Ireland is a great place to study and its universities welcome students from across the world. But how much does it cost?

Most universities and institutions of higher learning have at least two parts to their fee structure – tuition and the student contribution. Tuition covers your learning in class, while the student contribution covers student services and examinations. The maximum rate for the student contribution in 2018–2019 is €3,000.

Non-EU students

Students from countries outside of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) must pay the full cost of their courses. This can vary widely, depending on the course and the institution where you study.

For example, annual fees for degrees at Dublin City University (DCU) range from €14,000 to €15,000; at University College Dublin (UCD) they vary from €18,700 to €51,000, and at Trinity College (TCD) from €24,695 to €45,000. Dublin’s Institutes of Technology (DIT) offer degrees between €12,000 and €13,500.

The links below will help you investigate tuition fees at some of Dublin’s prominent institutions of higher learning.


Institutes of Technology:

Other institutions:

Irish & EU students

If you are an Irish or EU national, you may be eligible to have the tuition fees for your first undergraduate degree paid by Ireland’s Higher Education Authority. However, you must satisfy all the following criteria:

  • You have been a resident in an EU member state for at least three of the five years before you begin your studies.
  • You have not attended an undergraduate course before.
  • You will be studying full-time on a course that lasts at least two years.

You must also satisfy at least one of these requirements:

  • You are a national of any member state of the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland.
  • You are a family member of an EU national and have permission to live in Ireland.
  • You have refugee status in Ireland.
  • You are a family member of someone with refugee status and have permission to reside in Ireland.
  • You have been granted ‘leave to remain’ in Ireland on a humanitarian basis.
  • The Minister for Justice and Equality has granted you permission to live in Ireland.

Students who are repeating a semester or a year of their degree are not eligible for this fee-free tuition, nor are students pursuing a second undergraduate degree.

The Higher Education Authority has established these criteria, but leaves it to individual institutions to assess applicants’ eligibility. Visit their website, Student Finance Ireland, for more information.

Disclaimer: Tuition fees are subject to annual review at most universities. We have made every effort to ensure that these figures are correct as of May 2018.