Why Study in Ireland

Ireland is proving to be a top destination for Indian students who wish to study abroad, because of its research-focus, top universities, affordable education, scholarships and post-study work opportunities.

Ireland's institutions of higher education have a strong research bent, making it one of the top destinations for Indian and other international students. Over the last four years, there has been a sixty percent increase in international students heading to Ireland to study. In 2015, more than 23,000 Indians were enrolled in many of Ireland's public universities. There are plenty of reasons why Ireland is attractive as a study abroad destination for Indian students.

Innovation in Universities

In Ireland, innovation lies at the core of industrial as well as academic research. There are strong networks existing between the industry (multinationals and SMEs) and universities, which often leads to new technology developed at the universities and introduced to the public as start-up ventures. The Irish government has identified and prioritized 14 areas for research, including digital platforms, data analytics, medical devices, connected health, sustainable food production, renewable energy and others. In these and other areas, there is plenty of research opportunity in the country, and students who know this are eager to study in Ireland.

University College Cork (UCC) has recently emerged as one of the world's leading scientific research universities, ranking number 16 in the world and 52nd globally. Other universities that follow include Trinity College Dublin, Nui Galway and University College Dublin. UCC is one of the best-funded of Irish universities, winning as much as 84 million Euros of investment for research in 2013 to 2014.

Affordable Education

Studying in Ireland and lodgings during the period of study is quite affordable compared to many other overseas destinations for Indians, such as Australia or the USA. Program tuition fees range from 8,000 Euros to 22,000 Euros per year. Cost of living for Indians is around INR 5 lakh to INR 8 lakhs a year. Indians looking to study in Ireland can expect a minimum cost of INR 15 lakh a year, which is around 5 lakhs less than what it costs to study in Australia for a year.

There are plenty of scholarships, such as the series of Government of Ireland International Scholarships for Indian Students who want to study abroad in Ireland, as well as scholarships offered by individual universities. In fact, there are around 220 scholarships for Indian students alone, offered by government bodies and individual higher learning institutes as well. Criteria for these differ, depending on the institute. Students should check with the university they are applying to, for more information regarding scholarships available.

Post-Work Study Opportunities

Unlike many other countries where post-study work norms are strict, the Irish government gives international students one year stay back after they complete their studies in the country. Students can therefore seek work in dynamic sectors like medical devices, biopharmaceuticals, financial services, food sciences and other fields after their overseas education.

There are career offices in each university, where Indian students can seek help with work placements. Many institutes also hold career fairs. Some graduate programs also have work placements which are useful for international students. Academic qualifications earned at Irish universities are part of the Irish NFQ system and recognized all over the world in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Indian students can also work while studying, up to 20 hours a week while they study and up to 40 hours a week during holidays.

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