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IRELAND

IRELAND

STUDY AND WORK IN IRELAND

Ireland is a part of European Union and is a very dynamic and modern country with a young population of 40% population below 25 years and one of the fastest growing economics in the world, with population of 4.33 million. The country also boasts the highest quality of life in the world, ranking first in the Economist Intelligence Unit's Quality-of-life index. Ireland has topped a list of the World's Friendliest Countries in a survey drawn up by the Lonely Planet travel guide group.



WHY IRELAND

• Accepts student's for post-graduation with 15 yrs. of education, unlike some countries.
• One of the best education systems in Europe (2004 IMD World Competitiveness Report) with a history rich in tradition and learning.
• Quality education leading to rapid growth of economy. It has 14.2% unemployment rate.
• Over 1, 50,000 international students.
• 1 year master's degree, No prior work experience required for MBA. International Students can work Part-time (approximately 20 hrs/week)
• Excellent wages: € 8-9 per hr
• Government policy on investment in research to develop Ireland as a knowledge society.
• Close links between educational institutions & thriving economy.
• Temperate climate. It rarely drops below freezing and snow is uncommon. 4 Modern lively, safe & secure environment in which one can live, work & study.
• Internationally Recognised Qualification and extensive choice.
• Leading Global companies have their European Headquarters in Ireland

Education System

The Irish Education System was traditionally divided into three basis levels: Primary (8 years), Secondary (5 or 6 years) and Higher Education which offers a wide range of opportunities from post-secondary courses, to vocational and technical training, to full degree and the highest post-graduate levels. The higher education system in Ireland is broad in scope and encompasses the university sector, the technological sector, the colleges of education and private, independent colleges. The institutions which fall within the first three groupings are autonomous and self-governing, but substantially state funded. Education has been a key factor in making Ireland one of the fastest growing economies in the world over the past decade. "Cooperative Education" involves placement of students in employment relevant to their Degree programmes for six or eight months during their undergraduate studies. Some Institutions in Ireland adopts this model as an integral part of the academic programme.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Overseas students wishing to study in Ireland have two options: a) attend secondary school in Ireland and complete the Leaving Certificate Examination with Irish students. This route is chosen by a number of students who commonly take the examination in conjunction with English language tuition. b) Undertake recognised public examinations in their own countries. This is a more common route and it is essential that every applicant check that the educational qualifications she/he is presenting are adequate to satisfy entry requirements. To have a realistic prospect these results should be very good, e.g. for medicine 3 good 'A' Level passes (grades A/B) or the equivalent, in relevant subjects are required. The minimum requirement for most degree level programmes is 3 grade 'C's at A level or equivalent. If there is any doubt about the acceptability of an applicant's qualifications, clarification should be sought in good time from the particular third level institution. c) Student can apply to the institutions directly or to the Central Applications Office for Undergraduate Programmes.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

As English is the language of instruction at all Irish Institutions of higher education, students must demonstrate a proficiency in English to be accepted for a third level Programme. Generally, the required minimum score in TOEFL is 100 & IELTS 6.5 Internet Based Test. Many universities and colleges provide English Language training programmes for intending students. Furthermore, there are over 110 private English language training schools throughout the country which run both short and long terms courses.

COST OF STUDYING

Tuition fees vary depending on the institution and the study programme. An example of tuition fees for 2013/2014 for Graduate, non-E.U. students are as follows: Medicine related courses€ 31,000 – € 45,000 COST OF LIVING As per recent figures, on average, a single student should count approx. between €8000 and €12,000 per year as living expenses, depending on location and lifestyle.

ACCOMODATION

Third level students: The higher education system in Ireland is called as Third level education or tertiary education. Most third level institutions have on-campus student residences, often resembling small villages with on-site facilities such as shops, launderettes, restaurants etc. Another popular option, particularly in the main cities is self-catering rented accommodation, often shared with other students. Students opting for this kind of accommodation are advised to arrive in the country two or three weeks prior to the start of the academic year in order to secure a place in a house/apartment. Some third-level students opt for host family accommodation. This can be a good option for those leaving home for the first time as it helps to integrate them into the local community and the Irish way of life. Students are normally provided with their own room and with morning and evening meals.

INTAKE

The main intake offered by all Colleges and University is September and few Universities offer Feb Intake also.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR AN APPLICATION

Attested copies of the mark sheets of Std X, XII, etc. Academic Reference Letters from professors who have taught you most recently. If you have work experience then at least one work reference letter from the employer who can comment on your professional skills and abilities. Statement of Purpose. Curriculum Vitae/ Resume. Portfolio in case of students applying for Arts and Design courses. Extra-Curricular Activities certificates.
SCHOLARSHIPS
Many overseas students studying in Ireland are sponsored by their own governments or through other international scholarship programs. There are small numbers of scholarships which are offered by the universities and colleges who set down their own criteria for the eligibility. The institution can be contacted directly for availing these scholarships.

