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MS in Ireland

Dia dhuit! We want to assist you with the confusing and tiring application process for the Irish Universities by providing you supervised guidance for every step in the application timeline. So much to do, so many documents to prepare. Where do we start and what do we go ahead with next? Let us understand the 16 mandatory phases that you need to go through to pursue your Masters in the Republic of Ireland fruitfully!

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STEP 1: Get your Passport ready!

Supposing that you have just begun on your documentation, you need to get your Passport ready first. It is the key identification you will be presenting as an Indian Citizen when you go for your Masters in Ireland. Refer this section to know more on the entire process of having a new Passport issued in India. This step is not optional. 

STEP 2​: Attempting an English Proficiency Test

If English isn’t your first language, life might be a little tricky in Ireland. The majority speaks only English and Irish there, and thus you need to be good enough to speak English. Also, the medium of instructions and your courses shall be taken in English. Hence, you need to prove your English language proficiency to enrol for any Master’s programme. If you are confused about what to do, taking an English language test (TOEFL/ IELTS) is the solution to this! The IELTS is a famous (and considerably more relaxed, according to us) choice and is widely accepted by the Irish Universities too. This section shall aid you in everything you need to know about the IELTS Exam. (LINK) You can also learn about the TOEFL Exam here.

STEP 3​: Attempt the GRE Online Test

The GRE Exam is considered a vital admission criterion to pursue a Master’s degree in America. But in Ireland, the GRE scores aren’t a mandatory requirement. Obtaining them, though, enhances your chances of scoring an admit at your target University! This Exam needs good, thorough learning, preparation and commitment into the efforts. This section shall guide you more on the GRE Exam and their types.

STEP 4: Assemble your Undergraduate Degree Transcript and Educational Certificatest

Every year, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of applications received per semester by the Universities, which need to be carefully evaluated; a decision is to be made on the selection of the rightful candidates for the right courses. Members of the Admission Office thus, do not have enough time in checking each semester marks cards of every application. Therefore, your Undergraduate Degree Transcripts are an obligatory requirement for Universities’ admissions. Your educational certificates too constitute a significant prerequisite. Check this section to know more details.

STEP 5: Draft your Curriculum Vitae (CV)

The Curriculum Vitae is another essential document listed on every University’s admission requirements. It is necessary to create your CV based on the university type and fill in with the most up-to-date experiences and studies. This section will support you with the process of generating/updating the CV.

STEP 6: Compose a Statement of Purpose (SOP)

As the name goes, the Statement of Purpose mainly puts forth the primary purpose, which drives you to apply for the particular course to the University. The Statement of Purpose is conceivably one of the most important documents for your documentation. You need to prepare this statement from the very scratch. It actually takes a lot more effort and hours than expected, to end up with a convincing SOP. Check this part for more information and get started immediately.

STEP 7: Collect the Letters of Recommendation (LORs)

A Letter of Recommendation is a (positive) personal assessment given by your professor/ employer/supervisor. LORs express your strengths and weaknesses from a third person’s point of view. About 2-3 LORs from your previous/current superintendents (professors, project manager, etc.) are required during admission. Go through this link for further details.

STEP 8: Jot down a list of Target Universities

Once the documentation is done with, you can begin shortlisting universities based on your profile, the opportunities and preferences. It might take some time to analyse all the Universities and study their programme curriculum, module handbooks and other facilities they offer. Make sure you have many options in hand which match your profile and desired Masters’ programme. View this section for more material on the same.

STEP 9: Send Applications to University

Your documents are ready, and your Universities have been shortlisted. Now we shall commence with the application process. Usually, universities ask you to apply online on their admission portals/ University websites and then mail them the hard copies of your records and documents if chosen. Check your target university’s website and enquire on the application procedures. Read more into this section to know more details about the process.

STEP 10: Apply for Education Loan​

You may need an education (student) loan to support you during your stay in the Republic of Ireland, i.e. for your tuition fee, travel and living expenses. Once you get the offer letter from the University, you need to pay the fees at the University. This can be done either by payment or by taking a loan. Applying for an education loan could be an exhausting process. This section shall lay out the whole process and give you a few critical tips.

STEP 11:Apply for a Health Insurance

It is mandatory, under the immigration law, all the non-EU students coming to Ireland must have their own private health insurance. Accidents, illness or your stay at the hospital, this insurance should cover for everything during your stay in Ireland.

STEP 12: Get yourself a Travel Insurance

We consider this to be an essential step. Travel insurance covers you during your journey to Ireland and helps you out, in case there are any unfortunate situations. Check this section for information on the travel insurance.

STEP 13: Book your Flight Tickets!

The final step before the Visa Interview – booking your flight tickets! If you are not accustomed to the flight booking process, check out this section for the supervised step by step procedure.

STEP 14: Apply for the Ireland Student VISA

This is the last step in achieving your goal. You need to check on the type of Visa you will have to apply to go to Ireland for your Masters. Here you will get some clarity on this phase.

STEP 15: Get a Travel Money Card

Once you arrive in Ireland, you might not find a bank or an ATM immediately around your place, or it may take a while before you can withdraw cash from your bank account. A Prepaid Travel Money Card will come in help for such situations. Read more about Travel cards in this section.

STEP 16: Pack your bags! Bon Voyage!

Get your shopping lists ready and be smart about what needs to be packed. Several aspects need to be kept in mind– the weather of Ireland, snacks for travel, the type of clothing required, etc. Read this section to know more on all the things needed during your stay in Ireland.

Academic Certificates

  • All the academic grade reports are essential when applying for Masters.
  • The academic certificates might be mentioned by various names. Do not panic.
  • Usually, you will need to submit you 10th Grade marks card, 12th Grade marks card and Bachelor’s Degree certificate.
  • Your 10th Grade Marks Card might also be called the Secondary School Certificate.
  • Your 12th Grade Marks Card might be referred to as the High School Certificate.
  • Apart from these, you might also have to submit any University Entrance Qualification, i.e. proof of any Entrance Exams you’ve written.
  • If you have not received the final Bachelor’s Degree Certificate, you might as well submit the Provisional Degree Certificate.
  • A few universities also request all the Semester cards as well. Make sure you have them all ready.
  • If any of the documentation is not presented in English, get certified translations of them. The Universities will be oblivious to the language used in the certificates if it is not in English.
  • Usually, you need to upload the scanned documents on the University portal. Only a few Colleges/Universities require the traditional method of having the required documents sent by mail.
  • If you are uploading translated Certificates, make sure you merge both the Original certificate and its translation into a single PDF.
  • All scanned documents must be clear, with every information on the document properly visible.
  • If you are required to submit the documents by post, NEVER send your original documents. There are instances where the mail have gotten lost/misplaced. Always post notarised copies of all documents.
  • Your university/college might also want your Bachelor’s programme Module Handbook/Curriculum.

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