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Higher education in Ireland for foreign students

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Today, Ireland is the leading country among best destinations for educational tourism according to foreign students. Ireland attracts international students with high-quality educational services, a wide range of schools and colleges, exciting cultural programs. SMAPSE offers TOP-10 prestigious Irish colleges and universities where international students can get high-quality and balanced higher education that will open wide career opportunitites. 

Please, don't hesitate to contact SMAPSE experts as they are always ready to answer all your questions. 

Ireland Educational System: features and benefits

  • Middle Ages educational traditions. As far back as the Middle Ages, priests studied in Irish monasteries and were send to teach in Europe. Until now, the state is famous for its exceptional educational services, a competent combination of tradition and modern approaches.
  • Universities of Ireland do not always take high places in rankings, but, despite this, Irish university diplomas are highly valued by employers in Europe and the USA , students easily find a good job.
  • Attractive studying opportunities for foreign students: many students can find a part-time job for the best companies in the country during their studies, and after graduation they can easily find a full-time job and stay in Ireland
  • Today, the research level of Ireland is not lower than the highest scientific indicators of the United Kingdom thanks to the huge funding of the research field and the involvement of foreign scientists
  • Dublin has every chance of becoming a world scientific center in the coming years - such IT giants as Google, Facebook, Zynga have already placed their branches here.
  • A simplified procedure for admission for all who are getting higher education in Ireland: minimum language requirements, average scores of the certificate, etc.
  • Local citizens are very friendly towards foreigners, they are happy to make new acquaintances and are ready to help

Higher Education in Ireland for international students

Studying at universities is based on the Bologna system, at the universities of Ireland there is a three-stage system of scientific titles: bachelor, master and doctor. There are two programs of undergraduate studies in Ireland: the three-year-old Ordinary Bachelor Degree and the four-year-old Honors Bachelor Degree. After a four-year program, which includes a large number of seminars and lectures, students receive a diploma (usually with honors). 

The Master's program in Ireland is a two-year program: under the supervision of a supervisor, students are engaged in research work, there are much less lectures and seminars on this program. Doctoral studies last from 2 to 6 years.

There are several types of higher educational institutions in Ireland - there are some differences, so the choice of a university depends on the future specialty. Those, who want to do science and devote their lives to research, study at universities. There are a total of 9 universities in Ireland.

It is better to study applied sciences at institutes or colleges in Ireland - the programs are practice-oriented and carefully prepare students for future work. Many organizations value diplomas of institutes and colleges more than university ones for practical knowledge and skills.

The academic year starts in September and finishes in June, includes two or three semesters. A serious load awaits students: the curriculum includes a large number of lectures, seminars, individual lessons with a curator. All universities in Ireland are technically well equipped and have high-quality sports equipment (sports are usually required at universities). Students enjoy spending time in clubs, studios, and student communities.

Another advantage of Ireland is its affordable price: it is considered one of the most affordable English-speaking countries for studying. In the leading universities of Ireland, students will pay about 15.000-20.000 euros per year, the most expensive - medical specialties (study for them will cost about 30 thousand euros). Education in less prestigious universities will cost about 15.000 euros. Living expenses are in a wide price range (living in the capital, of course, is more expensive). Average cost of a student who has chosen higher education in Ireland, food, accommodation and travel is 7.000-10.000 euros per year (it is 30% cheaper than in the UK).

Students can work while they study, but only 20 hours a week, and it’s easy to find work: it is beneficial for the country to attract last-year students to work in their specialty. Many continue to work in companies after graduation and thus remain in Ireland. Any student with high academic results can receive material encouragement.

Admission to universities in Ireland for foreign students

  • High school diploma should include good grades, almost everything is “excellent”
  • Language proficiency must be confirmed by TOEFL certificate (550), IELTS - from 6 points
  • But the path to TOP universities in Ireland is quite difficult: competition is high. It is safer to take a preparation course, the University Foundation. Foundation is a one-year pre-university preparation course that aims to help students from abroad adapt to the new academic and language environment. 

