Ireland Student Visa

Ireland Student Visa

Capital: Dublin

Languages: English, Irish, Ulster, Scots

Official Currency: Euro [EUR] €

Major Cities: Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Belfast

Ireland at Glance

It is the second-largest island of the British Isles after Great Britain, the third-largest in Europe and the twentieth-largest on Earth. Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland) and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom. Ireland is a member state of the UN and the EU. The Irish currency (punt) was replaced by the Euro. Northern Ireland as part of the UK is a member in the UN and the EU, but also the Commonwealth and NATO. The Pound Sterling is used.

Ireland’s history is marked by invasions and settlement by foreign peoples. The Celts, the Vikings, the Normans, the English and the Scots have all left their mark on Irish history, geography, culture, language and people. Ireland is a parliamentary democracy. The Head of the Government is the Taoiseach. The Tánaiste is the Deputy Prime Minister. There are 15 Government Departments. The Taoiseach and the Ministers collectively form the Government under the Irish constitution, and they hold executive power. Ireland continues to make steady and sustained progress towards recovery from the impact of the global economic and financial crisis.

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Ireland is situated in the Atlantic Ocean and separated from Great Britain by the Irish Sea. Half the size of Arkansas, it occupies the entire island except for the six counties that make up Northern Ireland. Ireland resembles a basin—a central plain rimmed with mountains, except in the Dublin region. The mountains are low, with the highest peak, Carrantuohill in County Kerry, rising to 3,415 ft (1,041 m). The principal river is the Shannon, which begins in the north-central area, flows south and southwest for about 240 mi (386 km), and empties into the Atlantic.

Ireland’s central lowlands of flat rolling plains are dissected by bogs, loughs (lakes) and rivers, and surrounded by hills and low mountains. The country’s highest point, Carrauntuohill, in the far southwest, stands at 1041 m (3414 ft.) high. The lowland is drained by numerous slow- flowing streams, the largest of which is the River Shannon, 340 km in length. In its middle course this river broadens into a number of attractive lakes but as it approaches the sea its gradient steepens.

For detailed information please visit : Geography of Ireland


Ireland enjoys a temperate maritime climate, due mainly to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the presence of the Gulf Stream. Summers are warm, while temperatures during winter are much cooler. Spring and autumn are very mild, with rainfall expected all year round. In summer, temperatures generally fall in a range of 15°C to 20°C, but sometimes they can reach up to 25°C or even higher. Winter days can be drizzly, cold and short (the sun sets around 4 pm), but because of the Gulf Stream, the temperature seldom falls below freezing, averaging about 7°C.

Rainfall is heaviest on the westward facing slopes of the hills where it may exceed 3,000 mm in Kerry, Mayo and Donegal. The east is much drier and Dublin records on average only 785 mm annually.
The outstanding feature of the Irish weather is its changeability, a characteristic which it shares with all the countries that lie in the path of the temperate depressions. However more stable atmospheric conditions may arise in winter with the extension of the continental high pressure system bringing clear skies and cool conditions, especially to the eastern part of the country. In summer, an extension of the Azores high pressure system may bring periods of light easterly winds and bright sunny weather.

Reference: Climate of Ireland


The Irish often perceive that their culture is set off from their neighbors by its egalitarianism, reciprocity, and informality, wherein strangers do not wait for introductions to converse, the first name is quickly adopted in business and professional discourse, and the sharing of food, tools, and other valuables is commonplace. Use of language, especially dialect, is a clear indicator of class and other social standing. Dress codes have relaxed over the last generation, but the conspicuous consumption of important symbols of wealth and success, such as designer clothing, good food, travel, and expensive cars and houses, provides important strategies for class mobility and social advancement. Roman Catholic 87.4%, Church of Ireland 2.9%, other Christian 1.9%, other 2.1%, unspecified 1.5%, none 4.2% (2006 census)

Irish (Gaelic or Irish Gaelic) is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family, originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish. It enjoys constitutional status as the national and first official language of the Republic of Ireland and it is an official language of the European Union. The extended family is still very much the dominant social structure although urbanization is having an impact.
The basic greeting is a handshake and a hello or salutation appropriate for the time of day.

