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Why Study in Ireland

Sajco Education Consultants represents prestigious education institutions for students to study in Ireland. Our team has expertise in dealing with admission application across many countries for Ireland education system ensuring the best possible service.

Ireland’s worldwide reputation for high quality education is built on the solid foundation of commitment to excellence

Ireland Strengths

Internationally Recognised Qualifications

Ireland is in the top twenty worldwide for its higher education system, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2014.

Importantly also, the Irish NFQ system is compatible with the ENIC NARIC (European Network of Information Centres/National Academic Recognition Information Centres), which facilitates the recognition of academic qualifications throughout Europe and internationally in countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

A Friendly, Safe Environment

A Friendly, Safe Environment

Ireland is the European hub to over 1,000 leading multinational companies! Companies who require a skilled, educated and highly capable workforce to drive their success chose to locate in Ireland.

Over 1,000 FDI giants in ICT, Social Media, Pharmaceuticals and Finance have made Ireland the hub of their European operations, with names such as Google, HP, Apple, IBM, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Pfizer, GSK and Genzyme.

Ireland   The Business Ecosystem

Education in Ireland

Qualification Framework in Ireland

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) provides a structure to compare and contrast the level and standard of different qualifications. This helps you to make informed decisions about your qualification choices and to consider progression opportunities available to you. The NFQ also makes it easier for you to explain to others what qualifications you hold, or are studying for. This becomes very important when you are considering further learning or when you are applying for a job at home or abroad.

Average Tuition Fees in Ireland

Tuition costs vary considerably depending on the institution and the study programme. Tuition costs do not remain static, so it is important to double check fees with the Institution(s) you are considering applying to.

Ireland Tuition Fees

Living costs in Ireland

Every year estimates are published which give an indication of how much it costs to be a student for one academic year (nine months) in Ireland.

Rents and many prices are cheaper for those living outside of Dublin so lower overall costs can be expected.

When moving to Ireland for study, you should also budget an additional sum for one off start up costs such as buying kitchen items, bedding, a television, mobile phone, etc and also for any international travel you plan during the year.

Working in Ireland

International students engaged in full time study of at least one year’s duration (on a course leading to a qualification which is recognised by the Irish Department of Education and Skills currently do not need a work permit to work in Ireland.

From 1st January 2015 students holding a valid immigration stamp 2 will be permitted to work 40 hours per week only during the months of May, June, July and Augustand from 15th December to 15th January inclusive. At all other times they will be limited to working 20 hours per week.

Degree programme students can get casual work where they are:

Students will also be required to comply with the Universal Social Contribution (USC), Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI), employment laws and taxation requirements.


Students enrolled on courses on the Degree Programme are allowed to undertake an internship where this forms part of their programme. This is subject to the following rules.

Post Study Pathways

It may be possible to stay in Ireland after you complete your studies for the purpose of seeking employment under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme. This scheme exists to allow legally resident non EU third level graduates to remain in Ireland in order to look for employment or apply for a green card/work permit.

Third Level Graduate Scheme

This allows non EU/EEA students who have graduated from Irish higher education institutions to remain in Ireland for 12 months to seek employment.

To be eligible for a one year permission under the third level graduate scheme, a student is required to have:

When should you apply

Academic Intakes

The Major Intake is in September , However there are few courses running for January and April Intake as well.

Admission Requirements

Apply for a Course

Applying for a course to study in Ireland is easy. Depending on what you plan to study, undergraduate, postgraduate or English language courses, there are different ways to apply. At Sajco Education we recommend using our online application service to process your application on our fast track service.

We have a dedicated Admissions Team who will work with you to help you in your course choice and throughout the application process. For entry requirements, please check the individual course specifications in this prospectus or contact us.

Outlined here is a summary of the how to apply for our courses. For more information please feel free to contact a member of our Admissions Team. Application can be made by contacting Sajco Education at +44 (0) 333 344 1532 or Email:admissions@Sajco.co

General Requirements for Undergraduate Level

If you have successfully completed or in possession of a valid college leaving certificate and qualify for higher education studies in your home country, you may also qualify for higher education studies in Ireland. However, you are requested to prove your level of English and have studied another language. In some cases, you must also satisfy course specific requirements. For example, if you are applying for mathematical studies, you must have studied mathematics.

Master’s Studies

If you are applying for a master’s program at university level in ireland, you are required to be in possession of a relevant bachelor’s or equivalent degree diploma.

