Ireland is now an exciting new hub of intellectual learning and civic progress. It offers students from all over the world a chance to study in its universities. It offers excellent infrastructure and Ireland is known for its excellent infrastructure and attractive scholarship packages for students interested in studying at universities there. Known for combining both modernity and traditional attributes Ireland is now one of the top destinations in the world especially for those who want to study medicine and engineering.
This is another country in Europe, which offers good infrastructure, amenities and a general pleasing environment for those far away from home. Home to prestigious universities like Dublin City University, University College Cork, National University of Ireland Galway, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland is blessed with natural beauty and rich multicultural heritage, that makes students feel at home.
Naturally, a student must be entirely prepared when it comes to selecting universities here. Most importantly, one should have one’s goal in mind and have a clear understanding of what one is going to say. The Hurray, Overseas Education Consultant has put together a series of questions asked regarding Ireland.
Here are some questions asked.
Student Visa Interview Questions: Ireland
The visa interview is an important step in the process of Studying Abroad.
After submitting an application for a D Study Visa, which will permit you to stay and study in Ireland for a period longer than 3 months, along with the supporting documents, you may be required to attend a personal interview.
How the interview works
The interview will be conducted by the concerned official at an Irish consulate or embassy office. The objective of the interview is to establish that you are a genuine, credible student, who is coming to Ireland for academic purposes alone.
Prepping for the interview seriously and well in advance, is the key to successfully clearing it. First, you must ensure that you are in possession of all the necessary documents prior to the interview and are aware of all the related procedures. The second important step is plenty of preparation for the interview itself. By familiarising yourself with the kinds of questions that are likely to be asked, and preparing your answers accordingly, you will gain the confidence to handle the interview well.
There is no fixed format or number of questions that you will be asked during the interview. The following are the main areas of information that you are likely to be asked about.
1. About your academic background
You would receive questions regarding your qualifications, your area of study and your employment history.
2. About your financial position
You must show that you are thorough with all the details regarding funding your course as well as your living expenses, both for the first academic year as well as subsequent years, as per your course duration. If you are availing any financial sponsorship or have taken a loan, you must show awareness of those details as well.
3. About your decision to study at your chosen university
4. About your decision to study your particular course
5. About your decision to study in Ireland, as opposed to your home country
Each of the above are intended to assess your reasons behind your choices, as well as how thorough you are with all the associated details. These include details about the course and its requirements, the university etc. You may receive questions pertaining to your choice to study in Ireland, as opposed to your home country. You will have to connect each of your decisions with your long-term career plans.
6. Whether you plan to work alongside your studies
If you plan to work, you must show how working will benefit you in terms of your academic/career objectives, as well as your familiarity with the regulations regarding international students working. Remember that you cannot fund your course fees or your living expenses with work – you must display this awareness as well.
7. Whether you plan to stay back after graduation
Again, you will have to provide clear reasons for the same, as well as an awareness of the rules and regulations involved.
Important tips for preparation
1. Prepare the necessary information: Be aware of all the important practical information that you must know about, particularly those related to your course and your financial status. You must also be aware of all the rules related to international students in Ireland.
2. Think about your reasons: The answers to the reason-based questions are entirely subjective. Think of valid and specific reasons. Avoid general statements.
“The university is renowned worldwide for its engineering programme.”
“The department at the university has several faculty members, including Dr X and Professor Y, who have research strengths in the area of medical technology. This is the area in which I wish to work, and I am looking forward to benefiting from their expertise.”
3. Do not learn by rote: While preparation is essential, you must not try to memorise your answers in advance. If you do so, the interviewer will be able to recognise that you have and you will make a bad impression. Furthermore, if you are asked about something that you have not prepared for, you will be at a loss for words, creating an even worse impression.
4. Be honest: Do not falsify any information or leave anything out in response to a question. If you are caught being dishonest, your application is likely to be rejected outright.
5. Be yourself: Do not try to appear to be anything that you are not – whether this is in terms of mentioning skills or interests that you do not possess, or even using words that you do not understand or a fake accent.
For all your Study Abroad needs, from applying to universities to acing the visa interview, the Hurray Overseas Education counselling team is available for assistance. Book your one-on-one session with us now – reach out via mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone; 8971357928 for more details.