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Study in Ireland: A Guide for International Students

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Discover Ireland at the University of Limerick

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Located on the edge of Europe, Ireland is an island nation with a whole lot of character. Colorfully known as the Emerald Isle, Ireland is known for its history, culture and vibrant nightlife, especially in Dublin and Cork. Ireland’s rugged coastline, rolling hills and valleys and reasonable cost of living make it a popular destination for tourists and international students alike. The fact that it is both an Anglophone country and an EU member state makes Ireland one of the more attractive study abroad destinations for many students. Most international students come from the EU, the EEA, Switzerland, the UK and North America. 

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But languages and political unions aside, Ireland is also an attractive destination in its own right. Whilst not the size of Australia or Greenland, Ireland is not a small island. This is why most people choose to see the country by driving from Donegal in the very north to Cobh in the very south, taking in this beautiful country as they do so. From the beating pulse of Grafton Street in Central Dublin to the semi-rural calm of Waterford, Ireland truly does have something to offer everyone. Ireland is also an extremely safe country. It has no recent history of terror attacks and crime is relatively low, especially compared to its next-door neighbor the UK. 

Ireland - Quick Facts & Figures




English, Irish



Area Size

84.400 km²

International students


Academic Year

September - June


Euro (€)

Calling Code


Time Zone



The Irish are renowned for their great hospitality and their even greater zest for life. Aside from spending long Atlantic summer nights by the shore and cold winter nights cosied up with mulled wine, the Irish are also famous for their ceilidhs (pronounced kay-lees). At these parties, traditional music is played, often live, while couples and pairs charge up and down the floor to the instructions of a caller. The fun and atmosphere normally carry on well into the night. Of course, Irish culture has also given the world Riverdance, the legendary stage show that started as a Eurovision interval act.

Ireland’s rich, layered cultural heritage has also given the world its signature drink: stout. Guinness isn’t the only Irish stout, there are as many varieties and flavors as you can imagine. Guinness perhaps best summarizes Ireland: it's surprising, popular and oddly intriguing.

Education in Ireland

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in Ireland? Ireland is an evermore popular destination for a variety of students, given its good programs, reasonable fees and its culture and history. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in Ireland!

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter Ireland to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizenship. Don't worry! Ireland makes it process crystal clear.

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Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Ireland.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Ireland can vary. Both international and domestic students are expected to pay tuition fees in Ireland, but these fees can vary a lot. We've put together information on how this works, and on scholarships, in this section.

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Language & Culture

Ireland is a country rich in history and culture. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more! We also talk about how to stay safe in Ireland in this section.

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Application Process

Learn more about how to apply through Ireland's national application portal, as well as the more ad hoc approach to postgraduate applications.

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Last update: 03 Sep 2021

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