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Costs for Malaysians to study abroad in Ireland can be considerably high especially for science subjects. Luckily there are a number of scholarship and funding options available. Read our breakdown of three key scholarships to help kick start your study in Ireland.


Funding Bodies

Irish Government

The Irish government awards a quota of scholarships to international students each year that are given directly by your host institution or awarded in partnership with another body. These awards are granted based on academic merit and welcome applications from students across a range of study areas and degree levels.


Host institution

Almost all Irish universities have a number of scholarship options for international and local students enrolled in one of their study programmes. Sometimes, these are awarded in relation to another body, such as the Irish government or an organisation that is focused on a specific study area or skill set. Students are advised to consult their host university for potential funding options as generally they will be tailored to your needs.



You have the option to search for funding from an external company or funding body. This type of funding is more subject-specific.


Go onto online scholarship search engines such as Scholarship Times and Scholarships 4 Development. Otherwise, search for a company directly and see on their website whether they have funding options for international students.



Government of Ireland and Enterprise Partnership Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

Awarded by the Irish Research Council, this award seeks to encourage innovative Postgraduate research undertaken in Ireland. Full time Masters and Doctorate research students from any country studying in any discipline at any Irish higher education institution are eligible.  Click here to find out more.


Government of Ireland Scholarships

Awarded annually, this scholarship is open to international students to cover the final year of Bachelor study or one year of a research based Masters or Doctorate programme. Students from any Irish institution are eligible and can be enrolled in any study field. Funds are awarded based on academic merit.


The scholarship is normally valued at €10,000 per year, covering living expenses, student costs and tuition fees. You can apply directly to your host institution.



Ger Long, John Joe O’Farrell, Prof Willie Donnelly, Jeft Tham, Councillor James Tobin, Tom O’Toole and Sinéad Day

Ger Long, John Joe O’Farrell, Prof Willie Donnelly, Jeft Tham, Councillor James Tobin, Tom O’Toole and Sinéad Day

The President of WIT, Prof Willie Donnelly along with the Mayor of Waterford City and County, James Tobin recognised the importance of WIT’s International student community to the City of Waterford, at a reception for International Students, held at the City Hall in Waterford on Thursday 30 April 2015. The purpose of the event was to thank students for choosing WIT and Waterford as the destination for their overseas higher education.

During the night a number of students had their achievements highlighted and received awards in order to thank them for their multiple accolades accumulated throughout the academic year. One student in particular got a special mention by Prof Donnelly, in honour of being crowned ‘USI International Student of the Year’ two weeks previously. According to Prof. Donnelly, Jeft Tham is an extraordinary student. He is seen as an intellect among his friends and lecturers, has a very dynamic personality and without doubt a meticulous event management professional. Both the staff and the entire student community at WIT are fortunate that Jeft came to WIT to complete his Bachelor Degree in Accounting. As Jeft completes his studies this May, I wish him every success in his future career and I hope he keeps in touch with the institute, added Prof Donnelly.

Jeft was competing with international students from Higher Education Institutions all over Ireland for the award and was nominated by one of his Irish classmates at WIT. A Brazilian student from CIT along with a US student from UCC was also nominated for the prestigious award, however, Jeft and Malaysia came out on top. The award is running for the past three years and demonstrates the invaluable support of students’ union across the country for Ireland’s internationalisation agenda.

“As WIT further develops educational and industry links with Malaysia, we hope to attract more students like Jeft to WIT and we are confident that all of our Malaysian Alumni will support our endeavors and act as advocates and ambassadors for both WIT and Waterford City. Malaysia now represents that second largest cohort of self-financing international students at WIT after China.” commented Ms. Sinead Day, International Affairs Manager at WIT.

“Our Malaysian students have contributed significantly to the spirit of the student community at WIT. The majority of our Malaysian students are here for degree top-up; therefore they are only here for 1-2 years. In such a short period of time they have assimilated to the Irish way of life and have managed to forge meaningful relationships with their EU classmates and other international students. Jeft in particular proved himself as a team leader that was instrumental in ensuring the Malaysian Student body was visible across WIT. His vision and methodology for showcasing Malaysian Culture across the campus was quite unique and invigorating to witness. I really enjoyed working on projects with Jeft” commented John Joe O’Farrell, who manages WIT’s relations in Malaysia.

