If you’re looking for an international study destination where you can learn in English, graduate with a great qualification that attracts employers, stay long-term and be among people who enjoy life to the full, then Ireland may be the perfect place for you. Here are the top 10 reasons to study in Ireland!
1. You can earn while studying
Some countries won’t let you earn some money on the side as an international student coming from a non-European Economic Area (EEA) country, or will only let you work on campus or with other restrictions on where you may be employed. Not Ireland. Here, you can work 20 hours per week during the academic year and for up to 40 hours per week during designated vacation periods, allowing you to earn as you learn and build up crucial local work experience.
2. You can stay
So, you’ve moved your life to a new country, obtained a degree or other qualification, and now want to leverage that qualification into an exciting new career where you have already built up contacts and local knowledge. If you go to study in the US, that’s going to be tricky; if you go to the UK, even trickier. Why not come to study in Ireland, which offers the Third Level Graduate Scheme, a stepping stone to long-term settlement? Ireland wants you to learn, earn and stay.
3. You have choice
There is something for everyone in Irish universities and institutes of technology. If you want to study Law, Medicine, Sciences, Humanities or pretty much anything else, then there are quality courses across a range of Irish institutions offering those courses.
4. You are learning from some of the great minds
Ireland produces and attracts some of the world’s top scholars and professors. Together with a student body that approaches learning with an eagerness not found in many other places, this makes for a unique learning environment. Remember, Ireland is the place where some of the world’s scientific giants such as Robert Boyle and George Stokes brought their ideas and innovation to the fore, and where literary heroes including Wilde and Beckett studied before going on to world fame.
5. You are in Europe
Ireland may be an island, but it only an hour or two from continental Europe (aka mainland Europe) by air, and low fares make access easier than ever. (How low are these fares? How does €50 for a return trip sound, or €30, sometimes even €10? Yep, air fares in Europe are often the same price as a good lunch.) So if you want to explore a European city for a weekend or soak up some sun further south, you’re in the perfect place. And for those weekends where you stay in Ireland, don’t worry, there is plenty going on here too.
6. You may not need a visa, and may qualify for subsidized tuition
If you are from an EEA country, you won’t need to apply for an Irish study visa. Moreover, you may be eligible for EU fee rates, which makes studying in Ireland more affordable than if you come from a non-EEA country. More information on all of this is available here.
7. Even if you need a visa, tuition may be more affordable than elsewhere
Studying in Ireland as an international student can be expensive, of that there is little doubt. But bear in mind three important things when considering where to study:
(i) Tuition fees in similar institutions in other study destinations, such as the US and Australia, are typically higher than in Ireland.
(ii) Scholarships are available.
(iii) Remember, you can earn while studying and stay in Ireland upon graduation (see the first two reasons to study in Ireland near the top of this page).