Study Abroad

Note: COVID-19

The Government of Ireland is committed to protecting the health and safety of all people living, working, and studying in Ireland during this time of unprecedented challenge. That protection extends to you, current, and prospective international students.
Ireland is taking measurements to ensure the safety of its residents. And their international students.
All the business and the school opened back since August and they are operating as usual, Although they are also following SOP and ensuring social distancing as well as customer limits in shops and malls. So the COVID situation is kind of under control in Ireland.
As for the schools and college and universities, they are opening back and they will operate doing 50% classes online and 50% in person, So your 50% classes are gonna be online and you will be called in class for the rest 50% course

Study Abroad In 2020

It’s a dream of every student to go for study abroad but unable to choose a country to study due to many reasons. It can be overwhelming to pick a country for a particular area, of course, if you don’t talk over with the right person who can guide you thoroughly and help you decide which country is better for you or want to investigate if it’s possible for you. Then you are in the right place.

 Here is the step by step guide for you to studying abroad successfully.

Study in Ireland

Language : English, Gaelic

Non-EU citizens who want to live in Ireland to further their education can apply for a right of residence in the State once they have satisfied certain criteria. Ireland offers a wide range of courses including master and undergraduate programs which cover engineering and arts and pharmaceutical etc. Thousands of programs attract students from all around the world every year. Since Ireland is a part of Europe so you can also explore Europe while you study. Ireland is among those European countries which offer all the programs in English.

Ireland is ranked 2nd among 45 countries in the Europe region, and its score is well above the regional and world averages. The Irish economy made it back into the ranks of the free in 2018 and has maintained that rank in the years since then. Ireland is also a hub of technology as well as pharmaceutical firms. Many international firms are operating in Ireland and they have set up their head office here.

The education system in Ireland

College in Ireland is free at all levels for Irish citizens and members of the European Union. This requires even university studies. The advantage, however, does not extend to foreign students.

Entry into undergraduate courses (ordinary and honors degree courses) is generally done through the Central Applications Office (CAO). This way, prospective students apply through the CAO rather than applying individually to each university. The autumn intake in Ireland starts in September and the spring intake begins in February. Some universities may have enrolments throughout the year as well. There are 8 universities in Ireland and more than 15 institutes of technology in the country and there is also other higher education institute.

The Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a 10-level, single national entity through which all learning achievements may be measured and related to each other.  Underpinned by quality assurance principles, the Irish NFQ describes qualifications in the Irish education and training system and sets out what each qualification says about what learners know, understand, and are able to do. It also sets out qualifications pathways from one NFQ level to the next.

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is responsible for developing, promoting and maintaining the Irish NFQ. QQI also facilitates the recognition of foreign qualifications.

Weather in Ireland

Ireland’s climate is heavily influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, so the warm ocean currents keep temperatures mild. In the spring and summer (May to July) the average temperature is between 64°F and 68°F (17°C and 20°C). During the autumn season (August to October), the temperature varies from 57°F and 64°F (13°C and 17°C), with September being a mild month with sunny and warm atmosphere. In winters (November to March beginning), the temperature reaches 46°F (7.78°C) with January and February as the coldest months. Apart from a few cold weeks, snow is scarce in Ireland.

It’s better to keep one good umbrella with you in wintertime otherwise every time you go out you will be all wet. Honestly, in winter winds are super fast so an umbrella will not work in that case anyway. 😊

How are Irish people?

The Irish people are engaging, polite, and genuinely interested in others. Ask someone for directions and don’t be surprised if they take you there themselves. Irish craic really does exist and it’s a term that perfectly describes the Irish people. Ireland is actually a diverse country you will get to see people from a different culture because there are Europeans and asain and from the middle east It’s culture is mixed and that makes it more beautiful and fascinating.

  • Friendly and kind
  • Big-hearted
  • Welcoming
  • Some guy’s accent can give you a hard time😊 for a while then you will get used to that
  • A wit that shines through adversity
  • Good sense of humor

Student Visa Requirements to Study?

