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 Ireland's longstanding reputation for high quality education is build on a solid foundation of commitment to excellence. Today it has one of the best education systems in the world and an internationally renowned reputation for academic quality.
34 higher education institutions in Ireland offer an extensive range of over 5000 programmes leading to internationally recognised, quality assured qualifications. International students can choose to meet their education needs in highly respected business schools, centres of scientific and technology excellence as well as renowned language, humanities and arts faculties.
Ireland is one of the fastest growing destinations forInternational students in Europe. The Irish Government has made International education astrategic priority and has integrated the efforts of our Education, Industry Support and Immigration agencies,to ensure Ireland presents a warm, welcoming environment to study. Successful Irish and multi-national companies are keenly focussed on sourcing the best talent from Irish colleges with a suitable Irish qualification will give students a head start in their careers.
Ireland has seen a massive increase in demand from industry for Science & IT graduates and this
presents a huge opportunity for International Students to experience quality education and life in
Ireland, as there is a 12-month post study work permit for International Students who graduate with an
Irish qualification.

Some Key facts about Irish Institutions

  • All of Ireland’s universities are ranked in the top 5% percent globally
  • Irish qualifications are quality assured by the Irish state agency. Quality Qualification Ireland
  • Ireland’s higher education system is in the top twenty world wide
  • Hundred of scholarship awarded annually.
  • The Irish Government Investment in knowledge and higher education increased by an average annual rate of 10% in the past decades compared with EU and OECD average rate of 3%
  • At 65% percent Ireland has one of the highest educational participation rates in the world.

Everywhere you go in Ireland, you will find a genuine and deep-seated love of learning!
Ireland moves up the international research rankings!
Key Highlights:

  • Ireland is ranked 14th in the Global Scientific Ranking.
  • Ireland is ranked 7th in the 2016 Global Innovation Index.
  • Ireland is ranked 2nd for Chemistry
  • Ireland is ranked 2nd  for Nanotechnology
  • Ireland is ranked 3rd  for Animal and Dairy
  • Ireland is ranked 3rd  for Agricultural Sciences
  • Ireland is ranked 4th  for Mathematics
  • 2,081 international academic collaborations with international partners in 2015

Ireland: An English Speaking Country

While Ireland has its own language and distinct cultural identity, English is the universal spoken language.  In fact, Ireland is the only English-speaking country in the Eurozone, and that’s one of the reasons why so many multinational businesses locate their European base here.

  • It also makes Ireland a great choice for international students. English is now the global language of business. According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review more and more multinational companies, including Airbus, Daimler-Chrysler, Fast Retailing, Nokia, Renault, Samsung, SAP, Technicolor and Microsoft in Beijing, are establishing English as their common corporate language in order to facilitate communication across geographically diverse locations and business functions.
  • What’s more, it’s the language of choice in the technology world. An estimated 565 million people use  English on the internet.
  • Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature, our writers have had a ground-breaking impact on English literature, we have enriched the language with thousands of Irish-derived words and phrases and, for a small country, our authors have amassed a huge haul of literary awards.

Irish Innovative and Creative Culture

Did you know that Irish people were behind all these life-changing  inventions? The submarine, colour photography, the modern tractor, the guided missile, the nickel-zinc battery, the portable defibrillator, the Gregg system of shorthand speed writing, the modern stethoscope, rubber shoe soles, soda water, a treatment for leprosy, the aircraft ejector seat and chocolate milk!
  • Irish man Robert Boyle is known as the father of chemistry
  • Francis Rynd invented the hypodermic syringe
  • Charles Parsons developed the world's first steam turbine
  • Ernest Walton, working with John Cockcroft, became the first person to artificially split the atom


As a country they ’re an ingenious lot who punch well above their weight internationally when it comes to creativity in art, literature and music and ingenuity in science and technology.

  • In business, the Irish-French economist Richard Cantillon was one of the fathers of modern economics and monetary theory; Fyffes, with its ‘blue label’ banana, created the first and oldest fruit brand in the world, and Irish-founded Ryanair, Europe’s largest low-cost airline, brought the concepts of no-frill flights to Europe.
  • Music, song-writing and dance is in our blood. Irish music has influenced country, blue grass, folk, jazz and rock music in North America, Europe, Australia and beyond; Riverdance has given birth to a renaissance in Irish dance throughout the world, and Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest more times than any other any other country!
  • Irish writers such as Samuel Beckett and James Joyce have had a revolutionary impact on English literature, influencing writers and artists in countries and cultures across the world.
  • Irish man Philip Treacy – milliner to the rich, beautiful and famous – is one of the top hat makers in the world, having lifted hat design to an haute couture art form.
  • When it comes to technology, their achievements are just too numerous to mention…Technology from Kerry-based Altobridge enabled AeroMobile to make history when they launched the world’s first commercial in-flight mobile communications service.
  • The Irish company Daon supplies biometric software to governments around the world, allowing them to establish and confirm the unique identity of billions of people for border control and social security.
  • Technology from the Dublin company Havok allows some the world’s best-known developers to reach new standards of realism and interactivity in games from Microsoft,
  • Nintendo, and Sony…You get the picture

Ireland: A Friendly, Safe Environment

Ireland is a friendly, safe country. But don’t just take our word for it.
  • In 2010, Lonely Planet named Ireland the most friendly country in the world.
  • The Global Peace Index rates 158 nations worldwide on measures such as conflict, safety and security in society and militarisation. In 2014, it ranked Ireland the 13th most peaceful place on Earth.


