As people around the world celebrate St Patrick’s Day, what better time is there to consider studying an LLM in Ireland?
LLM tuition fees
Your main cost consideration when studying an LLM in Ireland is the LLM tuition fees – and these vary from law school to law school and also whether you are in Irish/EU students or an international student. This table provides examples of LLM tuition fees at a selection of Irish law schools.
It depends on both where you are living as well as how you want to live when accessing accommodation costs when living in Ireland as a student, but as an example on-campus accommodation at the University College Cork costs between €300 and €650 per month. Self-catering accommodation is a lower cost compared to catered halls of residence, but in this instance you will have additional expenses such as food costs. In Cork itself rental accommodation is around €500 to €700 per month, but this will give you more flexibility during holidays. Dublin accommodation is usually a little more expensive and can cost from around €800 per month. Outside of Dublin and Cork you will probably find that accommodation costs are lower – it just depends on what you are looking for.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Ireland does depend on your lifestyle, but for students in the main cities of Dublin and Cork certain aspects – such as accommodation – can be higher than in other parts of Ireland. However other living costs – for example transportation costs may be lower. A recent study revealed that the cost of living for students in Ireland has dropped to €11,948.25, and this is mostly due to the impacts of Covid-19. Mobile phone costs have also decreased in Ireland to around €20 per month. Socialising and other lifestyle costs are estimated at €200 to €300 per month and for LLM students this is particularly important as many of your fellow students will become your colleagues and contacts of the future.
In Dublin and Cork, students use a variety of travel methods and travel costs vary depending on the method. Both cities have comprehensive public transport systems, but many students live near to the campuses so walking is popular. An annual bike hire membership costs €25 in Dublin and in other places in Ireland many LLM students are reliant on cars for transportation.
Additional course costs
As well as the LLM tuition fees, LLM students will also need to purchase other items such as books and other course materials. This varies between courses, but expect to spend €70 to €100 each month on additional costs including attending networking events or purchasing stationery items.
Costs for international students
International LLM students will also encounter additional costs. For students who are not from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, they have to register in person with the Irish Naturalisations and Immigration Services (INIS) after completing their registration at their law school. The INIS issues an Irish Residence Permit in the form of an ID card and this costs €300. This is an annual cost for non-EU students and to get this card students must also have health insurance which costs between €160 to €600 per year, and your law school will have all the details about health insurance. All international students and those Irish students moving for studying will have extra settling in costs associated with moving house.