Why Do International Students Choose to Study in Ireland?
December 19, 2018
Ireland is a neighbouring country of the UK, and has become just as popular a destination for international students who are looking to study abroad. We wanted to briefly look into why the country is proving to be such an ideal location for thousands of students, and why it would be a great choice for you too…
The English language
While it may be true that Ireland’s official language is actually Irish Gaelic, which was actually the only language spoken in the country until the 17th century, only around 138,000 of the population still speak it as a first language. Ireland is predominantly an English speaking country, which is of course perfect for anyone who is looking to study English. Even though you may struggle with the Irish accent at first, just as you would with any other, you’ll soon grow accustomed to it. By both living and studying in Ireland, you’ll get the opportunity to greatly improve your listening and speaking ability.
The top universities
Ireland is of course home to some of the world’s top universities, and anyone looking to live and study in the country will be able to take full advantage of this. Trinity College, which located in Dublin was actually ranked 117th in the 2018 THE World University Rankings, and others such as the University College, and the National University of Ireland also ranked in the top 250. All of the these universities have stellar international reputations, for being top quality institutions.
The lifestyle and culture
Ireland is truly a beautiful country, full of scenic landscapes, and a rich culture of music, hospitality, sport and more. It’s safe to say that although you’ll need to focus on your studies, there will be plenty of opportunity in Ireland to let your hair down and enjoy yourself.
The part-time jobs
When studying in Ireland, you may want the chance to earn some extra money on the side, or just gain some valuable work experience in an English speaking country. If so, then you’ll have plenty of opportunity to do so, as any students can do up to 20 hours of part-time work during the semester.
The post study visa
Speaking of work and jobs, any students who choose to study in Ireland will also get the chance to take advantage of the post-study visa. Once you graduate you will no doubt be looking for job opportunities in the country, and once you do find a job, you’ll be eligible to apply for a green card/work permit.
The big businesses presenceStill on the topic of post-graduate employment opportunities, any students who choose to study in Ireland will be able to look for work with the many big name international businesses that have a base in the country. Recognisable businesses such as Apple, Google, and Microsoft all have offices in the country.