Meet Our Students Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)


Isa Al Hajri
Bahrain, Medicine

RCSI Bahrain has the reputation of being one of the best medical colleges because it offers the perfect studying atmosphere. It follows the approach of mixing fun with knowledge.

The University’s qualified teaching staff delivers the curriculum content in the most efficient way.

The activities and events organised by the Student Council offers the interaction needed between students to create a healthy environment. These events also provide fun breaks from all the study and stress.

The ‘Homecoming Festival’ was one of the best events organised by the Student Council. It was the first opportunity for the students to mix and break the ice with each other. We made our first friendships that night.

The opening of the Learning Resource Centre is an excellent addition to the campus facilities and offers a quiet and relaxed space to study in.



Susmitha S. Aroli
India, Medical

I still remember the very first day that I walked into RCSI Bahrain. I was like the wide eyed new kindergarten student, wonderstruck, amazed and surprised. I’m currently in my fourth year of medicine and to be absolutely honest I had no idea what was waiting for me and to my own disbelief this University never stopped surprising me. Starting with the facilities, the ambience and ever so helpful, kind, caring, talented and vibrant faculty staff, everything about this university never ceases to amaze me.

My professors always make sure I embrace curiosity, think outside the box, explore possibilities and grab every opportunity with no inhibitions and I’m sure this has helped me structure, shape and develop both professionally and personally.

Yes I do agree that life as a medical student is challenging but RCSI Bahrain has helped me in balancing my career along with extracurricular activities and sports, with regular events to help us all come together, relax and unwind.

RCSI Bahrain has made me what I am today – an assertive, strong, courageous and  a curious young woman. I am definitely on my way to making my dreams come true and all thanks to the whole RCSI Bahrain experience.




Daniel MacManus
Ireland, Medicine

When I heard about the RCSI Bahrain exchange programme I knew that I couldn’t let such a unique opportunity pass me by. Past exchange students and my Arab friends in Dublin had told me amazing stories of their time here and I decided that I wanted to travel to the Middle East. It is true of any experience that you don’t know what you are getting yourself into until you are in the midst of it. Living in Bahrain was no different. I was inspired by the people I met as well as motivated and challenged by the course material. My mind has opened up and I have developed personally and professionally.

The facilities on campus are amazing. I enjoyed my lectures, the interactive teaching methods, the state of the art lecture theatres and the advanced modern design of the campus.
My life has been enriched by my time in RCSI Bahrain. I hope that I am able to return soon to this wonderful University and Country.

Thousands of Students Celebrate Success at NCI’s Annual Graduation


Last Friday, 18th November, was the annual graduation day for National College of Ireland. Held in the Dublin Convention Centre, 2013 students graduated from 81 qualifications in full and part-time courses in business, computing, psychology, finance, accounting, marketing and HR. Over two ceremonies, 634 undergraduate awards were conferred, and 1369 post–graduate awards, in front of family and friends. Check out the photographs on the NCI Facebook page! 

“Graduation is all about the individual, their experiences, emotions and future opportunities. It’s our chance to congratulate and honour our graduates on their achievements, and to thank their families and friends for their belief, support and confidence. It’s a time to celebrate, to reminisce, to take stock of personal achievements, and to look forward to the excitement of future challenges, success and experiences.” said NCI President, Gina Quin.

It’s also a day of mixed emotions. Pramod Pathak, Dean of the School of Computing, said “Graduation Day is such a happy occasion. It is also an emotional day as we say a fond farewell to our graduating class of 2016. Our door is always open and we look forward to hearing about your future successes.”

Professor Jimmy Hill, NCI’s Vice President and Dean of the School of Business, reminded the graduating class of 2016 that “graduation is not an end but merely the conclusion of one chapter and the beginning of the next. Cherish your student experience, cherish the friends that you have made along the way and strive to contribute in whatever way you can to your family, your community and your country.” Read more messages from NCI staff and faculty to the graduating class of 2016.

