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Ireland

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Ireland

Overview

Ireland, with its world-renowned universities and stunning natural landscapes, offers an exceptional destination for international students. Known for its quality education, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality, Ireland provides a unique and enriching academic experience.

Why Study in this country?

Ireland has a rich culture and tradition. It welcomes plenty of international students each year. With one of the world's best higher education systems, pleasing surroundings, and a multicultural atmosphere, Ireland makes a unique and opportunity-filled study abroad destination. Here are the top reasons that make Ireland one of the most favorable studies abroad destinations across the world.

  • World-class education and universities

    Many universities in Ireland are ranked in the top universities in the World. Irish universities have an international reputation for world-class education. The government in Ireland monitors the quality of education at the universities via the National Framework of Qualifications (NFF). It provides an excellent education system for students.

  • Innovation and research

    Innovative thinking, creativity, and problem-solving are some of the basic aspects of the Irish curriculum. Universities in Ireland form the top 1% of research institutes of the world. This impacts 19 main disciplines including natural science, social science, humanities, and healthcare. This provides huge scope for international students to apply for research programs that have plenty of opportunities.

  • A land of opportunities

    Ireland is known to have over 1,000 multinational companies. There are many excellent career opportunities in Ireland for international graduate students as it is home to many multinational businesses. Most universities offer internship opportunities that are a great way to gain real experience in the workplace that can prove invaluable when looking for a job.

  • Scholarships for International students

    Ireland provides plenty of outstanding scholarship opportunities for international students. These merit scholarships can benefit from a 1000 EUR to a 100% tuition fee waiver. Additionally, there are separate scholarships awarded for excellence in sports and achievement in extracurricular activities. Each scholarship is based on specific eligibility criteria set down by individual institutions in Ireland.

  • Stay in a safe and friendly community

    Ireland is one of the safest nations in the world. The crime rate in Ireland is almost negligible. Irish people are renowned for their friendliness. International students enjoy similar rights as any local Irish citizen. International students will feel fortunate to stay in a society that is always ready to help and support them. Hospitality plays a large role in Irish culture. International students complete their courses without worrying about their overall well-being.

  • Student Life

    The nation is passionate about its sports, and the Irish pubs are the perfect place to enjoy them. Be it soccer, Rugby, or the famous Gaelic Football and Hurling. The on and off-campus life will always be happening in Ireland. It is one of the countries that has preserved nature and Students are never far away from nature no matter where they are. Ireland is a perfect combination of natural and urban. Students can take road trips to Cliffs of Moher and Giant's Causeway when they are in the mood to travel. Remember, the rest of Europe is not far away, either!

  • Work while learning

    International students can manage to pay their living expenses during their studies in Ireland by working part-time. They are allowed to work for 20 hours per week during the academic session and 40 hours per week during May, June, July, August, and mid-December to mid-January. They can work till the expiration of the Immigration permission Stamp 2. International students will gain career-enhancing skills and experiences that will help them become that candidate which is chased by the top-class recruiters in the world.

  • Post-study work visa opportunities

    When it comes to post-study work, Ireland offers post-study work visas to international graduates. The Third Level Graduate Scheme allows International students graduating from a recognized Irish university to remain in Ireland to look for employment. They will get a period of up to 24 months depending on their level of schooling attained in Ireland to find a job. This makes Ireland an attractive destination to kick-start its career.

  • Study in Ireland in the English Language

    Ireland is one of the best countries to start a study abroad journey for international students because they do not necessarily have to know even advanced English. Universities in Ireland have foundation programs to help them achieve the proficiency required. Gaelic is the language they will relate Ireland to, but the majority of people in Ireland speak English, and the education at the universities will have courses in English, too. However, when international students are in Ireland, they have an excellent opportunity to learn a new language and add it to their skills.

Document required for admission

If students are applying to any university in Ireland, they need to meet certain requirements. They need to submit some of the important documents while applying. These documents serve as proof of their skills, abilities, nationality, and identity. Universities ask for documents depending on the student's study level and course of study. However, to study in Ireland, they will need the following documents:

