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Study abroad in Ireland: what you need to know

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Besides offering enriching experiences, studying abroad also gives students an employability advantage. With universities ranked in the top 5% worldwide, Ireland is one of the top ten study abroad destinations for Americans. Visiting students have expansive academic and work opportunities, as well as easy travel throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

To promote the educational opportunities offered by Irish universities and colleges, Education in Ireland will host a free Irish Universities Open House on Sunday, September 29, 2:00 -4:00 p.m. at Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Blvd., Boston.

Students, parents and counselors are invited to hear about the many options for study abroad in Ireland and to meet admissions representatives from four Irish universities. In addition, the session will provide answers to the most-commonly asked questions about study abroad in Ireland, such as those that follow.

What programs are available?

Irish universities offer a broad range of internationally-recognized programs in science, technology, literature, history, language, philosophy, medicine, business, art, and sociology, as well as unique studies in international relations, human rights, peace and conflict resolution, and global business.

How much does it cost to study in Ireland?

Tuition for undergraduate students is comparable to that of U.S. universities. Typically, a year of study in Ireland costs about $33,000 (U.S.) for tuition, accommodations, and average living expenses. All Irish universities have U.S. government Federal Student Aid approval and most offer a limited number of partial scholarships.

What is the deadline to apply?

The deadline for applications varies across institutions but is generally around March 31. In some cases, applications may be considered beyond this date.

How do I apply?

Application procedures are similar to those in the United States, with assessments based on high school grades and a range of standardized tests such as APs, SATs and ACTs. Each university has dedicated counseling services for international students to provide detailed information about specific entry requirements.

Do I need a visa to study in Ireland?

U.S. citizens do not need a visa to study in Ireland. Students do need a letter of acceptance to a recognized program of study and proof of sufficient funds to cover accommodations and living expenses. Students also need to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau within 30 days of arrival.

Students can receive much more detailed information at the Irish Universities Open House, where they’ll have a chance to talk directly with university representatives. To register, send an email to eduireland@enterprise-ireland.com. For detailed information, visit www.educationinireland.com

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