Top universities, scholarships, living costs, jobs and much more!
While universities in the US have accepted fewer international students this year, European universities are making hay and are attracting bright students from all over the world. Correspondingly, we have registered a surge in the number of students inquiring about universities in UK, France, Germany and Ireland.
Ireland is a country of extraordinary tales, epic battles and the legendary Vikings—all set in a Game of Thrones-esque backdrop. But it is also an English-speaking country with a rich history of education driven by venerable universities that are on the top of their field in areas of health sciences, IT, media, agriculture, textiles, marketing and more. Let’s take a look at the top four universities of Ireland, their eligibility criteria and application process. We will also explore scholarship opportunities, living costs and job prospects as we go along.
Trinity College Dublin
Established in 1592, Trinity College is located in the heart of Dublin, the city’s cultural and commercial centre. Trinity has 25 schools offering degree and diploma courses at both graduate and postgraduate levels. Ranked 88th in the QS World University Rankings 2018, the alma mater of Nobel laureates like William Campbell and Erwin Schrödinger, and of celebrated writers like Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde, Trinity promises to be an unforgettable academic experience.
Courses such as clinical psychology, dental science, modern languages and MS Economics, MSc in International Business, etc. are popular with international students. Yearly UG course fees lie between €18,860 (for Business/Humanities/Law) through €24,695 for Engineering to €45,000 (for Dental Science/Medicine).
The government of Ireland offers non-EEA students a scholarship award of €10,000 for studying in Irish universities. Additionally, Trinity offers a €5000 scholarship for Indian students applied as a reduction to full-time UG course’s tuition fee. Find out more about eligibility criteria and how to apply here.
University College Dublin
Located in a sprawling 133-hectare campus in Belfield, UCD is Ireland’s largest university with 32,000 students and 1,482 faculties. It was established in 1854 and currently has six colleges and 37 associated schools offering a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Vastly popular with international students, University College ranks no. 1 in Ireland in terms of employability of graduates. Courses such as MIM, MSc Computer Science, MS Applied Mathematics, MSc Economics are preferred by Indian students. A GRE score of 300 or above is enough to make it to any of these highly employable programs. Course fees per year are around €14,000 for UG courses and around €24,000 for PG courses.
Scholarships like the Global Excellence Scholarship offers up to 100% tuition fee funding to eligible students. Check out scholarship options at UCD. Discover more about UCD’s course fees, academic programs, student clubs and campus life here.
National University of Ireland, Galway
NUI is located in Galway, the festival city of Ireland. Established in 1849, the university comprises five colleges and several research institutes. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in health sciences, creative arts, management, business, law and engineering. International students constitute 12% of its student population.
MSc programs in Computer Science, International Management, Regenerative Medicine, Biotechnology, Data Analytics and Cancer Research are popular among Indian students. Tuition fee varies from €12,000 (for Business/Arts/Law) to €15,500 (for Science/Engineering) per year. Additionally, you can expect to incur the monthly cost of living to the tune of €1000.
Discover more about NUI Galway here.
University College Cork
University College Cork is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland, Cork. Established in 1849, it is presently one of the leading research institutions in Ireland. It offers various undergraduate and postgraduate courses through its four colleges: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences; Business and Law; Science, Engineering and Food Science; and Medicine and Health.
Out of UCC’s 20,000 scholars, 3000 are international students. Yearly UG course fee lies between €12,500 (for Arts/Social Science) through €22,000 for Engineering to €45,000 (for Dental Science/Medicine).
Discover more about University College Cork here.
What after course completion
The job market in Ireland is booming especially in computer science, IT and business sectors. International students enrolled in full-time courses at Irish universities can earn while they learn for 20 hours (during classes) and 40 hours (during holidays). Post-course completion, a non-EEA student is required to obtain an employment permit to continue living and working in Ireland. Graduates with critical skills and good English language find it easy to get a job of their liking. Find out more about working in Ireland here.
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