Why Study in Ireland?

Ireland's worldwide reputation for high quality education is built on the solid foundation of commitment to excellence. Ireland is a beautiful island, combining contemporary modern cities with an unspoilt countryside, cityscapes steeped in history and a rich natural habitat. Renowned for friendliness, its safe, English speaking country offers the warmest of welcomes to students from all over the world.

Ireland has a long history of welcoming international students going back more than a thousand years. Ireland continues that proud and historic tradition today, and for the past 50 years Ireland has been a location of choice from students around the world, including North America, Europe, the Gulf and Asia. An education in Ireland is a transformational experience, which adds significant value to the personal development and economic potential of graduates and binds them to the global Irish family, a network which will continue to be open to them no matter where in the world they travel.

Ireland has a range of strengths which gives it a competitive advantage.

  • It is a small, safe and friendly country.
  • Its people are renowned for attributes such as innovation, creativity and collaboration.
  • It is a member of the European Union, and have extensive global links through its worldwide diaspora.
  • It is an English-speaking country with a unique cultural heritage.
  • It has an education system that has had a long history of international engagement and which is globally respected.
  • It offers a remarkable student experience.
  • In the past thirty years, successive Irish Governments have put enormous resources into education and research.
  • All of its universities and the Dublin Institute of Technology are ranked in the top 5% globally.US President Barack Obama has called the Irish people “among the best educated in the world”. Its qualifications are internationally recognised, and its higher education system provides the full academic range through arts and the humanities, the social sciences, medicine, science, business & management and engineering.

Leading Global Companies are in Ireland.

We hear again and again from CEOs of cutting edge companies that the strengths of Irish-educated graduates are crucial to their decision to establish in Ireland. These include companies like Boston Scientific, Apple, Intel, Pfizer, IBM, Citi, Facebook, Yahoo, Google and LinkedIn as well as:

Pfizer, IBM, Citi, Facebook, Yahoo, Google and LinkedIn as well as:

  • eight of the world’s top ten ICT companies,
  • eight of the world’s top ten pharmaceutical and life science companies.
  • half of the world’s major financial services companies.

An English-speaking country in the European Union.

Ireland is an English-speaking country with close cultural, economic and educational links with the English-speaking world, including with the UK – its next door neighbour – and with the USA. it is also a member of the European Union and the attractions of the rest of Europe are also close at hand. Ireland is a hub for low cost airlines, which means that Paris, London and Berlin are at most a couple of hours away, and can often be reached for less than a hundred dollars.

The costs of studying in Ireland also compare favourably with international options with tuition for many full-time undergraduate programmes in the range US$11,000 to US$16,000, rising for courses as science or medicine. Living and accommodation costs in Ireland are coming down again, which should benefit students. its visa and immigration system has been substantially reformed, and is now globally competitive. Turnaround times and approval rates compare favourably to its competitors in all major markets.

A Friendly, Safe Environment

In 2010, Lonely Planet named Ireland the most friendly country in the world. The Irish have a huge maternal side and love to welcome or 'mother' new guests. If staying with a host family, you're sure to be treated as one of the family. If not, there's always a greeting or a helping hand just around the corner.

Ireland's Higher Education

Institutions are absolutely committed to ensuring that visiting students settle in to their new environment and have all the information needed for an enjoyable stay. All its higher education institutions have a designated staff member to whom international students can turn for any assistance.

Innovative and Creative Culture

Did you know that Irish people were behind all these life-changing inventions? The submarine, colour photography, the modern tractor, the guided missile, the nickel-zinc battery, the portable defibrillator, the Gregg system of shorthand speed writing, the modern stethoscope, rubber shoe soles, soda water, a treatment for leprosy, the aircraft ejector seat and chocolate milk!

Over the centuries, Ireland was bred scores of brilliant inventors. Irish man Robert Boyle is known as the father of chemistry. Francis Rynd invented the hypodermic syringe. Charles Parsons developed the world's first steam turbine, and Ernest Walton, working with John Cockcroft, became the first person to artificially split the atom.