Dubbed the “Emerald Isle” due to its abundance of greenery, Ireland has a long and colorful history that stretches back millennia. Famed for its literature, music, and sporting excellence, the cultural influence of Ireland stretches far beyond its borders partly thanks to the huge Irish diaspora around the world. There is a certain romance about this proudly European nation, which attracts millions of visitors to its shores every year. Most visitors head for the capital and largest city, Dublin, yet Cork and Galway are also popular destinations for tourists and students alike.
Ireland’s popularity as an international study destination is growing every year, boosted by its world-class universities and status as the only English-speaking country in the European Union. Should you choose to stay here after graduation, multinational companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Pfizer, and Apple all have headquarters in Ireland, offering plenty of job opportunities for talented graduates.
At the most prestigious business schools in Ireland, you can expect to pay between EUR€30,000 and €40,000 for an MBA. UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School is the only triple-accredited business school in Ireland. Its full-time MBA program costs EUR€34,500. Dublin is the biggest city in Ireland and has the highest cost of living. General living expenses in Dublin for one person are around EUR€902 per month, without rent. The cost of living in Ireland’s other cities and rural areas is likely to be considerably cheaper.
Non-EU/EEA citizens must apply for a visa to study in Ireland, specifically the “D study visa.” In your visa application, you will need to provide official documents like your letter of acceptance, proof that the course fees have been paid in full, proof of sufficient funds (EUR€7,000), and proof of medical insurance. Visa application processing fees are EUR€60 (for a single-journey visa) and EUR€100 (for a multiple-journey visa). If you are a citizen of the EU/EEA (or other select countries), you do not need a visa to study in Ireland.
Non-EU/EEA students can also remain in Ireland post-graduation for employment purposes under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme. This allows non-EU/EEA graduates to stay in Ireland for up to 12 months to seek employment.
All universities in Ireland are ranked in the top 3% of institutions worldwide. Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s oldest university and also its most prestigious. Other notable institutions include University College Dublin and University College Cork. UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School is the only triple-accredited business school in Ireland and is ranked among the top 30 business schools in Europe by the Financial Times.
Many foreign nationals were drawn to Ireland after the country slashed its corporation tax to 12.5% in 1999. Tech giants Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft are four of the biggest six companies in the country, which means there are job opportunities in tech and IT in particular. The wealth of Ireland’s jobs are mostly found in its capital city, Dublin.
The number of international students in Ireland is consistently on the rise. There are currently over 32,000 international students studying in Ireland.
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