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1. Posted by FreeSpirit94 (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y

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Hello all,
I am twenty-one years old, and a full time University student in Melbourne.

I would like to move to Europe, preferably Ireland. I have never been to Europe, although I am planning to study there on Exchange next year for six months (in Belfast).

I definitely know that I want to move from Australia, although I was born here. For my entire life, I have felt Ireland calling me in a way that I cannot explain. I feel like something life changing is waiting for me there. I don't know why.

Does anyone have any tips or information for an Australian citizen wanting to study in Ireland, and also live there permanently? I have some relatives who I have never met (second cousins, etc) apparently living in Cork, would this help me in any way? Also, I would like to continue my study at University there.

I've been wanting to move to Europe for a long time, but I am just in the early stages of figuring it out now, so any help would be appreciated!

Thank you!

2. Posted by Rianda (Full Member 71 posts) 1y

Before you make the permanent move, why not go there, live and work for a period of time. You may like it but you may also prefer Australia especially if you have family in Australia.

3. Posted by FreeSpirit94 (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y

I intend to live and study there for around six months next year. No, I don't like the Australian culture. I cannot wait to rid myself of it. My myriad family here is not a reason for me to stay. My lovely Mother supports me in the idea, and would visit me overseas. It is not uncommon in my family to leave Australia permanently, as our family is quite dysfunctional.

4. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 648 posts) 1y


Sounds like you already have a good plan. Six months in Belfast will give you chance to visit a few places and try before you buy. Bear in mind that there's quite a lot of variety - I wouldn't personally want to live in Belfast, but Dublin is quite different. Then again you may find rural Ireland or Scotland suit you better - it's hard to know beforehand how much of your ideas about Ireland are accurate.

Anyway there's certainly plenty about Belfast that's dysfunctional so you should fit in fine! ;-)

As regards getting residency, I don't really know. Here in the UK (including northern Ireland ie Belfast) the eu make us give open access to eu citizens and this makes it harder for non eu people to get in. However get a job offer and I'm sure you'd be fine. Is your study going to lead to a career?

5. Posted by FreeSpirit94 (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y

My studies will (if all goes well) lead to a career as a Neuropsychologist, or a Clinical Psychologist (Child and Adolescent). I would intend to study in Belfast, and then move to a more rural area as I love living in the countryside. Once there I would hope to set up some kind of Private Practice. Thank you for your supportive reply. The only issue is that I am unsure as to how I could financially afford to complete my studies outside of Australia. The exchange program will not see me to the end of my studies, and in Australia as a citizen I do not have to repay my student debt until I begin to earn a certain amount. I would love to complete my studies in Ireland, but without citizenship or permanent residency, I think that perhaps a scholarship might be a good goal as a pathway to staying. As far as work goes, I have casually worked exercising Dressage horses in the past, and I have a lifetime of experience with horses, but I have no qualification in terms of a piece of paper. I don't think that it would count. I have volunteering experience, but I don't know whether this would be considered either. If all else fails, I will get my career going here in Australia, and then apply for permanent residency once I am employable in Ireland. :) Do you have any ideas for means by which a University student could live and study in Ireland permanently, without being in possession of tremendous wealth? I will wait to move countries if I must, although I would prefer to move as soon as possible following my stay in Belfast and providing that the culture in Ireland suits me better (I am fairly certain that it will). Thank you!

6. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 648 posts) 1y

Well top marks for actually doing a degree with a career in mind - that seems a rarity these days.

I don't know much about visas and residency (being a uk citizen I've never needed one) but maybe someone with some knowledge will pop up, or else get googling. However, on the bright side you at least have two chances since northern Ireland falls under the uk and then the republic of Ireland will have its own system.

Presumably you could help fund your studies with bar work, working in McDonald's, other basic jobs, if a student visa allows you to work.A quick Google suggests that in Belfast / the UK you can work up to 20 hours a week in termtime and full time in the holidays.

I'm not sure what you mean by a scholarship. These days uk university students are charged tuition fees for their course as well as needing to fund their living costs. Foreign students are seen as a cash cow and charged more. I'm not aware of anyone queuing up to pay for you - but I could be wrong, I'm no expert on this stuff.

This link also suggests there are a few routes to staying and working in the uk after your studies.
Again, check the different situation in Ireland.

Keep us posted how you get on! :-)

7. Posted by mariha2912 (Full Member 115 posts) 1y

You mention family in Cork. Do you happen to have an Irish born grand parent? Then you may be able to apply for Irish citizenship.

You may want to have a look here too for info on studying, living etc in Republic of Ireland.