Study In Ireland

Ireland is a country steeped intradition and history. Ireland's long-standing tradition of providing exceptional education began with 6th century Irish scholar-monks, who travelled throughout Europe establishing centres of learning. Ireland's long and honourable tradition in educational excellence is recognised the world over.

The friendliness and hospitality for which Irish people are renowned, contribute to the ease with which overseas students adapt to the way of life and in particular, student life. The international dimension of education is important in Ireland, which has one of the most trade dependent economies in the world. The Irish Government has invested in the internationalization of their education system, both to promote the international activities and to encourage students from overseas countries to study in Ireland.


  • Friendly Country Irish people are among the most enriching reasons to study in Ireland. They are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality which greatly contributes to the ease with which overseas students adapt to student life in Ireland.
  • Quality of Education
    Irish education is of the highest international quality. The quality of the Irish education system is a major contributing factor to the rapid rate of economic growth Ireland has experienced over the last few decades.
  • Strong Universities
    Many of Ireland's institutions of higher education are internationally ranked, and with strong programs in a variety of areas, there is something for almost every student.
  • No Language Barrier
    Some students have no interest in learning a foreign language but still want to study abroad experience. Ireland is a great location for English speakers that want to focus on their academics interests.
  • Open Economy
    Ireland's small open economy has achieved deep integration within the world economy. Among the key factors contributing to this has been the Irish education system in general and the higher education system in particular. Almost one thousand overseas companies use Ireland as their European base including Google, Intel, Yahoo, Adobe, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Apple, etc.
  • Beautiful Country
    Ireland is beautiful - much of the countryside remains unspoilt providing an excellent natural habitat for a flourishing flora and fauna. Ireland's landscape provides a rich environment for the many outdoor leisure pursuits for which it is famous. Water sports, hill walking, rocking climbing and caving are just a few of the many activities which can be enjoyed when taking a break from study.
  • Job opportunities
    Students from abroad are entitled to work part-time while in Ireland. On completion of their higher studies, students from India may stay on in Ireland for six months to allow them time, should they so wish, to seek employment and apply for a work permit.
  • Safe country
    Ireland has a reputation for being a safe and welcoming country to live in and is ranked 12th in the 2009 Global Peace Index. 'Lonely Planet' has voted it as the friendliest country in the world (2008 and 2010). Irish people are among the most enriching reasons to 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.

Higher education in Ireland is offered by universities and institutes of specialized higher education. Universities are financed for the most part by the State in the form of annual grants-in-aid and non-recurrent grants for capital expenditure, in a proportion of the order of 90%, as well as by student fees, endowments, and private donations. Each college has its own governing body and exercises full control over its finances.

Types of higher education institutions:

  • Universities: The Irish university system is in the British tradition with set programmes leading to a bachelor's degree at the end of three or four years. Master degrees are usually taken by coursework, research work or some combination of both. Doctoral degrees are awarded on the basis of research. Colleges of Technology:The Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is the biggest institution in Ireland with six constituent colleges - two Colleges of Technology. The DIT awards its own degrees.
  • Regional Technical Colleges: Regional Technical Colleges (RTCs), which were introduced in the 1970s to provide for further technical educational needs. There are eleven RTC's throughout Ireland offering education and training, both fulltime and part time, for trade and industry over a broad spectrum of occupations and levels, in the areas of Business Studies, Engineering & Technology and Science & Para medicine.
  • Specialist Colleges: There are also a number of specialist colleges with programmes leading to Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees approved by the National Council for Education Awards (NCEA).
  • Specialist Colleges: There are also a number of specialist colleges with programmes leading to Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees approved by the National Council for Education Awards (NCEA).
  • Colleges of Education/Teacher Training: In Ireland the system of teacher training differs between primary and second level school teachers. Typically second level teachers complete a primary degree at university and then follow up with the Higher Diploma in Education at university. Primary school teachers complete a three year programme, leading to a Bachelor's degree in Education (B.Ed.).
  • Medicine: In addition to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the Medical Schools in University College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Galway and Trinity College have also developed a prestigious reputation in their field.
  • Law: The Irish legal system is part of the Common Law tradition and therefore relevant to the legal training needs of many countries. There are excellent law faculties in most of the universities.

Types of Institutions:

  1. Diploma
  2. Bachelor's Degree
  3. Bachelor's Degree (Honours)
  4. Graduate Diploma
  5. Master's Degree
  6. Master's Degree (Honours)
  7. Doctor's Degree