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.
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.
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.
Universities in Ireland
- Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
- Dublin City University (DCU)
- National University Ireland, Galway (NUI-Galway)
- University Limerick (UL)
- University College Cork (UCC)
- University College Dublin (UCD)
- National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUI-Maynooth)
Institutes of Technology
- Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
- Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
- Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)
- Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT)
- Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT)
- Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT)
- Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (ITB)
- Institute of Technology, Carlow (ITCarlow)
- Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)
- Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)
- Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT)
- Institute of Technology, Sligo (ITSligo)
- Institute of Technology, Tallaght (IT Tallaght)
- Institute of Technology, Tralee (IT Tralee)
- LIT Tipperary
National University of Ireland Recognised Colleges
- Shannon College of Hotel Management
- Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
- Institute of Public Administration
- Milltown Institute
- National College of Art and Design
- St Angela's College
Independent Private Colleges
- European Business Institute, Galway (EBI)
- HSI Limerick Business School
- Dublin Business School (DBS)
- Griffith College Dublin
- American College Dublin (AMCD) and more....
All applications for an Irish Visa must be made by completing an Online Visa Application Form, which can be accessed through the link below.
Where to apply
If there is an Irish Embassy, Consulate, Honorary Consul or Visa Office in your country of permanent residence you must apply there. You may be required to attend for a personal interview. Visa facilitation service centres for applying for an Irish visa in India are available at: Delhi, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Kolkata, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad. Consulate of Ireland in Mumbai is at Kamanwala Chambers, 2 Nd Floor Sir P M Road, Mumbai G.p.o(fort) Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India
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.