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Study in Ireland for Indian Students

Study in Ireland, a friendly and welcoming country. A few planned actions and you will be all set to enjoy a wonderful stint as a student here. Here a few tips to help you
Plan Your Next Step upon Arrival:
The international airports of Dublin, Shannon and Cork are well connected to most of the university campuses and the rest of the cities. You can commute either by cab, bus or train from the airport to the desired location. To travel to areas around Ireland take Irish Rail, Bus Eireann or private coaches.
The next important step on arrival for study in Ireland for Indian students would be Registration with INIS which costs €300. This is mandatory for all students who study in Ireland and plan to stay longer than 90 days. You have to visit the Irish immigration office in person, register and collect your Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card. Online booking for an appointment is also possible.
Your next action should be the opening of your student bank account. Many Irish banks offer services to the students at special discounted rates. Documents required for the process are passport/ driver’s license, proof of home address in India and Irish address.

Moving around Ireland:
The major cities namely Dublin, Galway, and Cork have well connected public transport system. If you plan to use public transport it is advisable to get your student Travelcard or Leap card as it is otherwise called.When you study in Ireland, you can use this prepaid transport card and avail student discounts of up to 40% on public transports such as buses and rails. This would also serve the purpose of an ID card. During travel, if you ever need directions, do not hesitate, Irish people are friendly and cordial especially to visitors from other countries and are always willing to guide you. Be sure to visit the local cafes, art galleries, markets, the lush green countryside villages and enjoy the hospitality of the friendly natives.

Accommodation & Living Expenses
Before you travel to study in Ireland for Indian students, you can arrange for accommodation online and there are plenty of websites that aid in this. However, it is advisable that you have a local contact go and visit that place personally to rule out a fake arrangement. Once you have ascertained the authenticity you can transfer the advance amount for the accommodation. The Students' Union also provides Accommodation Advisory Service and a database of accommodation is available for reference on their website
Talking about the cost of living, as per the Irish Times a general survey and study by universities and student representation organizations indicated that it costs around €680 (US$800) a month to live in Ireland. The total of the living expenses and the house rent comes to around 1000 dollars a month. It is advisable to purchase health insurance which typically costs around €100 (US$120) for the year. The expenses are an estimate which varies from one city to another.
Cost of study in the Republic of Ireland
Before making your decision to study in the Republic of Ireland or not, you’ll need to know how much everything is going to cost. Of course, costs will vary depending on which university you choose and your accommodation, but the following figures will give you something to aim for.
If you're planning on studying an undergraduate degree, you can expect to pay around €10,000 - £54,000 in tuition fees depending on what course you choose to study.
Please bear in mind that these fees are indicative only, and are subject to both increase or decrease depending on which course you choose to study and where.

The Irish Charm
Before making your decision to study in the Republic of Ireland or not, you’ll need to know how much everything is going to cost. Of course, costs will vary depending on which university you choose and your accommodation, but the following figures will give you something to aim for.
A Famous quote goes on to say “There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were” Such is the charm and the vibes of the Irish, friendly and warm. Ireland has a multicultural background with citizens of various other countries like Africa, Asia and other countries living here with the natives. This multicultural, multilingual background makes it easy for students to mingle with each other easily and makes them feel at home. Hence it is no surprise that the number of international students visiting the country to pursue higher studies has been constantly on raise. It has increased by 45 percent between 2013 and 2017

Food Habits
Food and drink are an indispensable part of the Irish culture. Irish people love to dine out, hence when you plan to eat out during the weekends or on special occasions remember to book your table ahead. This is especially true of popular restaurants in big cities like Dublin. Remember to ask for ‘doggie bags’ to pack the portion of your food which you could not be finished on the plate.
Non-Vegetarian food lovers have a wide array of traditional Irish dishes to try out - Irish stew, bacon, and cabbage, coddle (sausage, bacon, and potato), Smoked Salmon and many more. Vegetarians can try the signature potato recipes of Ireland like Boxty.

Irish weather
Irish weather is by large unpredictable. A bright sunny day would suddenly experience short spans of showers. To face these fluctuating weather conditions it is necessary that you pack your warm clothes, umbrellas, and rain jackets before your travel. It is advisable to wear clothes in layers so that you can remove off a layer when the weather turns hot or put on a layer when it gets cold. Before you plan your day always remember to watch Met Eireann weather forecasts to know the probable weather conditions for the day.

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