Study in Ireland

Ireland is a part of European Union and is a very dynamic and modern country with a young population of 40% population below 25 years and one of the fastest growing economics in the world, with population of 4.33 million. The country also boasts the highest quality of life in the world, ranking 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

Why Ireland?

  • Accepts student’s for post graduation with 15 yrs of education, unlike some countries.
  • One of the best education systems in Europe (2004 IMD World competitiveness Report) with a history rich in tradition and learning.
  • Quality education leading to rapid growth of economy. It has 4.4% unemployment rate.
  • Over 2,00,000 international students.
  • 1 year master’s degree
  • No prior work experience required for MBA
  • International Students can work Part-time (approximately 20 hrs/week)
  • Excellent wages: € 8-9 per hr
  • Government policy on investment in research to develop Ireland as a knowledge society.
  • Close links between educational institutions & thriving economy.
  • Temperate climate. It rarely drops below freezing and snow is uncommon.
  • Modern lively, safe & secure environment in which one can live, work & study.
  • An English speaking country.
  • Reputation of Irish people for friendliness.

The Irish Education System was traditionally divided into three basis levels: Primary (8 years), Secondary (5 or 6 years) and Higher Education which offers a wide range of opportunities from post-secondary courses, to vocational and technical training, to full degree and the highest post-graduate levels.

The higher education system in Ireland is broad in scope and encompasses the university sector, the technological sector, the colleges of education and private, independent colleges. The institutions which fall within the first three groupings are autonomous and self governing, but substantially state funded. Education has been a key factor in making Ireland one of the fastest growing economies in the world over the past decade.

“Cooperative Education” involves placement of students in employment relevant to their Degree programmes for six or eight months during their undergraduate studies. Some Institutions in Ireland adopts this model as an integral part of the academic programme.

 Intakes

The main intake offered by all Colleges and University is September and few Universities offer Feb Intake also.

English Requirement

As English is the language of instruction at all Irish Institutions of higher education, students must demonstrate a proficiency in English to be accepted for a third level Programme. Generally, the required minimum score in TOEFL is 90 Internet Based Test. Many universities and colleges provide English Language training programmmes for intending students. Furthermore, there are over 110 private English language training schools throughout the country which run both short and long terms courses.

Entry Requirements

Overseas students wishing to study in Ireland have two options:

  • Attend secondary school in Ireland and complete the Leaving Certificate Examination with Irish students. This route is chosen by a number of students who commonly take the examination in conjunction with Englishlanguagetuition.
  • Undertake recognized public examinations in their own countries. This is a more common route and it is essential that every applicant check that the educational qualifications she/he is presenting are adequate to satisfy entry requirements. To have a realistic prospect these results should be very good, e.g. for medicine 3 good ‘A’ Level passes (grades A/B) or the equivalent, in relevant subjects are required. The minimum requirement for most degree level programmes is 3 grade ‘C’s at A level or equivalent. If there is any doubt about the acceptability of an applicant’s qualifications, clarification should be sought in good time from the particular third level institution..
  • Student can apply to the institutions directly or to the Central Applications Office for Undergraduate Programmes.

Documents Required

  • Attested copies of the mark sheets of Std X, XII, etc.
  • 2 Academic Reference Letters from professors who have taught you most recently.
  • If you have work experience then at least one work reference letter from the employer who can comment on your professional skills and abilities.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume.

Portfolio in case of students applying for Arts and Design courses.

4 Extra Curricular Activities certificates.

  • Ireland is a highly developed democracy with a modern economy. The Irish economy is particularly strong in the areas of software development, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and international services.
  • Dublin, Ireland is Google’s European Headquarters and its largest operation outside the US, with employees from over 40 nationalities.
  • Ireland has an export based economy. Main industries in Ireland are Software, Mining, Construction, Telecom, Tourism and hospitality. Ireland has also established itself in areas of life sciences including Biotech & pharmaceuticals Industries. It has 32 Manufacturing plants – approved by USA Food & Drug Administration producing 6 of 10 world’s best selling drugs.