Study Business in Ireland
Ireland is a North Atlantic island separated from Great Britain by the St. Georges Channel, the Irish Sea and the North Channel. Divided into two political regions--the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Ireland as a whole island belongs to the Common Travel Area and is a member of the EU. Distinctions between the two jurisdictions include currencies (Northern Ireland used the pound sterling and the Republic of Ireland uses the euro) and governments (the RI is a parliamentary democracy and NI is fundamentally governed by the United Kingdom.
What Type of Schools Offer Business Degrees in Ireland?
Currently, the Republic of Ireland has seven universities and five colleges; Northern Island has three universities, two university colleges and six colleges. Ibat College in Dublin is an example of a college offering bachelor and master degrees in business, business administration, entrepreneurship and finance/accounting. Belfast and Ulster in Northern Ireland are home to several colleges and universities that also provide a variety of undergraduate and graduate business degrees.
Be aware that higher education in the Republic of Ireland is referred to as "third-level" education rather than tertiary or college-level education.
How Long is the Academic Year? Classes begin in September and continue until May or June, depending on each school's academic calender plans. The academic year is interrrupted by several holidays recognized in Ireland, including the October Holiday, Christmas, New Years and Easter.
How Much is Tuition?
Irish and EU students may attend school under the "Free Fees Initiative" if they meet certain requirements. However, FFI students must pay registration fees amounting to 3000 EUR per academic year.
For international students, tuition costs vary among higher learning institutions and could range from 20,000 EUR ($24,000) to 35,000 EUR ($39,000) for undergraduate business degree programs that take three to four years to complete. Students must purchase textbooks and other items necessary to the program.
In addition, Ireland offers a support scheme to help students from developing countries pay for their business degrees,whereby such students need only pay EU fees. Alternately, non-EU students should seek financial assistance from their country's education department regarding scholarships and study abroad grants.
Why Earn a Business Degree in Ireland? With nearly all Irish universities rank consistently in the top five percent globally, Ireland offers students the ability to receive internationally recognized degrees in an entrepreneur-friendly environment. Moreover, Ireland is an English-speaking country (aside from regional dialects in Northern Ireland that are difficult to understand) that facilitates traveling to many places in Europe as well as finding employment in many European countries because of its centralized location.
Student visa for Ireland
If you are a citizen of the EU or EEA (including Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein), you do not need a student visa in order to study in Ireland. There are a number of other countries that do not require Irish student visas or entry visas.
The citizens of non-EEA nations who come to study in Ireland must be enrolled in a full-time course under the Degree Programme (for Higher Education) or the Language and Non-Degree Programme of Ireland.
There are two types of student visas for Ireland:
- C study visa - If you wish to study in Ireland for less than 3 months.
- D study visa - If your course lasts longer than 3 months.
Regardless of whether or not you require a student visa for Ireland, if you are a student from a non-EEA country you must report to an immigration officer upon entry into Ireland to be granted permission to enter. You must do this within the district where you intend to live.
Please note: Ireland is not a member of the Schengen Agreement. You will, therefore, still have to apply for an Irish visa even if you have a visa for a Schengen country.
You must make your visa application online using the AVATS online facility. The online visa application facility is available worldwide and must be used by all applicants.
When you have completed the online application process, you must follow the instructions on the summary application form that is created by the online system. The summary form will contain information on where you are to submit your supporting documentation. The summary form, which you must print, sign and date, must be submitted with your supporting documentation.
You can apply for a study visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to Ireland. You will need to make your student visa application at least a few months before traveling to Ireland.
Bear in mind that an Irish student visa does not automatically allow multiple entries into the country. If you think you will need to leave the country and return during your studies, you will need to apply for a re-entry visa.