- Ireland is a well-liked option for international students for its prosperous heritage, incredible higher education institutes, reasonable tuition fees and a number of other elusive factors.
- The Irish education system is one of the best in Europe (ranked among the top 20 for its higher education system by the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook in 2014).
- Many of Ireland’s institutions of higher education are internationally ranked, and with many strong programs (5000+)in a variety of areas (medicine, science, technology, engineering, business, law, languages, literature, history, philosophy, psychology, etc.).
- Cost of studying in Ireland is far more reasonable as compared to some other popular study abroad countries. Fees for undergraduate courses in Ireland can range between Euro 8000 to Euro 15,000 approx. per year, while postgraduate courses in Ireland (Masters) can cost between Euro 10,000 to Euro 15,000 per year.
- On student visa you are only allowed to do part time job for a maximum of 20 hours of work per week during semester time and 40 hours of week during the semester break. You will receive minimum wage about US$ 15 per hour, you need to pay income tax for the income you earn.
- Goods and services in Ireland cost a whopping 25% more than the EU average. Rents in Dublin have increased by 50% since 2012 rising from an average of €1,038 to €1,527 per month, while wages increased by just 4.4%.
- Public health care is free, in that you don’t have to pay into a specific state insurance policy: it’s primarily funded through taxation. And if you qualify for a Medical Card, almost all public medical services are free to use as well.
- Generally, you can apply for residency after legally living in Ireland for 5 years. This includes General Employment Permit holders. However, as a nice advantage for techies, Critical Skills Employment Permit holders can apply for residency after just 2 years.