Ireland has a long and honorable tradition in education. As a result of a sustained investment on education, Ireland now has one of the highest educational participation rates in the world. 81% of Irish students complete second level and approximately 50% go on to higher education. This dynamic educated population has made its mark at home and abroad with international companies looking to Ireland for hiring graduates for top notch positions. Education is considered as a fundamental right under the Irish constitution. In recent years, the focus has expanded to include pre-school education and adult and further education as the concept of life-long learning becomes reflected in the education opportunities available within the Irish education system.
The third level education is highly competitive in Ireland. Students compete for entry based on results achieved in their previous qualifications. Students are graded on their best subjects’ scores. Entry requirements for courses may vary from year to year, depending on the number of places available and the number of applicants, thus there exists a great deal of competition for securing their admissions.
Attend upper secondary school in Ireland and complete the Leaving Certificate Examination with Irish students. This route is chosen by a number of students who commonly take the examination in conjunction with English language tuition.
Undertake recognized public examinations in their own countries. This is a more common route and it is essential that every applicant check that the educational qualifications she/he is presenting are adequate to satisfy entry requirements. To have a realistic prospect these results should be very good, e.g. for medicine 3 good ‘A’ Level passes (grades A/B) or the equivalent, in relevant subjects are required. The minimum requirement for most degree level programs is 3 grade ‘C’s at A level or equivalent. If there is any doubt about the acceptability of an applicant’s qualifications, clarification should be sought in good time from the particular third level institution.
As English is the language of instruction at all Irish Institutions of higher education, students must demonstrate a proficiency in English to be accepted for a third level program. Generally, the required minimum score in TOEFL is 550 but this varies from course to course and institution to institution. Many universities and colleges provide English Language training programs for intending students. Furthermore, there are over 150 private English language training schools throughout the country, which run both short and long-term courses.
Before embarking on the application procedure it is essential to gather as much information as possible about the course of study you are planning to take and the institution you are planning to attend. Once you are thoroughly satisfied with your choices you have made, you will need time to gather the necessary paperwork, arrange accommodation, visa, funding etc. It is advisable to begin the application process as early as possible from the date of your proposed arrival in Ireland.
International students coming from a state other than the EU should contact the Irish diplomatic mission in their home country.
Highbrow International has a team of experts to guide you for your Irish study visa application and its particular visa requirements which in fact vary from case to case.