As part of the ceremony, the former Chair of the Labour Court, and recently appointed Chair of the new Public Service Pay Commission, Kevin Duffy, was honoured by the college. Mr Duffy, who also chairs the expert water charges commission, was conferred with an honorary fellowship for his legacy of achievement and contribution to national industrial relations.

Turlough O’Sullivan, MD of Resolve Ireland and former Director General of IBEC, delivered the citation for Mr Duffy, describing him as a “quintessential Dubliner” and “creative and courageous union leader” who “became the most influential and most knowledgeable interpreter of the law around industrial relations and the world of work…Ultimately he has done an extraordinary service to this state over his very long career. Among his distinguishing characteristics and great qualities was his wonderful judgment. Not only judgment about what terms would settle an intractable dispute at national level but equally importantly his ability to judge when an intervention was timely.”

He congratulated National College of Ireland for being the first to honour Mr Duffy since his retirement, saying this was “particularly appropriate”, given NCI’s origins in the College of Industrial Relations.

Wait, I actually have to study?

Matthew Bowen shares his experience of studying in Ireland at Griffith College Dublin and gives a few pointers on what you can expect…


Griffith College DublinIf there is one thing I heard from almost everyone who told me about their study abroad experiences, it’s that while abroad they did very little to no studying. Of course, this made me very excited. Going abroad was basically going to be an extension of summer vacation. Well, I don’t know what was going on in their classrooms, but I can tell you that my experience was much different!

I attended Griffith College Dublin, which is located on the south side of Dublin. It’s a small school full of students from just about every corner of the globe. I met students from France, Malaysia, Nigeria, Germany, Denmark, Spain, South Africa and Japan, among numerous others. Since the world today truly is a global community, this diversity provides you an incredible opportunity to expand your worldview, which will benefit you for the rest of your life.

Griffith College has high expectations for its students. The curriculum is rigorous and students are expected to commit fully to their studies. The class sizes are small which allows students and professors to engage on a one to one basis, and also provides opportunities for classroom interaction.

There are a variety of classes offered at Griffith, from business to journalism to fashion. What really impressed me about Griffith are the professors. Each of my professors either has previous experience in his or her respected field or is still working while teaching. This gives you insight into how what you’re studying in the classroom will translate to the workforce.

However, it’s not all books all the time at Griffith. There is a phenomenal Student Union that organises numerous clubs and activities for students to engage in. One student I know even started his own club. And you certainly could do the same.

The overall structure of the college experience can vary from country to country. Therefore, you need to be prepared that studying in Ireland may be different from what you’re used to back home. To help prepare you here is a brief overview of the differences I noticed during my time in Ireland.

Please note, these are simply my observations and pertain to my experience at Griffith College. I am an American, so these comparisons are based off what I am used to back home. They may or may not apply to your background or the school you attend in Ireland.

  • While you may be told you have to have your classes arranged ahead of time, we were given a week to figure out which courses we wanted to take. So don’t panic about scheduling before you arrive.
  • The courses I had to choose from were much more extensive than the original list of courses given to me by my programme provider.
  • Plan your classes out carefully as the scheduling is not done on a MWF or TTH basis. The classes do not meet at consistent times, causing many to overlap (for example, my marketing course meets at 2:30 PM on Monday and 9:00 AM on Thursday).
  • Where I’m from in the United States our grading scale operates on a ten-point scale from 0 to 100%. The goal is to get a 100% and it is not uncommon to do so. At Griffith, while their grading scale spans from 0 to 100% too, it is rare for a student to make an 80%. Your work is considered publishable if you do. So be prepared to be happy you got a 67% on an assignment, as strange as that seems.
  • Most of my class work consists of one or two assignments and an exam. That’s it. And that’s pretty standard for most of the classes. I personally had no tests, although I do know a few people who had a test in a class. Therefore, it is crucial you do very well on the assignments and the final. Also, attending class is very important since most of your grade is riding on the final exam. You need to be sure you understand the material.
  • The Irish are a bit more relaxed about being on time. I left for my classes about two minutes before they started, and I was still early. If you’re like me and you are a very punctual person, this can be a little frustrating. Just learn to embrace it because it won’t change!

