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Study in Ireland: Tuition Fees & Scholarships

How much you pay for tuition in Ireland depends on your passport. If you are from the EU, the EEA, Switzerland or the UK, then you will pay fees at the same rate as Irish citizens. These fees are set at approximately €3000 ($3530) by the Irish government. If it’s your first degree, and as long as you aren’t repeating a year or a semester, then your fees will be paid by the HEA (Higher Education Authority). Irish tuition fees are regulated by the Department of Education and Skills. 

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If you’re from outside of Ireland and the EU/CTA-related bloc, then you will need to pay your own fees. The HEA won’t help you. Fees for international students from outside of the EU, the EEA, Switzerland and the UK are not set nor regulated by the Irish government. 

Fees vary greatly, from between €9900 ($11,670) up to €34,000 ($41,000) depending on the course, the level of study and the length of the program. Undergraduate fees are payable annually or in per-semester instalments. Postgraduate fees are generally charged as a one-off cost as postgraduate programs are normally one year. 

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This means that, for undergraduate students, Ireland is usually more affordable than the UK. However, Ireland can be just as expensive as the UK, and even some US schools, when it comes to postgraduate education. 

Ireland’s higher education star is on the rise, propelled by the likes of Trinity College Dublin, the RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences and University College Dublin. Therefore, it’s not difficult to find domestic and international scholarships. Individual schools often award their own scholarships based on academic merit and potential and, in some cases, on the basis of nationality. As Ireland is becoming a more popular destination for international students, and is seeking to attract more as well, the number of scholarships related to higher education studies in Ireland grows almost every year. You can find a full, up-to-date list of all available scholarships here.

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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 & Permits

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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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: 29 Jul 2021


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