In this episode, Ms. Suchitra Surve talks about Ireland as a destination for studying abroad. Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is the second-largest island of the British Isles, and third- largest in Europe. Ireland is ranked as one of the wealthiest countries with the highest quality of life in the world. It is made up of two countries: the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland is a sovereign state and occupies 83% of its island. Its capital and largest city are Dublin. Typically, January and February are the coldest months of the year and July and August are the hottest. The country receives generally cool summers and mild winters.
Irish education system:
Primary education is the first level of education followed by the second-level education and third-level education. The duration of the undergraduate course can be in the range of 3 to 4 years and the master’s course is generally for 1 year.
Ireland has two intakes – Autumn/Semester 1: It starts in early September and runs till December and spring that is semester 2 which starts in January up until May. As a requirement of English Proficiency IELTS or TOEFL score is essential irrespective of the program and the level of study that you plan to pursue. Additionally, you need to submit documents like the personal statement, academic transcripts, resume/CV and reference letters. There are few universities which require GMAT score for Master’s degree. So, it is recommended that you check the university requirements and apply them accordingly. Always remember to adhere to the international application deadline and start preparing at least a year prior to the deadline given.
Some of the most popular courses that students apply in Ireland are Computer Science, MBA That Is Business Management, Human Resource, Finance, Bio-Technology, Bio-Medical Science, Clinical Psychology, Data Science and Analytics.
The fees may vary depending on the subject and the level of study. The average fee for a Master’s program is 22, 000 EUR per year and for Bachelor’s, it’s generally less expensive and can be around 20,000 EUR per year. The cost of living depends on personal lifestyle but on average it can vary from 7,000 to 12,000 EUR.
To ensure that you get some kind of scholarship Ireland has an outstanding scholarship program for international students. Each scholarship is based on specific eligibility criteria by individual institutions So it is recommended to check with individual institutions to understand your eligibility. For example, there are universities that are committed to attracting high caliber students from around the world. This university offers a arrange of merit-based scholarships as well.
All international students are permitted to work for 40 hours a week in Ireland but only between June to September and December 15th to January 15th. During the rest of the year, international students holding a valid work document can work up to 20 hours a week. Since the country is home to several multinational companies; students can find many jobs especially if they prove their worth.