I hope this gives you a better idea of the academic side of studying abroad in Ireland. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Griffith College and I would encourage you to study there as well!

Student life in Waterford

Student life in Waterford

Arindam Pal, a student at Waterford Institute of Technology, has had a rich experience, not only on campus, but in Waterford city. He reveals some of the perks of going to school in this historical spot – from interesting lectures to amazing sports facilities, museums and much more..

Being a student in Waterford has been one of best experiences of my life. Waterford is a beautiful town in the southeast of Ireland. In this town, I’ve done everything from spending evenings in the city square to learning how to play music through one of Waterford Institute of Technology’s music courses.

My days start with a happy maidin mhaith, or “good morning” in Irish, to my friends. Morning classes start at 9am and are actually a lot of fun. My afternoons are either buzzing with bubbly discussions in the student canteen or are spent in the main library. WIT’s Luke Wadding Library is a quiet place for me to study and holds over 200,000 books for students to use. The late afternoon classes sometimes bring great surprises with challenging games or even guest speakers. My days are quite educational in this way. Certain days at school can be fun-filled when we go on college field trips! Classes usually end at 5pm and, at this time, my friends from various departments get together to enjoy the exhilarating WIT sports facilities. There are excellent grass pitches, training areas, indoor games, and a fitness suite. We all get in the team spirit, whether we are playing a game or even watching Irish hurling or Gaelic football matches.

When all the hard work is done, there is still more fun to be had. The Waterford City Square has an excellent choice of shops, malls, and eateries. In particular, there are some great Indian restaurants to try. Usually my friends and I will meet and walk the city square while enjoying beautiful street music and happy people. Sometimes we go to the historical places Waterford has to offer. Reginald’s Tower is a good example where we can view a collection of artefacts and videos from the period of the Vikings. Waterford Crystal, a famous crystal making company is also impressive. The Bishop’s Palace Museum is another that displays treasures from the 17th to 20th centuries. Afterwards, we like to spend quality time in late evening along the boardwalk by River Suir. Sometimes, for stress-busting, we hang out in one of the various city pubs or discotheques. If we want to meet other students, we go to the college Dome bar which is a great place for fun and socializing.

The time from September to December was great for events and holidays. In Waterford, there were celebrations for science week, the harvest festival, Christmas Winterval, and a hot air balloon championship, as well as major holidays like Diwali, Eid, and Christmas.

There’s so much more learning and enjoyment to be had in Waterford and at WIT. Come and be part of our student family to experience it! Hope you all enjoyed reading this post—subscribe below to make sure you never miss another post!

Martina Cripps – Environmental and Natural Resource Management

I graduated from LIT with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Management & I am currently working as an Environmental Scientist for ECOS Environmental Consultants in Limerick. In the course of my job with ECOS, I have gained experience across many different business sectors and a broad range of projects relating to water, waste, waste-water including resource management, circular economy, licensing and permits and environmental monitoring and management.

My course at LIT equipped me with a broad range of skills not only from an environmental perspective but also from a business and project management standpoint. I have also carried out independent research on species of primary concern in the Slieve Bloom Mountains.  As part of this research, I applied skills such as ecology and earth science, GIS, research techniques and field studies all of which I developed in my time studying at LIT.

The modules covered on the course have well prepared me for a career in the environmental sector.  I would recommend this course to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the environmental sector.

For me, it started in LIT

Martina Cripps
ECOS Environmental Consultants Limited
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental & Natural Resource Management

Building a challenging career in marine analysis

Michelle Hay lives in her home town of Downings, Co Donegal, a village known for its fishing and beautiful scenery. Yet Michelle is an expert marine and environmental analysist with Northern Ireland Water in Derry. She’s living the dream of building a challenging professional career while managing to locate herself in her home village in rural Donegal.

In 2006 Michelle graduated from LYIT with an Honours degree in Analytical Science. She then completed a Masters in Environmental Science at Trinity College Dublin, on the recommendation of her lecturer Dr. Mary Brennan. There was never a better recommendation.

Michelle has gone on to develop her expertise and win the respect of employers in Ireland and the UK. Her role with NI Water began with intense laboratory testing of Cryptosporidium parvum, the pathogen that famously infected people in Galway in 2007 via the water supply.

