Ireland offers many benefits to international students. Here are some of the top reasons.
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Irish universities adapt the most innovative teaching methods around the world to educate their students. They regularly evaluate their education system to improve it.
The entire system is built around the curiosity to learn and is heavily practical and research-oriented. The Irish education system ranks in the top 20 in Europe (IMD world competitiveness yearbook).
Top ranking universities
Like the country's education system, its universities also rank highly in various reputable rankings. Ireland's top universities include:
- Trinity College Dublin
- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
- National University of Ireland
- University College Cork
- Maynooth University
- Dublin City University
- University of Limerick
- Dublin Institute of Technology
- University College Dublin
These universities rank in the top 700 in the QS world university rankings and the top university rankings. Irish universities also rank in the top 1% for research and innovation.
Ireland’s universities offer over 5,000 courses in various subject areas at different study levels like undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctorate levels. Some of the Irish research courses that rank well globally include:
- Animal husbandry (#1)
- Nanotechnology (#2)
- Agricultural sciences (#2)
- Microbiology and genetics (#4)
- Material sciences (#5)
- Neuroscience and behaviour (#6)
- Basic medical research (#6)
- Mathematics (#7)
- Microbiology (#8)
- Chemistry (#8)
In the past few decades, Ireland has grown into a highly developed country. It is now known for its excellent banking service and is also the headquarters for many world-leading MNCs and pharma companies.
The government has also heavily invested in the development of agrotechnology. So, irrespective of your study area, you can find opportunities to gain work experience and build your career.
Alongside internships and work placement programmes, you can also gain work experience through part-time jobs.
If you own a stamp 2 student visa, you can work for up to 20 hours during term-time, and 40 hours from May to August and December 15 to January 15 (vacation days). There are a set of requirements that you need to satisfy before you start looking for a job. For more information on this, read ‘working while studying in Ireland’.
Post-study work permits
Ireland offers post-study work permits for international students. You can stay back for up to 2 years after graduation to find a job and gain work experience. Most universities will also assist you in getting your CV up to scratch and applying for a job at this stage.
Safety and happiness
Ireland ranks #12 for peacefulness (Global Peace Index) and #16 for happiness. The country also has one of the highest GDP per capita, promoting growth and individual freedom. This high quality of life is yet another prospect that attracts international students.
Plus, Ireland offers pathways if you decide to stay back after graduation to work and settle down.
Friendly locals and beautiful landscapes
Ireland is one of those countries with a modern way of life set in beautiful countrysides and idyllic cityscapes. You are able to partake in an array of outdoor activities, like camping and hiking.
Irish people are also known to be very friendly, and most international students find it easy to adapt because of the warm welcome from locals. In fact, Dublin and Cork have been ranked as the 6th and 17th friendliest cities in the world (Bigseventravel).
Rich history and culture
Irish people celebrate and cherish their traditions. You can immerse yourself in their rich culture by taking part in the famous St. Patrick’s day festivities, traditional sports competitions, and the many Irish music festivals. Ireland is home to some of the oldest castles and forts, like the Dún Aonghasa fort built in 1100 B.C. You can visit these historical sights and walk through the hallways that have stood firm against multiple attacks and invasions in the past few centuries.