Ireland is a sovereign state in Europe that has a total surface area of 84,421 square kilometers. The country is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Irish Sea to the east, Saint George’s Channel to the southeast and the Celtic Sea to the south.
Ireland has been in the business of using peat as a source of energy for home fires since ancient times. It is blessed with beautiful topography. While a ring of coastal mountains surround the low plains at the centre of Ireland, there are certain parts that are full of lush vegetation.
Ireland enjoys a mild climate and experiences frequent rainfall throughout the year. The climate is insular and not as extreme as the other areas in the world. Due to its geographical isolation mainland Europe for a long time, it has less varied range of flora and fauna.
Various ethnic groups like Welsh, Scots, Flemings, South Americans, Africans, English, Normans, Eastern Europeans and Vikings have added to Ireland’s population of 4.6 million. Christianity is the most prevalent faith in the country.
Ireland is a beautiful island that combines cosmopolitan cities with picturesque countryside reminiscent of the Irish history. Due to the gorgeous topography, Ireland provides an ideal environment to undertake many outdoor activities such as water sports, climbing and hiking.
Ireland’s two cities, Dublin and Cork, are considered the cultural hubs of the country. Dublin, especially, is known for its high-class shops, and lively night culture. From the chunks of black pudding to the oysters from Galway Bay, the Irish cuisine is as diverse as its cultural history.
The Irish, on the other hand, are known for their friendly and helpful nature. In 2008, ‘Lonely Planet’ voted Ireland as the ‘world’s friendliest country in the world’. They are modest and don’t like to show off. They also have a good sense of humour.
In the last one decade, Ireland has earned a commendable reputation of providing quality education in the fields of Technology, Business and Management, Humanities, Arts and Science. The other selling point of Irish universities are the highly qualified professors and teachers as well.
In the last one year, the country has witnessed a 100 per cent growth in the number of Indian students pursuing higher education in Ireland. Most of the universities begin their academic year in September. On an undergraduate level, engineering and law are most popular, while at the postgraduate level, most students go for business and management.
Since it is an English-speaking country, students have to appear for either IELTS or TOEFL. Most universities ask for a Statement of Purpose and that can be a major determinant of admission in Ireland.
A number of scholarships are available for international students from the universities and colleges themselves. These are awarded solely at the discretion of the individual universities who set down their own criteria for eligibility. To get a scholarship, the students are advised to contact the university or college they are planning to apply in for more information.
Many international students also receive funding from their own governments or through other international scholarship programmes. In case of India, the applications for scholarships should be made through the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
For an Irish visa a student requires the following to be submitted:
● Valid passport
● A letter of Acceptance from the college or university specifying the course and duration of the program. The program should have minimum 15 hours day time study each week. Also a fees receipt which is important as it shows that the student has taken the granted admission.
● If the college has taken out medical insurance on your behalf, details of this must be contained in this letter of acceptance.
● Testimonials or certificates are required to show that a student is qualified sufficiently to meet the eligibility criteria of the chosen program. Also need a proof of English proficiency.
● Test scores of the IELTs a minimum of 5 or the TOEFL exams a minimum of 500 (for paper based) or a minimum of 173 (computer based) are required.
Note: Any certificate should have been issued within 2 years of the estimated instigation date of your course. Upon submitting the application applicants are also required to submit a copy of their passport. Original passports would only be compulsory for verification.
The embassy has the reserve right for asking any other confirmation. Incomplete applications would not be acknowledged .Visa processing takes about three weeks. All regulations consular fees or services are subject to alteration without any previous notice.
Ireland is a fantastic country for students because of the wide range of cultural and social activities it has got to offer. Life on campuses of most Irish universities is hectic, yet fun and pleasurable. Irish universities have huge campuses and it is easy to get lost, especially in the initial months.
Fortunately, most institutions have a strong support system and conduct induction programs to put the international students at ease. The Irish campuses are international student-friendly with affordable restaurants, modern libraries and dedicated student centres that organize various cultural and social activities.
As far as the tuition fee is concerned, it varies for both undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
Following is the total cost of the study programs on an undergraduate level:
● Science & Technology - Rs. 7,00,000 to Rs. 13,00,000
● Medicine - Rs. 24,00,000 to Rs. 36,00,000
● Engineering - Rs. 7,00,000 - Rs. 15,00,000
● Arts & Humanities – Rs. 7,00,000 to Rs. 13,00,000
Following is the total cost of the study programs on a postgraduate level:
● Business Administration – Rs. 7,50,000 to Rs. 15,00,000 per annum
● Science & Technology - Rs. 7,50,000 to Rs. 14,00,000
● Medicine – Rs. 15,00,000 to Rs. 30,00,000 Rs. 15,00,000
● Engineering – Rs. 7,00,000 to Rs. 15,00,000
● Arts & Humanities – Rs. 7,00,000 to Rs. 15,00,000
Cost of living in Ireland for an international student can be high if the expenses are not kept under control. An approximate amount of Rs. 5,50,000 to Rs. 9,50,000 per annum including housing, food, transportation, and entertainment.