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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.


Find out if you are an EU student


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 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 EU member state for at least 3 of the 5 previous years before applying


If you do not qualify for this scheme than your average course fees will be around €5,000. You are also 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 €2,500 (US$3,396) 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. All students must also pay a student levy of €224 (US$304) that cannot be waived.



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 the following in course fees, based on study area:

  • Medicine & Related- €3,800-€21,000 (US$5,163-US$28,531)
  • Engineering - €5,500-€9,000 (US$7,472-US$12,227)
  • Science & Technology - €5,000-€10,000 (US$6,793-US$13,586)
  • Arts & Humanities - €4,400-€9,600 (US$5978-US$13,043)
  • Business - €6,000-€30,000 (US$8,152-US$40,758)


I am not an EU Student


Tuition fees for non-EU undergraduates are unique to different universities, and vary across faculty. They also may 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 the following figures for their undergraduate education by study area:

  • Medicine and related - €31,000-€49,135 (US$42,117-US$66,755)
  • Engineering - €9,100-€20,300 (US$12,363-US$27,580)
  • Science & Technology - €9,100-€16,500 (US$12,363-US$22,417)
  • Arts & Humanities - €9,100-€15,500 (US$ 12,363-US$21,058)
  • Business-€9,000-€15,500 (US$ 12,227-US$20,379)



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 within the following fee ranges depending on study area:

  • Medicine & Related - €12,035-€37,000 (US$16,350-US$50,268)
  • Engineering - €9,150-€19,500 (US$12,431-US$26,493)
  • Science & Technology - €9,150-€18,000 (US$12,431-US$24,455)
  • Arts & Humanities - €8,900-€20,000 (US$12,092-US$27,172)
  • Business- €9,150-€30,000 (US$12,431-US$40,758)


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.


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Monica Karpinski received her BA (Media and Communications) and Diploma in Modern Languages (French) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. An art and culture aficionado, in her spare time Monica enjoys film, reading and writing about art.