ireland

Ireland is an island to the north-west of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth. To its east is the larger island of Great Britain, from which it is separated by the Irish Sea.

Politically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland, which covers just under five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, which covers the remainder and is located in the north-east of the island. The population of Ireland is approximately 6.4 million. Just under 4.6 million live in the Republic of Ireland and just over 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.

 GEOGRAPHY

The island’s geography comprises relatively low-lying mountains surrounding a central plain, with several navigable rivers extending inland. The island has lush vegetation, a product of its mild but changeable oceanic climate, which avoids extremes in temperature. Thick woodlands covered the island until the 17th century. Today, it is one of the most deforested areas in Europe. There are twenty-six extant mammal species native to Ireland.

CULTURE

Irish culture has had a significant influence on other cultures, particularly in the fields of literature and, to a lesser degree, science and education. Alongside mainstream Western culture, a strong indigenous culture exists, as expressed for example through Gaelic games, Irish music, and the Irish language. The culture of the island has also many features shared with Great Britain, as expressed through sports such as soccer, rugby, horse racing, and golf, as well as the English language.

Cities and towns by populations

Sr. No Settlement Urban Area Population Metro population
1 Dublin 1,110,627 1,801,040
2 Belfast 579,726
3 Cork 198,582
4 Derry 93,512
5 Limerick 91,454
6 Galway 76,778
7 Craigavon 57,651
8 Waterford 51,519
9 Drogheda 38,578
10 Dundalk 37,816

Ireland has many unique advantages as a study abroad destination. Here are ten reasons why you should consider studying abroad in Ireland.

STRONG UNIVERSITIES

Many of Ireland’s institutions of higher education are internationally ranked, and with many 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 the study abroad experience. Ireland is a great location for English speakers that want to focus on their academic interests.

PORTAL TO EUROPE

The advantage of studying in Europe is that it’s relatively easy to get from one country to the next. Take advantage of this by taking a long weekend elsewhere in the UK, or traveling the rest of Europe after your time in Ireland study abroad adventure concludes.

LITERATURE

For students interested in studying literature (or even just those that appreciate a good book), Ireland is a great destination. Famous authors like Yeats and Shaw called Ireland home.

DUBLIN

Like many of Europe’s cities, Ireland’s capital is youthful with a strong blend of history and culture. Great restaurants and music venues are just some of the things to keep you entertained.

GALWAY ARTS FESTIVAL

Located in another of Ireland’s vibrant cities, the Galway Arts Festival is a great choice for art lovers and is one of the country’s foremost annual events.

THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

This unique geological formation is the result of a long-ago volcanic eruption. Technically located in Northern Ireland, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is an instantly recognizable location.

GUINNESS TOUR

What trip to Ireland would be complete without a tour of the Guinness factory? This is a popular activity among student travelers

THE BLARNEY STONE AND BLARNEY CASTLE

Another world-famous icon of Ireland! Give the Blarney Stone a kiss when visiting Blarney Castle and be graced with the gift of gab.

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND

This highly revered museum is home to a variety of historical and archaeological relics from prehistory through the middle ages. The exhibit on bog bodies is especially unique.

IRELAND STUDY ABROAD STATISTICS

Ireland Country Ranking: 9

Based on total outbound U.S. students

  • % of U.S. students: 2.6%
  • Total US Students 2005/06: 5,499
  • Total US Students 2006/07: 5,785
  • Yearly 2006/07 Trend: +5.2%
  •  MBA
  •  Management
  •  Science & Engineering
  •  Digital Solution Development
  •  Biology and Medical
  •  Banking & Finance
  •  Health Science
  •  Sociology

UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES WE PROMOTE

  • Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Froebel College of Education
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Limerick
  • Waterford Institute of Technology

  • Institute of Technology, Carlow
  • Institute of Technology, Tallaght
  • Institute of Technology, Tralee
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Limerick Institute of Technology
  • Mary Immaculate College
  • National College of Art and Design
  • National College of Ireland
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Pontifical University of Maynooth
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
  • St. Angela’s College
  • St. Patrick’s College
  • Tipperary Institute

Applicants must apply online for their visa – see ‘How to apply’. If you wish to study in Ireland for less than 3 months you should apply for a ‘C study visa’. If your course lasts longer than 3 months, you should apply for a ‘D study visa’. Generally speaking, the duration of a ‘C study visa’, is not extended once you have arrived in Ireland. Extensions will be granted in exceptional cases only. It’s very important, therefore, to make sure you know the duration of your course before you apply for a visa. Further information on how to apply to extend a student visa is under ‘How to apply’ below.

