Getting to know about Ireland
Ireland is an island nation on the westernmost edge of Europe. It is the continent’s second-largest island after Great Britain. And it is known for its beautiful green countryside, fascinating history and friendly people.
The standard of education in Ireland is among the world’s best, with seven top-level universities and a focus on research and global collaboration.
People and Culture
The Irish are proud of their country and their culture and they are happy to share it with you. Although it’s a relatively small country, (with a population of around five million), more than 70 million people around the world claim to have Irish heritage. So once you’ve lived in Ireland, you’ll have friends all over the world.
Ireland is a safe and tolerant place to live and ranks consistently in the world’s Top 20 countries for quality of life, peace and human development. It’s also a young country, with a third of the population under 25 years old. Study in Ireland and you’ll join more than 35,000 international students from 161 countries who love where they live.
Studying in Ireland can give you a great start to a successful career. Ireland ranks highly for quality of education – education that meets the needs of a competitive economy, plus knowledge transfer between universities and international companies. It’s also a lot of fun.
Major cities here are smaller and easy to get around than other large cities worldwide, yet they are vibrant and culturally sophisticated.
Ireland’s education system is among the best you’ll find. Universities in Ireland rank in the top 3% worldwide and graduates from Irish universities are attractive to employers the world over.
Irish universities are in the top 1% of research institutions in the world. Some of the world’s biggest and best companies have key strategic research facilities here and international students can join research programmes that are driving innovation and changing lives worldwide.
Many leading global companies are located in Ireland and career opportunities are plentiful. It is especially good for careers in Software Development and IT, Engineering, Financial Services, Food and Agriculture, Medtech and Pharma.
The Irish economy is one of the fastest-growing in the Eurozone and the 6th most competitive in the world. It is an entrepreneurial country with global connections.
English is the main language spoken and the global language of business and technology. Knowing how to read and write in English increases your marketability and gives you a big advantage if you’re aiming for a job in a multinational company or an English-speaking country.
History and Culture
Ireland is full of museums, cathedrals, parks and monuments and is famous for its contribution to arts, literature, film and music.
Close to Europe
Ireland is close to major European capitals and just a short flight away, so you can easily explore the rest of Europe while you’re here.
Stay back visasThe Irish government offers a one-year stay back visa for Bachelors graduates and up to two years for Masters graduates. Many international students stay in Ireland after finishing their studies and start their careers here.
- Capital: Dublin
- Currency: EURO
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT+1
- Dialling Code: +353
- Population: 4.818 million (based on latest United Nations estimates)