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Irish food is known for the quality and freshness of its ingredients. Most cooking is done without herbs or spices, except for salt and pepper. Foods are usually served without sauce or gravy. The staples of the Irish diet have traditionally been potatoes, grains (especially oats), and dairy products. Potatoes still appear at most Irish meals, with potato scones, similar to biscuits or muffins, a specialty in the north. The Irish have also been accomplished cheese makers for centuries. Ireland makes about fifty types of homemade “farmhouse” cheeses, which are considered delicacies.

Most traditional Irish foods use simple, basic and cheap ingredients, a reminder of the fact that they originated in a less affluent past. Many have been given a modern twist by a new generation of chefs or incorporated into dishes that better suit the tastes of a more widely travelled population. It’s impossible to talk about Irish food without mentioning the potato. Irish tradional cuisine is a peasant cuisine and food in a poor household is never wasted.

For further information, please visit Cuisine of Ireland

  • One of the best-educated countries in the European Union, and continues to be a destination of choice for international businesses from around the globe, based largely on the quality of Ireland’s education system.
  • The educational qualifications available in Ireland are recognized throughout the world, and represent a practical and proven gateway to a wide range of university and career choices.
  • Long history of educating international students and offers a level of educational achievement that ranks with anything in the world.
  • Politically, safe and stable country, with a vibrant, young and multi-cultural population. A common Irish greeting is “A hundred thousand welcomes”, and it is rightly marketed around the world as a particularly friendly and open country.
  • Ireland is a high-tech hub for Europe and the wider world, with major technological companies such as Intel, Google, Facebook, eBay, Twitter, Hewlett Packard having their European headquarters in the country.
  • 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
  • Commonly referred to as the “Celtic Tiger” and was ranked the second wealthiest country per capita in the world by the UN Development Program
  • Popular with international students for its very welcoming culture, with its pubs, characteristic music and not to forget – Guinness.

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Education is compulsory for children in Ireland from the ages of six to 16 or until students have completed three years of second-level education. The Irish education system is made up of primary, second, third-level and further education. State-funded education is available at all levels, unless you choose to send your child to a private institution. Pre-school education is usually provided by privately funded childcare facilities or providers. The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides a free year of early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age.

Primary (first-level) education

Children do not have to attend school until the age of six but it is usual for children to begin school the September following their fourth birthday. Four-year-old and five-year-old are enrolled in the junior or senior infant classes. The curriculum for primary education covers the following key areas: Language, mathematics, social, environment and scientific education, arts education including visual arts music and drama, physical integration, social personal and health education. Primary schools are generally privately owned by religious communities (or boards of governors) but are State-funded.

Second-level education

Second-level education is provided by different types of post-primary schools. That is, secondary, vocational, community and comprehensive schools. Secondary schools are privately owned and managed. In most cases the trustees are religious communities or boards of governors. Vocational schools are established by the State and administered by vocational education committees. Community and comprehensive schools are managed by boards of management of differing compositions. Second-level education consists of a three-year junior cycle followed by a two-year or three-year senior cycle depending on whether an optional Transition Year is taken following the Junior Certificate examination. Students generally commence the junior cycle at the age of 12. The Junior Certificate is taken after three years.

The established Leaving Certificate is the main basis upon which places in universities, institutes of technology and colleges of education are allocated. The Leaving Certificate Vocational Program differs from the established Leaving Certificate in placing a concentration on technical subjects and including additional modules which have a vocational focus. The Leaving Certificate Applied Program has as its primary objective the preparation of participants for adult and working life through relevant learning experiences. These aim to develop the following areas of human Endeavor: spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, aesthetic and physical.

Third-level education

Third-level education is made up of a number of sectors. The university sector, the technological sector and the colleges of education are substantially funded by the State. In addition there are a number of independent private colleges. There are seven universities, which are autonomous and self-governing. They offer degree programs at bachelor, masters and doctorate level.

