Ireland ranks first in the world in the number of educational institutions per capita. The cost of education it is 20-30% lower than in other English-speaking countries.
As in many other European countries, Irish universities are divided into colleges and universities of professional education. Moreover, in some professions (business, design) College graduates are more in demand in the market than University graduates. Public universities are primarily research centers. And private, usually more focused on the practice and needs of the market. In the universities of Ireland, you can get a professional education in 2 years, bachelor's degree in 3-4 years, masters 1-2 years, postgraduate 3 years.
The official language of Ireland is English, so education in all Irish universities is in English.
For admission in Irish universities are quite the Russian school-leaving qualification and certificate of proficiency in English. It is desirable to have good grades in major subjects, and even better the medal. If You are sure that you will be able to master the first course in a foreign language, You can help training programs Foundation, existing in many universities. The advantages of this one-year program is that after it You may be automatically enrolled in the University, not only in Ireland but also in UK or USA.
Acceptance of documents for the programs of the first higher in all Irish universities is centralised through the Central applications office (Central Application Office) and lasts until 1 February. Applications to the master's and doctoral studies should be submitted directly to the universities in the terms established by them for specific programs.
European Union citizens are trained free of charge by an undergraduate (assuming that this is the first education) and for 4-10 thousand euros a year in graduate and postgraduate courses. The remaining foreign students of all levels pay 10-20 thousand Euro per year. Engineering and medical profession, traditionally, are more expensive: up to 50 thousand euros. Living expenses amount to 700 euros per month.
For foreign students there are many ways to cover their expenses with scholarships, but most of them are invited to the post-baccalaureate level. Jobs are allowed to 20 hours per week while studying and up to 40 during vacations. Graduates from the CIS to remain in Ireland for up to 16 months without additional permits, which should be enough to find a job.