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Hafizaullah Green (1st Floor)Suit:E1
15/A Zhigtola(Next to Janata Bank),
Dhanmondi,Dhaka 1209,Bangladesh

Hotline: +8801770009944
Phone: +88029631770
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Republic of Ireland is the land of scholars and saints when we consider greats like Jonathan Swift, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, W B Yeats and others. The country is divided into 27 counties, of which 5 county boroughs, which are coextensive with the cities of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford. The following counties are Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois (Laoighis), Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford, and Wicklow, in Leinster Province; Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary North Riding, Tipperary South Riding, and Waterford, in Munster Province; Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, and Sligo, in Connaught (Connacht) Province; and Cavan, Donegal, and Monaghan, in Ulster Province. The capital and largest city is Dublin, with a population of 920,956. Cork is the second largest city and a major port, with a population of 173,694. Other cities and towns, important primarily as trading centers for produce, with their population figures include Limerick (76,557) and Waterford (41,054). Ireland had a period of extraordinary growth from 1993 to 2007, becoming one of the world’s most dynamic, innovative and globalized economies, with extensive external trade and investment links. In 2008, partly due to the open nature of its economy Ireland began to feel the effects of the global economic downturn. Pressure on the economy was significantly accentuated by the end of a prolonged Irish property market boom and problems within the domestic banking system. This led to a period of recession and a sharp contraction in economic output.

Ireland is facing its current economic challenges in co-operation with its funding partners in the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. In 2011, Ireland’s economy returned to growth. GDP growth for 2011 was 1.4% and was0.5% for the first half of 2012, with projected growth for the full year of 0.9%. The underlying government deficit continues to shrink fast and is projected to be fewer than 3% by 2015. Ireland’s ongoing economic recovery is generally attributed to its educated and flexible workforce; government measures to ensure macroeconomic stability and to attract foreign investment; and membership of the European Union, which now provides a market of almost 500 million people. Ireland continues to be one of the most open economies in the OECD, and exports are now showing strong growth with a 5.1% increase in 2011 and a 3.8% increase in the first half of 2012. There has been particularly strong growth in the indigenous agric-food sector, with exports by value up by 25% in just two years. Our strong export performance has meant that, for the first time in a decade, our balance of payments with the rest of the world has now moved into surplus.

Religion and Language.

About 94% of the people of Ireland are Roman Catholics, and less than 4% are Protestants. Protestant groups include the Church of Ireland (Anglican) and the Presbyterian and Methodist denominations. Freedom of worship is guaranteed by the constitution. Almost all the people speak English, and about one-fourth also speak Irish, a Gaelic language that is the traditional tongue of Ireland. Irish is spoken as the vernacular by a relatively small number of people, however, mostly in areas of the west. The constitution provides for both Irish and English as official languages.

People & Population

The population of Ireland is predominantly of Celtic origin No significant ethnic minorities exist. Characteristics of the population of the Irish Republic is 3,540,643., giving the country an overall population density of about 50 persons per sq km (about 129 per sq mi). The population decreased from the 1840s, when about 6.5 million persons lived in the area included in the republic, until about 1970, largely because of a high emigration rate. In the 1980’s, the population increased at an annual rate of only 0.5%. About 57% of the population lives in urban areas.

Education Systems

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. 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.

Technical/Vocational Post-Secondary Program

Technical and vocational programs are accessible in the applied fields of Business Studies, Science and Engineering & Technology. The awarded qualifications are internationally acknowledged by professional, academic, craft and trade bodies. The Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) monitors and makes awards in the non-university sector.

  • It is offered at Institutes of Technology and specialized colleges.
  • A two-year program to receive a Higher Certificate.
  • A one-year course to receive a Graduate Diploma.
Bachelor’s Programs

A variety of Bachelor’s degree programs are offered in Ireland. During the admissions process universities evaluate students’ Leaving Certificate Examination results, among other criteria.

  • A Bachelor’s degree is a three to four-year program at a university or independent college.
  • Degree options include Ordinary or Honors Bachelor’s degree.
Master’s Program

Master’s programs in Ireland are proposed in a wide range of fields. In a master’s program, students usually take course work, research work or a combination of the two.

