Studying in Ireland
In light of St. Patrick’s Day, we thought it’s about time we provided you with some information on studying in the green part of Britain. So before you begin covering yourself in shamrocks, let us introduce you to some significant differences between the English and the Irish education system.
Ireland has seven universities, 14 institutes of technology and another seven colleges of education. Whilst this may seem like a fairly small number compared to the UK, you can still choose from more than 5000 different courses.
Moreover, studying in Ireland is a little cheaper than it is over here. If you’re applying for a full-time undergraduate course for the first time, EU students are charged a €3000 student contribution, but there’s a good chance the actual tuition fees will be covered by the Higher Education Authority. However, tuition fees vary depending on the programme and the institution you choose. And as it looks like UK students won’t be part of the EU for much longer, be prepared to pay for your education yourself in future, as non-EU students are not eligible for ‘free’ education in Ireland.
Similar to UCAS, applications for Irish universities are managed by the Central Applications Office, whilst the decision of whether to accept you or not still lies in the hands of the institution you apply for. Deadline for applications is the 1st February, for late applications it’s the 1st May.
To help international students settle in, Irish universities hold orientation sessions at the beginning of each year.
Housing works pretty similarly to English universities: whilst many unis offer on-campus accommodation, this can be quite expensive and in high demand. Alternatives are staying in a more independent, rented accommodation or with a host family. There are a lot of websites that can help you find the right place to stay.
If you’re interested in experiencing the Irish culture, which is famous for its writing and performing arts, living in one of the friendliest countries in the world and joining one of the world’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland might be just the right place to go for you!
- By Pia Schumacher