  • English language proficiency proof - Most universities in Ireland have English as the medium of instruction, hence student is required to take any one of the recognized English Language Proficiency Tests. He/she will have to take one of the following tests:
    • IELTS
    • TOEFL iBT
    • PTE
    • Cambridge ESOL
  • Academic Transcripts -Students should submit their relevant academic transcripts, which would be
    • High school leaving certificate, if they are joining a UG course
    • Proof of holding a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, if they are joining a PG course
    • Any other certificates showing academic merit
  • Scanned copy of passport
  • Duly Filled-in Application Form - Students should make everything clear in their application form. A filled-in application form speaks a lot about the applicant. So, they need to carefully fill the application form.
  • Resume / CV - A resume / CV gives a complete picture of the individual and is used for admissions in universities in Ireland. It is the document that is used to screen the applicant. Students should include all their academic, skills, strength, personal details, etc in it.
  • Statement of Purpose (SoP) A Statement of Purpose reflects the personality of the students that they portray in front of the admission committee for getting enrolled in universities abroad. It is the chance of impressing the committee by presenting a profile strongly through an essay that describes students' personality traits, which are not covered in academic documents. It should also include students' goals and the career path they have taken up so far and their academic progress
  • Letters of Recommendation This is an important document required during the application process. These are written specifically written about you by a person/s very well known to you. It is particularly addressed to the requester. A well-presented / written letter of recommendation is essential for getting admission into foreign universities.
  • Work experience If a student is going to Ireland for studying after their 12th grade, they don't need this. But if he/she is going for higher studies then they may need work experience, if any.

Visa Process

Once the students get their Offer letter from the University in Ireland, they can start the Visa Process. It is advisable to start the Visa process as soon as possible so that they can reach Ireland on time before their classes begin. Here is the Visa process- step by step guide:

Ireland student visa process (Type D)

  • Accept a university offer: Students should accept and secure their place at an Irish university before applying for a visa.
  • Apply online: A student visa for Ireland has to be applied online and will not be processed until the immigration services receive any requested supporting documentation from the student
  • Get summary form: This is generated when Students complete the online section of the visa application. They need to print it and sign it as it forms one of their supporting documents. The form contains information on where to send all their requested documents.
  • Send supporting documents: Students will be told exactly which documents they need to send as this varies depending on their home country.
  • Give biometrics: If requested, Students will need to give their biometrics at an Irish visa application center (VAC) near them.
  • Receive a decision: In general, students will need to wait up to eight weeks for a decision on their visa application.
  • Apply for an IRP: When students arrive in-person to Ireland, they need to register for an Irish Residence Permit within 90 days (before the end date of their landing stamp). This needs to be done in person at a registration office. An IRP will cost €300.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

The signed and dated summary application form and the appropriate fee (where applicable) must be accompanied by the supporting documents set out below. If Students do not submit the required documentation their application may be refused on the basis of insufficient documentation.

  • Two color passport-sized photographs not more than 6 months old.
  • Current passport and a full copy of all previous passports which must be valid for at least 12 months after their proposed date of arrival in Ireland.
  • A signed letter of application including the full contact details:
    • outlining the reason for wanting to come to Ireland
    • giving details of any members of the family who are currently in Ireland, or any other EU Member State
    • undertaking that student will observe the conditions of their visa, that he/she will not become a burden on the State, and that he/she will leave the State on the expiry of their permission to remain, and
    • where the course they now wish to study does not naturally follow on or relate to their educational/employment history, giving valid reasons, supported by documentary evidence (where available), for this change.
  • Students must submit a Letter of Acceptance from the college:
    • confirming that they have been accepted and enrolled on a course of full-time education, involving a minimum of 15 hours organized daytime tuition each week,
    • giving details of the course that they will be studying,
    • stating the number of fees payable for their course, and
    • stating the amount that has been paid,
    • if the college has taken out medical insurance on their behalf, stating that the college has done so.
  • Evidence accounting for any gaps in educational history
  • Evidence fees have been paid to the college
  • Evidence that students have the academic ability to follow their chosen course
  • Evidence of student's level of English (or Irish)
  • Finances -Students must show that they have sufficient funds to support their stay in Ireland without recourse to public funds, or the reliance on casual employment.
  • Private Medical Insurance - Private Medical Insurance cover is required. Student's college may arrange this on their behalf. If so, details of this must be included in the Letter of Acceptance from the college. If it is not arranged by the college, students must organize this themselves and provide evidence with their application.

IRISH STUDENT VISA PROCESSING TIME

How long it takes to get the student visa varies depending on the student's nationality and other factors. Usually, they will get a decision between four and eight weeks from the date they submitted their application. The application will take longer if students forget or need to re-submit any documents, so it's worth making sure to supply everything the first time around. Students can apply for their visa up to three months in advance of their travel date to Ireland, so it's worth starting as soon as they can.

WORKING WITH AN IRISH STUDENT VISA

A Study Visa allows students to work full time during the months of June, July, August, and September and from 15 December to 15 January. For the rest of the year, they can only work up to 20 hours per week. In addition to the rules around working hours, international students are not permitted to work as taxi drivers or work as self-employed.

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