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration,
years
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

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Top 35 best universities and colleges in Canada 2022

1 University of Toronto
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4 University of Alberta
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11 University of Manitoba
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20 Laval University
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25 Humber College
26 Vancouver Island University
27 Mohawk College
28 Centennial College Toronto
29 Niagara College
30 Capilano University
31 Seneca College
32 Algoma University
33 Saint Clair College
34 Douglas College
35 LaSalle College

Times Higher Education’s top 50 best universities in USA 2022

World University Rank US Rank University City State
2 1 Stanford University Stanford California
3 2 Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts
4 3 California Institute of Technology Pasadena California
5 4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Massachusetts
7 5 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley California
8 6 Yale University New Haven Connecticut
9 7 Princeton University Princeton New Jersey
10 8 University of Chicago Chicago Illinois
12 9 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Maryland
13 10 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania
15 11 University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles California
17 12 Columbia University New York City New York
19 13 Cornell University Ithaca New York
=20 14 Duke University Durham North Carolina
22 15 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Michigan
24 16 Northwestern University Evanston Illinois
26 17 New York University New York City New York
28 18 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
29 19 University of Washington Seattle Washington
33 20 University of California, San Diego San Diego California
38 21 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta Georgia
44 22 University of Texas at Austin Austin Texas
48 23 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign Illinois
49 24 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison Wisconsin
50 25 Washington University in St Louis St. Louis Missouri
53 26 University of Southern California Los Angeles California
=54 27 Boston University Boston Massachusetts
=56 28 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill North Carolina
61 29 Brown University Providence Rhode Island
=64 30 University of California, Davis Davis California
68 31 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara California
=80 32 Ohio State University (Main campus) Columbus Ohio
=85 =33 Emory University Atlanta Georgia
=85 =33 University of Minnesota Minneapolis Minnesota
90 35 University of Maryland, College Park College Park Maryland
=94 36 Purdue University West Lafayette West Lafayette Indiana
=98 37 University of California, Irvine Irvine California
=101 38 Dartmouth College Hanover New Hampshire
105 39 Michigan State University East Lansing Michigan
=111 40 Vanderbilt University Nashville Tennessee
=114 41 Penn State (Main campus) State College Pennsylvania
117 42 University of Virginia (Main campus) Charlottesville Virginia
120 43 Georgetown University Washington D.C
=121 44 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Ohio
=124 45 University of Arizona Tucson Arizona
=124 =45 Rice University Houston Texas
=131 47 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder Colorado
=133 48 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
=140 49 Indiana University Bloomington Indiana
=147 50 University of Rochester Rochester (NY) New York

Top 50 best universities in the UK 2022

1 Cambridge
2 Oxford
3 St Andrews
4 London School of Economics
5 Imperial College London
6 Loughborough
7 Durham
8 Lancaster
9 University of Bath
10 East Anglia (UEA)
11 University College London
12 Warwick
13 Exeter
14 Birmingham
15 Bristol
16 Edinburgh
17 Leeds
18 Manchester
19 Southampton
20 Glasgow
21 King's College London
22 Nottingham
23 York
24 Newcastle
25 Royal Holloway, University of London
26 East Anglia (UEA)
27 Aberdeen
28 Queen's University Belfast
29 Sheffield
30 Heriot-Watt
31 Cardiff
32 Dundee
33 Swansea
34 Liverpool
35 Surrey
36 Queen Mary, University of London
37 SOAS University of London
38 Leicester
39 Reading
40 Sussex
41 Essex
42 Harper Adams University
43 Aston
44 University for the Creative Arts
45 University of Stirling
46 Nottingham Trent
47 Kent
48 Arts University Bournemouth
49 Oxford Brookes
50 Lincoln

Cost of living in Ireland

Expenses - USD/Month. Min. Med.
Accommodation 407 528
Food 213 442
Transportation 90 197
Communications and utilities 98 121
Clothing 24 92
Sports and leisure 27 98
Total 860 1,477

Statistics of English courses in Ireland

Programs Intensity Group Language requirements The minimum cost of the week
General English 15-22,5 8-12 Beginner €130+
Intensive Courses 25-30 5-10 Beginner €220+
Combined Courses 25-30 5-10 Beginner €305+
IELTS Preparation Courses 25-30 8-10 Intermediate €220+
Cambridge Preparation Course 20-30 8-10 Intermediate €130+
English for Business 25-30 6-10 Intermediate €220+
One-to-one tuition individual 1 Beginner €35+ lesson
Academic Year Programme 20 10-15 Beginner €2,70

Accommodation in Ireland

Shared room outside of centre 411$
Shared room in city centre 533$
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 780$
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 944$

 

Estimated Costs

Estimated Costs Min., € Average €
Consular fee of the embassy €60 €60
Flight (Moscow - Dublin - Moscow) €227 €550
Medical insurance €100 €120
Study material €35 €65
Delivery of invitations by express mail €45 €75
Transfer/Escort €90 €120
International exams €130 €175
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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