She is now working in an accredited laboratory for NI Water using the latest technology and precision testing practices – a role she thoroughly enjoys.

She says: “The best thing about my job is the mixture of work. I could be in the lab one day doing very precise technical testing, and the next day be out collecting samples from rivers, lakes or beaches. It’s great.”

Her career path has given her unique experience in the world of environmental science. From her third year in LYIT she began working with Donegal County Council’s water treatment testing division and during her Masters programme, she began mixing business with pleasure – she used her holiday time to work on research boats belonging to the Marine Institute.

Michelle comments: “The key was my great experience at LYIT. I would get chosen for the research trips because I had so much more practical experience than a lot of the graduates with more theoretical degrees. I was also good at doing testing while the boat was ploughing through rocky waters – but that’s probably more thanks to my experience on boats at home in Downings.”

Her work on the research boats exposed Michelle to experts further afield. After her Masters, she was offered a position with Marine Scotland and worked on their research boats for about six months. While working there, the Irish Fisheries Board offered her a job as a Fisheries Officer based in Ballyshannon but covering North and West Donegal and Cavan.

Next she was offered an exciting role with Donegal County Council as a Beach and Life Guard Supervisor, which involved water testing around the county’s coastline to make sure beaches were clean and up to standard.

All her positions since graduation have strengthend Michelle’s expertise and experience. “LYIT gave me a great start. It’s practical focus is just what employers want and it definitely gave me an advantage,” she says.

In her current role with NI Water, Michelle commutes from Downings to Derry doing what she loves – working out on coastlines or rivers as well as in state-of-the-art laboratories. She even has time to volunteer with the local Coast Guard.

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Testimonials (Personal Statements)

Ghaya Alsabbagh IMCP Class 2015/2016

Coming to Ireland has been an extraordinary journey. As any student you start with the thing that gives you passion and hope, for me this was art. That led me to my first step, looking for the art society, and I found out there has not been one for two years. I was not ready to give up so I decided to run my own art society after a long talk with Alice the societies officer. The only thing is that I am here for one year.

Running the art society boosted my confidence. But first I had to convince the students to join. I raised up to 30 members in clubs and societies event, it was not easy for the other students to trust a first year student, plus one they don’t know. The solution was art. Showing them what I can do and what I did as an artist. Sometimes you just need to have faith in your strength, and talking. I started the art in the first semester with Friday meetings and the second term with two days a week. I would not have done this alone. Two other students helped me, Alazhar who was my secretary and Abdulaziz who was my financial-food agent. The themes we carried out were related to everything that happened in Ireland from Halloween to Easter. The art society gave me the chance to meet new people and build friendships with different students. In the art society there were Irish, German, Arabic and Italian students.

Sport was also to be a part of my weekly activities, the best thing for me was rock climbing. My parents were shocked when I told them I picked this field. It was and still is one of my bucket list items. Going there gave me another amazing chance to meet people. Jo Ma is the person responsible for the club, a dear friend of mine now. That even made me more relaxed when it comes to dealing with men, whether they are Irish or not. The most memorable moment when a staffcalled Philip and I were planning to take over the place and change it to fit a real rock climbing needs. Another unique day is the 80’s theme party in Cork.

When it comes to volunteering, my first one was in Manor West, putting the grocery in bags for the customers. Another one is town centre, to raise money after I joined the music society in second semester. Gardening day in our community was the last one I did until now. At that day I learned a lot about Irish gardening, the people and met a person from America. Those are the main events, plus there is mini volunteering events for small events or for a group of people, that I prefer not to mention.

Being a class rep opened my eyes and mind on the aspects that an Irish student go through. I felt so different, that built a high level of respect for them. To become a part of the Irish community is an honour. At my group level, it taught me the skill of communication, care and knowing how to state issues that I do not agree on, but make happen, to be able to listen to the person rather than hearing him. Also about timing, like to know when and how to raise a problem or a request. The most thing I am proud of is the extra prayer rooms in the campus and that my first group still come to me for help.

