Studying in Ireland
Ireland has a long history of providing university education, dating back to the 1500s.
Ireland is located on the north-west side of continental Europe and is known for its rich culture and tradition, music, beautiful countryside scenery, and a lovely mixture of the mystic and the modern. The northern one-sixth of the island of Ireland is called Northern Ireland and is part of the UK, while the remaining land is the independent Republic of Ireland, with its capital at Dublin.
Malaysians do not require a visa to travel to Ireland. However, all international students outside of the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau, or at a Garda District Headquarters (outside of Dublin) once they have arrived in Ireland.
Before you can register with the bureau, you must have settled your tuition fees at your institute, and have received your student card. Registration costs RM715 and can be paid by bank transfer, credit or debit cards, or via a special bank giro form that will be issued to you during your application.
- Registration at the immigration bureau
The following is required for the registration process:
- A valid passport
- Valid student card issued by your university
- Evidence of sufficient funding to cover all living expenses or a letter from your guardian or sponsor indicating that your financial status is secure
- Letter from your institution indicating your student status and duration of the study
- Evidence of the necessary tuition fees paid
- Evidence of private medical insurance
More details on student visa requirements can be found here. You will be issued a certification that is in the form of a card that shows authorities that you have the legal right to reside in Ireland. This registration card is also a requirement for application to work during your study period as well as to apply for public health insurance schemes.
Students who intend to enrol in selected Irish medical schools are required to take the Health Professions Admission Test − Ireland (HPAT Ireland). Certain universities also require students to sit for GAMSAT Ireland.
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Only students enrolled in a full-time course for at least one year are entitled to casual employment up to 20 hours every week and full-time during vacation breaks. Your programme must be listed on the internationalisation register and recognised by the Minister of Education and Science. When your visa expires, you no longer can continue working until it is renewed.
Before you start working, you must apply for a PPS number at the Social Welfare Office. The application can only be made once you have arrived in Ireland. The Personal Public Service (PPS) number is for tax purposes but it also ensures that you are protected under labour laws in Ireland, regardless of your nationality. To apply for a PPS card, you will need to bring your passport, student card, proof of address, proof that you are a university student from your institute and your Garda Registration Card. The national minimum wage is around RM31.90 per hour for those under 18 years of age and is increased to RM45.50 within two years of the first employment.
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Annual tuition fees differ from course to course but can be found within the following ranges:
- Medicine and related: RM215,000 - RM260,000
- Engineering: RM47,500 - RM112,200
- Science and Technology: RM46,600 - RM105,000
- Arts & Humanities: RM46,600 - RM95,500
- Business: RM46,600 - RM85,910
Living in Ireland
On average, a student will spend an estimated amount of RM6,000 per month. This will cover most of the basic needs for the average student, inclusive of textbooks, accommodation, food, health insurance, communication and other expenses. The figure fluctuates according to institution and lifestyle.
Accommodation-wise, international students will be able to choose either on-campus student residences where the community lives as if they are in a village with restaurants, shops and laundry services made available in the neighbourhood, or to find their own rented accommodation, usually shared with other students to reduce costs. Foreign students studying in Ireland have the added privilege to experience the Irish warmth, friendliness and love for conversation by staying with a host family during their study. They will be provided with their own room, and two meals a day.
A flight ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Dublin can be purchased at RM6,000 onwards.
Non-EU Nationals will be covered under the public health care system if they are staying for more than a year for their studies. Upon arrival in Ireland, they must apply for a Category 2 health coverage at the Health Services Executive. For the application, they must bring a valid passport, their GNID card and a letter from their institution bearing details of their student status and the duration of their study. Take note, however, that the coverage does not extend to Northern Ireland or other EU countries, hence if possible, students should take up private medical insurance or purchase insurance that have international coverage in their home country.
Ireland's Department of Education and Science does offer scholarships. You can also apply for funding from the various universities and colleges. Find out more about available financial aid here.
Embassy of Ireland
Ireland House, The AmpWalk, No 218, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur