Why Study in Ireland
Ireland attracts a large number of foreign students each year due to its excellent reputation for education and welcoming culture. A further reason for Ireland’s popularity is naturally that the language of instruction is English, making it highly accessible to students from all over the world.
Ireland offers everything from lavish green hills to vibrant, metropolitan cities. As a student you get to experience it all, with a natural focus on excellent education in a society with close to no unemployment and a thriving business culture. Ireland offers a wide variety of opportunities, regardless of your interests and ambitions. Ireland is also very popular with international students for its very welcoming culture, with its pubs and characteristic music.
Ireland has a long and strong tradition of education and is historically known as the “Island of Saints and Scholars”. This has led to education always being highly valued and a focus for funding and development. It has also been a major factor in Ireland’s economic success in recent years. Among other things, Ireland was named “Best Place in the World to Live” by the Economist in 2005. It is also commonly referred to as the “Celtic Tiger” and was ranked the second wealthiest country per capita in the world by the UN Development Program (2005).
Planning for Ireland
For non EU and EEA citizens, it is advisable to start preparing approximately a year in advance. This is in order to secure a student visa, apply to the schools of your choice, and be able to provide proof that you can afford your living during the period that you intend to stay in the country. Visa requirements vary for each parent country. Each student should take care to apply in advance through the Embassy or Consulate of Ireland in the student’s home country or nearest neighboring country.
Ireland’s long and honorable tradition in educational excellence is recognized the world over. Dating back to the Middle Ages, Ireland held the position of the principal education providers to the western world. The Irish Education System was traditionally divided into three levels: primary(8 years); secondary (5 or 6 years) and third level which offers a wide range of opportunities from post-secondary courses, to vocational and technical training, to full degree and the highest postgraduate level
Ireland has a rich heritage and the influence of its culture has been felt the world over, probably more than any other, from music, art, myths, language, food and literature. For a very long time, with no newspapers, radio or TV, news and events were put to music and relayed by the Bards that traveled the land. A Bard was always welcome, as his music and poetry was entertaining as well as bringing news of what was happening throughout the country side