You will need to provide the following with your visa application. (Please remember, original documents are required and must be in English or accompanied by a notarised translation):

  • Letter of acceptance from a recognised school/college/university in Ireland confirming that you have been accepted on a course of study. This course of study must be full-time (lasting an academic year) and have a minimum of 15 hours per week study time.
  • Evidence of your academic ability to pursue the chosen course through the English language (unless it is an English language course).
  • Evidence that the fees for the course have been paid in full.
  • Evidence that you have enough funds (€7,000) to maintain yourself for the initial part of your stay.
  • Evidence that you or a sponsor have access to at least €7,000 for each subsequent year of your studies, in addition to the course fees for each of those years.
  • Evidence that you have private medical insurance .
  • An explanation of any gaps in your educational history.
  • Confirmation that you intend to return to your country of permanent residence when you leave Ireland.

Remember, the granting of a student visa to study in Ireland does not confer the automatic right of anyone to join or visit you in Ireland (whether they are a relative or not).

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Ireland Government
Masters Degree

Deadline: 29 Jan 2017 (annual)
Study in: Ireland
Course starts: October 2017

Brief description:

Government of Ireland International Scholarships are intended to support suitably qualified Master’s candidates pursuing or intending to pursue full-time study in any discipline, based in an Irish HEI.

Host Institution(s):

Accredited Ireland Higher Education Institutions

Field(s) of Study:

Any discipline, based in an Irish HEI.

Number of Awards:

No Specified

Target group:

Open to international students from any country

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The total value of the scholarship will be up to a maximum of €24,000 in any approved year and will consist of a maintenance award of €17,000 per annum, a contribution to fees, including non-EU scholarship fees, paid to the HEI up to a maximum of €5,750, and eligible direct research support expenses to enable the Scholar to carry out the research project.

Eligibility:

Scholars must be full-time students affiliated with an eligible HEI in Ireland. Scholars must have a first class or upper second-class honors primary degree, or the equivalent. If examination results are not known at the time of application, the Council may make a provisional offer of a Scholarship on condition that the Scholar’s undergraduate degree result is a first class- or upper second-class honors, or the equivalent. Masters degree results may be considered to take precedence over the results of the primary degree.
At the time of application, scholars must be a new entrant to the degree for which they are to receive Council funding and have been formally accepted by the relevant department/school by, at the latest, 1st October 2017.

Application instructions:

Applications will only be accepted through the electronic submission system. In advance of the e-system, and as an aid to preparing an application, an indicative word document version of the application form is provided below.

Irish versions of the Guide for Applicants, Academic Supervisor, Referee and (where relevant) Enterprise Mentor forms will be available in due course. All electronic applications must be submitted via the e-system by 29 January 2017.

European Union
Masters (MS) Degree

Deadline: varies
Study in: European Countries
Course starts: Aug-Sept 2017

Brief description:

The Erasmus Mundus Scholarships, funded by the European Union, are exclusively awarded to students coming from both EU and non-EU countries that have been selected to attend one of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Programmes at Masters Level.

European University Scholarship Program

European Universities/Institutions participating under approved Erasmus Mundus Action Joint Programmes.

Field(s) of Study:

About 117 Masters Courses are supported by scholarships. The field(s) of study covered are: Agriculture and Veterinary, Engineering, Manufacture and Construction, Health and Welfare, Humanities and Arts, Science, Mathematics and Computing, and Social Sciences, Business and Law.

Number of Awards:

No Specified

Target group:

Category A Scholarships: Nationals from another country than the European Union Member States and Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein all together.
Category B Scholarships: Nationals from the European Union Member States, or from Switzerland, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The programme offers full-time scholarships and/or fellowships that cover monthly allowance, participation costs, travelling and insurance costs of the students. Scholarship amounts can vary according to the level of studies, the duration of studies, and the scholar’s nationality (scholarships for non-EU students are higher than for EU students).

Eligibility:

Please note that each Erasmus Mundus Joint Programme defines its own selection criteria and admission procedures.

Application instructions:

The next application round for courses starting in the academic year 2017/2018 will start to open in the last quarter of 2017.
Deadline varies depending on the programme but falls around December to January.