Soon you will have finally graduated with your bachelor degree. The world is your oyster so what next? What is your next move?  Why not explore the possibility of studying an international one year postgraduate degree in Ireland? How will this enhance your international career and what are the opportunities for employment in Ireland afterwards?

Reasons to stay in Ireland after your postgraduate studies

The Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme

As a US student who has successfully obtained a postgraduate degree in Ireland, you have the right to extend your stay in Ireland for 12 months for the purpose of seeking employment and applying for a green card or work permit.

You will be allowed to remain in Ireland to work for up to 40 hours a week under student visa arrangements and apply for further permission to remain in the Ireland under green card or work permit arrangements.

You are also entitled to return to Higher education after availing of the Graduate Scheme if you re-enter at a higher level and can finish the new course within the 7 year limit on studies for non-EEA students. The Irish Council for International Students is also an excellent website for further information on this scheme.

Ireland is a top global export platform for Corporate America

Ireland is a top global export platform for Corporate America according to a report called The Transatlantic Economy 2016 for the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU.

In the report it states that the transatlantic economy between the US and Europe generates $5.5 trillion dollars in total commercial sales a year and employs up to 15 million people on both sides of the Atlantic. It is the largest and wealthiest market in the world accounting for 35% of the world GDP in terms of purchasing power.

As regards US company exports from Ireland, the report highlights that between 2000 and 2013 exports have increased fivefold to $244 billion. This is four times larger than the equivalent exports from China and 3.5 times larger than Mexico.

Therefore, living in Ireland is a great opportunity for US students to live and work.

Ireland – Home away from home

Ireland is the only English speaking country in the Eurozone and it remains a preferred location for young Europeans; in 2013 alone over 55k Europeans came to work in Ireland according to IDA Ireland. Over half a million Irish residents speak a foreign language other than English or Irish. Therefore, it is a great opportunity for US students to be live and work in a multicultural society within an English speaking European country.

If you are thinking about studying a postgraduate business degree in Ireland and would like more information on the points highlighted in this article, download our free ebook on postgraduate studies in Ireland here.

For more information on carrying out a postgraduate degree in DCU Business School click here.

After all that research online and talking to your lecturers, friends and family, you have decided Dublin, Ireland is your destination of choice to continue your postgraduate studies in international business.

However, before you take that plunge, it is really important to know what your options are for funding your program and how much it actually costs to live in Dublin for a year.

Irish Scholarship Opportunities

The Government of Ireland International Scholarship scheme

The Government of Ireland International Scholarship scheme is operated and co-funded by the Irish Government and the higher education institutions (HEIs) and includes a full tuition fee waiver and a stipend of €7,500 to cover living expenses for one year.

This prestigious scholarship scheme is intended to support suitably qualified candidates intending to pursue full-time Masters in any discipline in an Irish higher education institute.

Fulbright scholarships

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students.

Dublin City University has waived tuition for Fulbright grantees enrolled on a taught Master’s Program within three of its faculty – one being the business faculty. Fulbright scholars will also receive a stipend of up to €15,000 covering travel, subsistence and accommodation costs.

 Cost of Living in Dublin

Dublin is quite an expensive city to live in. Your biggest spend will be on the type of accommodation you would like to live in. As a postgraduate student, it is highly recommended that you have your own bedroom if sharing a house, apartment or staying on campus. The year will fly and you will need your own space to ensure you get through a very intense year. Make sure to research your options well in advance before of coming to Ireland.

The other major costs of living are food and personal expenses (such as clothes, social life, travel). One-off costs to  consider are the following:

For more information on the points highlighted in this article, download this free ebook on postgraduate studies in Ireland.

For more information on carrying out a postgraduate degree in DCU Business School click here.