Study in Ireland

How I studied at the University of Ireland

The fact that Irish universities are highly valued among employers - at the level of English ones, also played a role, and the cost of training here is several times lower. I chose University College Dublin for my studies. I have always been interested in science and its practical application, but here - just imagine! - there are 20 research centers on the territory of the college, in which students work hand in hand with their teachers. Is this not a real European education?

Tuition fee - 6000 euros per year. You can get a scholarship from a university and study for free, but for this you need to start preparation almost from grade 5. I managed to jump on the outgoing train and entered here on a paid basis. Documents for admission here are submitted a year earlier than the start of classes. In general, it is better to attend to this issue a year and a half before admission, in the spring. It is during this time that most Irish universities accept applications.

Training System

The stages of training and their order are similar to those that were recently adopted in Russia. 3-4 years you study for a bachelor of science, then you enter a magistracy. After that, higher education is considered complete, but if you want to build a scientific career, you can go to graduate school. After leaving school, the Irish take a module of 6 academic subjects, in two of which they must have the highest marks. According to the results of the exam, they are enrolled in universities. With foreigners, things are a little different. For admission, you need to write a motivational essay - on several sheets of English text, prove that you are the one who deserves a place at the university, and explain why you so want to study here. You need a Russian certificate translated into English, diplomas, certificates - any evidence confirming your progress, a certificate of passed the international test of English IELTS with a mark of at least 6.5 points. Well, do not forget that this is Europe - you need a certificate of the state of your account so that the management is convinced that you have something to pay for your studies and have something to live in a foreign country.

I didn't succeed in passing the English language for the required grade - only half of the point was not enough. But in order not to waste this year, I enrolled in college preparatory courses, they cost 9000 euros a year. There I seriously improved my English and some basic disciplines. Based on the results of the courses, I was enrolled in college without additional tests. By the way, they say that the Irish have a terrible accent, and it is impossible to speak English with them. In fact, this is an exaggeration - there is an accent, but it is very small and does not interfere with understanding of speech. By the end of the last semester, I realized that I had imperceptibly adopted it from my classmates.

Learning process

As in Russia, the academic year in Ireland is divided into 2 semesters with holidays in between. Training is conducted in English, so it is simply impossible not to learn it in the first couple of months. As in other countries, Irish students decide for themselves which subjects they need and are most important. There are 2-3 fundamental subjects per semester, the rest of the study modules must be chosen by yourself. It is very interesting to study here - many lessons from teaching theory turn into a discussion between students and professors. By the way, the teachers here are respected people with big salaries, so you will not find a professor here who is negligent in his duties. Scientific centers on the territory of the college allow you to immediately apply all the knowledge gained in practice. This is a mini-analogue of Silicon Valley - everyone here is constantly running somewhere, inventing something, conducting experiments and even opening their own startups. Of course, at first I had a lot of questions - a tutor helped to deal with them. This is the mentor that has been assigned to every freshman. His responsibilities even included individual lessons with me in the subjects of the program!

Accommodation cost

When choosing a place of residence, I had the opportunity to go to an Irish family - to be a guest there for a small fee of about 100-150 euros per week. But I chose a student campus - there is more intensive language practice, and it is more fun to live with peers. I lived in the same apartment with 5 guys - yes, it was a bit crowded ... True, each had his own bedroom. But a real international got along: Ukrainian, Indian, Englishman, Czech, Spaniard. We all became good friends. The cost items also include electricity, heating, internet, study materials - this is about 250 euros per week. There are a lot of student canteens and cafes on campus with delicious and inexpensive food - it took about 70-80 euros per week, and you could not cook at home.


The two main purposes that require a long-stay visa to Ireland are study and work. Until 2006, the Irish consulate issued different categories of permits, but today they are combined into one. The only remaining difference is the package of papers confirming the purpose of the trip, and I must say that it is impressive.

Is it easy to get the travel documents?

Obtaining a student visa to Ireland is not too difficult. You will need to provide a set of papers confirming travel to study and the availability of money to pay for courses, housing and other needs. Foreign students are allowed to work only when studying in long-term academic programs with qualifications, and no more than 40 hours per week.

But with a work visa, everything is more complicated. The Irish side offers a number of options for those wishing to work for its benefit, and not everyone will be able to meet the conditions. The main nuance is that a potential guest worker will have to obtain a work permit, and it will be issued only to those who can prove their worth as an employee. Citizens of the European Union and Switzerland do not need this - they are subject to visa-free schemes, which are much simpler and more loyal.

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What to remember if you plan to stay in the country for a long time?