The technological sector includes institutes of technology which provide programs of education and training in areas such as business, science, engineering, linguistics and music to certificate, diploma and degree levels. The Department of Education and Skills has overall responsibility for the sector. The colleges of education specialize in training for first-level teachers. They offer a three-year bachelor of education degree and a postgraduate diploma.

The training of second-level teachers usually involves completing a primary degree in university or other third-level institution followed by a one-year higher diploma in education. In addition, there are colleges of education that specialize in the training of second-level home economics teachers, teachers of religion and physical education.

Further and adult education

Further education comprises education and training which takes place after second-level schooling but which is not part of the third-level system. It includes programs such as Post-Leaving Certificate courses; the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (second-chance education for the unemployed); programs in Youthreach for early school-leavers; other literacy and basic education; and self-funded evening adult programs in second-level schools.

Special needs education for students with disabilities

Educational provision for students with special educational needs ranges from additional support in mainstream schools to specialist support in special schools. A student with a disability may be enrolled in a:

  • Mainstream class with additional support
  • Special class in a mainstream school or
  • Special school which caters for the students with his or her category of disability.

Reference: Education system of Ireland


The Major Intake is in September; however there are few courses running for January and April Intake as well. The main intake offered by Universities and Colleges in Ireland is September. Few Institutions also offer a February start.

Entry Requirement

For Undergraduate

  • A good academic record in High School Certificate or 12 years of schooling.
  • IELTS requirement : 6.0 Bands. (Subject to change as per the prerequisite profile of the University/Institutions)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 570 for a paper-based test and 90 for an internet-based test

For more details, please visit IELTS & TOEFL
For Postgraduate

  • A good academic record in Bachelors Degree from a recognized university.
  • Any work experience in the field will be an advantage.
  • IELTS requirement: 6.5 Bands. (Subject to change as per the prerequisite profile of the University/Institutions)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 570 for a paper-based test and minimum 90 for an internet-based test

For more details, please visit British Council IELTS and IDP British Council & TOEFL

Required Documents

  • Passport copy
  • Birth certificate
  • IELTS or TOEFL Score Sheet
  • Resume/CV
  • All academic and work experience documents
  • Two reference letters from college’s/employers.
  • Statement of Purpose

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Ireland student visa process

You may be required to provide your biometric information as part of the application process for a visa to travel to Ireland. Your biometric information includes a live capture facial image, in other words, a digital photograph and a digital scan of your fingerprints. If you are required to provide your biometric information as part of the visa application process you must attend at a visa application centre. Refer Biometric for detailed information.

Required Documents:

  • Original Passport
  • 2 recent photographs
  • Letter of acceptance educational institute
  • Appointment and Payment confirmation receipts
  • Proof of tuition fees payment for one year (payment must be done after getting the acceptance letter, transferring the fee to the bank account of University)
  • Proof of sufficient means of support for entire period specified in the visa (approximately 7,000 Euros/year)
  • Criminal record certificate or another document of the same legal value. Refer Passport Seva for the whole process
  • Medical insurance for the entire period of the visa validity. Refer Medical Insurance to order the insurance in easy online procedure and understand the benefits in detail

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The below is approximation for cost of study in Ireland.

cost of education in Ireland

The cost of living is approximately EUR€5,000 – 8,000 per year, this covers all the living expenses, including accommodation, food, travel, books, clothes and entertainment.

For other detailed expense, please check Living Cost in Ireland


Finding a job in Ireland can be relatively easy because the job market is currently in full development. Most of the job search engines, career sites and economists agree that the top growth industries include IT Services/Computer Software/Hardware, Accounting and Auditing, Innovation and Intellectual Property Related Enterprises, Green Sector Jobs, Business Services and Medical/Health.

During your studies

Students have the right to work up to 20 hours a week (anywhere) during course time and 40 hours per week full-time during vacation periods. On an average a student can earn around 6.5-7.75 EUR/hour.