Study criteria vary from subject to subject as well as country to country. But basic requirements are the same for all the subjects, whether you want to study for Graduation or Master they are pretty much the same for both.

  • IELTS certificate and the score must be between 6 to 7 overall, sometimes it depends on the college or subject you applying for
  • Academic certificate from the previous institute
  • Acceptance Letter from Institution
  • Proof of Payment
  • Bank statement or can be education bond which should be around 7000
  • Passport
  • Buy Ticket
  • Fly

Study Master or undergraduate

Graduation in Ireland is for three years, you will be asked for the fourth year and we all know four year degree is called honors which are level 8 degree.
There are so many colleges that offer graduate programs in many fields.
Master in Ireland is for only one year and that is valid everywhere in the world. There are so many programs for master, while you do master you will get to work on real-world projects
After Graduation, you will get a 1 year (G1) visa which is called a work visa and if you get a job in your area it can be further changed.
After Master, you will get a 2 year (G1) visa which is called a work visa and if you get a job in your area it can be further changed.

Following are the links of well reputed universities and colleges in Ireland:

Is Study free in Ireland?

Mostly study is free for the Irish residents and for the European there are very limited scholarships available as well. As for the international students study are not free at all.

Universities and colleges fees depend on the subject as well as the institute you choose.

How much does it cost to Study?

The cost of study also depend in which city in Ireland you study. The living expenses are also different from city to city and also depend on your lifestyle how you live.

if we speak roughly, your expenses will be around 6000 to 7000 per year that includes your all the expenses like accommodation, traveling, food, grocery.

All the graduation program fees are between 7000 to 8500 per year.

Master is only for one year so its total fees is between 14000 to 18000.

Can I go to Ireland without IELTS?

A good grasp of the English language is essential for students whose first language is not English to study in Ireland without IELTS.
Also, many universities and colleges provide English language training courses for students who want to study in Ireland without IELTS.

  • As for the Master, IELTS is compulsory.
  • For European countries, it’s not mandatory to do IELTS they can enroll in English courses

Can I move to Ireland?

Citizens of certain countries who wish to pursue a course of study in Ireland must apply for a visa to enter Ireland before they travel here.

People from certain countries need a valid Irish entry visa before arriving in the State, whether by air, sea, or land. An Irish visa is a certificate placed on your passport or travel document to indicate that you are authorized to land in the State subject to any other conditions of landing being fulfilled. This means that you will still be subject to immigration control at the point of entry to the State even if you have a visa. You may also need to register with the immigration authorities.

Irish citizens are entitled to enter Ireland.

National of the European Economic Area (EEA) or of Switzerland may be prevented from entering Ireland only in very restricted circumstances.

UK citizens can enter Ireland under the provisions of the Common Travel Area.

Non-EEA nationals (other than UK citizens) need permission to enter Ireland. The rules about permission to enter apply to non-EEA nationals whether or not you are required to have a visa to enter Ireland. When you arrive in Ireland, you must report to an immigration officer. If you are allowed to enter Ireland, the immigration officer may give you permission to remain in Ireland for up to 3 months.

Visa applicants must apply online for their visas. If you wish to study in Ireland for less than 3 months you should apply for a ‘C study visa’. If your course lasts longer than 3 months, you should apply for a ‘D study visa’.

What are the benefits of studying Ireland?

  • Engish Speaking Country
  • There Is Always Something To See or Do
  • The Education System Is Excellent
  • You Can Learn a New Language or Two
  • There Are Work Opportunities for Students
  • A Chance To Expand Your Experience and Global Awareness
  • It Looks Great on a CV and Impresses Employers
  • Irish Culture and History Are Unique
  • You Can Travel in Europe to Explore the Diverse Culture of the Western World  

How to Apply for Visa?

You can apply for a study visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to Ireland. If you visit another State before traveling to Ireland, you must have the relevant permit for that State in your passport before applying for an Irish visa. You must apply online for a Student visa.

