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  Study in Ireland:


  Why study in Ireland  

Ireland is an increasingly popular destination for students from all over the world. The friendliness and hospitality for which Irish people are renowned, contribute to the ease with which overseas students adapt to the way of life and in particular, student life.

Ireland for long known for its young population and deep cultural history which tend to attract various aspirants across the globe, Its renowned colleges and universities ranked amongst the top list of higher education with higher quality and standard. Ireland is the land of scholars and saints. When we consider greats like Jonathan Swift, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Yeats, We know for a fact why it is famously called 'Celtic Tiger'. Since long Ireland had the history of educating world which is deeply rooted in its national pride, As far as education for International students is concerned, Ireland is an emerging country, which is now spreading its wings. With students seeking new frontiers for higher education, Ireland has emerged as a very promising country because of two strengths - the medium of instruction and cheaper costs. One fact which is a clear indication of attracting large international students to Ireland is its population growth which is not growing as much, making it a very low levels of growth in further education in terms of numbers. There are certain points which make Ireland one of the best destinations to pursue once career are:

Ireland - linked to the world
  • Ireland is an English-speaking country with close cultural, economic and educational links with the English-speaking world, especially with the UK - our next door neighbour and with the USA, where Irish Americans form a high proportion of the population.
  • We are European- part of the EU family of nations and cultures and of the increasingly integrated European Education Area.
  • Ireland is Global in outlook - for several centuries Irish people have emigrated to and settled in many countries around the globe and today we welcome people to Ireland from all over the world.
Ireland - where education and learning count
  • From the mediaeval monastic centres, to the "hedge schools" of the 17th - 19th centuries, to the schools and colleges of today
  • From the Irish scholar monks in Europe in the middle ages, to the missionary teachers of the 19th and 20th century in Asia, Africa and the Americas, to the international scholars and researchers of today..
  • From the 8th century Book of Kells to Joyce, Beckett, Shaw...
  • From the traditional, cultural and literary learning to leading-edge, 21st century science and technology
Ireland - where education and industry meet
  • Irish education is of the highest international quality.
  • It prepares people for success
  • It has close links to industry and is characterised by creativity, flexibility, agility, pragmatism and informality.
  •  Education was a key factor in making Ireland one of the fastest growing economies in the world over the past decade.
  • Investment in research and "4th level" education is a key plank in developing Ireland as a knowledge society in the new global economy.

The international dimension of education is important in Ireland, which has one of the most trade dependent economies in the world. The Irish Government has invested in the internationalisation of our education system, both to promote the international activities and linkages of our colleges and to encourage students from overseas countries to study in Ireland.

Higher Education

Higher education in Ireland is judged by international standards and the employment market for graduates is a global one. Overseas students receive a quality education in a friendly environment. They in turn enrich the educational experience of our own students and bring an international dimension to our campuses. Lifelong friendships and networks are formed between Irish and overseas students which later enhance the cultural and trade relationships between our countries.

Higher Education in Ireland consists of the universities (with associated colleges of education), institutes of technology, and a number of private independent colleges. The universities and institutes of technology are autonomous and self-governing, but are substantially state-funded


There are nine universities in Ireland - 2 in Northern Ireland and 7 in the Republic. The University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD), founded in 1592, is the oldest university in Ireland. The National University of Ireland (NUI) is a federal institute consisting of four constituent universities; University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Dublin; University College Cork, National University of Ireland Cork; National University of Ireland Galway and National University of Ireland Maynooth. NUI also has three recognised colleges: National College of Art and Design (NCAD), The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and St. Angela's College of Education. The University of Limerick (UL) and Dublin City University (DCU) are our newest universities and were founded in 1989. The two universities in Northern Ireland are: the University of Ulster (UU) and the Queen's University of Belfast (QUB).

In addition to offering degrees at Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate levels, over a full range of disciplines, the universities and colleges also undertake research in many areas. Undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas are also available and universities are involved in continuing and distance education programmes (aimed mainly at Irish residents).

Institutes of Technology

There are currently 14 Institutes of Technology located throughout the Republic offering programmes at degree, national diploma and national certificate levels in a wide variety of subjects. Their qualifications are externally validated by Ireland's national certification authority, which ensures that their qualifications reach the highest international standards. Many of the Institutes of Technology also run postgraduate diploma and degree programmes, both taught and research.

Independent Third Level Colleges

These colleges offer programmes leading to certificates, diplomas and degrees, which have received recognition by Ireland's national certification authority or from other external accreditation institutions (such as universities). Courses on offer include: Accountancy and Business Studies, Law, Humanities, Hotel & Catering, Tourism Studies and Art.

Study Programmes Available to Overseas Students

In addition to full undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, Irish universities offer a wide selection of study programmes involving credit transfer arrangements with overseas universities and colleges. These range from Summer programmes, to semester programmes, to full academic year programmes in a broad spectrum of faculties. These programmes include:
Junior Year Abroad (JYA) and Study Abroad Programmes (mainly aimed at non E.U. students)
SOCRATES (Applicable to citizens of Member States of the E.U. as well as to Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). SOCRATES aims to promote the concept of lifelong learning in response to constantly evolving education and training needs. There is a variety of programmes promoted by SOCRATES, including:
ERASMUS (higher education)
LINGUA (language-learning)

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