Why Study in Ireland?
Ireland is the perfect location to study for university entrance. The country’s long and honourable tradition of educational excellence is recognised the world over.
Since the Middle Ages, Ireland has been one of the principal education providers to the western world. Successive modern governments have continued to regard education as a key priority and investment in this area has been sustained for a long period.
As a result, Ireland has one of the highest education participation rates in the world today. In turn, this has had a positive impact on the economic growth and development of our country.
The consistent increase in the numbers of overseas students coming to the “Land of Saints and Scholars” over the last decade reflects the fact that Ireland offers a unique mix of high education standards and exciting cultural experience.
The ultra-modern Gateway to Europe and the UK – yet boasting a rich Celtic tradition which still provides the spirit of the nation – Ireland will be your pathway to university and career success on the global stage.
- Ireland is an English speaking country with a mild climate and a population of 4.58 million.
- The capital city, Dublin, is only 40 minutes by air from London and a short flight from most major cities in Western Europe.
- Dublin is ranked the 2nd best student city in the world for student mix, while also ranked as the 3rd best city in the world to visit in 2016
- Dublin is a vibrant, youthful city steeped in history. Her attractions range from castles, museums and art galleries to pubs and cafes that buzz with traditional entertainment – most famously, the lively spirit of Temple Bar.
- Ireland has 3 of the top 5 friendliest cities in the world – Dublin, Cork and Galway.
- Students can save up to 40% on the cost of their Foundation studies compared to the UK
- Ireland is Europe’s fastest growing economy
- Ireland has a high quality education system which is internationally recognised and equivalent to the English system, with 7 Government Universities and 14 Institutes of Technology.
- International students can apply for a visa to study in the UK or Australia on successful completion of their course.
Work in Ireland
DIFC students are not permitted to work during their foundation studies; however, if you progress to undergraduate or postgraduate studies in Ireland, you will be allowed to work part-time up to 20 hours per week during school term and 40 hours per week during holidays. You can find more details here on the INIS website.
If you complete a Level 8 qualification (such as an honours undergraduate degree), you may apply for the Third Level Graduate Programme which permits graduates to stay in Ireland for up to 12 months in order to seek graduate level employment.
If you complete a Level 9 degree or higher (such as a Masters or PhD), you also may apply for the Third Level Graduate Programme; after the first year, it may be renewed for a further 12 months.
Details on Level 8 and higher qualifications can be found here.
Click here for more information on the Third Level Graduate Programme.