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Why study at a medical college in Ireland?

Ireland offers the educational experience of studying medicine in the UK combined with European tuition fee prices. With a reputation for excellence in medical research and a wide range of specialist medical programs, studying medicine in Ireland is a wise choice for the savvy student. 

What medical programs are offered in Ireland?

Irish medical colleges offer the full range of medical programs and specialist courses. As with most international programs, you will start out studying medical sciences such as anatomy, physiology and biology in the first half of the program, before moving on to clinical study in the second half.

As with other medical programs, most Irish medical colleges allow you to take electives and modules in related medical programs.
You should expect your Irish medical degree to take five years to complete.

Immigration and visas in Ireland

EU students are able to come and study at a medical college in Ireland providing they are studying at an approved institution for more than three months and have sufficient income to support themselves during their studies.

Non-EU students will need to apply for a visa dependent on their nationality. You will generally need to show the following, regardless of your nationality:

  • You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
  • You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa
  • You have paid all relevant visa fees
  • You have sufficient funds to support yourself
  • You have comprehensive health insurance cover

What are the costs of studying at a medical college in Ireland?

EU students studying medicine in Ireland will pay the same fees as home students, with undergraduate medical fees around the €30,000- 40,000 mark. Non-EU students will pay significantly more, with fees as high as €50,000.

Working in Ireland

Ireland’s economy has struggled in recent years due to the recession and downgrading of the Euro, but the country’s government is looking at ways to develop growth.

Many large multinational companies have offices in Ireland, attracted by its geographical location, low taxes and English language. Companies such as IBM, Microsoft and Intel all have offices in Ireland, with many more planning to join in the future.

What to do next

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