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For Irish nationals and residents of the European Union, education is free, including university education. However, international students are required to pay tuition fees, except in the case of  Ireland scholarships.

Most of the best schools in Ireland are situated in Dublin, Limerick or Galway.

Requirements to Study in Ireland

Entry into the university is done through the Central Application Office (CAO).  So, students are expected to apply through the CAO, rather than individually applying to the University of Choice. There are two intakes to study in Ireland – the autumn intakes (starts in September) and the spring intakes (starts in February). There are some universities which may have enrollments throughout the year.

Admission requirement for each course is a minimum of 60% academic score. Foundations and diplomas require 50% of the score. Documents like academic transcripts, internet based TOELF or IELTS scores, two recommendation letters (for those who have worked before), statement of purpose, academic resume, portfolio, proof of funds, health insurance and a copy of applicant’s passport.

Accommodation in Ireland could be either acquired in the university or with a private landlord. The accommodation office could tell you the available rooms for rent in the university.

Cost of living in Ireland

The cost of living is mostly dependent on your location of residency. The currency in Ireland is Euro, which means that all your expenditures would be measured in Euros. The following is a breakdown of the likely expenses incurred by international students per annum:

  • Rent and accommodation – €3,843
  • Daily utilities – €252
  • Food – €1,500
  • Travel cost – €1,215
  • Books and class materials – €630
  • Clothes and medicals – €369
  • Mobile charges – €271
  • Miscellaneous – €675.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fees would also vary according to the choice school, location and course applied for. The average is between €10,500 and €30,000 per annum.

Top Universities in Ireland

  • University College, Dublin
  • Trinity College, Dublin
  • University College, Cork
  • National University of Ireland
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
  • Maynooth University
  • University of Limerick
  • Dublin City University
  • Technological University of Dublin
  • Dublin Institute of Technology

Scholarships in Ireland

There are hundreds of scholarships in Ireland for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Some are offered by the government, while some are offered by organisations or higher institutions. Below are some of them.

Undergraduate Scholarships

  1. The Gerard Byrne Undergraduate Bursary Fund

The scholarship is awarded to two students with visual impairment studying on a full-time basis at a recognized institution in Ireland.

The value of the scholarship is €1,500 per year or €6,000 for the duration of the programme which is a maximum of four years.

  1. Maynooth University Scholarship

Academic and sports scholarships are available for undergraduate students at the Maynooth University. Some of them include:

  • Entrance scholarship for MH103 Bachelor of Music. The scholarship is awarded in September. It requires an MH1O3 written test, interview and audition. The top scoring applicant is offered €1000 and would be informed through the CAO.
  • Google Women Techmakers Undergraduate Scholars Awards. A group of undergraduate students will be chosen from a pool of applicants and scholarships will be awarded based on their academic background and demonstrated leadership. The value of the award is €7,000 for one academic year. In addition, the applicant will be invited to attend the annual Women Techmakers Scholar’s Retreat by networking and participation in a number of workshops.
  • Michael Osborne Equine Business Scholarships. The scholarship is automatically awarded to those taking the Equine Business degree programme. The scholarship is jointly sponsored in the memory of Michael Osborne and Horse Racing, Ireland. It lasts for the duration of the undergraduate programme as long as you are a full-time registered student and are progressing academically.

Postgraduate Scholarships

  1. Irish Research Council for the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences

The scholarship cuts across the faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law. It is open to those who wish to acquire knowledge in postgraduate and postdoctoral studies. The objective is to create knowledge and expertise beneficial to Ireland’s economic, social and cultural development.

The value of the scholarship: £30,000 full economic cost paid at 80% for the UK funded research costs; and €12,500 covering 100% costs.

  1. University College Dublin PhD Funding for International Students

The main purpose of this scholarship is to attract international students who wish to pursue a PhD programme in Ireland.

The value of the scholarship is €18,000 per year including UCD tuition fees.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates from any country are eligible to apply.
  • Courses of study include Formal Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Professions and Applied Sciences at the university.
  • Candidates must have an honour level 8 degree in science or engineering or a related course.

The candidate must show a strong teamwork and academic abilities.

  1. Kader Asmal Fellowship for South African Students in Ireland

The embassy of South Africa, in conjunction with Canon Collins presents the fully-funded scholarship for master’s programme at one of the Irish universities.

The award covers tuition fee and other expenses.

The applicant should have a minimum of a two-year work experience and is willing to study some selected courses for the programme.

This is a wonderful programme for pursuing higher studies in Ireland.