Ireland Education FAQs

Ireland Education FAQsIreland Education FAQs

Will I be able to work during or after my studies?

International students who have been approved to study in higher educational institutions can support themselves financially by working part time during studies. Students can work part time and full time during their holiday period.

Does Ireland provide scholarships?

Yes, a small number of scholarships are provided by the institutions and each university have set their own criteria for the scholarships.

What is the cost of living in Ireland?

The cost of living depends upon the kind of accommodation, institution and the city you choose to pursue your education and the personal expenditure of the student. An average of €6000 to €11000 per year is spend by a student depending upon his location and lifestyle.

What are the minimum TOEFL scores to be obtained for Ireland education?

The minimum required score for the TOEFL test is usually 570 (paper-based) or 90 (Internet-based).

Do Irish students need to take of IELTS?

Yes, Irish students must also take up IELTS and should score a minimum of 6.5 to qualify for higher education in Ireland.

What services does an Irish medical card offer?

An Irish medical card allows its citizens to avail: Free GP services, Prescribed drugs and medicines (some prescription charges) apply, In-patient public hospital services, out-patient services. Also includes Dental, optical and aural services, maternity and infant care services. Some personal and social care services like public health nursing, social work services and community care services.

What is the use of a GP card?

In case, you are not applicable for a medical card you can avail the GP card for similar services.

What is eligibility criteria for an Irish medical card?

You are eligible for an Irish medical card depending upon your income that entitles you to avail full range of medical services at no cost.

Is Irish public healthcare scheme applicable for international students?

You are entitled to receive the same level of health care schemes as that of Irish citizens if you are a European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland nationality, or you are normally resident in Ireland.A person of any nationality who is an ordinary citizen of Ireland and is accepted by the Health Service Executive (HSE) can avail health services.

What are the healthcare regulations for non-EEA students?

The following are the requirements under Irish healthcare regulations for non-EEA students: A basic policy covering emergency medical expenses, e.g. cover in the event of an accident requiring hospitalization must be possessed by non-EEA students.

Proof of insurance is required at the time of registration with immigration authorities. For short-term students and newly arrived first year students, travel insurance may suffice in some circumstances.

What are the healthcare regulations for EU/EEA students?

Under EU / EEA regulations students from other member states who are attending a course of study are entitled to medical services in Ireland.

You must provide the Irish health authorities the documentation from your home country that validates your entitlement for your eligibility to these services.

What is NFQ?

National Framework of Qualification are awarding bodies which issues awards to recognize your learning.

From where must a student get an acceptance letter?

An acceptance letter must be obtained from your choice of university/college or institution.

What is the maximum requirement for course duration for an Irish student visa?

The candidate (student) must obtain a letter stating that the he/she has enrolled for a course of full-time education involving a minimum of 15 hours organized daytime tuition each week.

Can I pay my college fees in Cash?

No. You are not supposed to pay your tuition fees in cash. If the college asks for cash payments, the matter must be reported to the immigration services.

What are the attendance requirements for non-EEA student attending full time language course?

The tuition hours must be 9am-5pm Monday to Friday which involve tuition on at least 3 of those days. The minimum level of attendance required for the course is 85%.

What are the most popular courses in Ireland?

If you are a non-EEA national coming to study in Ireland you must be enrolled in a full-time course on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP).

Do I need to register with Irish police?

Yes, all international students and citizens must register with Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) after arrival and after completion of registration at your third level institution.

How do I open a bank account in Ireland?

You are required to have two identification forms. It’s the duty of Irish banks to establish your identity and verify your address. You cannot use same document as proof for both identity and for verifying your address.

Do I need to pay for medical insurance?

European students who possess EHIC are entitled to public health services in Ireland.International students can receive their visa only if they possess medical insurance.

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