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Pathway to Study in Ireland

The length of your study depends on the path you wish to take. Here’s a basic duration of study in Ireland:

  • Bachelor's degree (3-4 years)

  • Master's degree (1-2 years)

  • Doctorate degree (4 years)

Steps to Study in Ireland



Plan ahead


Choose your course and institution


Take the Language Proficiency Test


Apply to universities


Travel to Ireland

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STEP 1: Plan ahead

No matter where you are, moving abroad to study can become daunting if you’re not prepared well in advance. It is better to plan for your Ireland study at least a year in advance. This includes picking the right program, applying to colleges of your choice, getting your documents in order, securing your visa, providing necessary proofs of affordability, looking for research or industry career opportunities etc. Early planning will make your entire stay in Ireland enjoyable.

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STEP 2: Choose your course and institution

Despite being an island nation, Ireland has quite a few top global universities and over 5000study programs to choose from! While Dublin, the ‘student hub’, remains the most popular destination, it is not your only option. There are other high-ranking universities in cities like Cork, Limerick, and Galway. You can pursue either your Bachelor’s Degree of three years, a Master’s Degree of one to two years or a Doctorate/PhD course. Many institutions also offer shorter certificate and diploma courses with global recognition and accreditation.

STEP 3: Take the Language Proficiency Test

When applying for an Irish university, you must show proof of your proficiency in English. This can generally be done through one of the following options:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Cambridge English Language Assessments (CELA)

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

  • English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP)

STEP 4: Apply to universities

Don't just apply everywhere. Compare your choices, decide on your preferred programme and university, and then pick one or two backup possibilities. Be cautious when completing the application form, and be sure to include accurate information supported by documentation such as:

  • Academic transcripts

  • Certificates for extra-curricular activities

  • Passport

  • Proof of funds


Generally, student intakes are in September and February. Some colleges also require you to appear for an interview after shortlisting your application. The university will give you an acceptance letter once you get accepted to study there. This document is crucial for the next requirements.

STEP 5: Travel to Ireland

Once the application has been processed and an interview, if required, has been conducted, the immigration officer will decide upon your study visa application. If accepted, it is now time to start planning your travel to Ireland. Your study visa will have a start date, which is the date from which the visa comes into force. Keep in mind that you won’t be permitted to enter Ireland before this date. Plan your travel accordingly, and enjoy your stay in Ireland!

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