title_imageStudy in Ireland Opportunities

WHY STUDY IN IRELAND?
 
Ireland has a long and honourable tradition in education. As a result of a sustained investment in this area Ireland now has one of the highest educational participation rates in the world. This dynamic, educated population has made its mark at home and abroad with international companies looking to Ireland for hiring graduates for top notch positions.

ADMISSION IN IRELAND

The third-level education is highly competitive in Ireland. Students compete for entry based on results achieved in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination. Students are graded on their six best subjects scores. Entry requirements for courses may vary from year to year, depending on the number of places available and the number of applicants, thus there exists a great deal of competition for the more sought after programs.

Overseas students wishing to study in Ireland have two options:

  1. Attend upper 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 English language tuition.
  2. 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 programs 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.

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 program.

STUDENT VISA PROCESS

International students coming from a state other than the EU should contact the Irish diplomatic mission in their home country.
Students will be asked to supply the following information:

  1. Valid passport number
  2. Date of issue and expiry of passport
  3. Date, place and mode of arrival in Ireland
  4. Letter from University/College indicating that they have been offered a place in a recognized educational establishment
  5. Letter indicating the source of funding to cover fees and maintenance
  6. Recent passport photographs
  7. Visa application fee.

 FINANCIAL AIDS
Scholarships and Financial aid are available for International Students in Ireland. A limited number of scholarships for overseas students are available from the universities and colleges themselves. These are awarded solely at the discretion of the individual institutions who set down their own criteria for eligibility.

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