Higher education in Ireland consists of universities, institutes of technology, colleges of education, and specialist colleges. Side by side with technology courses, the institutes of technology cover a wide range of vocational programs in subjects including hospitality, healthcare, media, textiles, etc. Specialist colleges on the other hand offer courses in a single subject area. However, overseas education in Ireland attracts a major chunk of Indian students in literature, technology, communications, history, and environmental studies.

Plenty of scholarships 
Many scholarships and fellowships are available from the Irish government and institutions and various international organizations for international students, depending on your field of study and the programme you plan to pursue. Most major programmes also offer scholarship opportunities and financial planning assistance, which can help offset costs. Some institutions also offer scholarships directly, but these are limited and highly competitive.

Education and stay is affordable 
Ireland is one of the best value for money overseas education destination. Fee for many programs is inclusive of tuition, housing, insurance, and various cultural activities and educational tours. Tuition rates, living costs, and other recurring costs are largely lesser than those in the US and the UK. In addition, most programs are only a year-long rather than two, reducing the cost of earning a degree to almost half.

Great work opportunities and industrial exposure 
Ireland is one of the best performing economies in Europe and has ample job opportunities for skilled English-speaking workers in various sectors—students or graduates alike. It is ideal for supporting yourself while you study and at the same time gain industrial exposure in the field of your study. If you are on a bachelor level course, you can work for up to 20 hours a week during term-time and 40 hours per week during holidays. Furthermore, you can extend your stay by a year following the completion of your degree to seek employment and apply for a work permit.


The general criteria to get admission in Ireland Universities are mentioned below:

English Requirement

Most universities require a minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS score for UG and 6.5 or above for PG programmes.

Universities also accept equivalent PTE Academic scores: 51-58 for UG and 59-64 for PG.

Universities also accept Internet based TOEFL (iBT) a minimum score of 90


Most universities require a minimum 12 years of elementary and secondary education. However, your academic credentials must be very impressive.

Minimum aggregate marks of 65% in 12th grade.

Mathematics in class XII (a prerequisite for some sciences and technology courses).

Minimum required IELTS/PTE Academic scores.


For Masters in Ireland most universities require a qualification equivalent to the Irish bachelor’s degree, which requires 16 years of formal education. It would mean another year of education after Indian bachelors or a four-year bachelor’s degree course like B.E., B.Tech. or other such courses.

First-class in undergraduate level degree.

Mathematics in class XII (a prerequisite for some sciences and technology courses).

Minimum required IELTS/PTE Academic scores.

Relevant work experience (some universities require this for courses like MBA).


Under Ireland’s Third Level Graduate Scheme, students who have studied in Ireland and completed a recognised degree, such as bachelor’s degree, post-graduate diploma, master’s or an MBA from an Irish higher educational institution may remain and work in the country after their studies. The institution they studied must be listed with an Irish degree awarding body (overseas accreditation will not be accepted). This allows eligible graduates to remain in Ireland for 24 months to seek employment. They can work for up to 40 hours per week, and apply for a further work permit or a green card during this period.