F.A.Q. – Education Ireland MY


Frequently Asked Questions

 Do I require a visa to study in Ireland?

Malaysian citizens do not require a visa to study in Ireland. Upon arrival in Ireland, you need to show immigration officials the letter of acceptance from your Irish institution confirming your place in a recognized program, and proof of sufficient funds to cover your accommodation and living expenses. Your Irish institution will prepare you for this straightforward process. All students from outside the European Union are also required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau within 30 days of arriving in Ireland.


What are the English language requirements to study in Ireland?

The English requirements vary depending on the course and institution. The table below gives a general idea of the minimum English language requirements for most courses.

IELTS 5.5 – 6.5
iBT 80

Many universities offer preparatory foundation courses or pre-sessional courses to prepare students for academic study.


Can I work while studying in Ireland?

It is permissible for International students on Degree programmes to engage in casual employment whilst at college. The current regulations entitle students to work for up to 20 hours per week, during term time and up to 40 hours per week during mid term break and holiday periods.

International students must fill the following requirements in order to engage in casual employment;

–          Registered with the local Police (within 30 days of arrival)

–          Enrolled on a full time course listed on the Internationalisation Register

–          Undertaking a full time course for a minimum of 25 weeks per annum

–          On a course of at least one year’s duration

–          Pursuing a course leading to a qualifications recognised by the Minister for Education and Skills


How much will it cost me to study in Ireland?

The good news is that Ireland is one of the most affordable countries in Europe!  On average, you can expect to spend between RM 30,000 and RM 40,500 per year on living expenses depending on the location of your school, the type of accommodation you choose, and your personal lifestyle.

At present tuition fees for undergraduate students from outside the European Union for fields such as business, law, science, engineering, humanities and arts range from RM37,000 – RM67,000depending on the programme and the university.  Tuition fees for medical programmes start from around RM 120,000.  Full details are provided on the university websites.


I am interested in undergraduate study in Ireland. Where do I start?

 1. Visit the Education in Ireland website where you will find all the information you need to begin your journey, including links to all the international offices of the universities you are interested in.

 Programs and application procedures vary across the universities but overall the application process in Ireland is straightforward. Applications are assessed based on high school grades and a range of standardized tests such as the International Baccalaureate, SPM and A Levels

2. Call or email the international office of the university or universities you are interested in applying to.  It is recommended that that you make contact by the end of your Junior year in High School, or early in your Senior year.

The international office staff will deal with all your initial questions and send you detailed information about the programs on offer, application procedures, specific entry requirements and living in Ireland.

3. Submit an application to the university or universities of your choice.

The initial deadline for applications varies across institutions but is generally around March 31st.  The late application deadline stretches to July 1st.  In some cases applications may be considered beyond this date.


What programs are available to me?

Irish universities offer a very broad range of internationally recognized, high-quality programs across many academic fields. You will find full details on www.educationireland.my or on the website of the university you are interested in attending.

Generally Irish universities operate a semester schedule, with mid-term breaks in the fall and spring semesters, and a winter and summer vacation.


Can I stay in Ireland after graduation ?

 Current legislation permits students who are studying on a Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree course, under the National Framework of Qualifications, are permitted to remain in Ireland for up to 1 year after Graduation in order to seek employment should they so wish


Can I receive Financial Aid assistance or Scholarships to Study in Ireland?

There are scholarships available for students interested in pursuing undergraduate studies in Ireland. The Irish government operates international exchange scholarship agreements, and most universities offer a limited number of partial scholarships.


Do the universities provide accommodation?

Irish universities provide on-campus and/or off-campus student residences. Most residences consist of apartment-style self catering units. Students can usually choose between an official student residence or privately rented accommodation.

The international office in your Irish institution can assist you in finding accommodation.


Want to find out more?

The Education in Ireland website will answer all your questions about studying in Ireland and has a full listing of the many and varied internationally recognized and approved programs on offer in Ireland.  From Education in Ireland you can link to all the universities as well as to general information and student websites.