Study in Ireland

Study in Ireland

Ireland is a popular destination for international students and offers a high level of education that is recognised throughout the world, combining a fantastic higher education experience with historical cities, beautiful scenery and a unique heritage. Ireland is located on the west coast of Europe and is a member of the European Union. 

Consistently ranked in the world’s top 20 countries for exceptional quality of life, peace, and human development, Ireland is increasingly becoming a top choice among Pakistanis students. With a vibrant culture that rewards entrepreneurial spirit and offers multiple opportunities to grow professionally, the country will teach you lessons that go beyond the class curriculum.

Why Ireland

  • Join 35,000 other international students from over 160 countries
  • The only English speaking country in the Eurozone
  • Irish universities are in the top 1% of research institutions in global research impact
  • Home to companies such as Google, Medtronics and Microsoft
  • Dublin has been voted by Lonely Planet as the world’s friendliest city on multiple occasions
  • Affordable fees

Evidence of English language proficiency. Most Irish universities and colleges require IELTS of 6.5 

Before you get on the plane, there are some important documents you’ll need. If you are from a non-EU (non-European) country, you will most likely need a student visa for Ireland. Don’t worry, we’re here to help with all that boring paperwork!

Student visa Ireland – What you need to know
If you are thinking about moving to Ireland to study, you may need a student visa. We recommend you check the requirements for your country with the INIS (Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service) and if you need a visa, ask your FNC counsellor to help with the visa application process.

When should I apply?

You should apply for your Irish study visa as early as possible, as it normally takes eight weeks or longer to process. You can apply up to three months before you arrive.

What do I need to submit as part of my visa application?

You must submit the required documentation, passport photograph and appropriate fee for the correct visa type, to the correct offices. You may also be required to provide biometrics information.

We highly recommend that you ask your FNC counsellor to guide you through the process, to ensure everything is done correctly. If the documentation is not what’s required, you risk having your student visa refused.

How do I check on my visa status?

You can check your Ireland visa application status online, using your Visa Application Number. to see if your visa has been processed. This list is updated weekly
If your visa is approved, the Irish Embassy office will attach your visa to your passport
If your visa is refused, you can appeal the decision if it’s within two months.

Can I get a visa for my spouse?

No. Non-EU international students studying in Ireland are not allowed to bring their family with them. Spouses and children of international students can apply to live in Ireland separately.

What happens if my visa application is refused?

If your visa application is refused, the college will refund the fees, minus a small application fee.

Student visa checklist
A recent passport-sized photo
A passport that is valid for 12 months
A signed letter of application which explains why you require the visa
A Letter of Acceptance from the Irish university, college or school, confirming you have been accepted and enrolled on a course of full-time education
Evidence that you have paid your tuition fees in full or, if they are more than €6,000, you must pay at least this amount to satisfy visa requirements
Evidence that you have taken out private health insurance that meets the requirements of your visa
Evidence of English language proficiency. Most Irish universities and colleges require IELTS of 6.5
Evidence that you or your sponsor has sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees and cost of living expenses
Evidence of your scholarship, if you have been granted one
There’s a lot involved in the visa application process. Take off the pressure and get expert advice from an FNC counsellor. We’re here to help you with your visa application.


Undergraduate students

  • Arts and humanities: €10,000 – €16,500
  • Business: €10,000 – €16,000
  • Engineering: €10,000 – €21,600
  • Medicine: €31,000 – €50,000
  • Sciences: €10,000 – €21,600

Postgraduate students

  • Arts and humanities: €10,500 – €20,000
  • Business: €10,500 – €30,000
  • Engineering: €10,500 – €19,500
  • Medicine: €12,000 – €52,000
  • Sciences: €10,500 – €18,000

The estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year is €7,000 to €12,000 per year. This includes rent, electricity, food, books, laundry and medicine, as well as travel passes and social expenses, but excludes tuition fees.

Of course, your living expenses will vary, depending on the study location, type of accommodation and lifestyle you choose. Consider any international travel you plan on doing during the year.

You’ll also need to budget for once-only costs, like buying kitchen items, bedding, a mobile phone and so on.

Can I get an internship?
Most Irish study program include an internship or work placement. This part of the program cannot be more than 50% of the duration of the program. For example a four-year program allows a maximum of two years of work placement. Work placements must form an essential part of the study program.

Can I work when I finish my study?
Possibly. The Irish Government’s Third Level Graduate Scheme offers graduates of Irish higher education institutions a one-year stay back visa so that they can stay in Ireland and seek employment. This is extended to two years for postgraduate students.

Legally resident non-EU third level graduates can also apply for a Green Card Permit, which is a way to stay in Ireland long term. This allows you to work for a particular employer in an occupation where there is a shortage of skills.