Application Procedure for Ireland
The application procedure for Ireland requires the following steps:
• Step 1- Research: The students should do their research on the universities or the colleges that they wish to apply to along with the programs that they are interested in applying for.
We at AM Consulting counsel you to understand your careers goals and aspirations and accordingly design a custom roadmap for you. We will then help you in shortlisting of the courses and the universities that you should apply to, based on a number of factors such as your test score, your academic credentials, your work experience, your budget as well as your areas of interest.
• Step 2 – Taking the Required Tests: Each program in Ireland will require you to give an English proficiency test in order to be considered for admission. Ireland only requires you to take the IELTS exam and submit the score to your choice of Universities for a small fee. An ideal score required on the IELTS for Ireland, is an overall score 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
• Step 3 – Preparing the Documents: Next the students need to put together the following documents for the application process:
a) Transcripts: Transcripts are mark sheets presented in a certain format. A student will need to apply at their respective schools or colleges for getting their transcripts issued. Each transcript will be stamped & signed, and then sealed in an envelope which also needs to be stamped and signed.
b) Statement of Purpose: Some Irish universities will require you to submit a Statement of Purpose (SOP) as part of the application. MBA applicants might have to answer 2-3 university specific essay questions. An SOP can make or break a student’s application and is one of the most important parts of the application process. A crisp and well-crafted SOP can make up for a low GRE or GMAT score or even low academics.
We at AM Consulting specialize in drafting brilliant SOP’s which have helped our students secure admits into some of the top universities in Ireland. You can contact us here to know about our SOP packages.
c) Letters of Recommendation (LORs): Universities require you to submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation (LOR) as a part of your application. One is a professional one and the other is an academic one. You need to nominate your manager at your workplace and a professor at your college for writing these letters for you. These LORs are also one of the most important parts of your application wherein your referees make a case for your selection to that particular university. You need to nominate referees who know your well and under whom you have grown professionally or academically.
We at AM Consulting provide assistance in drafting LOR’s for our students. You can contact us here to know more about our LOR packages.
d) Resume: The students need to prepare a professional looking resume which is no more than 2 pages, as part of their application. The resume should contain the student’s academic as well as professional information.
e) Proof of Work Experience/Internships/Social Work: In order to strengthen the application, a student can submit additional documents such as an offer letter, internship experience letter or a certificate for completion of social work done at a local non-governmental organization (NGO).
f) Other Documents: A student will also need to submit their passport copies, 2-3 photos and the university application form.
• Step 4 – Application to the Universities: AM Consulting, will apply to universities in Ireland for you and keep you updated on the status of your applications. We will forward you the offers as and when received and help you in selecting the best university for you.
• Step 5 – Visa: Upon accepting an offer from a particular university, the next step is to apply for the student visa at the Irish Consulate in or around your city. AM Consulting will help you in visa application process. Ideally you should apply for your student visa, at least 8 weeks in advance. You will need to have an unconditional offer letter and also pay a minimum deposit of 6000 euros.
As part of the visa application process, you will need to show funds in your account that will be enough to cover your tuition fees as well as your living expenses while studying in Ireland Alternatively if your parents are funding the education then, then you need to submit an affidavit of support signed by your parents and on a stamp paper.
Initially you will get a visa for 30-90 days. Post this once you arrive in Ireland, you will need to register yourself at the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).
The below documents are required for GARDA registration.
• Student ID card (provided by the school/university in Ireland).
• A letter from the Registrar’s office of the school/university stating that student is a registered student and stating the start date and completion date of his/her course.•
• The student is required to show a part of his/her living expenses i.e. a minimum of €3000 to the visa office in his/her Irish bank statement.•
• A €300 fee (credit/debit card ‐ no cash accepted).
Document Checklist for Application:
• Transcripts and Degree Certificate
• Statement of Purpose/Essays
• A minimum of 2 letters of recommendation
• Work Offer Letter or any other Certificates
• IELTS Score
• Application Form
Irish universities offer generous scholarships and hence it is advisable to apply at the earliest and also since the batch sizes are smaller, the courses shut admissions very fast. For a September intake, it is advisable to apply between November-December.