International students can enjoy the benefits of studying in “a beautiful island in the heart of Europe” while getting the most out of their education. EduCo’s partner institutions in Ireland include three highly-ranked, multi-awarded universities: Dublin City University, Maynooth University and Dublin Institute of Technology (soon to become Technological University Dublin). International students of these institutions have chosen to study in Ireland because they can:
Study for as little as €9,500/year
Maintain living costs to less than €10,000/year
Work while they study (20 hours/week in term time, 40 hours/week for the 4-month holidays)
Get paid the minimum wage of €9.80/hour
Complete a Master’s degree within 1 year and qualify for 2 years Post Study Work Visa
Complete a Bachelor’s degree in 3 or 4 years (paid internships often available) and qualify for 1 year Post-Study Work Visa
With Ireland soon to be the only English-speaking country in the European Union, it is a perfect place to study and work in, according to EduCo Ireland Managing Director Jacob Kestner: “Since English is our main language, international students are automatically compelled to speak and even think in English. Those who are in command of the language are able to communicate and put their ideas across effectively, and will definitely excel in class.”
Noting that university graduates have a 24-month stay back option, he adds, “As newly-minted professionals, international students who are able to master the English language are in a better position to negotiate and receive a better job and pay package and thus earn their place in the global job market.”
Among the perks of studying in Ireland, Mr Kestner cites that students stand to benefit from the country’s €10B investment in the education system [as reported by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade] and also gain access to world-class research opportunities with the Irish Government investing over €782 million annually in the country’s higher education institutions. They also get to build their network of contacts during internship and connect with leading global companies.
Dublin City University
DCU, which is comprised of the Glasnevin, St Patrick’s and All Hallows campuses, has been constantly expanding and improving its facilities to serve its students better. It recently opened the €15M state-of-the-art Global Village for its 17,000 students. The student centre boasts of facilities for social, cultural, global engagement and entrepreneurial activities for the more than 150 clubs and societies.
The university is consistently featured among the top 100 young universities worldwide and is renowned as a globally-engaged, research-intensive university. It is also the first university in the world to be designated as an autism-friendly university.
Being Ireland’s only university town, the university is located in Maynooth, an interestingly historic town with Maynooth Castle and Carlton House at each end of the main street. Maynooth University’s curriculum is highly-attractive in that it allows students to choose optional critical skills courses, elective programs across disciplines and flexible degree pathways.
The campus has a warm, old-world charm with a combination of modern contemporary buildings in the North Campus and 19th century architecture in the South Campus. The university has been molded and shaped by forward-thinking academic community and was ranked number one among Irish universities by the International Student Barometer 2017, and cited among Top 100 in the Times Higher Education ‘Young Universities’ list.
Dublin Institute of Technology
Soon to become Ireland’s first technological university after forming a consortium with Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght, DIT will be renamed Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) next month. It currently has more than 120 student-led sports clubs and societies in fields like the arts, fashion, photography and music.
DIT has unique program features and is home to Ireland’s National Optometry Centre, the only one of its kind in the country that was designed for the advanced training of optometry students. This learning institution has also produced a number of graduates who have made their impact in global business. DIT counts among its notable graduates Qantas Airways CEO Alan Joyce, Irish Times Managing Director Liam Kavanagh and Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott.
EduCo is currently finalising a partnership agreement with a fourth post-secondary institution in Ireland. Details will be announced soon. Meanwhile, education agents and students who are interested in studying in any of the learning institutions may check out the EduCo Course Finder for details on scholarships, fees, pathway programs, degree program options, intake schedules, IELTS and other requirements.