Around the world, postgraduate students and executives aspiring for top level management positions are always on the look out for good affordable MBA programs.
A combination of world-class universities and low-tuition MBA is the best combination for international students. That is what the University College Dublin’s Smurfit Graduate Business School offers.
It also has the advantage of being in one of the safest countries in the world. Study Abroad students coming to University College Dublin would be attending one of Europe’s top universities, with a highly diversified student population from over 100 countries.
Cost of living in Dublin
The cost of living in Ireland depends primarily on your location and lifestyle.
That said, the cost of living in Dublin is relatively higher than other major European cities except for London. The figures show that consumers prices in London including rent are 13.59% higher than in London. Though Groceries tend to be cheaper in London
Other cities like Belfast (Northern Ireland), Paris (France) and Munich (Germany) have lower consumer price index inclusive of rent. The figures stand at about 36.20%, 5.3%, and 14.22% respectively.
However, all things being considered, students should make sure they have between €7,000 and €12, 000 per annum. That should be enough to cover all expenses.
Cost of living in Smurfit Graduate Business School/year
On campus €6,600
Off campus €7,200
On campus €4,800
Off campus €4,800
On campus €1,200
Off campous €1,200
On campus €4,200
Off campus €4,200
Entry Requirements for Smurfit Graduate school of Business
- University degree or an acceptable professional qualification in a related field
- At least 3 years professional experience
- A GMAT score of at least 520. Alternatively, GRE test score can be accepted.
- An average IELTS English language proficiency test score of 7.0. Students who completed their bachelor’s level degree in an English-speaking country would be exempted from this.
- Students can show a TOEFL test result instead of the IELTS. The minimum required test scores would be provided by the university in the application form.
Go here to get the online application form and fill it.
The following documents must be attached to the application form
- Curriculum vitae
- Official GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS records where applicable
- Transcripts of degrees or professional qualifications
- Four essays. The topics are available on the application form
- Letters of recommendation manually signed and scanned become submission. You can download the MBA recommendation form here.
- An application fee of €50.
Deadlines for submitting applications and interview
Candidates are advised to submit their applications early since candidates are subject to interviews before a final decision is made on successful applicants.
The mode of the interview for successful candidates is via telephone or video conference. So candidates do not have to leave their location to be interviewed.
The Tuition fee for all MBA students is the same irrespective of country of origin. In other words, both domestic, EU and non-EU students pay the same amount.
Currently, full-time MBA students pay a total of €34,500. This fee is paid in three installments in September, January and May.
However, before paying the fees, Students must pay a €1000 non-refundable acceptance fee once they have been offered admission.
Further information about fees scheduling and how to pay these fees can be obtained here.
All international students must obtain a student visa to study in Ireland. EU/EEU and students from Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand Canada, USA, and Malaysia are exempted from getting a student visa.
Also, all students coming from outside Ireland must register with the immigration authority of the country known as the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).
Further information on how to apply for a student visa would be found here.
These are the general guidelines for applying for a visa
- Fill the online form
- Head to the nearest Irish embassy
- Provide a passport-sized photo
- Pay the application fee
- Letter explaining why you need a visa
- Show original copy of admission letter from the University
- Show evidence you have paid tuition fee
- Provide a valid passport
- Show evidence of health insurance
- Show evidence you can support yourself in Ireland.
Note that the embassy might require more documents depending on your country. And since the visa application takes about 8 weeks to process, you must endeavor to apply early
Also, since Ireland is not a party to the Schengen agreement, your Schengen visa, if you have one, would not suffice to get you into Ireland.