International students who are looking for the best return on investment for their post secondary programs should look no further than Ireland and EduCo’s four Irish partner institutions, says EduCo Ireland’s SVP Jacob Kestner. “Whether students are pursuing a university degree or taking further studies for upward mobility in their careers, the return on investment (ROI) is always a major consideration,” Kestner points out.
In Ireland, international students can complete a master’s degree in 12 months for €9,000 or roughly the equivalent of $14,400 (AUD). Across all the EduCo international student destinations, the master’s programs in Ireland are the most competitively priced and as Kestner says, “can be as valuable, or even more so, as some of the master’s degree programs from other highly-ranked EduCo partner institutions. As a matter of fact, some of the world’s most influential people earned their degree in the Emerald Isle,” Kestner proudly adds.
The cost of living in Ireland is also very affordable. Students can live on €10,000 per year or less, depending on the location and type of accommodation they get in Dublin, Maynooth or Sligo. That’s equivalent to AUD16,000 a year.
Earn while they learn
International students can earn while they learn. Their study visa will allow them to work in Ireland for 20 hours per week during regular school terms and 40 hours per week for four months during term breaks to help defray the cost of their living expenses. The minimum wage in Ireland is €9.80 per hour.
On graduating students will earn a globally-recognised degree. The four EduCo Ireland partner universities Dublin City University, Technological University Dublin, Maynooth University and IT Sligo are well-respected internationally. They offer hundreds of pathway, undergraduate and graduate degree programs, especially in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. Many of these courses include internships that provide an opportunity for international students to take their first steps on the career ladder.
Students may also refer to the EduCo Course Finder for details on availability of scholarships, tuition fees, IELTS and other requirements in the four Irish education partners. EduCo in Ireland is headed by SVP Jacob Kestner with his team of coordinators for each of the four institutions.
Post-study work visa and career opportunities
Master’s degree graduates in any of the four education partners have a 24-month stay back option while bachelor’s degree graduates have a 12-month stay back option. They can decide to live and work in Ireland to get a feel of the workplace culture or opt to go back to their home country after their studies.
There is a growing demand for highly-skilled workers in Ireland. Graduates who are hired by Irish employers may apply for a five-year work permit and get a chance to become a permanent Irish resident. The Department of Justice and Equality’s Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) states that those who have worked for 60 months or five years with a valid work permit/work authorisation/working visa have the option to apply for a five-year residency extension and exemption from employment permit requirements.
The Irish Times has reported huge skills shortages in sectors such as construction, information and communications technology (ICT) and sciences. The most in-demand jobs are as follows:
- Construction – site engineers, structural engineers and quantity surveyors, architects, architectural technicians, BIM coordinators, project managers, project quantity surveyors, cost engineers, planner/schedulers, on-site contract managers, project engineers, site managers, site engineers, foremen, finishing foremen, clerical workers, safety managers and officers
- Information and Communications Technology – Java developers, DevOps, IT security, machine learning and AI analysts, big data analysts, mobile developers, gaming developers
- Sciences (Pharmaceuticals, Medical Device and Food Production) – process engineers, quality engineers, production managers, emergency medicine registrars, pediatrics registrars, obstetrics and gynecology registrars, nurses in theatre and ICU/surgical roles
International students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields who plan their careers ahead will be better equipped to fill these positions after graduation.