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In the last decade, Indian student admissions in Ireland have seen a significant surge, with numbers multiplying tenfold from 700 students in 2013 to a remarkable 7,000 in 2023. To further amplify this momentum, the ‘Education in Ireland’ roadshow is set to tour five major Indian cities from September 30 to October 8, 2023: Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, and Bengaluru. Barry O’Driscoll, the regional manager for India and South Asia, shed light on the enticing opportunities Ireland offers, including scholarships and sought-after post-study visas.
Ireland’s offerings to Indian scholars
Upon completing their studies in Ireland, Indian graduates benefit from a two-year visa extension. This period allows them to explore job avenues, notably in computing, artificial intelligence, software engineering, and cybersecurity. Since Ireland hosts over a thousand multinational corporations and enjoys global connectivity, beginning a career here could open doors worldwide.
Ireland’s perspective on Indian student admissions
Ireland’s academic institutions have recognized the potential of Indian students, applauding their preparedness and proactive approach to overseas education. Aiming for a diverse educational environment, Ireland seeks more Indian scholars to join their cohorts.
Preferred programs among Indian students
Predominantly, Indian students are inclined towards business, science, and engineering disciplines. However, big data emerges as the most sought-after specialization. Notably, 90% of these students opt for postgraduate courses. Ireland is also steering towards humanities, design, social sciences, and hospitality as part of its national vision.
Skills and Employment prospects in Ireland
Ireland, with an increasing interest in Indian student admissions, has its eyes set on students skilled in computer science, mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, data sciences, and pharma. While job assurance is beyond guarantees, the country’s current demand for skilled labor, complemented by its provision for part-time work during studies and a progressive visa system, suggests a favorable scenario for international graduates.
Several merit-based scholarships are available to Indian students, which can reduce tuition fees significantly, even up to 50%. The ‘Global Excellence Scholarship’ also offers full tuition waivers for exceptionally meritorious students. Furthermore, the Government of Ireland introduces a scholarship annually that covers a full year’s tuition fee and even offers a stipend worth 10,000 Euros for daily expenses.
Ireland’s undergraduate programs: A closer look
Predominantly spanning four years, Ireland’s undergraduate programs, attracting significant Indian student admissions, typically incorporate a mix of campus studies, internships, study abroad, or work placements, especially in the fourth year. These undergraduate courses have a rising interest, signaling the potential for increased international student integration.