Ireland offers students a variety of experiences and opportunities, making it one of the favorite places to study in the world. In fact, Ireland has one of the highest quality of living worldwide. In fact, it ranked second in the latest Human Development Index Ranking. In addition, it is one of the safest countries in the world, one of the factors that most parents look for in letting their children study abroad. Aside from those, other reasons why students want to study in Ireland is because it has one of the best education systems in the world and top-notch institutions, along with picturesque landscapes, historical places, rich and interesting culture, and of course, friendly and hospitable people. 

If you have been planning to study in Ireland, but do not know where to start, here is an article to help you know the cost of studying in Ireland.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for international students vary depending on the following factors: location of the institution, institution, program, and whether the student is an EU or non-EU student. 

Non-EU students’ tuition fees are more expensive than EU students’. 

Undergraduate tuition fees for non-EU students cost around €9,850 to €25,500 for programs such as business, engineering, science and technology, arts, and humanities. For medicine and health sciences, the cost is higher, around €39,500 to €55,000. EU students, on the other hand, have lower or free tuition fees. 

Postgraduate tuition fees for non-EU students cost around €9950 to €34,500 for programs including business, engineering, science and technology, and arts and humanities. Medicine and Health Sciences programs cost higher amounting to around €18,000 to €32,000. EU students, on the other hand, are entitled to the standard EU rate. 

Language School costs differ depending on the institution and the type of program chosen by the student. Below are the average costs of language courses per program in Ireland. 

General English €150 – €250 per week
One on one€45 –  €60 per hour
Exam preparation€700 – €950 for four weeks
International Foundation €6500 – €13,200

Living Costs

Aside from tuition fees, there are other expenses students must pay for such as accommodation fees, food, entertainment, transportation, books, and so on. 

Below are the average fees students need to pay for each necessity. 

Food (restaurant)€15.00
Utilities (electricity, heating, water, cooling, garbage)€146.51
Movies€10.00
Accommodation Rent (1 bedroom)€ 969.76 to €1,151.39
Transportation (1-way ticket)€2.65

Scholarships and Other Financial Aid

Despite all its amazing qualities and opportunities, one of the reasons why many students are discouraged to study in Ireland is the cost of living and tuition fees. However, there are many ways that international students can actually study and live there for a lower cost, or even study for free. 

The Irish government, along with non-government organizations, and higher educational institutions (HEIs) offers hundreds of financial aids including grants and scholarships to students worldwide.

Want to start your journey as an international student in Ireland? Check MSM Unify’s courses in Ireland, and articles on scholarships you can apply for. If you want to know the best institutions for international students, check this article.