USEFUL LINKS

International Education Financial Aid www.iefa.org
ICOS Irish Council for Overseas Students www.icosirl.ie
Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences www.irchss.ie
Science Foundation Ireland www.sfi.ie
The Irish Fulbright Commission (for students from the USA) www.fulbright.ie
Development Cooperation Ireland Fellowships www.dci.gov.ie
Ireland Indian Embassy www.irelandinindia.com

EMPLOYEMENT IN IRELAND

Part Time: Only students attending a full time course of at least one year's duration leading to a qualification recognized by the Minister for Education and Science will be entitled to take up casual employment defined as up to 20 hours part time work per week or full time work during normal college vacation periods. Full Time: Third Level Graduate Scheme: Students who have studied in the Ireland and completed a qualification with Bachelors (Three or Four Years), Post Graduate Diploma, Masters or MBA from an Irish Higher educational Institution listed by Irish Awarding Body (Overseas Accreditation will not be accepted) will be allowed to remain in Ireland for up to 12 months and 6 months for the Ordinary Bachelor's Degree (Three Years Full Time) to seek employment and apply for a Green Card / Work Permit. This period of months starts from the day you receive exam results.

Can I stay in Ireland after my course?

Yes you can stay in Ireland, you get an extension of 2 years. It's easy to get Permanent Residency in Ireland. For occupations where high level of shortage skills exist includes IT, Healthcare, Industry / Services, Research and Financial Services. For more information log on to www.educationireland.ie

INDUSTRY IN IRELAND

Ireland is a highly developed democracy with a modern economy. The Irish economy is particularly strong in the areas of software development, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and international services. Dublin, Ireland is Google's European Headquarters and its largest operation outside the US, with employees from over 40 nationalities. Ireland has an export based economy. Main industries in Ireland are Software, Mining, Construction, Telecom, Tourism and hospitality. Ireland has also established itself in areas of life sciences including Biotech & pharmaceuticals Industries. It has 32 Manufacturing plants – approved by USA Food & Drug Administration producing 6 of 10 world's bestselling drugs.

INSTITUTIONS

There are seven universities in the Republic of Ireland and two in Northern Ireland.
• National University of Ireland, Galway
• National University of Ireland, Maynooth
• University College Cork
• University College Dublin National University of Ireland
• University of Limerick
• American College Dublin
• Athlone Institute of Technology
• Cork Institute of Technology
• Dublin Business School
• Dublin Institute of Technology
• Dundalk Institute of Technology
• European Business Institute
• Galway Business School
• Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
• Griffith College Dublin
• HSI Limerick Business School
• Independent College Dublin
• Institute of Technology- Blanchardstown
• Ireland College of Computer Training
• Letterkenny Institute of Technology
• Limerick Institute of Technology
• Shannon College of Hotel Management
• Tipperary Institute of Technology
• Waterford Institute of Technology

VISA

Visa in Ireland normally takes up to 4 to 5 week's time and it is best to apply well in advance. A letter of Acceptance from the college, confirming you have been accepted and enrolled on a course of full-time education, involving a minimum of 15 hours organised daytime study each week and evidence of financial support for tuition fees and living expenses are issued visas. Along with the visa form you need to submit personal information, academic qualifications, financial strengths equalling to € 7000 for each year as living expenses. Generally you are granted a visa for the entire duration of the course and the student visas are Multi Entry Visas. Edwise is the Member of "Trusted Agents Programme Ireland/ India" whereby Edwise students will accord priority treatment to visa applications with the minimum possible processing time. Edwise also has dedicatedvisa counsellors who are trained in visa formalities to help the students with the above.

ADMISSION FORMALITIES

• Special attention to your Application • Highlighting areas essential for well presented, error free application • Exhaustive information brochures, library cd's and application forms, etc. • Coaching on IELTS, TOEFL, GMAT, GRE, SAT and PTE

OTHER SERVICES

Academic Pathway Planning (Interest, Career & Aptitude Testing)
Complete guidance on Educational loan & assistance provided
Quick and easy process
Pre departure Orientation & Alumni Interaction
Forex or Travel Currency Cards
Discount on tickets and extra luggage
Student Travel and Medical Insurance
Global SIM cards
Assistance for On & Off Campus Accommodation