Ireland, a country in western Europe occupies the majority of the western most portion of the British Isles, making it the second largest island of the British Isles and the third largest in Europe. Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic, separated from Great Britain by the North Channel in the east, the Irish Sea and the George’s Channel. Geopolitically, it is divided between the Republic of Ireland (Ireland) and Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom. The emergence of Ireland as an independent nation is fairly recent when it formally exited the Commonwealth in 1949 as the Republic of Ireland. With a population of over 5 million, it is the second most populous island in Europe after Great Britain. The capital city, Dublin is urban and affluent is home to almost one-fourth of the country’s population. Cork in the south-west is the country’s second largest city while Waterford, Wexford, Galway, Limerick are principal centres scattered along the east and the west coast. The scenic countryside consists of undulating plains, coastal highlands, mountain ranges and lowlands with many lakes, large bog areas and low ridges which provide evidence of a complex geologic history. The predominant influence of the Atlantic Ocean makes for an extremely moderate temperate climate, frequent rainfall and lush vegetation with uniform temperatures all across the island.
For international students, Ireland is an ideal mix of affordable world class education, rich layered cultural and architectural history and scenic landscape marked by rolling hills, rugged coastline and deep valleys making it one of Europe’s top study abroad destination. Additionally, the Irish are known for their warm and friendly personality, great hospitality and even greater zest for life!
WHY STUDY IN IRELAND ?
- The higher education sector in Ireland consists of universities, colleges including specialist colleges, private independent colleges and institutes of technology offering several vocational programs including hospitality, healthcare, pharmacy and much more. Ireland’s higher education system is considered to be in the top 20 worldwide. All qualifications awarded by Irish universities and colleges are quality assured by the Irish state agency, Quality and Qualifications, Ireland.
- All of Ireland’s universities are ranked in the top 5% globally. Universities in Ireland are ranked impressively well especially in the QS World University Rankings. In 2019, Ireland’s seven public universities were ranked in the world’s top 700 universities. The Irish Government’s average annual rate of investment in higher education is significantly higher than other EU and OECD countries. Ireland’s universities and educational institutions’ commitment to excellence and are renowned internationally for their academic quality.
- Ireland’s 34 higher education institutions offer over 5,000 programs at different levels of study – Diplomas, Bachelors, Masters – leading to quality assured, internationally recognised qualifications. Students can choose courses ranging from medicine, science, technology, engineering, business, law, literature, history, philosophy, psychology etc. There is something to choose from for every student!
- Irish universities are ranked in the top 1% of research institutions around the world particularly excelling in wide ranging areas of scientific research including natural science, social sciences and humanities. According to published reports, Ireland is considered as an international research hub and ranks 1st in Nano science, 2nd in Immunology, Computer Science and 11th in the 2014 Global Innovation Index. Many students from around the world including India visit Ireland to pursue research in several fields.
- Hundreds of scholarships and financial aids are available for international students from a wide variety of sources including Government of Ireland, the universities and colleges and other organisations. Each of these awards have their own set of eligibility criteria which are at the discretion of the individual organisations.
- Ireland is an Anglophone country meaning that the Irish are English-speaking people. It is also a member state of the European Union. Both these factors make Ireland an attractive study abroad option for international students. Each year, thousands of international students come from the EU, UK, North America, Asia including India to study in Ireland.
- International students are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English by undertaking IELTS, PTE or TOEFL.
- Dublin and other large urban areas, small towns in Ireland are considered safe, peaceful and pretty low on the crime scale according to the Global Peace Index. Ireland has a young vibrant population with 40% of the population below the age of 25 which makes it an exciting place to be a student. Irish are also known for their friendliness and hospitality which helps international students adapt easily.
- Another advantage of studying in Ireland is that it is close to many other European destinations and relatively easy to travel from one place to another. Students can take a break either over a long weekend somewhere else in the UK or travel across Europe once their studies are completed in Ireland.
- Ireland is home to the HQs of many leading global MNCs because after Singapore, it is the 2nd most attractive country in the world for FDI. Organisations and companies like Google, HP, Apple, IBM, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Pfizer, GSK and many others have their Head Offices for their European operations.