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GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by ICaSNg(f): 5:29pm On Sep 15
Hello All,

WELCOME TO IRISH STUDY VISA THREAD
==========================

I am creating this thread to answer any queries on how to get :

1. Admission offers in Ireland
2. Visa processing
3. The post study work visa types available in Ireland
4. Opportunities for IT , Engineering and Health scs Students /Graduates.

Ask me any questions on the above and I believe I should be able to provide valid information.

Cheers
Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by ICaSNg(f): 5:59pm On Sep 15
Republic of Ireland
============

The Republic of Ireland occupies most of the island of Ireland, off the coast of England and Wales. Its capital, Dublin, is the birthplace of writers like Oscar Wilde, and home of Guinness beer, it is also home to top-tech organisations such as Facebook, Google INC, PayPal etc.

Capital: Dublin
Dialing code: +353
Currency: Euro
Legislature: Oireachtas
President: Michael D. Higgins

Ireland, is the only English speaking Country in Europe asides the UK.

Is IRELAND part of the UK? No .
====================
As of today, the British Isles contain two sovereign states: Ireland (alternatively described as the Republic of Ireland) and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The United Kingdom comprises four countries of the United Kingdom: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Academics / Education in Ireland:
=====================
Unlike the UK which offers UG program for 3 years, Irish undergraduate programs last 4 years . 4 years however for a BSc honors .

However, masters (MSc/MBA,MA) is similar to the UK and duration of program is 1 year- *** Exception to Research-Masters (MRes) and few MBA programs.

Tuition fees are quite similar to the UK and living costs as well. E.G the UKVI set monthly living cost within London or close to London at £1,200 while states/counties outside London @£900+. Similarly, Dublin's expected living costs * depending on the Institution is €900 - €1200 per month.
So generally speaking, Capital cities are expensive to reside in.... If you're still in doubt ask LAGOSIANS or those living in Abuja ..lol

I'll provide more details about admission requirements later...

Cheers
Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by omio4real: 7:01pm On Sep 15
ICaSNg:
Republic of Ireland
============

The Republic of Ireland occupies most of the island of Ireland, off the coast of England and Wales. Its capital, Dublin, is the birthplace of writers like Oscar Wilde, and home of Guinness beer, it is also home to top-tech organisations such as Facebook, Google INC, PayPal etc.

Capital: Dublin
Dialing code: +353
Currency: Euro
Legislature: Oireachtas
President: Michael D. Higgins

Ireland, is the only English speaking Country in Europe asides the UK.

Is IRELAND part of the UK? No .
====================
As of today, the British Isles contain two sovereign states: Ireland (alternatively described as the Republic of Ireland) and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The United Kingdom comprises four countries of the United Kingdom: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Academics / Education in Ireland:
=====================
Unlike the UK which offers UG program for 3 years, Irish undergraduate programs last 4 years . 4 years however for a BSc honors .

However, masters (MSc/MBA,MA) is similar to the UK and duration of program is 1 year- *** Exception to Research-Masters (MRes) and few MBA programs.

Tuition fees are quite similar to the UK and living costs as well. E.G the UKVI set monthly living cost within London or close to London at £1,200 while states/counties outside London @£900+. Similarly, Dublin's expected living costs * depending on the Institution is €900 - €1200 per month.
So generally speaking, Capital cities are expensive to reside in.... If you're still in doubt ask LAGOSIANS or those living in Abuja ..lol

I'll provide more details about admission requirements later...

Cheers

Good we are expecting more from you such as ÷÷÷HOW TO STUDY , LIVE AND WORK ASWEL HOW TO SECURE VISA AND PROCESSING DOCUMENT REQUIREMENT

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Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by ICaSNg(f): 1:27pm On Sep 18
Getting Admission offer to study in Ireland
==========================

Foundation & Undergraduate
==================

For foundation/pre-bachelors programs in Business, Engineering, Sciences and Medical courses- Entry requirement is at least 5 0-level credit results (WAEC/GCE/IGCSE/NECO), this should include credits in English and MATHEMATICS. While for Medical courses, students should have exceptional results with As & Bs.

