Ireland, a neighbouring country of the UK, is one of the wealthiest countries in the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), and over the last few years it has emerged as a preferred destination for international students looking to study in Western Europe.
Why study in Ireland?
1. English language
Although Irish Gaelic is recognised as the official language of Ireland, only 36% of the Irish population speak it and the country is predominantly English spoken.
You may have heard the Irish accent on TV or film, and it may overwhelm you at first. But you will soon become accustomed to it, and living and studying in Ireland is a great way to improve your listening and speaking ability.
2. Post study visa
One of the major benefits of studying in Ireland is the post-study visa. This makes it easier for students to look for job opportunities in the country after they graduate and, once they have found employment, they are then eligible to apply for a green card/work permit.
In addition, the Irish government has also agreed to extend the ‘stay back option’ to two years from one year for non-EU/EEA students who study at level 9 or above in the national framework.
3. Top universities
Ireland is home to some of the best universities in the world. Trinity College Dublin is ranked 117th in the 2018 THE World University Rankings and has an international reputation of the highest quality, while University College Dublin and National University of Ireland, Galway rank in the top 250.
There are plenty of generous scholarship opportunities available in Ireland. For example, Trinity College Dublin offers bursaries worth €5,000, NCI Galway €2,000 and UCD provide 50% and 100% discounts on your tuition fees.
5. Culture and lifestyle
Ireland is like few places on earth. Beautiful landscapes, scenic beauty, famous hospitality, and a rich culture of music, drinking, and sport. Did you know that there is one pub per 100 people in Dublin? Your main goal is to study hard, but letting your hair down is encouraged!
6. Part-time jobs
Want to make some extra money, or earn valuable work experience in an English speaking environment while studying in Ireland? Students can work up to 20 hours during semester months and 40 hours during holidays.
7. Home to big international businesses
For students looking to find employment or work experience with huge international businesses, Ireland offers almost unrivalled options relative to its size. The likes of Microsoft, Google, Apple and Dell all have offices here and often look to the universities for potential new employees.
Study in Ireland
If you are interested in studying abroad in Ireland, arrange a free consultation with SI-UK today. Our international application experts can help you successfully apply to a variety of different schools and study levels.