What to study?

If you consider studying abroad, you will most likely already have a specific subject in mind. This section outlines some information about popular subjects to study abroad.

Where to study?

This section includes general information about studying in different locations. Find out how to search and apply for courses, what the fees and costs of living are, and what funding opportunities you may avail of.

Reasons for studying abroad

Are you looking for a different type of experience, or did you not meet the entry requirements for a course in Ireland? These are some of the many reasons to consider studying abroad!

Important considerations

If you are interested in studying abroad, you need to do some careful research about the relevant degree, the college and the country. This section gives you an idea of some of the most important aspects you need to consider.

Studying in Europe

There has been a significant increase in recent years in the number of Irish leaving cert students opting to study in universities across Europe.

So why is this option growing in popularity?

  • There are over 1000 undergraduate degree programmes in a full range of subjects in universities across Europe which are delivered through English.
  • There are many well renowned European Universities which are ranked higher than any of the Irish Universities, see Reasons for Studying abroad.
  • Entry requirements in many European universities are generally lower compared to Irish universities as they don’t tend to use a points system.
  • There are no, or low, tuition fees in many European countries.
  • The experience of studying in Europe gives students an excellent preparation for working in globalised employment markets.

As an EU citizen, you are entitled to study at any EU university under the same conditions as nationals. Efforts have been made in the EU to streamline higher education but each country still has their own education system, structure, entry requirements etc. Most undergraduate programmes in mainland Europe are three years, and they often do not have separate Ordinary and Honours degrees as we do in Ireland.

This section will provide some general information with advice and links to websites where you can do further research into studying in different parts of Europe.