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Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by claremont(m): 1:50pm On Sep 18
Studying in Ireland is EUR 9000/year, studying in Germany is basically free. They both offer a 1 year post-study work visa afterwards. Germany is also the most productive economy in Europe with a 3.9% unemployment rate, this is lower than the UK unemployment rate which stands at 4.4%. Ireland, on the other hand, is one of the least productive economies in Europe with a 6.4% unemployment rate.

There is no reason for an immigrant to study in Ireland when Germany provides the best option in Europe.

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Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by omio4real: 3:28pm On Sep 18
Good , What are procedure for study in GERMANY?
Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by ICaSNg(f): 4:30pm On Sep 18
Yes, Germany has a Tuition-free policy, however semester charge applies. Excluding the fact that you need £9000 in a German Blocked account- Not to talk about the £3000 + for pre-sessional language classes.

This is a thread to make people more aware of the benefits of studying in IRELAND as compared to the UK.

I'll be discussing more about the 2 years work permit available to graduates of Masters program and opportunity for Permanent settlement in Future posts.

Cheers

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Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by adebunmi07: 9:24pm On Sep 18
Have been hoping to see a well detailed thread abt Ireland and really am glad I just did...
my questions
Pls how long does it take to Get ur visa granted after gaining admission and paying full tuition for masters.

What do you think of American college Dublin.

Do hair do sell well in Ireland.....

I'll be glad if my questions are been answered.
Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by ICaSNg(f): 8:48am On Sep 19
Hi Adebunmi,

Irish Study permit /Visa application takes 4 -8 weeks in Nigeria. An applicant is issued a temporary visa to enter Ireland and thereafter you process your residence / study permit card when you arrive in Ireland.


Cheers

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Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by omio4real: 9:06am On Sep 19
Am interested
Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by ICaSNg(f): 10:36am On Sep 19
Postgraduate-MSc/MA/MBA Programs (Admission process/ Requirements / Fees / Visa app /Work-permit)
=================================================================

1. Admission Requirements/Processing:
=========================
For most Universities or Averagely rated Schools, minimum grade to get admitted into a masters programme is 2:2. However, for few selected courses or programs, a 2:1 grade is required. Other requirements are listed below:
a. Curriculum Vitae
b. Statement of purpose
c. Verified O-level results / certificates
d. BSc Transcripts & Certificate
e. English proficiency test (PTE/IELTS): minimum scores for PTE is 65 while IELTS is 6.0 minimum for each band and 6.5 overall.
f. Valid traveling passport
g. Application fees (Most Universities accept application charges)

If however you are you have very low GPA or looking to apply to high-ranked Universities such as UCC, Trinity college et al, then you may have to go through a pre-masters program @ their partner foundation College or take a semester / a session pre-masters program before starting your main masters program.

As earlier mentioned, duration of a masters program in Ireland is similar to the UK; Program duration for most courses is 1 year; while few selected programs such as MRes or MBA may last 18 - 24 months.
Tuition fee is relatively similar to the UK @ EUR 10,500 to as much as EUR 22,000 (e.g UCC has fine/brilliant programs that cost as much as 22,000 euros each year).



Now ....Drum rolling....lol

Post-study work PERMIT in IRELAND (Yess O)
===========================

So Ireland is probably thanking God for BREXIT..LOL

Recently, Republic of Ireland has stepped up her game and going real in by taking opportunities- skilled graduates the UK is letting off. They've increased their post-study work permit from 1 year to 2 years for Graduates who successfully complete their masters program (Level 9).
With more companies closing shop in the UK and moving to Ireland (needless to mention Ireland remains within the EU and now only the English speaking Country in Europe), this Country provides a [b]safe Haven[/b]for businesses and more work opportunities graduates especially, in Tech, Health and Engineering;with the likes of FACEBOOK, GOOGLE, PayPal , Irish NHS, Diageo, Coca-cola, kraft foods (Cadbury) as employers of labor based in Ireland and many more moving business from the UK to Ireland .

If you are lucky to get additional 2 years of work experience in Ireland together with your post-study work visa making 4 years of practical and relevant work experience in Ireland, you are entitled to apply for Indefinite leave to Remain / Permanent Residence permit card which is 5 years and thereafter apply for citizenship....