Doctoral Studies

In the event you are applying for doctoral studies at university in Ireland, you are required to be in possession of a relevant diploma or master’s degree program.

General English Requirements

Requirements to access Medicine Studies in Ireland

Undergraduate level (first cycle)

In addition to meeting the general entrance requirements, you must also take the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT).

[Click here to visit the HPAT website]

Graduate level (second and third cycle)

Applicants must have a minimum grade of 2.1 (Honors Second Class) in their Bachelor’s Degree. In addition, all applicants must take the Graduate Medical Schools Admissions Test.

[Click here to visit the Graduate Medical Schools Admissions Test website]

English Language & Non Degree Programme

This section sets out some of the visa conditions and immigration rules for English language and non degree programme non EEA students in Ireland, as defined by the New Immigration Regime for Full Time Non EEA Students introduced in July 2011.

If you are applying for a student visa to do an English language course in Ireland, it is very important to ensure that it is arecognised English language school.

The main conditions of being a Full Time Language and Non Degree Programme Non EEA student are:

The maximum time a student may stay in Ireland for the purpose of attending courses at language/non degree level is limited to three years; The conditions below must be compiled with

How to Apply Visa

Student Visa Requirements

Like most other countries, Ireland requires candidates from many non EU countries to have a visa to come and study in Ireland. If you are a citizen of any of the non EU countries on this list, then you need a visa to study in Ireland. The student immigration process is divided into two categories, based on whether you are applying for a degree programme offered by a higher education institution or you intend to pursue an English language or non degree course.

Evidence of Payment of Fees

Evidence that all fees have been paid prior to the visa application being submitted. These applications should contain either

Maintenance Funds

Note: The estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year is 7,000. You must demonstrate that you or your sponsor has ready access to an amount of at least 7,000 for each year of your studies, in addition to the course fees for each of those years. Where NON EEA Students are studying for a period of less than 6 months the non EEA Student must have access to 500 per month of the stay or 3000 whichever is the lesser.

Evidence of Maintenance Funds

You must provide evidence that you have access to sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees and cost of living expenses. You must show you have sufficient funds to support your stay in Ireland without recourse to public funds, or the reliance on casual employment. In order to provide evidence of access to sufficient finances you will need:

Making Online Visa Application

You must make your visa application on line using the AVATS on line facility ,this Online Visa Application Facility is available worldwide and must be used by all applicants for an Irish Visa. You should read the visa application details very carefully. If you do not provide the documentation required, your visa will be refused.

Some points for you to note. When making an application you must:

Processing Times and Checking on your Visa Status

Alternative Evidence of Finance Degree Programme Students (Education Bond)

A pilot programme has now been introduced that would allow degree programme students to provide an alternative to bank statements as a method of proof of finances. The alternative method is an “Education bond” with a minimum value of 7,000. The bond must be lodged to an approved student fees payment service (e.g. the electronic fee payment service offered by EduStep)

Health Insurance for international students in Ireland

Students from non EU countries are not covered for any free medical attention off campus and must therefore have their own private insurance. Please note that heavy levies are charged for all hospitalisation and it is advised to make provision for adequate medical insurance. Non EU students are required to show proof of comprehensive medical insurance when registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau. Proof of health insurance is also required when applying for a student visa.

Students are strongly advised to arrange insurance for private medical care as this ensures choice of hospital, doctor and hospital accommodation in the event of illness.

Please note that you can only arrange health insurance with an Irish Health Insurance Provider when you are living in Ireland.

Insurance / Health Cover

We have Insurance policy available exclusively to students travelling to Ireland from overseas to undertake a course of study at an approved educational establishment. This can be purchased online before travelling to Ireland.

Insurance Providers:

Registering with Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)

After arrival, many international students have to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).

All non Irish nationals, who are not citizens of the EU/EEA or Switzerland, must register in person with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) after arrival and after completion of registration at your third level institution. The GNIB will issue you with a residence permit/GNIB card. The fee for this card is 300 and must be paid by credit card, laser card or bank giro. This fee cannot be paid in cash.

Garda National Immigration Bureau

13 14 Burgh Quay,

Dublin 2, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 666 9130 / 01

Download GNIB Location Map

Opening Hours Mon. to Thurs.: 8.00am 10.00pm

What you need to bring with you:

Note: Ireland is not a member of the Schengen Agreement. You will, therefore, still have to apply for an Irish visa even if you have a visa for a Schengen country.