  • In 2013, the OECD put Ireland in the top ten in its Better Life Index. In general, Irish people were more satisfied with their lives and had more positive experiences in a typical day than the OECD average. What’s more, the Irish scored second highest in the OECD for citizens volunteering time, giving money and helping a stranger.

The Irish have a huge maternal side and love to welcome or 'mother' new guests.  If staying with a host family, you're sure to be treated as one of the family. If not, there's always a greeting or a helping hand just around the corner.
Ireland's Higher Education Institutions are absolutely committed to ensuring that visiting students settle in to their new environment and have all the information needed for an enjoyable stay. All our higher education institutions have a designated staff member to whom international students can turn for any assistance.
Simply put, They're a friendly, welcoming bunch of people, and that's why international students get so much out of the Irish experience

Experience shows that students who attempt to apply on their own find the whole process complicated, time-consuming and daunting.  The majority of all student visa applicants get visa refusals and such refusals will stay on your record at the Irish High Commission.
This is where the visa expertise of the Riabisel Education team can make all the difference – often turning those painful refusal letters into joyous student visas!
So how long does it take to obtain your visa? Each case is different but the new systems now being operated by the Australian High Commission tend to rely very heavily on meticulous paperwork rather than interviews. Putting such documentation together can take up to 2 or 3 months – but the good news is that the Riabisel Education Visa Officers have been rigorously trained in helping you to prepare and submit such documentation.
Our visa specialists will help you to complete the visa application forms, advise you as to the bank statements you must normally provide and counsel you as to the sponsorship letters and other documentation that are vital if your application is to be successful. Where necessary we will provide you with a vigorous mock interview in preparation for what you should expect at the High Commission.
If for some reason you get a visa refusal after applying through Riabisel Education, unlike other education agencies, Riabisel Education does not close its doors to you. As long as we feel that you are genuine and still have a fighting chance, we will help you turn around the rejection.
We have a very high success rate amongst student visa applications as long as you follow our advice throughout.
Our statistics show that you are twice more likely to get a visa through Riabisel Education help than on your own and our advice to students is that no matter how confident you feel, check things through us.

Living Costs in Ireland

Before deciding to study Ireland, you should ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover your costs of living. For students who require a visa, being able to demonstrate this will form part of your application. While you may be able to undertake part-time work during your time here, you should not have to rely on this income to meet all your expenses.

Precisely how much you will need will vary depending on where you are studying in Ireland, on the type of accommodation you choose and, of course, on your own personal lifestyle.  But, on average, we estimate that a student will spend between €7,000 and €10,000 per year. 

One-Off Costs

As well as your course costs, there are other one-off costs (this means costs which you only have to pay once, not regularly) which you may have to pay if you are travelling to Ireland. Make a note of the ones which apply to you and estimate the total cost of these.

  • Visa application
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • Post/baggage to/from Ireland
  • Registration with police
  • Television
  • Mobile phone
  • Deposit for Accommodation 

Student Accommodation in Ireland

College students have a wide choice when it comes to accommodation. Some students choose to stay in on-campus accommodation, which is available in many colleges. On-Campus accommodation is always in demand it can be quite expensive and it is difficult to find. 

All universities have halls of residence, generally apartments of 4 to 8 students, with a private bedroom and shared kitchen, living room and bathroom. On campus accommodation must be paid in 2 installments, in September and in February. In most campus accommodation, it is not possible to pay your rent on a monthly basis. You will usually have to pay a deposit of one month’s rent in advance, refunded when you leave. Utilities such as heating are usually extra, although several halls of residence include heat and electricity in their initial charge and deduct payment for usage in excess of the average allowed for from the deposit when you leave Universities and colleges will have further details about their accommodation and how to apply.
Students who want to be totally independent choose self-catering, rented accommodation. Students pay their rent monthly and in advance. At the beginning of a letting period you pay a deposit of one month's rent, which will be refunded when you leave (provided you have not caused any damage to the premises). The normal length of a lease is 9 or 12 months. If you break a lease without notice or if you do not adhere to the terms of the lease, you will lose your deposit. Notice of one month should be given before you leave the premises.
Some students choose to live with a host family in their home. This way, you have your own independence but still have the home comforts (and some rules) as well as a family to help you settle in to a new way of life in a new country. Staying with a host family can be a great way for students to find their feet in a new country!
Most colleges have an Accommodation Office, a good first point of call for overseas students in their search for suitable accommodation. Accommodation can also be found through the local newspapers and estate agents in the cities.  Websites such as Daft.ie or MyHome.ie also contain a large portfolio of rental properties. It is  generally not possible to reserve long term accommodation in advance, as owners of properties will not hold rooms without payment of rent

