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Famous for Guinness, greenery and great craic, Ireland is a great destination in which to study a postgraduate degree. Many Irish universities are highly ranked at world level, and with its European air but English language, Ireland is a popular destination for international students.

The majority of institutions in Ireland focus around the three main cities – Cork, Galway and, of course, Dublin, but wherever you choose, you’re guaranteed a great education.

Population: 4,576,000

Education overview

There are several different types of higher education institutions in Ireland, from technical colleges to universities and private institutions. Many students choose to study in Ireland for the tuition fee rates, which are generally cheaper than the rest of Europe.

The types of institution that you can study at include:

  • Universities – Ireland is home to seven universities, with a further two in Northern Ireland
  • Institutes of technology – Offer higher certificates, Masters and Doctoral programs in technical industries
  • Colleges of education – Teacher training institutions
  • Private colleges – Vocational programs for industries such as catering, law and art

The entry requirements for getting into postgraduate study in Ireland depend on the course, institution and type of study you want to do. Masters generally take between 1-2 years to complete, while a PhD can take up to five years to finish.

Immigration and visas in Ireland

EU students are able to come and study in Ireland providing you are studying at an approved institution for more than three months and have sufficient income to support yourself. Non-EU students will need to apply for a visa dependent on their nationality. You will generally need to show the following, regardless of your nationality:

  • You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
  • You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa
  • You have paid all relevant visa fees
  • You have sufficient funds to support yourself
  • You have comprehensive health insurance cover

Life in Ireland

Ireland is a beautiful country with friendly people and a strong social scene. Student life in Ireland will revolve around good craic, loosely translated as having fun. Dublin is Ireland’s capital and major city, and is a popular destination with both tourists and students. You can expect to spend plenty of time in pubs sipping pints of Guinness in Dublin.

Outside of the major cities, Ireland is home to lots of rural countryside. It’s well worth taking the time out of studying to visit the country’s villages, where you can take part in adventure activities like windsurfing, hang-gliding, rock climbing or trekking.

Working in Ireland

Ireland’s economy has struggled in recent years due to the recession and downgrading of the Euro, but the country’s government is looking at ways to develop growth. Popular industries for the Irish economy include services, textiles and chemical production, while trade and exportation for a big part of Ireland’s GDP.

Many large multinational companies have offices in Ireland, attracted by its geographical location, low taxes and English language. Companies such as IBM, Microsoft and Intel all have offices in Ireland.


Accommodation costs in Ireland depend on where you choose to live and the standard of housing that you are happy to live in. There are two main types of accommodation open to postgraduate students in Ireland:

  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence
  • Private accommodation – such as house and flat rentals

Many postgraduate students will opt to live in private accommodation, although halls of residence are good for meeting fellow students and settling into university life more easily.

Climate in Ireland

Ireland’s climate can be summed up as mild and moist. The country generally has warm summers and mild winters, with the hottest summer months falling between June and August and winter at its coldest between December and February.

Extreme weather in Ireland is rare, although the country does experience plenty of rain due to its location on the Atlantic coast.


It is very easy to get around Ireland and Irish cities with public transport, with major roads linking Dublin with all the other main cities, as well as dedicated passenger railway routes between them too.


The currency of the Ireland is the Euro.

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