Reference: Work while you study

After your studies (Work and Migration)

Everyone who has permission to work in Ireland has the same rights in the workplace, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. Non-EEA graduates and postgraduates can apply for a green card or work permit under the Third Level Graduate Scheme on completion of their studies. Average income is €17,992 gross over a full year. Work Permit leads to the Permanent Residency.
Reference: Employment in Ireland

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Can I study part time?

If you are from a non-EU country, you must complete a minimum of 15 hours scheduled contact time per week in order to be eligible to be eligible for a visa to study in Ireland. Please see the following Department of Justice web site for more information. If you are an English language study wishing to study for less than 90 days in Ireland and combine learning with other tourist pursuits, you will be classed as an educational tourist and subject to visit/holiday visa rules.

What will the weather be like?

Ireland’s climate can be summed up as being mild, moist and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. Because the island is hugged all year round by the warm influence of the Gulf Stream, Ireland is much warmer than other countries that share its latitude. The Gulf Stream also ensures that the Irish coastline remains ice-free throughout winter. Extreme winters are rare but they do happen on the odd occasion when Ireland’s temperatures plummet.

How do I open a bank account?

In order to open a bank account, you will need two forms of identification. Irish banks are obliged to establish your identity and verify your address. You cannot use the same document as proof of both your identity and your address. These are minimum requirements and it is at the discretion of the bank to look for further information.

Can I work during or after my studies?

Since April 2001, non-EU students who are approved to study in Ireland with higher education institutions listed on the Internationalization Register, can avail of casual work to help support themselves while in Ireland. Students are allowed to work part-time (up to 20 hours a week) or full-time (up to 40 hours a week) during holiday periods.

Are there scholarships?

Yes. A small number of scholarships for overseas students are available from the universities and colleges. These are awarded solely at the discretion of the individual institutions who set down their own criteria for eligibility. Students are advised to contact the institution of their choice directly, to obtain information.

What happens if I incorrectly claim to be visa fee exempt?

It is a matter for you to decide if you are exempt from the payment of the visa fee. If you incorrectly claim to be exempt from the visa fee your application will not be processed by the Irish Government decision making centre. Please refer to the visa fees page on this website to see if you are exempt from the visa fee.

Who decides if I will get a visa?

The Irish Government decision making centre for visa applications lodged here in India is the Embassy of Ireland in New Delhi. VFS Global staffs do not play any part in, or influence the outcome of, your visa application. If a VFS Global staff member claims to be able to influence your application, you should notify in writing the head of the Visa Office, Embassy of Ireland in New Delhi. You can find their address on the website of the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service.

How do I pay my visa fee and service charge for my attendance at the visa application centre?
You can pay your visa fee and service charge on this website.
Who is exempt from the visa fee?

Please refer to the visa fees page on this website to see if you are exempt from the visa fee. If you are exempt from the visa fee you may still be required to pay the service charge for attendance at the visa application centre and the submission of your documents to the Irish Government decision making centre.

What is the EEA?

The EEA refers to the European Economic Area and consists of all EU Member States, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.

I wish to cancel my visa application can I get a refund of the visa fee?
No, the visa fee is a non refundable fee.
When can I make my visa application?

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to Ireland. We strongly advise you not to confirm your travel arrangements until you have received your visa.

Do I need to submit original documents or are copies acceptable?

Original documents must be provided. You are also required to provide copies of all original documents (other than passport photographs submitted). In the case of your passport a copy of the biodata page is sufficient.

Do I need to attend an interview?

The Irish Government decision making centre will conduct interviews if deemed necessary during the processing of your application.

How long will it take to process my application by the Irish Government decision making centre?

Please refer to the processing times page of this website.

What do I do if I wish to withdraw my application?

If you wish to withdraw your visa application, you should notify in writing the Head of the Visa Office, Embassy of Ireland, New Delhi. You can find their contact details on the website of the Embassy of Ireland, India. Please note that the visa application fee will not be refunded.

How do I get my documents and passport back?

When you attend the VFS Global visa application centre, while submitting your application you can either ask the staff at the counter to courier (optional) the documents and passport to an address specified by you or collect the documents and passports from the VFS Global application centre where you submitted your visa application