Application fees are charged by certain universities and the student needs to pay the fees
English language score is required to apply for any program in Ireland. It is a pre-condition for immigration and is a mandatory requirement while applying for the visa. The commonly accepted English scores for Ireland are IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/Duolingo English test. Duolingo English test is accepted on a temporary basis due to Covid pandemic.
Each University have their own requirements. ‘Study Ireland’ consultants will explain about the requirements in detail according to the course chosen. In most of the Universities, the minimum requirement for Undergraduate courses is 6.0 overall score in IELTS with minimum of 5.5 in each band. In relation to post graduate courses, the minimum IELTS requirement is 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.
Students can apply for the Universities without the language score card. In that case, they will be issued with a conditional offer citing ‘English language requirement’. At a later date, once they submit the score card the full offer will be provided by the University/ Institute. ‘Study Ireland’ consultants will ‘follow-up’ with the respective Universities and keep the student updated.
The tuition fees in Ireland is cheaper in comparison with other developed countries. Education system in Ireland is world class and portrayed for the research investment and grants provided by the Government to these Universities.
There are various scholarships offered by Universities & institutes. The levels of scholarships vary according to the academic merit of the students.
Some universities issuescholarship at the time when the offer is released. Some Universities might issue the scholarship at a later date for which the student needs to submit a separate application. ‘Study Ireland’ consultants will help you out with each & every aspect of the application to make sure that the student application is made without any flaws including the scholarship application.
There are various scholarships available in different Universities. Award of scholarship by the university depends on different factors which include candidate’s academic criteria, social work, experience and other factors which it deemed to be necessary.
Scholarships may be classified for EU and Non-EU students. The students from the 27 member Euro zone may apply under the EU category. The students from other countries can apply under Non-EU category. The students from India should apply under Non- EU category.
SOP is an important piece of document for a student application. It gives the ‘program co-ordinator’ an understanding of the academic back ground and interests. ‘Study Ireland’ consultants will provide with the necessary supports for preparing the SOP. We will provide several samples of ‘SOP’ where the student can take references from them and start drafting the SOP. Students need to mention about the motivation to apply for the course, interest, goals and what they want to achieve upon completion of the course.
We will make necessary changes to the ‘SOP’ and advise the student on any changes if required. Some Universities require SOP which is mandatory for application submission. Some institutes and colleges don’t require an SOP for application submission however it is always an asset for the application.
Reference letteror letter of recommendation is similar. Students need to get the LOR from the college where they had studied or from the work place. Most of the Universities require academic reference letter and it’s the preferred one. It will provide admission officers with an insight on the quality of the candidate. Universities will also send an email directly to references for verification and it’s the student’s responsibility to intimate their reference to reply to the mail.
The current visa application fee is 17,210 INR. The fee includes Multiple-entry visa category, VFS- verify and check service, courier fee and SMS fee. Additional charges are applicable if the student wants to purchase additional services from VFS which are non-essential.
Once the visa is granted and when the student is ready to travel to Ireland, they need to make sure that they have all the documents which include academics, offer letter from the college, medical insurance, bank statements and other related documents which were submitted for visa application. On the border entry point, the student may be asked to provide the documents for verification.
Once the student gets registered with the college they can request a bonafide certificate. The same certificate needs to be submitted with the local immigration office at the time of appointment. The initial visas will be only granted for a period of 3 month time and the student extend for a period of 1 year by showing the relevant documents like offer letter, bonafide certificate, bank statements and medical insurance copy. The fee payment of €300 to be made to the immigration office and the immigration residence permit (IRP) card will be posted to the students address within a month’s time. Students will get ‘Stamp 2’ visa which will be mentioned on the resident permit card.
On completing the course with the university and securing the job offer with the company, the student might be able to secure ‘General skills’ or ‘Critical skills’ employment permit. Labour market test is required before issuing the permit under ‘General skills’. In order to secure the critical skills permit, the specific occupation should be listed on the ‘skill shortage occupation list’. There are several underlying facts underthe specific job which can decide on whether the candidate will be issued with either of the permits. There are several categories of permits which our ‘Study Ireland’ consultants will be able to explain in detail.
Safety is an important aspect which the student needs to look at. Ireland is a very safe country and the crime rate is very lower compared to other European countries. It is good to take some safety precautions. It is better to avoid waking during late nights in the street and avoid having conversation with the people who are drunk.
Accommodation is the vital part for the student in making a comfortable stay for them until they completetheir studies. There are various types of accommodation which includes Homestay, co-living, private student accommodation and family sharing. Depending on the students comfort and budget, they can choose either of them for their pleasant stay.
‘Study Ireland’ team highly recommends the students to choose to live with their fellow students as the cost will be low and there are several advantages. Family sharing is where a student can live with a family and the expense is also low in this case. They will be sharing common amenities. In case of Private student accommodation, there are several accommodation providers who provide accommodation exclusively for students in an apartment style complex. It’s expensive compared to other type of accommodation.
The accommodation in the capital city is very expensive compared with other cities and remote places. Shared accommodation is one of the best ways to find an accommodation where it is cost effective as well. In case of catering, the best way to reduce the cost is to prepare food on their own.
Accommodation in capital city (Dublin) is expensive and the cost per person would be in the range of 400-800 euros per month. In other cities like Galway, Cork and Limerick the cost would be around 300-600 per month. For groceries, the cost would be in the range of 100-150 Euros per month. It’s important to make a note that, the living cost depends on the student’s way of living.
‘Study Ireland’ consultants will provide the help and reference of the students who are already in Ireland which will help in securing the accommodation easily. It’s helpful for the students as they can make the contact with them which will help them in securing an accommodation.
Major Websites where students can find accommodation: