STUDY IN IRELAND :
Ireland is an island to the north-west of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth. To its east is the larger island of Great Britain, from which it is separated by the Irish Sea. Politically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland, which covers just under five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, which covers the remaining area and is located in the north-east of the island. The population of Ireland is 4,585,400 as on April 1, 2012
The island’s geography comprises relatively low-lying mountains surrounding a central plain, with several navigable rivers extending inland. The island has lush vegetation, a product of its mild but changeable oceanic climate. Irish culture has had a significant influence on other cultures, especially in the fields of literature and, to a lesser degree, science and education. Alongside mainstream Western culture, a strong indigenous culture exists, as expressed for example through Gaelic games, Irish music, and the Irish language. The culture of the island has also many features shared with Great Britain, including the English language, and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing and golf. CURRENCY OF IRELAND – EURO (EURO).
WHY STUDY IN IRELAND :
- Ireland is a part of European Union and is a very dynamic and modern country with a young population of 40% population below 25 years and one of the fastest growing economics in the world.
- One of the best education systems in Europe (2004 IMD World competitiveness Report) with a history rich in tradition and learning.
- Quality education leading to rapid growth of economy. It has 4.4% unemployment rate.
- Over 2,00,000 international students
- 1 year master’s degree.
- International Students can work Part-time (20 hrs& 40 hrs. full time during vacation/week)
- Excellent wages: € 8-9 per hr.
- Government policy on investment in research to develop Ireland as a knowledge society.
- Close links between educational institutions & thriving economy.
- Temperate climate. It rarely drops below freezing and snow is uncommon.
- An English speaking country.
- Reputation of Irish people for friendliness.
EDUCATION SYSTEM :
The Irish Education System was traditionally divided into three basis levels: Primary (8 years), Secondary (5 or 6 years) and Higher Education which offers a wide range of opportunities from post-secondary courses, to vocational and technical training, to full degree and the highest post-graduate levels
The higher education system in Ireland is broad in scope and encompasses the university sector, the technological sector, the colleges of education and private, independent colleges. The institutions which fall within the first three groupings are autonomous and self governing, but substantially state funded. Education has been a key factor in making Ireland one of the fastest growing economies in the world over the past decade.
“Cooperative Education” involves placement of students in employment relevant to their Degree programmes for six or eight months during their undergraduate studies. Some Institutions in Ireland adopts this model as an integral part of the academic program.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE :
The main intake offered by all Colleges and University is September and few Universities offer Feb Intake also.
ENTRY CRITERIA :
Overseas students wishing to study in Ireland have two options:
- Attend 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
REQUIREMENT OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE :
Generally, the required minimum score in TOEFL is 90 Internet Based Test. Many universities and colleges provide English Language training programs for intending students. Furthermore, there are over 110 private English language training schools throughout the country which run both short and long terms courses.
Students from outside the EEA – At present, students attending a full time course of at least one year’s duration leading to a qualification recognised by the Minister for Education and Science are entitled to take up casual employment (defined as up to 20 hours part time work per week or full time work during normal college vacation periods).
Non-EEA graduates and postgraduates can apply for a green card or work permit under the Third Level Graduate Scheme on completion of their studies. A person who qualifies will be granted one non-renewable extension to their current student permission for a maximum twelve month period starting on the day upon which they received their exam results. This scheme allows the person to work for up to 40 hours a week under student visa arrangements (Stamp 2) and/or to seek employment and apply for further permission to remain in the state under green card or work permit arrangements. For more information of the conditions and requirements of this scheme please visit the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website.