This whole process will be online, and this will be done in the following steps.

  • Check your program start date in university before you apply
  • Confirmation of Acceptance from the institute
  • Pay the fees plus with Bank Statement
  • Proof of Fess, then you can submit your document for a visa to the Irish consulate in your region
  • This visa process usually takes more than three months, so apply before your classes start

How to Plan to come after getting a Visa?

The visa process can be challenging or a nightmare, but it’s usually just a slight inconvenience for travelers and students. Millions of us go through it, and so can you. Still, it would help if you make sure you check off every single document before you fly. It can be overwhelming and hard to keep all the necessary documents. The following are the mandatory document that you are going to need them.

  • Make a checklist of every essential thing
  • Passport 
  • Ticket 
  • University Confirmation letter 
  • Be ready for inspection at the airport

Renewal after arrival

Students from a non-EEA country who intend studying in Ireland for more than three months must register, after they arrive, with the local immigration officer for the district in which they are living (Burgh Quay Registration Office if living in Dublin).

Their passport will be endorsed with the conditions and period for which they have permission to remain. Students who do not require a visa must have €3,000 when they first register. Information on what documentation students need when applying for approval is available on the Irish Naturalizations and Immigration Service (INIS).

Check out more information on INIS

Accommodation in Ireland?

It’s always a great idea to book accommodation in advance. If you don’t apply for housing before your arrival, it can be overwhelming to find that there are tons of students already studying, and sometimes it’s tough to find a room to stay close to your university.

It’s advised to book in advance so you will not have any trouble when you arrive here. There are many student’s accommodations in Ireland. They provide a luxury room, but their rents are too high. If you can afford them, then book it in advance.

If you want to live with your community, then you can look up on Facebook. There are many pages with different nationals offering rooms for rent.

How to renew a Student Visa?

Ireland mostly gives you a visa yearly. When it’s expired, you need to renew it. That process is easy, and there are a few requirements that you need to satisfy once you satisfy the requirements, your visa will be restored. 

If you live in Dublin, you can renew your student’s permission online. That means you do not have to book an appointment to attend the immigration office in person. Your Irish Residence Permit will be sent to you by post.

As for the other Counties, you need to book an appointment, and afterward, you need to go to the immigration office in person. 

  • Attendance must be more than 85%
  • Clear the university fees 

Note: As for now, in the COVID situation, they have given the extension of three months to all current students whose renewal was due.

Can we work in Ireland as a Student?

If you are attending a course on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP), you will have stamp number 2 endorsed on your passport when registering with your local immigration officer. You will be allowed to take up casual employment of up to 20 hours part-time work per week in term time or up to 40 hours per week during college vacation periods, from June to September inclusive and from 15 December to 15 January.
Your entitlement to take up employment ceases when your permission to remain expires.
If you are not attending such a course, you will not be entitled to take up part-time work or engage in any business or profession. You will get stamp number 2A on your passport.

How are job opportunities in Ireland?

There are colossal job opportunities in Ireland.

You can also look for job and apply for it online many online platforms are available to apply like indeed, jobs.ie etc.

There so many multinational companies are operating here.

Even after your graduation, you will get a great job with handsome money.

Apart from critical skills jobs, there are also tons of part-time employment in every filed.

The minimum wage starts from 10.50€ per hour.

Living in Ireland as an International

Living in Ireland is a great experience and fun. Even if you are a student here, you also enjoy all your rights.
There are so many beautiful and historical places to see in here. You can meet new people from different cultures and countries. Ireland might be a small country in Europe, but Dublin and Cork, are such diverse cities.
Dublin is also one of the expensive cities in Europe.
Traveling around Ireland is also a kind of adventure because there are mountains, forests, lakes, beeches, etc.
The more you explore, the more you love it. It’s just the divine beauty that attracts you.
The following are the few clicks that have been taken while we were traveling around.