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.
- With a study visa, international students can work 20 hours per week while studying on a full-time University (third level) course.
- International students can apply for a visa to study in the UK or Australia on successful completion of their course.
Work in Ireland
Whether you are only coming to study in Ireland for your foundation / bridging course – or also planning to go on to study at an Irish university – this is a great place for international students to find rewarding work.
Ireland is regarded as one of the best performing economies in Europe and has a healthy demand for part-time skilled English-speaking workers – ideal for supporting yourself while you study.
Ireland also offers tremendous opportunities for students and graduates alike who wish to further their career prospects by working in the Business & Management, Science & Health and Engineering & Technology sectors.
In 2016, the rules regarding student work permits changed. Whilst students are not permitted to work during their Foundation studies, once they progress to University (third level), students are permitted to work part-time in Ireland. Furthermore, once you have completed your degree in Ireland, you are permitted to stay in Ireland for 1 year following to gain work experience.
To search for a part time jobs, visit the following websites:
Non-EU graduates are now eligible for residence in Ireland after 4 years’ employment. This new Irish Government policy will be of particular benefit to Chinese students. Non-EU students who have gained a degree in Ireland’s universities will be able to obtain 2 more years’ student visa, during which period they are allowed to work in Ireland. After 4 years’ working, they will be able to obtain long-term right of residence in Ireland.