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Ireland

About Ireland
Ireland a dynamic, lively, modern country with a young population and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. 40% population below 25 years and one of the fastest growing economics in the world, with population of 4.6 million Ireland is a part of European Union. Euro is the currency used in Ireland. First official language is Irish, also known as Irish Gaelic, but English (the second official language) is more widely used. Ireland ranked first in the Economist Intelligence Unit's Quality-of-life index.
Ireland has topped a list of the World's Friendliest Countries in a survey drawn up by the Lonely Planet travel guide group Every year almost 200,000 students of all ages and from all over the world come to study in Ireland. Irish people have a great love of conversation and have a genuine interest in other people. This friendliness and hospitality for which the Irish people are renowned contributes to the ease with which overseas students adapt to the way of life and in particular, student life in Ireland.
The country’s huge annual celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day (17 March) has spread across the world. Southern Ireland is known as the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom. Dublin is the capital city of Ireland.
Why study in Ireland?
The new government rules allow students to stay back for at least 6 months on declaration of results to seek employment. Once a student gains employment, the student becomes eligible to apply for Green Card/Work Permit. Ireland is extremely friendly and safe for international students. Ireland is an English speaking country. Hence, communication is easy. Ireland accepts students with 15 years education on their post graduate (Masters) courses unlike some other popular study destinations. Ireland has one of the best education systems in Europe (2004 IMD World competitiveness Report) with a history rich in tradition and learning. Ireland boasts having over 200000 international students.
Apart from a strong Irish education system, one can easily determine the friendliness of Irish people and Institutions through this fact. International students can work part-time for 20 hours per week during the course. € 8-9 per hour can be earned by students in general. Ireland is the largest exporter of software in the world and rates amongst the top five producers of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals globally.
The ever-increasing demands of this high technology economy have ensured that the higher education technological sector offers the highest and most advanced standards and opportunities available today.
Irish Education System
The following academic awards can be achieved at Irish third level institutions:
Higher Certificate: Two year full-time course
Bachelors Degree: Three year full time course
Honours Bachelors Degree: Normally a three or four year course
Graduate Diploma: Designed for graduates seeking a vocational reorientation - usually a one year course
Masters degree: Either by research or through a taught program. Normally one-two year(s) duration
Doctorate (PhD): Usually takes a minimum of three years of original research
Education has been a key factor in making Ireland one of the fastest growing economies in the world over the past decade. Government policy on investment in research and "4th level" education as the key to developing Ireland as a knowledge society in the new global economy
Institutions in Ireland
The higher education system in Ireland is broad in scope and encompasses Universities, Institutes of Technology, Colleges of Education, Private Independent Colleges and National University of Ireland (NUI) Colleges. The institutions which fall within the first three groupings are autonomous and self governing, but substantially state funded.
Cost of studying in Ireland:
Tuition fees vary depending on the institution and the study program. The following is only a general range:
•    Medicine related courses: Euro 29000 to Euro 42000
•    Engineering: Euro 9100 to Euro 20300
•    Science and Technology: Euro 9100 to Euro 20300
•    Business related: Euro 9100 to Euro 16500
•    Arts and Humanities: Euro 9100 to Euro 15500
•    1 Euro = NR 112 approximately
Cost of Living in Ireland:
Euro 7500 to Euro 12000 depending on the place and lifestyle
Several Universities in Ireland are generous in offering up to 50% scholarship on various programmes. Please get in touch with us if you need more information
Irish Student Visa
All applications for an Irish Visa must be made by completing an Online Visa Application Form, which can be accessed through the link below. www.inis.gov.ie

Process
a. How many days prior a student can apply for visa
90 days in prior a student can apply for Visa. But cannot fly before 30 days before from the course commencement date
b. Document Checklist
•    Original Passport
•    The Visa Application forms
•    Letter of acceptance from the education institution
•    All Academic documents & Police clearance Certificate
•    Evidence of financial resources etc...
c. Visa Application Fees
The visa fee has to be paid by Cashier's Order favoring "Consulate General of Ireland, Mumbai". of Rs. 3,600/- approx (The applicable visa fee in Indian Rupees is as per the current exchange rate and is subject to change without notice).
d. Visa Processing time
You should allow as much time as possible when applying for a visa but a minimum time of 4 - 8 weeks for processing
English Ability Requirements:
All applicant must show IELTS / or equivalent Score sheet for Visa
APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE: If your course is a HETAC approved course (check with your college in Ireland), you do not have to pay fees in advance. If your study visa is approved, fees will need to be paid and evidence of the Electronic transfer and an original college receipt will need to be submitted before a visa will issue. You should factor at least two extra weeks into the processing time if you wish to avail of this service. Otherwise fees will need to be paid in advance.
Intakes in Ireland
The main intake offered by Universities and Colleges in Ireland is September. Few Institutions also offer a February start.
Accommodation for students in Ireland
Third level students: The higher education system in Ireland is called as Third level education or tertiary education. Most third level institutions have on-campus student residences, often resembling small villages with on-site facilities such as shops, launderettes, restaurants etc. Another popular option, particularly in the main cities is self-catering rented accommodation, often shared with other students. Students opting for this kind of accommodation are advised to arrive in the country two or three weeks prior to the start of the academic year in order to secure a place in a house/apartment. Some third-level students opt for host family accommodation. This can be a good option for those leaving home for the first time as it helps to integrate them into the local community and the Irish way of life. Students are normally provided with their own room and with morning and evening meals.
Scholarships for students
Government of Ireland Scholarships for Indian students are available on one year taught Masters at participating Universities that include University of Limerick, NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway, Dublin City University, University College Cork, and University College Dublin (info. updated as on June 2013).
Individual University Scholarships in Ireland are also available. Several Institutes of Technologies offer merit-based scholarships to Indian students based on their academic percentage. If you need information on scholarships in Ireland, please get in touch with us
Useful Links
General Educational Sites:
•    Department of Education and Science
•    Department of Education, Northern Ireland