A Concise Feature – Study in Ireland
Universities, Colleges and Programs in Ireland
Higher education in Ireland consists of universities, specialist colleges (offering courses in a single subject area), and institutes of technology. Ireland’s seven public universities are all ranked within the world’s top 700 in the 2012/13 QS World University Rankings, as is one of the 14 institutes of technology. Three make the top 200: Trinity College Dublin (TCD) at 67, University College Dublin (UCD), 131, and University College Cork, 190.
Ireland also has seven private-sector colleges, ranging in size from the tiny Burren College of Art, which has only about 200 students, to the huge Dublin Business School, which has a student community of about 9,000.
Irish Higher education institutions offer degrees at ordinary and Honours Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate levels and undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas over a full range of disciplines.
Costs of studying in Ireland
The tuition fees vary from college to college or university to university and from course to course. Before deciding to study Ireland, you should ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover your costs of living. For students who require a visa, being able to demonstrate this will form part of your application. While you may be able to undertake part-time work during your time here, you should not have to rely on this income to meet all your expenses.
Precisely how much you will need will vary depending on where you are studying in Ireland, on the type of accommodation you choose and, of course, on your own personal lifestyle. But, on average, we estimate that a student will spend between €5,000 and €10,000 per year.
Estimated Living Costs for Dublin
|Rent (per week)||€127.00|
|Utilities (per week)||€31.00|
|Food (per week)||€46.00|
– Public Transport (per week)
– Taxis (per trip)
– Pub/Bar (per visit)
– Cinema (per visit)
– Restaurant (per visit)
– Mobile Phone (per week)
|Total||€274.50 (per week)|
Note: Estimated living costs for the rest of the country is generally cheaper as rent is much cheaper in the secondary cities in Ireland.
For details about the tuition fees and scholarships, visit: http://www.educationinireland.com
Prospects after studying in Ireland
CEOs of cutting edge companies reiterate that the strengths of Irish-educated graduates are crucial to their decision to establish in Ireland. These include companies like Boston Scientific, Apple, Intel, Pfizer, IBM, Citi, Facebook, Yahoo, Google and LinkedIn as well as eight of the world’s top ten ICT companies,
eight of the world’s top ten pharmaceutical and life science companies, and half of the world’s major financial services companies. Eric Scmidt, Chairman of Google, has said their decision to locate in Ireland “is everything to do with the … workforce of geographically diverse, speaking multiple languages, creative young people coming out of [Ireland’s] top universities”.
These companies don’t just focus on the science and technology graduates from Ireland – their CEOs also highly rate the Irish-educated graduates in the arts and humanities, who they regard as having the creativity, collaboration, flexibility and other core skills necessary for modern business. IMD, one of the world’s top business schools, based in Switzerland, has ranked Ireland 4th globally for the availability of skilled labour and openness to new ideas in its 2010 world competitiveness survey. A recent Europe-wide report by the European Council of Finance Ministers noted that major companies regard Irish graduates as among the most employable in the world.