Why Ireland?

Ireland, an English-speaking country, is one of the best study-abroad destinations in the world with its Universities ranked in the top 3% in the world.

Ireland’s Universities offer 1-year post-graduate programs to non-EU Nationals with the option of a 2-year visa to work following graduation.

Around 5,000 Indian students study in Ireland and the country’s Indian community is estimated to be nearly 50,000 people.

Ireland’s geographical position on the Western side of Europe and only 5 hours by plane from North America has led to the World’s top Software, Pharmaceutical and Digital Media companies having their EMEA (Europe, Middle Pharmaceuticals and Africa) headquarters in Ireland.

Apple, Pfizer and Intel were the first multi-national companies to arrive in Ireland over 30 years ago. They have been joined by 1,000 more and become large employers and product exporters. Ireland is now one of the major Software, Pharmaceutical and MedTech exporters in the world.

With its fast-growing economy, Ireland is one of the leading nations in the world for creating new employment with 1,000 new jobs announced in 2021 and has the third highest salary structure in Europe. The average Salary in Ireland is €40,000.

Most Masters courses for non-EU Students are on the Critical Skills List which means a student can stay back for two successive periods of two years after completion of their 1-year course. This is provided they are working in their chosen profession and therefore after 5 years are eligible for Irish Citizenship.

What’s it like living in Ireland?

Ireland known as the “Emerald Isle," has a rich environment, cultural heritage and friendly people. As a democratic country with a modern economy, Ireland ranks in the top ten of the World Happiness Index, is ahead of most European countries in the Global Peace Index and ranks second in the safest country to live in the world.

Ireland has a culturally diverse integrated society with over 160 nationalities living and working amongst its 5 million population.

The country’s equal opportunities employment laws have led many Universities, State organizations, Banks and major companies to be led by women with equal opportunities for promotion in the workplace.

Socially, it is recommended that students mix with all nationalities, especially their fellow Irish students. This will help improve their English and fully utilize their social skills, which will benefit them in gaining employment when they finish their course.

Ireland is full of history with its Celtic monuments, Norman castles, diverse landscape, mountains, cliffs and beaches. The vibrant nightlife in its cities and towns, its traditional and modern music and its wonderful range of food have to be experienced.

Indian food is available in most supermarkets and from Irish-based online suppliers.

Ireland has a temperate climate with average summer temperate of 21 degrees and down to 2 degrees in winter.

Cost of living

Ireland’s currency is the euro (€), worth between 85-90 Indian rupee.

The cost of living in Ireland is similar to other European countries. Like all other capital cities in the world, it is more expensive to live in Dublin therefore Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway are cheaper to live in.

Living expenses can vary between €7000 to €10,000 per year but this can be supplemented with part-time work which is available.

Ireland allows non-EU students to work 20 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week during their holidays, with a minimum wage of €10.50 per hour.

Tuition Cost

The tuition fee for Masters is between €9,000 - €23,000 for Science, Technology, Engineering and Business depending on course choice and University.

To supplement the cost of a course, students can avail of the numerous scholarships available from the Universities. These scholarships will be between €2000 to €10,000 and available to view after a course offer is made to a student.

Master’s Degree courses are Level 9 which is a post-graduate degree qualification in Ireland. It is recognized under the Washington Accord agreement and therefore a Master’s degree from Ireland is universally accepted for employment.


Application Checklist

Visa Checklist

Normal Visa

AIP Visa (Approval In Principle Scheme)

Funding at Visa

Ireland “D-Type” student visa processing time is variable and typically takes six to eight weeks from date of application at VISA Office/ Consulate.

GNIB Residence Permit

Initially VISA would be issued for 30-90 days and the student will have to register at GARDA National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) after arrival in Ireland with € 3,000 in Irish Bank account and Student ID Card. Students would have to Present the following documents,

This residence permit allows you to stay in the country for up to 12 months and will receive a Certificate of Registration (known as a Green Book)

Ireland is The European headquarters of many Information Technology & Pharmaceutical Companies. Ireland Offers post study work visa for two years after Masters and has a chance to get indefinite right to stay (Permanent Residency). Students can get a General Work Permit if their annual salary is above € 30,000. Permit is granted for 2 years and can be renewed for another 3 years. After 5 years work permit can be issued indefinitely. Ireland has an innovation-based economy and has

Masters (Level 9) has 24 Month Post-study work. Quarter of Irelands population lives in Dublin and likewise it’s a popular destination for Indian students.


Is IELTS required for Ireland Student Visa?

Most of the colleges and universities in Ireland normally require IELTS band scores of 6.5. However, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service require IELTS band scores 5.

How long does it take to get a Student Visa to Ireland?

The Ireland Student Visa processing times are variable based on the nation from which you submit your Visa application. Normally, you will get the decision for your Visa by 4 to 8 weeks. This is from the date you submit the application at the Consulate/Embassy/Visa Office.

Is Ireland good for Indian students?

Ireland is emerging as one among the top study overseas destinations for Indian students. The cost of education in Ireland is lower for Indian students than in several overseas destinations. The added advantage is that they can remain in Ireland for 12 months after completion of their studies.

Can students work while studying?

Non-EEA students with Stamp 2 permission to stay are permitted to work on a part-time basis. They will work up to 20 hours a week during the school year and up to 40 hours per week during the summer vacation.

Non-EU/EEA postgraduate students who are working on their dissertations after their exams are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week part-time during the summer break at the college.