Study in Ireland
With a reputation for high quality education and an inspiring blend of modern cities and untouched historical countryside scenery, Ireland has become an international student hotspot. Ireland was also voted ‘World’s Friendliest Country’ twice by Lonely Planet, meaning international students should expect nothing less than a warm and friendly welcome. It is also a safe place to live where students are fully supported academically and have the opportunity to master the English language. Studying in Ireland will be nothing short of a fun and rewarding experience.
Dublin is the capital of Ireland and home to five of the top ten universities in Ireland, making it one of the best places to study Business, Arts, Science and Technology and there is also a wealth of language courses to choose from. Dublin is one of Europe’s oldest cities with a long history of academic excellence. Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and Oliver Goldsmith have all studied in Dublin. In addition, Dublin is packed with great things to do from going to one of many museums, dining at an elegant restaurant and going to a trendy club. You are also only 30 minutes away from the coast with beautiful sandy beaches. You will find it hard to run out of things to do in this fun and exciting city.
Key Facts about Ireland
Location: Western Europe in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Great Britain.
Climate: Temperate Maritime (modified by North Atlantic Current) - mild winters, cool summers
Time Zone: GMT/UTC
Official Language: English
Population: 4.7 million
Capital City: Dublin
Dialling Code: 353
Top 10 Universities in Ireland
1. Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin
2. University College Cork
3. University College Dublin
4. Dublin City University
5. University of Limerick
6. National University of Ireland, Galway
7. Dublin Institute of Technology
8. National University of Ireland, Maynooth
9. Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
10. Cork Institute of Technology
The Irish Education System
The Irish education system is a little different to the British one. School is compulsory for children up to the age of 15. Ireland begins with 8 years of Primary education, then 5-6 years of Secondary education before going on to Third Level. Third level is the same as further and higher education in the UK, where young adults will go to either a college or university.
Course programmes available at Third level are:
- One-Year Certificate: 1year full-time
- National Certificate: 2 years full-time
- National Diploma: 1 year after National Certificate
- Bachelor Degree: Normally 3 or 4 years
- Graduate Diploma: Usually 1 year
- Masters Degree: By research or a taught programme of 1 - 2 years
- Doctorate (PhD): Usually a minimum of 3 years of unique research