Like I mentioned, Why spend more , when you can spend less for more opportunities....

Cheers

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Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by lovesavvi: 2:44am On Sep 23
ICaSNg:
Postgraduate-MSc/MA/MBA Programs (Admission process/ Requirements / Fees / Visa app /Work-permit)
=================================================================

1. Admission Requirements/Processing:
=========================
For most Universities or Averagely rated Schools, minimum grade to get admitted into a masters programme is 2:2. However, for few selected courses or programs, a 2:1 grade is required. Other requirements are listed below:
a. Curriculum Vitae
b. Statement of purpose
c. Verified O-level results / certificates
d. BSc Transcripts & Certificate
e. English proficiency test (PTE/IELTS): minimum scores for PTE is 65 while IELTS is 6.0 minimum for each band and 6.5 overall.
f. Valid traveling passport
g. Application fees (Most Universities accept application charges)

If however you are you have very low GPA or looking to apply to high-ranked Universities such as UCC, Trinity college et al, then you may have to go through a pre-masters program @ their partner foundation College or take a semester / a session pre-masters program before starting your main masters program.

As earlier mentioned, duration of a masters program in Ireland is similar to the UK; Program duration for most courses is 1 year; while few selected programs such as MRes or MBA may last 18 - 24 months.
Tuition fee is relatively similar to the UK @ EUR 10,500 to as much as EUR 22,000 (e.g UCC has fine/brilliant programs that cost as much as 22,000 euros each year).

Visa application:
===========
Contrary to the UK's easier visa processing and application, Ireland requires significant number of documents before your visa is approved.

Once an applicant gets an offer from an Institution in Ireland, such is required to make a minimum deposit payment (EUR 6000) to be issued a receipt (inotherwords, Confirmation of Acceptance for studies) then similar to the UK, you need to show proof of funds covering balance of your Tuition fees and amount specified by your Institution for living costs.
Living costs/ Expenses vary from EUR 7000 to EUR 11,000 for 1 year program within Dublin or outside Dublin .

Irish Visa application is a very tricky one and requires attention to details.

Applying form Nigeria is currently at EUR 100/110 and you are required to buy a courier package to deliver your passport and visa.

Applying for Irish study Visa/permit from or within the UK takes 7 -21 working days. Visa app fees is less than £60.

You can show proof of funds in your personal account or a sponsors account; whichever way, you're required to present 6 months statement of account and explain any large deposit.
You are also required to show proof of employment and relationship between you and your sponsor amongst other requirements.

Now ....Drum rolling....lol

Post-study work PERMIT in IRELAND (Yess O)
===========================

So Ireland is probably thanking God for BREXIT..LOL

Recently, Republic of Ireland has stepped up her game and going real in by taking opportunities- skilled graduates the UK is letting off. They've increased their post-study work permit from 1 year to 2 years for Graduates who successfully complete their masters program (Level 9).
With more companies closing shop in the UK and moving to Ireland (needless to mention Ireland remains within the EU and now only the English speaking Country in Europe), this Country provides a [b]safe Haven[/b]for businesses and more work opportunities graduates especially, in Tech, Health and Engineering;with the likes of FACEBOOK, GOOGLE, PayPal , Irish NHS, Diageo, Coca-cola, kraft foods (Cadbury) as employers of labor based in Ireland and many more moving business from the UK to Ireland .

If you are lucky to get additional 2 years of work experience in Ireland together with your post-study work visa making 4 years of practical and relevant work experience in Ireland, you are entitled to apply for Indefinite leave to Remain / Permanent Residence permit card which is 5 years and thereafter apply for citizenship....

Like I mentioned, Why spend more , when you can spend less for more opportunities....

Cheers

pls I want to confirm if test of English is compulsory as part of Vida application in Ireland embassy in Nigeria afta I have get admission without it.thanks

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Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by ICaSNg(f): 2:28pm On Sep 23
lovesavvi:
pls I want to confirm if test of English is compulsory as part of Vida application in Ireland embassy in Nigeria afta I have get admission without it.thanks

In a seminar I attended in Feb organised by the Irish embassy in Lagos, they stated they require it. However, if you have any additional proof asides the English test e.g A letter from your University , they may waive that as a requirement.
It is always better to provide more documents than not enough ----If you however studied in the UK, US English test is not required.