  • Requires successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree or Graduate Diploma.
  • A Master’s degree is a one to three-year program at a university.
Doctoral Program
  • A PhD is awarded on the basis of original research.
  • Lasts for a minimum of three years at a university.
Reason of choosing to study in Ireland:

Ireland has published a landmark International Education Strategy 2010-15. This is with a view to creating brand ambassadors for Ireland across countries. Ireland is fully aware that it makes sense to invest in international students.

  • In the next 4 years, Ireland wants to take in 25,500 international students on full-time courses.
  • A statutory Code of Practice and Quality Mark is awarded to educational institutions that meet laid down criteria.
  • This Quality mark will be used by State bodies for visas, immigration, access to labor market and also for promotions.
  • Ireland intends to fast track degree program visas. The maximum time a student may stay in Ireland for the purpose of attending courses at degree level is limited to seven years and students are responsible for managing their studies to ensure compliance with this time limit.
  • Students at Honors or Bachelors degree level and above will be allowed to remain in Ireland for up to one year for the purpose of gaining relevant work experience or developing a business idea.

With a reputation for natural beauty and friendliness, Republic of Ireland also has a long tradition of education. The Republic of Ireland covers 26 of the 32 counties and the remaining counties from Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom.

Top Universities

There are seven ranked among top 700 of the world as per the 2012/13 QS World University Rankings public funded 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 in Ireland.

Trinity College in Dublin is the oldest, among the top 200 world ranked institutions and most prestigious university that was founded in 1592. National University of Ireland, University College of Dublin, University College Cork, 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.

Popular Irish Institutions:
  • University College Cork
  • Dublin Business School
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Griffith College Ireland
  • Maynooth University
  • National College of Ireland
  • Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Dublin (UCD)
  • Institute of Technology, Tralee
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Dublin University of Technology
  • University Of Limrick
  • University College Cork

Admission Process

  • Major Intake: September
  • Minor Intake: Jan/Feb

Study Expenses

At the Bachelor’s level, the average cost of engineering education is between 9,500-13,000 Euro. Business education costs approximately 10,000-14,000 Euro whereas Medical education is the costliest, which will setback a student by at least 23,000 Euro per year.

Master’s level cost approx. 6,000-12,000 Euro per year.

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 who set down their own criteria for eligibility.

Living Expenses:

Dublin City is considered to be more expensive than other parts of Ireland to live. Dublin is followed by Cork, Galway and Limerick in terms of cost of living. The average monthly expenses are listed below:

  • Rent in shared house/flat
  • € 500
  • Light/heat/power
  • € 60
  • Food
  • € 300
  • Monthly commuter ticket
  • € 80
  • Books and other academic costs
  • € 100
  • Clothes, laundry, medical, etc.
  • € 70
  • Social life
  • € 180
  • Total
  • € 1,290


Students considering Ireland are recommended to begin the application procedure 8-12 months prior to the intake. Scholarship deadlines vary among institutions. In order to capitalize on the available Ireland scholarships, we advise you to walk into PESBD office as early as possible.

The Government of Ireland and the Irish Universities Association have announced a scholarship scheme offering Indian students a chance to pursue their studies in Ireland with 10,000 awarded for living expenses and full tuition fee waiver.

Students can apply for this Ireland scholarship once they have an offer from an Irish University for a full time taught postgraduate Master's programme.

Ireland is reaching out to international students and wants to increase international students studying in Ireland from outside the EU to 25,500 by 2015. It is recognised that India will play a crucial role in this and in addition to the fully funded scholarships many of the universities are offering attractive scholarships to aid Indian students pursuing a study abroad experience in Ireland. Contact us and we will provide you complete information on the Ireland scholarship process.

Documents for Visa:

Bangladeshi students should apply in Irish High Commission, Delhi, India for Irish Visa. Here is a list of documents required for Ireland:

  • Attested copies of X, XII & Graduate Degree (if applicable) and Mark Sheets
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
  • Standardised Tests e.g. GMAT, GRE (where necessary for the programme)
  • Two academic references
  • Two references from employers (where applicable)
  • Passport sized photographs
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Resume/CV
  • Draft for application fees, if applicable
  • Portfolio (for Art, Design & Architecture programme)
  • Other Certificates & Achievements of Extracurricular Activities
Note: Documents required for individual universities and individual courses in Ireland may vary.