Cost of Studying and Living in Ireland
Ireland uses the Euro (€) as its currency.
The tuition fees you will pay in Ireland will vary depending on where you choose to study and where you are from. Ireland operates a Free Fees Initiative for full-time undergraduate study. If you are an EU student studying at a public university, you will not pay tuition fees. If you are an EU student not studying at a public university or studying a postgraduate programme, you will have to pay fees. Even if you are not required to pay tuition fees, you will likely have to pay a registration fee of around €3,000. If you are from anywhere else in the world, you will need to pay fees no matter what level of study you are taking and where you are studying. On average you should expect to pay between €5,000 and €10,000 per year. You may be eligible for a scholarship to help finance your studies, check with your chosen institution for information.
In terms of living costs, Ireland is very similar to other European countries. If you choose to live in a bigger city, you will pay more than smaller cities and towns. On average, it is recommended that you budget for between €500 and €800 per month. This accounts for accommodation, groceries and travel. Another cost that students need to consider is health insurance. If you are an EHIC card holder, you will be able to access any healthcare you require for free. If you are not an EHIC card holder, you will need to ensure you have valid health insurance. If you already have a policy in your home country, you will need to make sure it is valid in Ireland. If you do not have insurance already, you will need to purchase a policy that will cover you for the duration of your studies. If you require guidance about health insurance, contact your institution.
Depending on where you are from, you may need a student visa to study in Ireland. If you are from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you do not need to obtain a visa. There are also a number of other countries whose citizens are exempt from needing a visa, listed on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. When you arrive in Ireland, you need to register with immigration authorities. If you are from a non-EU/EEA country or one that is not listed, you will need to obtain a visa to enter Ireland. This can be applied for online, via the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service. To apply for the visa, you will need to provide certain documents. These include a letter of acceptance, evidence of medical insurance or EHIC possession, evidence of sufficient funds (currently a minimum of €7,000 per year), two recent passport photographs, evidence of English proficiency, passport which is valid for six months beyond the end of your course. More information can be found on the Department of Justice and Equality website.
Ireland has two official languages; Irish and English. You will also hear many other different languages spoken all throughout Ireland.
There are courses offered in Irish and English, but all postgraduate courses are taught in English. If you are studying in a non-native language, you will need to provide proficiency of your language skills. If you do not meet the required standards, it is common for institutions to offer English language courses to help you improve.
Despite English being widely spoken across Ireland, learning some Irish language would be a great experience!
The capital city of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is home to over 550,000 people. The city has a turbulent history, but is a major tourist city in the present day. The centre of the city is divided into areas, referred to as Quarters. These include the Medieval Quarter, the Georgian Quarter, the Docklands Quarter, the Cultural Quarter and the Creative Quarter, among others.
Located in the city of Dublin are three public universities, Dublin Institute of Technology and several other higher education institutions. The universities are the University of Dublin, which is the oldest university in Ireland, the National University of Ireland and Dublin City University.
The capital city of Northern Ireland, Belfast is home to over 340,000 people. Historically, Belfast has been an important port and played a key role in the Industrial Revolution. It was granted city status in 1888, and has developed over time since then. Shipbuilding has always been a major industry in Belfast, with the Harland and Wolff shipyard being the largest shipyard in the world. This shipyard is also where the RMS Titanic was built before its fateful journey.
There are two universities in the city of Belfast. Queen’s University Belfast, founded in 1845, is a member of the Russell Group. Ulster University, founded in 1984, has a specific focus on Art, Design and Architecture. Also located in the city is Belfast Metropolitan College, which is a higher education college founded in 2007.