Cheers
Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by samuelkingz(m): 5:52pm On Sep 26
are there scholarship for Nigerians in Ireland just like the UK that could cover for one's tuition fees nd a lot others...thanks for the educative info so far...its been an eye opener
Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by ICaSNg(f): 11:26am On Sep 27
samuelkingz:
are there scholarship for Nigerians in Ireland just like the UK that could cover for one's tuition fees nd a lot others...thanks for the educative info so far...its been an eye opener

Hi Samuel,

Republic of Ireland also have Scholarships available to International students- Feel free to google or find offers available through:
http://scholarship-positions.com/category/ireland-scholarships/

or other scholarship/grant websites such as http://www.scholars4dev.com/
&
http://www.educationinireland.com/en/How-Do-I-Apply-/Tuition-Costs-Scholarships/Scholarships/


Individually, Irish Universities often have a percentage off Tuition fees for exceptional NON-EEAs / International students.This often range from 20% to 50% off for Bachelors and taught Masters program and a few Research Masters and PhD programs have full tuition -free offers.

Few important things to note is that- These offers are limited in number and very competitive thus, early application is encouraged.
Once you have at least a 2:1 (for BSc) or Distinction(MSc) and other outstanding extra-curricula activities highlighted in your CV and SOP, you should be ready to go.

Good-luck

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Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by ICaSNg(f): 12:06pm On Sep 27
HND Qualifications ---Do we stand a chance to study in Ireland ?
==================================================

I'll be addressing getting an admission offer in Irish Universities with a Higher National Diploma (HND) Result today.

I've received significant number of queries which includes: Can a HND graduate apply to study in Ireland? to Duration of studies for HND graduates.

Yes, as a HND graduate you can study almost anywhere in the world once you have the required funds available. Securing an admission offer for HND graduate is similar to BSc gradautes with a third class degree especially for Republic of Ireland and Canada .

Such can either opt for a top-up degree which can be between 1 to 2 years or a 1 year Postgraduate diploma (PGD) route.
Because unlike the UK, Ireland offers a 4 year undergraduate program for BSc-Honours (unlike the UK where BSc is 3 years); depending on your transcripts or grades , you can be offered 1-year top up degree or 2 years if your results are not satisfactory enough.

Some Universities however have the PGD route available to both HND qualification holders or 3rd Class BSc graduates; program duration is 1 year and you still entitled to the post-study work visa if you successfully complete your program.

FAQs
====
1. Ireland has 2 categories of BSc - Ordinary BSc- level 7 (Program duration is 3 years) and BSc Honors- level 8 (Program duration is 4 years)
Post-study work visa for bachelors degree is 1 year.

2. PGD : Postgraduate diploma in Ireland is equivalent to NFQ Level 9 similar to MA/MSc/MBA - hopefully this category is also entitled to 2 years work permit after graduation.

3. It is worthwhile to mention that studying in Ireland in terms of financial capability is similar to the UK especially when it comes to Tuition fees and living costs.
4. Tuition fees for UG programs in Ireland is between EUR 10,500 and up to EUR 35,000 per year depending on your choice of program or University.

5. Living costs is between EUR 7,000 AND EUR 11,000 depending on where your University is. If in Dublin City, you're expected to have EUR 11,000 to cover your living expenses for duration of your Postgraduate program.

Application/Admission requirements (As I've earlier stated in the Thread) is similar for either UG or PG programs :

1. CV
2. SOP
3. O-level results
4. Transcripts
5. Valid passport datapage
6. Passport photograph
7. 6-months bank statement ; Yours or your sponsor (This should show proof you have enough in Naira equivalent to cover both your Tuition fees and living expenses).
8. Application charges as stated by individual University
9. English proficiency test results *** Should be less than 2 years at the time of application---Exception however if you currently hold a bachelors degree from the UK, US or Canada.


