick and Dublin.
Scholarship opportunities to look for
Irrespective of the courses for which you are applying at a university in Ireland, almost every institution offers financial assistance to international students in the form of scholarships, bursaries and fellowships. Here is a list of key scholarship opportunities that you can apply for –
UCC Ireland Meritorious Scholarship for Indian Students
Postgraduate Masters Scholarships in Humanities at NUI, Galway
Excellence Masters Scholarship UCC, Ireland
UCD Global Excellence Graduate Scholarship, Ireland
WIT Indian Wicket Scholarship, Ireland
Checklist for admission
Before applying to a degree program at any institution in Ireland, here is a checklist of things that you should pay keen attention to:
Keep all admission related documents intact (including mark sheets of previous educational qualification, valid scores of TOEFL or IELTS, resume, statement of purpose, work experience proof, letter of recommendation, passport copy etc.)
Look up for the availability of accommodation facilities.
Arrange funds to manage the cost of living in Ireland.
If required, write an essay as per the format specified by the university.
Medical insurance/health insurance details
Loan approval documentation (if applied for)
A student visa
Applying for a student visa in Ireland
Irrespective of the international location to which you are going for further studies, a student visa is a must for all. So, as you apply to any course in Ireland, simultaneously, you need to apply for the visa too. Here are some key things that you need to remember for visa application –
Maintain a balance of minimum EUR 7000 in your bank account to show that you can pay the cost of living in Ireland.
Also, prove that you can pay the tuition fee of the college applied for.
Pay the first instalment of tuition fee to the university.
Keep all your documents prepared.
Proof of acceptance at a course from a recognised university in Ireland.
What are the employment opportunities?
Ireland is not just known as an education hub but also as a career booster. The land has a variety of employment opportunities for students thereby giving them reasons to settle in Ireland. Most of the universities in Ireland have their respective career advisors and workshops exclusively for the sake of improving the soft skills of students and assisting them in finding a suitable job. Besides this, the students who qualify for ‘3rd level graduate scheme’, they can obtain a visa extension of 12 months that allows them to work for full-time in Ireland.
With these information in hand, you may find the process of heading to Ireland a bit easy.