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Education System


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Study in Ireland
Ireland is the land of scholars and saints. When we consider greats like Jonathan Swift, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Yeats etc., we know for a fact why this 'Celtic Tiger' is called so!
As far as education for International students is concerned, Ireland is an emerging country, which is now spreading its wings.
With students seeking new frontiers for higher education, Ireland has emerged as a very promising country because of two strengths - the medium of instruction and cheaper costs.
More attractive for students is the visa, which is easy to obtain than any other country's (at least popular!)
One strong reason why Ireland is also trying to attract more number of students is the fact that their population is not growing much and they would have a very low level of growth in further education, in terms of numbers.
Trinity College in Dublin is the oldest and most prestigious university that was founded in 1592. National University of Ireland, University College of Dublin, University College Cork, and University of Limerick are equally reputed universities.
Dublin Institute of Technology is the largest among Institutes of Technologies in Ireland. Others include Waterford Institute of Technology, Athlone Institute of Technology, Letterkenny Institute of Technology etc.

Education system
Irish universities offer program right from the Certificate level to the Doctoral level, and in almost all fields of study. Engineering and Technology are two areas which are quite popular among international students. One surprising fact is that Ireland is touted to be the largest exporter of IT software, worldwide!
There are seven universities, 14 technical institutes and 24 recognized independent institutions in Ireland. There is a close association between universities and industries in Ireland, which translates into internships and employment for students after completion of their education.
The Irish education system costs of primary education up to class 8 and secondary education costs of classes 9 to 12. After a 'Senior Cycle' period of one to two years, students take up further education in universities, Institutes of Technology or colleges.
Bachelor's degrees are of three to four years duration. A subsequent Graduate diploma is of one year duration. Further, a master's level degree is from one to two years duration.
Doctoral programs usually take between 3-5 years or original research.
AEF  gamut of services provide total assistance and guidance about the education system, studying at all levels in your country of choice and plan your total process, right from pre-application to visa, in a professional and result-oriented manner

Admission for Indian students is possible if they have their complete education in English medium, but with higher scores. You could apply through AEF for admission into most Irish universities, since we are official agents for them. This makes your work smoother and simpler.
Academic year starts every year in September and ends by June. Deadlines for most programs fall between 1st February and 1st May. The academic year is divided into two or three semesters.

Required Tests
Admission is preferred either into the Bachelor's or Master's level by most Indian students. For both levels, a good academic background - minimum first class - and English medium instruction are required. If proficiency in English is not good, some universities do insist on having scores either from TOEFL or IELTS.
GRE is not required for admission into Irish universities.

Cost of Education
At the Bachelor's level, the average cost of engineering education is between 9,500-13,000 Euros. Business education costs aprox. 10,000-14,000. Medical education is the costliest, which will setback a student by at least 23,000 Euros per year.
Master's level cost approx. 6,000-12,000 Euros per year.
Additionally accommodation, living expenses, books and other miscellaneous expenditure would come to approx. 6,000-8,000 Euros, depending upon the location.
A small number of scholarships for international students are available from the universities and colleges themselves. These are awarded solely at the discretion of the individual institutions that set down their own criteria for eligibility. Students are advised to contact the institution of their choice directly, to obtain further information.
The Department of Education and Science also has a limited number of scholarships. For details contact:


International Section Department of Education and Science
Marlborough Street









Aspects like Education policy, curriculum, national exams etc. are administered by the Department of Education and Science in Ireland.
Universities award the degrees/diplomas in their own colleges. Whereas, non-university colleges award the degrees/diplomas issued by the Higher Education Training Awards Council (HETAC), which administers standards at all levels of higher education, up to PhD level.

Applying for a visa
After scoring admission into the University one must start with the visa formalities.
AEF provides wide range of services for studying in Ireland. For information on our Visa service and other services Contact Us for further assistance.
All non-European students are allowed to work for 20 hours part-time per week, during college days and full-time during vacations, for the permitted duration of stay in Ireland.
However, this is applicable only for Full-time students and not for foundation-level program students. This new regulation has come into effect from 18th April 2005.







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