Canada or Ireland- Which Country for Higher Studies?

Choosing between countries to study abroad can be challenging considering each country’s benefits. International students choose from multiple the top desired study abroad nations such as the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and more. So which country to choose, Canada or Ireland? The choice seems tough, considering the increasing global popularity of both destinations as major educational and employment hubs. Ireland and Canada have unique strengths and USPs to offer aspirants. Here’s a closer look at some of the parameters that may help you choose the right study abroad destinations.

Canada or Ireland- Eligibility Criteria

Finding it hard to choose between Canada or Ireland for master’s or undergraduate programs? A lot depends on the average eligibility criteria in both countries for students. 


  • You should have finished twelve years of school education for undergraduate programs. 
  • You will have to appear for the SAT examination for four-year degree courses. 
  • There are diploma courses available for two years. 
  • It is easier for PG or master’s programs to get admitted to vocational courses. 
  • You will require GMAT scores for management programs, while GRE scores are needed for engineering degrees. 
  • Cut-offs are not usually applicable to colleges in the country.
  • You also require scores in English language proficiency tests such as IELTS or TOEFL. 


  • A minimum score of 60% or higher is needed in Class XII. 
  • Diploma and foundation programs are available for those who have scored 50%. 
  • Students should have completed 18 years before enrolling in degree programs. 
  • Entry requirements are slightly less stringent at universities in Ireland, although education standards are quite high. 
  • Universities take applications for UG courses via the CAO (Central Applications Office) online system. 
  • You have to provide your IELTS/TOEFL scores. 
  • For postgraduate courses, you will need a diploma or degree at the bachelor’s level and a relevant subject of study. 
  • You will have to provide scores on English language proficiency tests too.
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Admission Cycle

Here are the admission cycle or intakes for Canada and Ireland


IntakeCourseAdmission cycle
Fall IntakeUndergraduate, Postgraduate and degree programsSeptember – January
WinterDegree/diploma programsJanuary – April
SummerDiploma/Certificate programMay-August


IntakeCourseAdmission cycle
Autumn Undergraduate, Postgraduate and degree programsJune – September
SpringUndergraduate, Postgraduate and degree programsSeptember – January
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Top Universities

Both Canada and Ireland are home to many top universities. However, here is the subject-wise list of top universities as per QS World University Rankings 2022 (QSWUR). 

Arts and Humanities

Universities (Canada)QS WUR by Subject 2022Universities (Ireland)QS WUR by Subject 2022
University of Toronto=16Trinity College Dublin, =46
University of British Columbia30University College Dublin=92
McGill University=37National University of Ireland Galway=271
University of Montreal=120University College Cork=288
York University=159Dublin City University=338

Engineering and Technology

University (Canada)QSWUR Subject 2022University (Ireland)QSWUR Subject 2022
University of Toronto=34Trinity College Dublin, =165
University of British Columbia36University College Dublin=206
University of Waterloo=49University College Cork289
McGill University=53National University of Ireland Galway=295
University of Montreal=104University of Limerick338

Life Sciences and Medicine

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