• COUNTRY:

    The Republic of Ireland is a small independent nation situated on the West Coast of Europe, with a population of under four million people. Although they do have their own distinctive Celtic language and culture, English is the predominant language spoken in Ireland today. Irish people are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality. The Island of Ireland, including Northern Ireland which is administered by the United Kingdom, has the population of five million. Because of its size, travel within Ireland is relatively easy. The United Kingdom and other parts of Europe are also easily accessible by both air and sea. The capital of Ireland is Dublin. As the gateway of Europe, this modern nation whose vibrant Celtic origin continues to regulate the pulse of the country, offers a truly rewarding experience for the visiting student.

    GEOGRAPHY & CLIMATE:

    Ireland enjoys a temperature climate influenced by the relatively warm waters of the Gulf Stream in whose path the island lies. During the winter months temperatures rarely drop below freezing and snow is uncommon. The coldest and wettest months are December, January and February. July and August are the warmest months.

    CURRENCY:

    The official currency of Ireland is Euro.

    EDUCATION:

    Ireland’s long and honorable tradition in educational excellence is recognized the world over. Dating back to the Middle Ages, Ireland held the position of the principal education providers to the western world. The Irish Education System was traditionally divided into three levels: primary(8 years); secondary (5 or 6 years) and third level which offers a wide range of opportunities from post-secondary courses, to vocational and technical training, to full degree and the highest postgraduate level

    CULTURE:

    Ireland has a rich heritage and the influence of its culture has been felt the world over, probably more than any other, from music, art, myths, language, food and literature. For a very long time, with no newspapers, radio or TV, news and events were put to music and relayed by the Bards that traveled the land. A Bard was always welcome, as his music and poetry was entertaining as well as bringing news of what was happening throughout the country side

    MAJOR CITIES:

    Cork, Waterford, Galway, Limerick and Belfast.

    SPORTS:

    Soccer and Rugby.

    CLIMATE

    Ireland has a temperate climate with summer temperatures ranging from 16 – 24 degrees. In winter the temperature rarely drops below freezing point, but the winters can be quite damp.

  • Ireland’s long and honorable tradition in educational excellence is recognized all over the world. Dating back to the Middle Ages, Ireland held the position of one of the principal education to the western world.

    TYPES OF PROGRAMS:

    The Irish Education System was traditionally divided into three basic levels: Primary (8 years); Secondary (5 or 6 years) and Third level which offers a wide range of opportunities from post-Secondary courses, to vocational and technical training, to full degree and the highest post-graduate level.

    PRIMARY EDUCATION:

    The primary education system emphasizes a child-centered approach and is founded on the belief that high quality education enables children to realize their potential as individual and to live their lives to the fullest capacity appropriate to their particular stage of development.

    SECOND LEVEL EDUCATION:

    The second-level education sector in Ireland comprises secondary, Vocational, Community and Comprehensive Schools. The types of schools mainly differ on the basis of administration and sources funding.

    HIGHER EDUCATION:

    Third Level Education System in Ireland is broad in scope and encompasses the university sector, the technological sector, the college of education and private, independent colleges. The first three grouping which comprise 34 institutions are autonomous and self governing, but are substantially state funded.

    PROGRAMS AVAILABLE AT THIRD LEVEL INSTITUTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:-

    • One-Year Certificate: 1 year full-time course
    • National Certificate : 2 years full-time course
    • National Diploma : 1 year after National Certificate
    • Bachelor’s Degree : Normally 3 or 4 year course
    • Graduate Diploma : Usually 1 year
    • Masters Degree: Either by research or through a taught programme-1 or 2 years duration.
    • Doctorate (PhD): Usually takes a minimum of 3 years of original research

    UNIVERSITIES:

    Universities offer degrees at Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate levels and undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas over a full range of disciplines. Teaching at undergraduate level is normally by way of a program of lectures supplemented by tutorials and, where appropriate, practical demonstrations and laboratory work. Masters degrees can be taken by coursework and research or by research alone. Doctoral degrees are awarded on the basis of research

IMPORTANT:

This list is intended as a guideline only and does not limit the discretion of the visa officer in dealing with individual applications.

GENERAL INFORMATION ON IRISH VISAS

Although a visa is a form of pre-entry clearance, it does not guarantee entry to the State. Immigration officers at point of entry are entitled to deny access and to question students regarding their bona fides. Accordingly, it would be in everyone’s interest if school could make arrangements to be represented at points of entry, particularly where they believe the student’s standard of English may be poor. It would also be sensible for either the school or the student to have on hand copies of any supporting documentation, which have been lodged in support of the Visa application.

PROCESSING TIME

This Process normally takes a Minimum of 8 weeks.

IMPORTANT:

This list is intended as a guideline only and does not limit the discretion of the visa officer in dealing with individual applications.

GENERAL INFORMATION ON IRISH VISAS

Although a visa is a form of pre-entry clearance, it does not guarantee entry to the State. Immigration officers at point of entry are entitled to deny access and to question students regarding their bona fides. Accordingly, it would be in everyone’s interest if school could make arrangements to be represented at points of entry, particularly where they believe the student’s standard of English may be poor. It would also be sensible for either the school or the student to have on hand copies of any supporting documentation, which have been lodged in support of the Visa application.

PROCESSING TIME

This Process normally takes a Minimum of 8 weeks.

Q. WILL THE QUALIFICATIONS I GAIN AT AN IRISH INSTITUTION BE RECOGNIZED INTERNATIONALLY?

A. Any academic award achieved from an Irish University is of a very high standard and will be recognized internationally. Before undertaking a course at an alternative institution you should ensure that the qualification is approved by the Higher Education, a body established by the Irish Ministry of Education. Qualifications awarded by this body are internationally recognized by academic, professional, trade and craft bodies.

Q. HOW DO I FIND MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON MY CHOSEN AREA OF STUDY?

A. Falcon Education Counselors will be able to provide you with comprehensive information on course content, fees, academic entry requirements etc.

Q. HOW MUCH SHOULD I BUDGET FOR ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES?

A. Costs vary depending on the course of study, the length of stay and the lifestyle of the student. However, we have calculated that, on average, a student can expect to pay between Euro 6,500 and Euro 10,000 in living costs per year.

Q. WHAT ADDITIONAL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?

A. Most of the universities have an International student office with trained staff on hand to deal with any issues arising for overseas students. This office usually organizes an orientation program at the start of the academic year to assist students in acclimatization to Irish life and college procedures. Other events such as day and weekend excursions and sporting and cultural activities are also run by the international student offices. Overseas students are also encouraged to join the many clubs and societies enjoyed by their Irish counterparts.