Study in Ireland & Visa Information

01 Aug

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.

Home to many of the world’s leading companies

Leading global MNCs call Ireland their home. In fact, globally, Ireland is the second most attractive country for FDI after Singapore. Apart from tech giants like Google, Facebook, IBM, Apple, and Twitter, 9 of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies have their main office for European operations in Ireland. This means no shortage of jobs after you complete your programme.

Education and stay is affordable

Ireland is one of the best value for money overseas education destination. Fee for many programmes 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 programmes are only a year-long rather than two, reducing the cost of earning a degree to almost half.

Plenty of scholarships

Many scholarships and fellowships are available from the Irish government and institutions and various international organisations 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.

Safe country with friendly people

Ireland has the reputation of being a safe and welcoming country to live in and study. The Global Peace Index ranked it as the 12th “most peaceful country” in 2009 and 2013. The leading travel site Lonely Planet voted it as the friendliest country in the world in 2008 and 2010.It named Dublin as the third best city in the world to visit in 2016. Irish people are renowned for their friendliness. Though they might sound a bit reserved initially, just make sure to meet them over a game of football or over a glass of Guinness.

Ireland is a cultural hotspot

You are sure to have the time of your life and come back from Ireland with an enriching cultural experience. The island has produced four Nobel Laureates in Literature; surprisingly, James Joyce, the country’s most famous literary icon never won the Noble. The streets of Dublin are steeped in art and literature. You can chat with the locals in countless taverns, visit the museums and art galleries dotting the cities, attend storytelling events, learn and play traditional Irish sports, and soak in the rich musical culture on display in countryside festivals all year long.

Explore the ‘Land of Saints and Scholars’ and beyond

For a tourist, the country can be introduced as an island nation with a rich Celtic tradition that pervades the spirit of the nation and all walks of life and a perfect blend of modernity with quaintness. Whether you’re navigating the cobblestone streets of Irish cities or out exploring the lush countryside, you are sure to find Ireland indulging and breathtakingly gorgeous. The country also serves as a perfect getaway to the UK and Europe over long weekends.


GWS is pleased to be able to support our students with applications to our education partners and the Visa application process. Student visa’s to Ireland must complete an Online Application which will then require you to submit your documents biometric information to a VFS Office.
Along with the academic and financial documents required for the visa application for Ireland, the student is required to present a signed letter of application with their full contact details which provide strong reason for wanting to come to Ireland. GWSs counsellors will be able to guide you in writing this in your own words.
Students are also required to submit a letter of acceptance or an evidence that you are enrolled on a privately funded course. Further to this, a student would be required to show the following:
• Where the course fees must be paid in full directly to the university account before applying for the visa.
• If there is a gap in your educational history, details of your activities during this period of time must also be provided, this may include short courses or employment history.
• You must show that you have the capacity to fully partake in your chosen course through the medium of English and satisfy the Visa Officer in this regard. The type of evidence required could be ILETS or PTE.
As part of the visa application process you would also need to show a range of additional documents which our counsellors would be pleased to work with you to make sure that you are successful in achieving your education goals in Ireland.
We at GWSs helps you throughout and provides you free counselling on your study abroad queries. Our dedicated team members will provide you free assistance for your study abroad options.
Contact GWS and speak to a counselor today.