Culture is a big factor this year. From the weather to Ireland beingindependent The last guest lecture was unique. It told about the culture in a funny, and different method. That nailed the history in my mind. Furthermore, it gave me more information to be discussed with my host family, taxi drivers, students and in my reports. The way the guest lectures were a combination between science, culture, adventures and success, has shown me what being a foreign student and a future doctor means.

Winning the best international student award for clubs and societies and the best international class rep indicated to me that I did a good job with the responsibilities I had. Also, that you build your path to the top for who you are not what people expect from you. This year will make me a better student in Dublin.

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Why I decided to study MSc in Management Strategy at DCU, Ireland

Waseem Ahmed, our Pakistani Ambassador, shares why he thinks choosing to study MSc in Management at Dublin City University was a great decision…

In this age of globalisation, it is crucial to have a broad and refined international outlook. For me, a foreign master’s degree in the field of management would provide my career a boost and aid me to climb the ladder of success and personal growth.

I started considering universities with strong philosophy towards teaching that implies latest methodologies in teaching and highly value skills development through practical application of concepts and learned knowledge.

While researching for future destination for my master’s studies, Ireland grabbed my attention due to its vibrant and accepting culture and lifestyle along with a wide variety of globally recognised and well-reputed universities, offering a variety of study programs with low tuition fee for Non-Eu students as compared to England, Australia, Canada, and the USA. Furthermore, I love traveling and visiting historical sights and landscapes, and the Irish land is enriched with forts, castles, breathtaking rock formations and notable landmarks everywhere, which I visit to gratify my interests.

Why DCU Business School became my first choice

Off-course ranking matters a great deal

Rankings portray the respect and reputation of the institute and its degrees in the job market and represent the standardisation of the institutes for facilitating the students. DCU is the only Irish university which is placed at 46th in the ranking of QS Top 50 Under 50 Young Universities.

DCU Business School is also AACSB Accredited

While pursuing a degree in a business school, its accreditation is an important element and AACSB accreditation is regarded as the highest level of accreditation for business schools in the world, and this accreditation ensures that a business school is committed towards high-quality curriculum, faculty, research, innovation, and engagement. After UCD, DCU Business School is only business school in Ireland which hold AACSB Accreditation.

This year, the Financial Times also ranked MSc in Management program among top 90 best programs in the world in the field of management. It is a significant achievement for DCU and one more reason to come to DCU Business School for studies.

Why I chose MSc In Management (Strategy)

Career focused

MSc in Management (Strategy) at DCU is a more career focused program with an emphasis on students’ personal, academic, and professional life skills development and applied learning of strategic thinking, analysis, decision-making, strategy formulation and strategy execution.

Wide range of modules

Offered modules in this program include Strategy and Competition, Technology Management, Data Analytics & Visualisation, Consulting Skills, Business Process Innovation, Marketing Strategy, Digital Business, Organisation & Management in the Networked Era, Strategy & Leadership, Innovation & High Technology Entrepreneurship, Practicum-Applied Research/Dissertation, and Next Generation Management, which developed students into a strong and confident business professional and also meet the industry needs.

Among all, the modules have greater importance included; Next Generation Management, this module is divided into four key themes: career and personal development; research skills; business and society awareness; and digital media and technology. Students have the opportunity to participate in different activities, events, workshops, focus groups, teaching, research work, and trainings, and they build competences according to their personal development plan required for successful management and leadership careers. Furthermore, DICE (Digital Innovation, Creativity, and Enterprise) program, which is a first-year module in DCU Business School is also a part of Next Generation Management, as a project manager postgraduate students lead a group of undergraduate students working on their gamification and marketing poster project. Similarly, in Innovation & High Technology Entrepreneurship module, students get a unique opportunity to involve in the successful commercialisation of new ICT technologies developed by the scientists and researchers.

The options available for dissertation and practicum

For me, practicum module was the top most attraction to choose this program at DCU because it is a great opportunity to experience the real-time challenges and opportunities facing by the organisations, and working on strategies to shape their future. Upon completion, practicum will enrich my working exposure through application of learning, skills, and knowledge, and will enhance my international perspective as a manager. Whereas the dissertation mainly focuses on research and analysis of a real-world problem.

Why I decided to study MSc in Management Strategy at DCU, Ireland