cost of studying in Ireland
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08 Mar 2019 2.4K Book icon 3 mins Share

What’s the exact cost of studying in Ireland?

This article talks about the expenses incurred by students to study in Ireland

08 Mar 2019 2.4K Book icon 3 mins Share
cost of studying in Ireland

Your choice to study in Ireland is awesome! It is one of the favourite study abroad destinations among Indian students and the reasons are plenty – right from its people, culture and history to the country’s spectacular landscape, quality of life, development and economy. It is also home to some of the world’s oldest universities, such as The Trinity College Dublin, the University College Dublin (the largest in Ireland), the Dublin City University, the University College Cork, the University of Limerick and more. 

So you’ve sorted your study destination, but what about the cost factor? It’s fundamental to know how much your study in Ireland is going to cost you and we understand that. This is precisely why you need us. Here, you’ll find the complete breakdown of expenses for your study in Ireland – right from tuition fees to living expenses.  (You’re welcome)

As an international student, here’s what your tuition fee will be*:

  1. Business and management: EUR 10,000 to 35,000
  2. Science and engineering: EUR 10,000 to 27,000
  3. Arts and humanities: EUR 10,000 to 22,000
  4. Medicine and health studies: EUR 12,000 to 50,000

*The above figures are rough estimates. Always check with your university about the tuition fee and if any hidden costs are involved in the program that you choose.

In addition to the tuition fees, all students at universities and colleges in Ireland are required to pay nearly Euro 2,500 per year as a service fee for supporting the clubs, societies and for examination entries.

This is how much you’ll shell out for accommodation

There are various types of accommodation in Ireland. The cost varies between EUR 300-EUR 600 per month depending on the type of accommodation you choose and the city you live in. 

On-campus accommodation: These are available in residence halls which are occupied by 5 to 10 students. You can have a private bedroom but you’ll need to share the kitchen, living room and bathroom. 

Rented apartment: Here’s where you can live independently. Right from bills to food, you’ll have to manage it all yourself, unless you share your apartment. 

Homestays: If you’re worried about the food in a rented apartment, then homestay is your life saving option. This is where you can stay with a host family who will provide both stay and food. Staying with a host family can be great where you may not feel lonely in the foreign land. 

Living expenses

The living cost in Ireland will vary depending on the city you live in. On an average, the total living cost in Ireland will cost nearly EUR 600–873 per month. This value can increase or decrease based on your lifestyle or on the place you choose to live in, for example, in cities like Dublin or Cork, the living cost will be nearly EUR 730–870 per month.

The average cost of food will be EUR 240 per month. The overall cost of food will also depend on what groceries you buy, how often you eat outside, whether you eat three-course meal every day or not, etc. 

Transportation cost is something you must consider while calculating your budget. Some universities might give you a transport pass which will cost nearly EUR 100 per month.

In addition to the above, you will have to consider the cost of other utilities like your books, leisure, personal amenities, etc. 

Besides this, here are your one-time expenses

  1. Visa application
  2. Travel/ medical insurance
  3. Deposit for accommodation (mostly 1 month deposit)
  4. Opening a bank account when you reach Ireland
  5. Approximately EUR 300 for registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) in Ireland

Do you know?

There’s a two-year stay-back option in Ireland for postgraduate degree holders. Please visit our offices or speak to our advisors to get a clear idea about your career opportunities in Ireland if you are really keen on leading a life Irish style for some time.

Just as any other country, study in Ireland too involves significant expenses. But worry not! There are plenty of universities that offer scholarships and grants. Now that we’ve given you a glimpse into the cost of your study in Ireland, the next step is to choose a university that’s suits your interest best. Here are few of the top 5 universities in Ireland. 

Get in touch with us NOW and we’ll help you pursue your dream of studying in Ireland.  

You can explore various courses on our website, which are offered by universities in Ireland. Once you are done with the research, please speak to our advisors to know what should be your next step. 

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