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Tuition fees in Ireland

A guide to tuition fees for students looking to study abroad in Ireland

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Tuition fees in Ireland are considered to be generally quite modest, granted you don’t qualify for the undergraduate Fee Fees Scheme. Whilst naturally fees vary between institutions and areas of study, on average they are not outlandishly set apart from any other place in the EU. There are different sets of fees for EU and non-EU students, with the latter group paying more.


The fees below are a guide; we always recommend checking with the institution or department for the exact fee for the course you’re interested in. 


I am an EU Student


If you are an EU student completing your undergraduate degree in Ireland, the costs of your tuition may be covered by the Free Fees Scheme. You qualify for the scheme if:

  • You are an EU/EEA student or hold refugee status in Ireland
  • This is your first undergraduate degree at a university or college
  • You will enrol in a full-time course that is at least two years long
  • You have lived in any EEA member state for at least 3 of the 5 previous years before applying


If you do not qualify for this scheme you may still be eligible to apply for any number of grants and scholarships that are open to local Irish students.


As well as tuition fees, students are required to pay a maximum of EUR 3,000 Student Service Charge per academic year that entitles them to take examinations and have access to student services. Students may apply for a SUSI grant the covers the cost of this fee. The grant is means tested and can be applied for online.


Keep in mind that your status as an EU student could change following the outcome of Brexit after October 31st 2019.



Even if you are an EU student, you will still need to pay tuition fees if you want to undertake your postgraduate study in Ireland.  However, you will still pay less than non-EU nationals. Postgraduate tuition fees vary across institutions and different faculties, and students are advised to consult specific university websites for further information. On average however, EU students can expect to pay anything from EUR 9,000 and EUR 30,000 depending on the type of course. For example, Medicine, business and dentistry courses usually have higher fees.


I am not an EU Student


Tuition fees for non-EU undergraduates are unique to different universities and vary across faculties. They may also change from year to year so it is important that students regularly check their university’s website. On average however, non-EU students are likely to pay between EUR 9,000 and EUR 45,000 per year.


Find more information on undergraduate fees for non-EU students.



As with undergraduate studies, postgraduate tuition fees for non-EU nationals are considerably higher. As always, fees vary depending on the institution, but students can expect to pay between EUR 9,9950 and EUR 32,000.


Find more information on postgraduate fees for non-EU students.


If you come across any courses in Ireland on our site you’re interested in, you should be able to find a rough guide to how much it costs. You can also get in touch with the institution directly to confirm anything you’ve read (you can do this through our site so you find the correct person at the institution who can help you).


Once more, we always recommend you confirm the fees for a specific course with the institution or department themselves. This information is available on our site or you can contact the institution themselves through us.


Useful Links:

Student living costs in Ireland

About Irish institutions and education