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Capital: Dublin
Population: 6,572,728
Language(s): EnglishIrish
Currency: Euro (€/EUR)
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Learn how to participate in national and European Parliament elections while studying abroad as a citizen from Ireland. Check out the table below for document requirements, registration procedures, and useful links.

  • Voting is not mandatory
  • Minimum age required to vote: 18

How can I vote from abroad?

by proxy

This voting mode is not available.


This voting mode is not available.

by post

This voting mode is not available.

from the embassy

This voting mode is not available.

European Parliament elections

Ireland does not recognise its citizens' right to vote from abroad in European Parliament elections, so Irish citizens must return to Ireland in order to vote. Voting from abroad is allowed in a few specific categories of people (e.g. military and diplomatic staff). 

  • Upfront registration required
  • Minimum age required to vote in the EU elections: 18

Cost of living

a room in a 3 bedrooms shared flat in the city centre 627€/month
a meal 15€
a cappuccino 3.27€

These are average costs of living for Ireland. Costs can differ accross cities and locations. For more details, you can check numbeo website.


Rank Value
Rainbow Index 15 53.42

Rainbow Europe, 2021.

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Rainbow Europe

Rainbow Europe by ILGA-Europe illustrates the legal and policy situation of LGBTI people in Europe. It ranks all 49 European countries on a scale between 0% (gross violations of human rights, discrimination) and 100% (respect of human rights, full equality), on the basis of laws and policies that have a direct impact on the LGBTI people’s human rights in under 6 categories: equality and non-discrimination; family; hate crime and hate speech; legal gender recognition and bodily integrity; civil society space; and asylum.


The is the European platform about inclusion and support services offered by higher education institutions, national agencies, and ministries for education to international students. In its current version, the platform aims to provide to students with disabilities all the information they need to study abroad.

Quality of life

Rank Value
Human Development Index 2 0.955
World Press Freedom Index 12 11.91

HDI, 2019.
WPFI, 2021.

Human Development Index

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a statistic composite index of life expectancy, education, and per capita income indicators, which are used to rank countries into four tiers of human development. A country scores a higher HDI when the lifespan is higher, the education level is higher, and the gross national income GNI (PPP) per capita is higher.

World Press Freedom Index

The World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between states, published every year by Reporters Without Borders. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country.

ESN sections supporting international students

  • ESN Maynooth

Higher education institutions

  • Athlone Institute of Technology (Athlone)
  • Institute of Technology Carlow (Carlow)
  • Carlow College, St. Patrick's (Carlow)
  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork (Cork)
  • Munster Technological University (Cork)
  • Cork Institute of Technology (Cork)
  • The Provost, Fellows, Foundation Scholars & the Other Members of Board, of the College of the Holy & Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth Near Dublin (Dublin)
  • University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin (Dublin)
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Dublin)
  • Dublin City University (Dublin)
  • National College of Art and Design (Dublin)
  • Royal Irish Academy of Music (Dublin)
  • Griffith College (Dublin)
  • Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology (Dublin)
  • Marino Institute of Education (Dublin)
  • Hibernia College Unlimited Company (Dublin)
  • Accountancy & Business College (Ireland) Limited Trading As Dublin Business School (Dublin)
  • Technological University Dublin (Dublin)
  • The American College, Dublin Company Limited (Dublin)
  • National College of Ireland (Dublin)
  • Computer Training Specialists Limited (Dublin)
  • Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland (Dun Laoghaire)
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology (Dundalk)
  • National University of Ireland Galway (Galway)
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Galway)
  • Galway Business School Ltd (Galway)
  • Pontifical University, St Patrick's College Maynooth (Maynooth)
  • National University of Ireland Maynooth (Maynooth)
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology (Letterkenny)
  • Atlantic Technological University (Letterkenny)
  • University of Limerick (Limerick)
  • Limerick Institute of Technology (Limerick)
  • Mary Immaculate College (Limerick)
  • Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (Limerick)
  • Institute of Technology Sligo - Its (Sligo)
  • St. Angela's College (Sligo)
  • Waterford Institute of Technology (Waterford)
  • Institute of Technology Tralee (Tralee)

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