A long stay in Ireland requires strict adherence to all visa regulations. Renew the permit on time - the conversation with the violators is short and consists of one word "deportation". For conscientious foreign workers, the consulate will provide up to 3 years of an additional visa validity period, and after the 5-year period, you can count on lifting the restrictions on the validity of the visa and work permit.

The cost of the initial permit is 500 euros for a half-year version and 1000 euros for paper, which gives the right to work in the country for up to 2 years. An extension for up to 3 years will cost 1,500 euros, and in the future, you will be given an unlimited permit free of charge. For a number of professions, work permits are not issued, and to find out exactly if you are not subject to restrictions, it is worth taking a look at this page.

The spouse and children of a foreign worker have the right to visit 3 months after starting work in Ireland. You send them an invitation, and with a high degree of probability it will be satisfied - however, they cannot work on a guest visa. In order for family members to have the right to work, you need to have a work permit valid for more than 12 months or a green card, as well as apply for a visa for close relatives for family reunification.

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Study in Ireland: the best European courses, prestigious schools and universities

Studying abroad has been very popular in recent years. Parents do their best to give their children the best possible education. For young citizens of our country, this is a ticket to a bright future. Well, for people who have already taken place, studying abroad is a desire to continue their education, including for the development of their own business, entering the international arena.

When the decision is made, the question arises about the place of further training. Among the most popular are universities in America and Canada. However, these are far from the only options. Foreign students and schoolchildren can go to other countries to receive quality education that will open the door for them to a world of career prospects and opportunities.

If we talk about education in Europe, it is worth paying attention to educational institutions in Ireland. There are excellent options here, both language courses and secondary educational institutions and universities.

In Ireland, you will be taught by world-renowned writers and politicians, Nobel laureates in a variety of industries. The main thing is that education here is highly valued all over the world - children who graduated from Irish high school easily enter universities in other foreign countries, and graduates of Irish universities are highly valued among employers of the best companies in the world labor market. Having a diploma from a university in Ireland will open any door for you or your child, you can study or work wherever you want.

Ireland is recognized as one of the friendliest countries in the world and educational institutions in Ireland are in demand among applicants from all over the world.

The modern education system consists of 3 levels:

  • primary for children from 5 to 12 years old;
  • secondary consists of 2 levels of 3 years each: junior and senior;
  • higher or special (colleges and universities).

Secondary education in Ireland

If you are interested in the best European private schools, Irish boarding schools are definitely worth a look. Boarding schools in Ireland offer quality European education for children from around the world. Studying here is an interesting educational and cultural program and modern teaching methods. Many people think that the Irish secondary education system is no different from the British, but this is not the case. There are some peculiarities here.

Irish boarding school students start at 12/13 and can study here for six years. The two main exams children take in secondary schools in Ireland are the Junior Certificate (at the end of the 3rd year of study at the age of 15/16) and the Leaving Certificate (the equivalent of an A Level at the end of the 6th year of study). After the Junior Certificate, students move on to the fourth year of school, which is called the Transition Year. A Comprehensive Career and College/University Preparation Program is an integral part of the Transition Year at Ireland's top private education institutions. Schools in Ireland offer fantastic value for money. International boarding schools welcome international students. Children can choose up to 8 subjects, although only 6 of them can be considered for admission to Irish universities.

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Studying in Ireland is an excellent prospect for obtaining a prestigious English-speaking education recognized in Europe, Canada, and the USA. First of all, we are talking about the sphere of high technologies; Ireland is the largest IT center in Europe. Here are the offices of leading companies - Apple, Cisco, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, HP, Dropbox, etc.

Rapid economic growth (the phenomenon of the "Celtic Tiger"), a respectable image of the state, a European standard of living make higher education in Ireland attractive for foreigners.

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Study in Ireland

The name of the country comes from irl. Éire is the state. In the north, Ireland shares a border with Great Britain, which significantly influenced the spread of the English language and the imposition of the British education system. These lands are timeless. They are so ancient and mysterious that even the most implausible stories can turn out to be true. A land where legends, myths and stories about sorcerers explain more than historical facts.

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reasons to go to study in Ireland:

1 British education system. Ireland's proximity to England has significantly influenced the spread of the English language and the establishment of the British education system, thanks to which Irish schools and universities enjoy well-deserved recognition throughout the world.

2 Easy to go to university. For an Irish university, a Russian certificate of secondary education and the results of the TOEFL or IELTS test for knowledge of English are enough.

3 Ireland is the world's top software exporter after the United States. It is here that the largest European offices of global campaigns are located: Google, IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, Intel, etc. After graduation, the graduate will have the opportunity to do an internship or get a job in one of them.

4 Favorable visa regime. It is much easier to obtain a study visa to Ireland than to the USA, Great Britain or Australia and there are usually no refusals.

5 Beautiful nature and perfect ecology.

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