Studying in Ireland

Ireland has over 33 Higher Education Institutions and 5000 + programmes available for students from South African, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe!

Ireland offers a fun and active student life in a friendly, safe and welcoming environment and allows international students the ability to work part time while studying with the additional opportunity of a *24 month stay back option at postgraduate level.

Cost of Study in Ireland

Tuition costs vary depending on the course, the institution and whether you are classed as a European or a non-European student so check the fees with the chosen institution before you begin an application process. Below is an estimated tuition fee guide per subject area.


Undergraduate: €9,750.00 - €18.000 | Postgraduate: €9,250.00 - €34,500


Undergraduate: €9,750.00 - €23.000 | Postgraduate : €9,250.00 - €24.000

Science and Tech

Undergraduate: €9,750.00 - €22.000 | Postgraduate : €9,250.00 - €45.000

Arts and Humanities

Undergraduate: €9,750.00 - €20.000 | Postgraduate : €9,250.00 - €22.000

Medicine and Health Science

Undergraduate: €45.000 - €52.000 | Postgraduate : €4.000 - €31.000

Cost of Living in Ireland

Living expenses vary depending where the higher education institution you choose is located, on the type of accommodation you prefer and the personal expenditure a student chooses. On average students will spend between €8000 ~ €12 000 per year (depending on where the student will be studying and their lifestyle.) Students will also need to have Health Insurance during their studies which is an additional €150 per year.

Do Students Need A Visa?

If a student is a European student there are no visa requirements when entering Ireland (also includes SA, Botswana, Swaziland students) however Zimbabwean, Namibian, Zambian, and Malawian students do require a visa.

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How To Apply For the Visa

In order to begin the study visa application you can contact your nearest Global Education office for assistance.

What Are The English Language Requirements?

To be accepted for a degree programme, students need to show proficiency in English. All English language certificates (as per the list below) must be issued within two years of the expected start date of their course in Ireland.

Examination Level Required

  • GCSE English - Grade C

  • GCE O Level English Language - Grade C

  • IELTS - Composite score of 6.0 – 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any one component

  • PTE Academic - Minimum score of 62

  • Cambridge Advanced - Grade A

  • ETAPP - Grade C1

Global Education offices can assist you with booking your IELTS test should you need one.

This would apply to Countries (Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Namibia) that require a student visa.

Can You Work While You Study In Ireland?

Yes, subject to certain conditions, international students holding a valid Immigration Stamp 2 stamp can work up to 40 hours per week only during the months of June, July, and September, and from 15th December to 15th January inclusive.

At all other times students holding Immigration Stamp 2 are limited to work up to 20 hours per week. The permission to work will end when the Stamp 2 students stamp expires.

If the student is a degree programme student, they are eligible for casual work once they are:

· Registered with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)

· Enrolled on a recognised programme leading to a qualification recognised by the Minister For Education & Skills

· Attending a full time programme of Education at or above NQF Level 7

· Undertaking a minimum of 15 hours day time study per week.

· Receiving tuition between the hours of 8am and 6pm per week for a minimum of 25 weeks per annum.

· On a programme of at least one year’s duration.

Can a Student Work After They Complete Their Studies?

Under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme, Non-European third level graduates can remain in Ireland for up to 24 months upon completion of studies to look for full time employment. Undergraduate students they can remain for 1 year.

Are there Scholarships Available?

There are over a thousand scholarships available for international students. These come from a wide variety of Irish Sources, including the Government, the higher education institutions, and other organisations. These are awarded solely at the discretion of the individual organisations. Each of which has their own criteria for eligibility.

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First Step to Studying in Ireland

Contact Global Education and come in for a free consultation or for assistance with all the below:

· Finding a University or College Program

· Applying for the course

· Confirming your place

· Booking Accommodation

· Checking the immigration and visa regulations


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