IRELAND: Your next destination to pursue Higher Education

The number of first-time international students in Ireland from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) jumped by 45% from 2013 to 2017

  • In total, nearly 18,500 non-EEA students are now enrolled in post-secondary studies in Ireland
  • Work rights, relatively affordable tuition, and a welcoming atmosphere have all contributed to this growth


Ireland’s location in Europe, tuition fees which are cheaper than in other English-speaking countries, and the ease of application through institutional websites” as factors that “gave Ireland advantages over other countries

Studying in Ireland

Many universities in Ireland rank impressively well at international level, and the country as a whole is understandably a popular choice for international students. The varied selection of higher education institutions combines with historic cities, beautiful countryside and Ireland’s unique culture to make the country a highly attractive study destination.

Ireland has generous post-study work right policies in place for non-EEA students completing higher-level studies in the country.

  • International graduates of recognised degree programes at Level 8 (undergraduate) or higher may apply for the Third Level Graduate Scheme which allows them to stay in Ireland for 12–24 months after they have completed their degree.
  • Master’s degree, postgraduate diploma, and doctoral degree holders may remain in Ireland to two years.

On the whole, international students in Ireland are happy to have chosen the country for their education. i-graduate International Student Barometer has found that Ireland is performing better than the global average in terms of student satisfaction in a number of areas, including the welcoming and supportive environment that visiting students find in the country:

“The majority of students were very happy with the social aspects of their experience which included the availability of facilities, friendships and contacts. They were also very satisfied with their day to day experiences of living in Ireland.”