Ireland Education - FAQ's

  • International students who have been approved to study in higher educational institutions can support themselves financially by working part time during studies.
  • Students can work part time and full time during their holiday period.

Yes, a small number of scholarships are provided by the institutions and each university have set their own criteria for the scholarships.

The cost of living depends upon the kind of accommodation, institution and the city you choose to pursue your education and the personal expenditure of the student. An average of €6000 to  €11000 per year is spend by a student depending upon his location and lifestyle.

The minimum required score for the TOEFL test is usually 570 (paper-based) or 90 (Internet-based).

Yes, Irish students must also take up IELTS and should score a minimum of 6.5 to qualify for higher education in Ireland.

An Irish medical card allows its citizens to avail: Free GP services, Prescribed drugs and medicines (some prescription charges) apply, Inpatient public hospital services, outpatient services, Dental optical and aural services, Maternity and infant care services, Some personal and social care services, like public health nursing, social work services and community care services.

In case, you are not applicable for a medical card you can avail the GP card for similar services.

You are eligible for an Irish medical card depending upon your income that entitles you to avail full range of medical services at no cost.

  • You are entitled to receive the same level of health care schemes as that of Irish citizens if you are a European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland nationality, or you are normally resident in Ireland.
  • A person of any nationality who is an ordinary citizen of Ireland and is accepted by the Health Service Executive (HSE) can avail health services.

The following are the requirements under Irish healthcare regulations for non-EEA students:

  • A basic policy covering emergency medical expenses, e.g. cover in the event of an accident requiring hospitalization must be possessed by non-EEA students.
  • Proof of insurance is required at the time of registration with immigration authorities. For short-term students and newly arrived first year students, travel insurance may suffice in some circumstances.
  • Under EU / EEA regulations students from other member states who are attending a course of study are entitled to medical services in Ireland.
  • You must provide the Irish health authorities the documentation from your home country that validates your entitlement for your eligibility to these services.

National Framework of Qualification are awarding bodies which issues awards to recognize your learning.

An acceptance letter must be obtained from your choice of university/college or institution.

The candidate (student) must obtain a letter stating that the he/she has enrolled for a course of full-time education involving a minimum of 15 hours organized daytime tuition each week.

No. You are not supposed to pay your tuition fees in cash. If the college asks for cash payments, the matter must be reported to the immigration services.

The tuition hours must be 9am-5pm Monday to Friday which involve tuition on at least 3 of those days. The minimum level of attendance required for the course is 85%.

If you are a non-EEA national coming to study in Ireland you must be enrolled in a full-time course on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP).

Yes, all international students and citizens must register with Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) after arrival and after completion of registration at your third level institution.

You are required to have two identification forms. It’s the duty of Irish banks to establish your identity and verify your address. You cannot use same document as proof for both identity and for verifying your address.

European students who possess EHIC are entitled to public health services in Ireland.

International students can receive their visa only if they possess medical insurance.