Best Regards

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Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by adesbaba: 7:29pm On Sep 28
what is the hope fr someone with bsc accounting 2:2,tru with nysc,currently working in a bank...can he get even if its half tuition free for msc ..even if it involves writing gmat
Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by ICaSNg(f): 8:03pm On Sep 28
adesbaba:
what is the hope fr someone with bsc accounting 2:2,tru with nysc,currently working in a bank...can he get even if its half tuition free for msc ..even if it involves writing gmat

The Republic of Ireland does not require GMAT before you get an admission offer.

Kindly look read the thread and google if there are scholarships available for your programme.
Cheers
Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by dotcomnamename: 11:53am On Oct 02
Nice thread. God bless you OP

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Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by kayeyes: 12:14pm On Oct 02
Thanks for this thread @op. I did some research into schools in Ireland but almost if not all of them resume September, no January open date. Please kindly confirm.
Thanks.
Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by ICaSNg(f): 2:51pm On Oct 03
Postgraduate Diploma in International Business
11. Postgraduate Diploma in International Business and Law
12. Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance Management
Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by adebunmi07: 9:43pm On Oct 07
I think we should try and make this Ireland page much more lively and interactive like USA and CANADA page...this is too quiet for my liking. THANKS.

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Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by eldee365: 10:09am On Oct 08
Hi,
ICaSNg

Can you explain more on scholarships?
i checked out some,it was stated to be taken in Ireland, i graduated with 2.2,which of the test will back me up strongly in other to get Business related graduate scholarship(msc) ...
Thanks

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Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by frostmate: 12:25pm On Oct 08
Please how easy is it to get a job in Ireland, be it part time or full time if I were doing my studies there compared to UK, Australia or Canada.

How much is rent for a studio or one bed in Dublin? I believe jobs will be plenty there, it being the capital.

Is it possible residing outskirts of Dublin and working in Dublin?

What is transport like in and out of Dublin? Is it easily accessible and cheap? Rent should be cheaper outside Dublin in other states.
Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by kokolo3103: 7:29am On Oct 09
Good morning, new to this forum but interested in studying in Ireland based on in the interesting facts..I graduated with a 2:1 in accounting and also preparing for IELTS...What are my chances for securing scholarship there??
Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by debris: 9:33am On Oct 09
claremont:
Studying in Ireland is EUR 9000/year, studying in Germany is basically free. They both offer a 1 year post-study work visa afterwards. Germany is also the most productive economy in Europe with a 3.9% unemployment rate, this is lower than the UK unemployment rate which stands at 4.4%. Ireland, on the other hand, is one of the least productive economies in Europe with a 6.4% unemployment rate.

There is no reason for an immigrant to study in Ireland when Germany provides the best option in Europe.



Tax payment in Germany is higher than Ireland.

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Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by debris: 9:36am On Oct 09
ICaSNg:
Yes, Germany has a Tuition-free policy, however semester charge applies. Excluding the fact that you need £9000 in a German Blocked account- Not to talk about the £3000 + for pre-sessional language classes.

This is a thread to make people more aware of the benefits of studying in IRELAND as compared to the UK.

I'll be discussing more about the 2 years work permit available to graduates of Masters program and opportunity for Permanent settlement in Future posts.

Cheers



Don't mislead people €9,000 not £9,000

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Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by ICaSNg(f): 1:15pm On Oct 09
debris:




Don't mislead people €9,000 not £9,000

Apologies if you feel offended, I'll expect intelligent people to know thats a typographical error. Plus difference btw EUR 9000 AND £9000 is #70,000 so it still falls within the same bracket.

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Re: GENERAL Irish (student)visa & Work Permit-New THREAD*** by ICaSNg(f): 1:20pm On Oct 09
eldee365:
Hi,
ICaSNg

Can you explain more on scholarships?
i checked out some,it was stated to be taken in Ireland, i graduated with 2.2,which of the test will back me up strongly in other to get Business related graduate scholarship(msc) ...
Thanks

Ireland is not as generous yet as the UK-which is totally understandable, An average university in the UK gets at least 100 international students yearly thus giving few candidates 50% off their tuition fees won't be something strenuous.

I'll suggest you research Business Institutions and scholarships available to International students and requirements for application.

All the best

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