- STUDY in one of the best education systems in the world for higher education achievements
- BENEFIT from Ireland’s investment in the education system
- CHOOSE from over 5000 internationally recognized qualifications
- ACCESS world-class research opportunities in world-leading programmes
- CONNECT with career opportunities with leading global companies located in Ireland
- ACHIEVE your ambitions in Europe’s most entrepreneurial country
- JOIN the 35,000 international students from 161 countries enjoying Ireland’s vibrant culture
- LIVE in an English speaking country
- EXPERIENCE living in one of the friendliest and safest countries in the world
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
The annual tuition fee varies from 8000 to 15,000 Euros depending on the program and institution. The approximate annual living expense of a Nigeria Student is projected as 7000 Euros.
An exact estimation about the cost of living of a student at Ireland may be difficult since no two people live in the same way. However for a nine-month academic year, in addition to course fees and other academic expenses an international student living in Ireland will need approximately € 7000.
University College Dublin (UCD) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) make annual estimates for students living outside their family home. Their estimates for the academic year 2013-2014 were € 9036 and € 10 500 respectively. These figures include rent, electricity, food, books and laundry and medicine as well as travel and social life expenses.
These figures are near the minimum sum needed for a person to survive in Ireland. Costs can be higher or lower according to the way of life the person chooses to lead. Costs should be increased proportionately if you are calculating costs for a period of one full year.
(Work experience, GMAT scores and excellent academic background are the basic entry requirements). However there are good institutions that offer MBA programs for fresh gradates and such MBA programs are very popular among Nigeria students. Being the silicon valley of Europe with all major IT giants like Facebook, Google having their European headquarters in Ireland, Computer Science (IT Programs) are always among the most popular courses in Ireland. Civil/Construction engineering and other engineering disciplines, hospitality/tourism management, pharmacy, psychoanalysis etc. are the other popular programs which majority of the students opt for.
There are nine universities in Ireland – 2 in Northern Ireland and 7 in the Republic.
The University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD), founded in 1592, is the oldest university in Ireland.
The National University of Ireland (NUI) is a federal institute consisting of four constituent universities; University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Dublin; University College Cork, National University of Ireland Cork; National University of Ireland Galway and National University of Ireland Maynooth.
NUI also has three recognized colleges: National College of Art and Design (NCAD), The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and St. Angela’s College of Education. The University of Limerick (UL) and Dublin City University (DCU) are our newest universities and were founded in 1989.
The two universities in Northern Ireland are: the University of Ulster (UU) and the Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB).
For postgraduate programs most of the good universities prefer a first class or high second class honors degree. In the undergraduate level most of the good universities look for 75% or higher.
Most of the institutions have only one intake that begins in September. Recently few institutions have started accepting students for February intake, but this is not available for all programs.
International English Language Testing System is normally known as IELTS which is administered by British Council. The score of IELTS is valid for 2 years.
TOEFL is Test of English as a Foreign Language. The test is conducted by ETS (Educational Testing Service). Those who want to study in UK have to clear the test with definite scores. The score is valid for 2 years and the score is sent to 4 universities by ETS free of cost at the time of exam.
- PTE Academic
The Pearson Test of English Academic.PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad. It tests Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking
It is highly recommended that you begin your application process at least 6 months prior to course commencement date (Preferably by March for September admissions). Majority of the post graduate applications are administered through Post Graduate Application center (PAC) which is a common application system for many universities and institutes of technologies. Also Ireland Education authorized representatives (Like NeGxy Concept Limited) will be able to process the application more effectively and efficiently.
Higher Education in Ireland consists of the universities (with associated colleges of education), institutes of technology, and a number of private independent colleges. The universities and institutes of technology are autonomous and self-governing, but are substantially state-funded. There are a number of merit based tuition fee bursaries in some institutions which can reduce your fees up to 40%. Also there are common fee bursaries of 2000- 5000 Euros for early applications.
Students need to submit the application to Ireland Embassy in Nigeria through online applications and the supporting documents needs to be processed through Visa Facilitation centers (VFS). Normal processing times are 6-8 weeks and may take higher during peak seasons.
Normally first year fees need to be paid prior to the visa application. But students applying to certain universities and institutions are allowed to lodge the applications without paying first year fees under ‘Approval in Principle” (AIP Scheme), where you can pay the fee once the visa is approved in principle. However the embassy will stamp the visa only after submission Proof of first year fees paid.
Students are permitted to work 20 hours part time during semesters and full time (40 hours/week) during vacations. Fortunately Ireland has the lowest unemployment rate in Europe and it is quite obvious there will be great many opportunities for part time jobs. Students can expect to earn substantially to support their living expenses during studies. Also there are Sandwich courses (the course contain PAID JOB PLACEMENT), which help students to ‘earn while they learn
In 2017 Education Ireland has announced 2 year post study work visa which allows post graduate level international students to stay and work for a period of two years. Those who are successful in finding employment may apply for further stay under Critical Skills Employment Permits (formally known as Green card) subject to the conditions set by INIS (Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service)