The cost of studying in Ireland is approximately €5,000-€10,000 per year, inclusive of tuition, accommodation, travel, and equipment costs. This is a relatively low sum compared to other countries, but many Irish students still use student loans and maintenance grants to help fund their studies. International students cannot use the Irish student loan system unless they are from within the EU, so what other funding sources are available to help international students studying in Ireland?
Your first step should be to investigate whether your home country offers overseas funding opportunities, but if not the Irish government provides a wide variety of scholarships for international students in Ireland.
A popular choice is the Government of Ireland International Scholarship targeted towards students who demonstrate outstanding ability. Students from the USA can also make use of the Generation Study Abroad Scholarships which offer US students the chance to study any of Ireland’s seven universities. Both of these schemes are applied for via your chosen university.
The Ireland Homecoming Study Scholarship is a very specific funding source for those with Irish grandparents or great-grandparents. You can complete anything from a single semester of study to an entire undergraduate degree under this scheme if you have demonstrable Irish heritage.
There are many international and voluntary organisations which offer international students help with the cost of studying in Ireland. UNESCO and the World Health Organisation both administer scholarship schemes, as does the Creative Impact Scholarship which offers both full and partial funding opportunities.
You may also find that your country of origin has a very specific link with one or more of Ireland’s universities, and that funding may be available exclusively to your nation. Several institutions including Limerick and Trinity Dublin offer scholarships for Indian students in a range of disciplines. There is also a blossoming relationship developing between Ireland and Brazil, with the Masters’ Scholarship Program for Brazilian Students aimed at Brazilians who have already studied in Ireland previously.
There are many such individual agreements between Ireland and other nations, so contact IEC Abroad to find out if your country has such a scheme in place.
Many Irish universities now offer their own international scholarships which can be applied for directly via the university itself. Dublin City University has a generous four-year Law PhD scholarship available which also comes with a €12,000 stipend.
The University of Limerick provides a range of different funding options too, including scholarships in Business, Arts, Humanities, Science and Engineering. Almost every Irish university offers this diverse range of scholarships and funding opportunities for international students, and IEC Abroad has links with many of them.
If you would like more information on the scholarships available to you from the Irish Government, Irish NGOs, or Irish universities, contact IEC Abroad today for expert advice on how to fund your studies in Ireland today.