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Why Study in Ireland

Study in Ireland


Ireland is a beautiful island to the north-west of continental Europe. It is 300 miles long and 150 miles wide, making it the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth. It boasts stunning landscapes providing the ultimate backdrop to any occasion. To its east is the larger island of the United Kingdom, from which it is separated by the Irish Sea.

Ireland has one of the best education systems in the world.  Graduates of Irish education instituions have access to opportunities in various careers both in Ireland and globally.  Whether you are choosing to study abroad for your bachelor degree, master degree, PhD or just spend a semester abroad there are many reasons to choose to study abroad in Ireland.

International students choose to study in ireland for reasons such as leading global companies on their doorstep, entrepreneurial society, internationally recognised qualifications, friendly safe environment and of course English speaking.  Find out more about why international students chose Ireland as their study abroad destination.


Excellent academic standards

Ireland has a longstanding reputation for high-quality education which is built on a solid foundation of commitment to excellence.  We have one of the best education systems in the world and an internationally renowned reputation for academic success.  Regularly referred to as the land of saints and scholars, Ireland's higher education institutions are well established in the global ranks for educational excellence.

International students can choose to meet their educational needs in highly respected business schools, centres of scientific and technology excellence as well as renowned language, humanities and arts faculties.


Internationally recognised qualifications

Irish qualifications are quality assured by the Irish state agency, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).  You can be assured by this that any course you study, and the institution where you study, are reviewed on an ongoing basis by the Irish government.  Quality assurance ensures all learners have a high quality learning experience.  The National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland is compatible iwtht he ENIC-NARIC (Euroean Network of Information Centres/National Academic Regonitional Information Centres), which facilitates the recognition of academic qualifications throughout Europe and internationally in countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


safe and friendly country

“Céad Míle Fáilte” – A hundred thousand welcomes to Ireland!

Ireland is a safe and friendly country.  The Global Peace Index rates 158 nations worldwide on measures such as conflict, safety and security in society and militarisation.  In 2018, Ireland is listed in the top ten peaceful countries in the world.

Irish people endeavour to be polite, warm and welcoming to visitors and tourists.  Irish people are renowned for being a friendly, wecloming bunch of people.  If you are studying in Ireland you will be made feel like a local very quickly.


english speaking country

English is the universial spoken language of Ireland.  This is one of the reasons why so many multinational companies locate their European base in Ireland.  It also makes Ireland a great choice for international students.

Ireland has its own langauge, Irish (Gaelic or Gaeilge), you will see it on signposts and various documents but it is spoken in some areas mainly along the western coast. while in Ireland, do not be shy in picking up a few simple greetings in Irish, though it is not widely used it is a good conversation starter!

ireland offers excellent employment opportunities

IDA Ireland 2019 reported Ireland is a stable, competitive, secure and pro-business country, with the fastest rowing economy in the Eurozone.  The 2016 Census revealed that over 600k residents spoke a language other than English or Irish at home.  Proportionally Ireland has the 4th highest international workforce in the EU.  Ireland ranks 1st globally for attracting and retaining international talent.  

Ireland is the European hub to over 1000 leading multinational companies.  Companies who require a skilled, educated and highly capable workforce to drive their success chose to locate in Ireland. Ireland is the second most attractive country globally for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), after Singapore.  Over 1000 FDI giants in ICT, Social Media, Pharmaceuticals and Finance have made Ireland the hub of their European operations with names such as Google, HP, Apple, IBM, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Pfizer, GSK, Genzyme, Amazon, Microsoft, and Intel.

Located in Ireland are

  • 9 of the top 10 global ICT companies
  • 8 of the top 10 gaming companies
  • 8 of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies
  • 6 of the top 7 diagnostics companies
  • 15 of the top 20 medical device companies
  • 50% of the world's leading financial services firms

Stay back options

To avail of the excellent employment opportunties in the point above, Ireland is proud to have generous stay back visa options for its international students studying in Ireland.

The Irish Government has agreed to extend the Third Level Graduate Scheme, for non-EU/EEA students at level 9 and above of the National Framework of Qualifications. The new permission will double the ‘stay back option’ for masters and PhD students from 12 months to 24 months. This will allow eligible graduates who have studied in Irish higher education institutions and whose award is granted by a recognised Irish awarding body at Masters or PhD level to remain in Ireland for two years to seek employment.

These are the maximum periods under the Third Level Graduate Scheme:

  • Level 8 (e.g. Honours Degree) - Maximum 12 months
  • Level 9/10 (e.g. Masters'/PhD) - Maximum 24 months

earn while you learn - working in ireland during your studies

If you are an International student on a Stamp 2 you are entitled to work up to 20 hours per week during term time and up to 40 hours per week during holiday time.

You do not require a work permit if you are a full time student.

In order to work in Ireland, you must apply for a PPS number after your college registration, which is similar to a national identity number/social security number.   






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