For non-EE/EU students looking for undergraduate courses to study in Ireland, they have to directly apply to universities and your university will guide you further with your application.
For non-EE/EU postgraduate student, all you have to do is apply directly to the international office of your preferred higher education university/institute. Most universities/institute offer the facility to apply online for a nominal fee. Once the application form is filled, appropriate supporting documents would have to be sent to the university. However, some higher education institutes will ask you to apply through the Postgraduate Applications Centre.
Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC)
PAC formerly known as the postgraduate application centre has over two decades of experience in processing complex online student applications for higher education institutions of all sizes.
PAC has powerful, cost-effective, cloud-based application software which is ideal for small to medium-sized colleges and universities that need to process and access student applications online efficiently and effectively. After applying on PAC, the candidate will be allotted an 8-digit Postgraduate Application Number. This number must be mentioned in all the supplementary documents that he/she will upload (transcripts, passport copies, etc.)
You should try and start planning your overseas study plans as early as possible. Ideally you should start 12 months prior to the intake that you are targeting. Follow the below guide to plan your journey:
- Planning: This is a critical step in the process, wherein Overseas Grad helps you research on the courses available, based on your profile, budget and the potential job opportunities in the field of study.
- Shortlisting Universities: We help you shortlist the target universities based on your profile, preference and field of interest. We discuss the available options with you at length.
- Entrance Exams: Entrance exam is one of the conditions that you need to meet while applying to study overseas. We recommend appearing for these exams ahead of time to receive unconditional offers from the education institutes. The minimum required IELTS/TOEFL/GMAT/GRE academic scores vary for Bachelors and Postgraduate programs. The minimum IELTS score required is between 5.5-6.5 to study Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses. However, it totally depends on the choice of your program and university that you have applied for.
- Commence the Application Process: We will guide you through the entire application process and provide you with the list of all relevant documents required to start applying. Ireland Universities usually make a decision within two to four weeks. The fee payment is required to be made when you receive confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) from the University. This is usually issued within two to three days of accepting the offer. Once the course fee payment is made, we will assist you in the student visa application process. Generally, Interviews don’t take place to study in Ireland, but visa officer may need personal interview in some cases. You might also be required to provide with your biometric information as part of the application process.
Along with the application form, you need to attach the following documents.
- English language test scores
- Certified copies of academic transcripts
- Certified copies of all graduation or school certificates
- English translations of all documents, if not in English
- Letter from a scholarship provider (if applicable)
- Letter of Recommendation (preferably from previous employers)
- Statement of Purpose (SOP)
- Resume (CV)
- Research proposal with two research supervisors’ names and list of prior research publications will be required only for Masters in research and PH.D
- Copy of your passport
- Notarized Documents
- Portfolio (this depends on the course)
- Two academic reference letters from professors who have taught you most recently
- Proof of funds (if required) – You will be required to provide your proof of funds in the following manner:
Cost for student only – Evidence of funds to cover living expenses and your course fee. Evidence required is as below – You must show evidence that you have immediate access to at least €7,000. This is the estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year. Evidence of fee payment – A valid receipt showing that the course fees have been lodged to an approved student fee payment service.