Working in Ireleland

International students engaged in full-time study of at least one year’s duration (on a course leading to a qualification which is recognised by the Irish Department of Education and Skills currently do not need a work permit to work in Ireland.
From 1st September 2016 students holding a valid  immigration stamp 2  permission will be permitted to work 40 hours per week only during the months of June, July, August and September and from 15th December to 15th January inclusive.  At all other times students holding Immigration permission Stamp 2 will be limited to working 20 hours per week. The permission to work ceases on the expiry of the students Stamp 2 immigration permission.
Degree programme students can get casual work where they are:

  • Registered with GNIB
  • Enrolled on a recognised programme leading to a qualification recognised by the Minister for Education & Skills
  • Attending a full time programme of education at or above NFQ Level 7
  • Undertaking a minimum of 15 hours day time study
  • Getting tuition, between the hours of 8am and 6pm per week for a minimum of 25 weeks per annum
  • On a programme of at least one year’s duration

International students who meet the above conditions and wish to take up work in Ireland must obtain a Personal Public Services Number (PPS Number). An employer can only pay employees with a PPS number, and funds will usually only be paid to an Irish bank account. Students will also be required to comply with the Universal Social Contribution (USC), Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI), employment laws and taxation requirements. 
It is not uncommon to have a trial period before you are permanently hired. Ireland’s minimum wage is €9.15 per hour.


Students enrolled on courses on the Degree Programme are allowed to undertake an internship where this forms part of their programme. This is subject to the following rules.

  • The internship or work placement part of the programme cannot exceed 50% of the duration of the programme e.g. a 4 year programme would permit 2 years of work placement. In addition, the employment cannot be in a self employed capacity.
  • Work placements as part of an academic programme must form an integral part of the programme which contributes to the final award. 
  • Educational facilities must also ensure that the placements are suited to the programme being pursued.

Post Study Pathways for International Students

It may be possible to stay in Ireland after you complete your studies for the purpose of seeking employment under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme. This scheme exists to allow legally resident non-EU third level graduates to remain in Ireland in order to look for employment or apply for a green card/work permit.

  • During their approved stay under the scheme, a student can work full-time (40 hours a week).
  • The permission under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme is non renewable.
  • A student can only avail of the Third Level Graduate Scheme in accordance with the rules below. 

One Year Permission under the Third Level Graduate Scheme Permission

This allows non-EU/EEA students who have graduated from Irish higher education institutions to remain in Ireland for 12 months to seek employment.
To be eligible for a one year permission under the third level graduate scheme, a student is required to have:

  • an award granted by a recognised Irish awarding body, for example Dublin Institute of Technology, Irish universities, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Institutes of Technology with delegated authority). 
  • Students are eligible for scheme if they have a Bachelor, Master or PhD degree
  • Employers can hire graduates who are eligible to work for up to 40 hours per week.
  • You must have a valid GNIB card which will be extended for 12 months


Like it’s people, Ireland’s weather is never boring or predictable. Dancing in the rain, blowing in the wind, but all the time, the sun is never far away!
Irish climate can be summed up as being mild, moist and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of temperature extremes. You can experience all four seasons in the one day, if you're lucky!

Because the island is hugged all year round by the warm influence of the Gulf Stream, Ireland is much warmer than other countries that share its latitude. The Gulf Stream also ensures that the Irish coastline remains ice-free throughout winter. 
Extreme winters are rare, and you're more likely to encounter a warm glow than a frosty reception, with average winter temperatures of between 40°F/5°C and 46°F/8°C. 
Summer temperatures are generally between 60°F/15°C to 70°F/20°C.  One thing that is more than probable is rain -  that’s what makes our grass so green, so don’t forget to pack your rain gear and a woolly jumper!

Transportation around Ireland

Travelling around Ireland is quite enjoyable because of an impressive motorway system and improved nationwide public transport. And because of its size, getting around the country is only ever a short hop, skip and a jump.  Whatever you choose, you can get from city to city or to the coast, mountains and tranquil countryside in no time at all. 

Bus Éireann provides a comprehensive service to all major towns around the island,  and there are also a number of private companies operating buses and coach services and tours.
While not as extensive as bus, rail services are provided by Irish Rail and offer a comfortable, stress-free way to get from city to city and to many of our major towns, this map shows all of the stations that it serves. Meanwhile, in Dublin, you  can get around using Dublin Bus, the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) suburban train system and by tram with LUAS meaning speed in the Irish language.
If you intend renting a car, here are some useful websites   AA Ireland’s route planner , the Argus car hire booking site, Payless,  HertzBudgetEuropcar and Thrifty.
Ireland also offers quick and low-cost flight and ferry connections to many of the hot spots of Europe.

Student Travel Discount


Everyone loves a bargain and with proof of student identity, discounts are available on Dublin BusIrish RailDARTLUAS and Bus Éireann services. 
Student Travelcard is Ireland’s largest national student ID and discount card, offering exclusive discounts of up to 40%off on Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, DART and LUAS as well as offering over 200 retail discounts nationwide on production of the card in-store as well as online using your unique card number.
All full-time second and higher level students, including full-time foreign students are eligible to apply for the pass, which costs just €12 for postal applications and €15 when purchasing the card from campus agents.

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