Country in the Spotlight: Ireland
Publication date: 10/07/2019

When you fly over Europe, you will pass over Ireland on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

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When you fly over Europe, you will pass over Ireland on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. A rugged, vast island, with mountains, forests and lakes, shared by the Republic of Ireland and by Northern Ireland – part of the UK. The country is so very green: green fields, green forests. Part of the Irish flag is green, the national symbol – a shamrock – is green and even the beer is green when the Irish celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. Ireland is called the Emerald Isle for a reason!

Discover Ireland’s countryside to immerse yourself in folklore and history, to explore your love for traditional food and drink, but also: to study. The country has one of the best education systems in the world, has over 5000 courses delivered in English to choose from and is Europe’s most enterprising country.

Innovation and business

When you choose to study in Ireland, you are choosing to study in a fast growing, entrepreneurial economy. Much of Dublin’s growth - over the past years, and still today –has been fuelled by international companies and the work they provide. Companies like Google, Facebook and Indeed have their European headquarters, or a large R&D facility based in the Irish capital, providing jobs, internships and research programmes.

Ireland is brimming with youthful energy. Over a third of the population is under 25 years of age and this shows in the country’s entrepreneurial mindset. Dublin is named by Fortune as one of the seven global cities for start-ups, scoring particularly high on education, hardware and business-friendly policies. The government supports entrepreneurship, offering grants and a special visa to entrepreneurial minds that want to settle in the country.

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First class education

Irish universities feature in the top 1% of research institutions in the world in terms of research impact in 19 fields, spanning natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. This opens the door for undergraduate and graduate students to take part in research projects that can have a global impact. The Irish government invests strongly in higher education, pushing the institutions to excel. In total there are 34 institutions to choose from, some of them with a strong and long pedigree. Trinity College, part of the University of Dublin, is over 400 years old and was founded as an Irish equivalent of the (English) universities of Oxford and Cambridge, making it the oldest university on the island. Other institutions also have a rich history, and have developed to become leaders in their fields.

When you choose to study in Ireland, you become one of the 35000 international students from over 160 countries that have chosen Ireland as their place to blossom and learn. Studying here will not only improve your academic skills or your English skills, it will also give you a unique environment to nourish your intercultural skills. Ireland is a friendly and safe country, allowing you to focus on your development, but also to have some fun.

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About leprechauns and Saint Patrick

The Irish have a rich culture that they share with the world. You can think of their musical traditions, like playing the fiddle or clearseach (harp) or their love of sports. Not only football and rugby are big sports in Ireland, their own native sports like Gaelic football and hurling are also very popular. Ireland is the land of folklore and festivals. Famous are the leprechauns and their pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, but there is so much more: giants, mythical warriors and tragic love stories fill the books on Irish legends. Halloween is a very popular holiday in Ireland, with bonfires and fireworks displays to celebrate. Even more popular than Halloween is St. Patrick’s Day. This day the Irish commemorate their patron saint, by dressing up as leprechauns and dying everything green. Be sure to check out the celebrations with your classmates, because the Irish go all out!

Ireland is a great place to study, offering a peaceful and safe environment, but throwing excellent parties at the same time. Immerse yourself in the diverse culture, the entrepreneurial mind set and the openness of the Irish. You will have made the best investment you could: first class education and a diploma that can take you anywhere in the world. And if you have fallen in love with the Emerald Isle, you need not despair: you can always look into the ‘stay back’ option. This option allows you 24 months to find a job in Ireland, putting your studies into practice straight away.

For more information on studying in Ireland, visit the Education in Ireland website and Irelands’s country profile.

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