Capital    -   Dublin
Language - English, Irish.
Official Currency -  EURO (EUR)
Population: 40.8 million

Ethnic groups  

87.4% Irish , 7.5% Other White ( British , Polish , other) 1.3% Asian , 1.1% Black , 1.1% mixed, 1.6% unspec

Why Study in Ireland ?

  • 'The education system in Ireland is one of the best in the world', 2007 Independent IMD World Competitiveness Report.
  • Irish education is of the highest international quality.
  • The quality of the Irish education system is a major contributing factor to the rapid rate of economic growth Ireland has experienced over the last few decades.
  • Irish higher education institutions are widely recognised for excellence in many disciplines.
  • Ireland is recognised as an international location for high quality scientific research .
  • Ireland is an English speaking country. Some of the great writers in English literature have come from Ireland . These include Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Becket.


  • Irish people are among the most enriching reasons to study in Ireland. Irish people are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality which greatly contributes to the ease with which overseas students adapt to student life in Ireland .
  • Ireland has a young vibrant population, with 40% of the population under the age of 25, Ireland is one of the most exciting places in the world to be a student.
  • Ireland is beautiful - much of the countryside remains unspoilt providing an excellent natural habitat for a flourishing flora and fauna. Ireland 's landscape provides a rich environment for the many outdoor leisure pursuits for which it is famous. Watersports, hill walking, rocking climbing and caving are just a few of the many activities which can be enjoyed when taking a break from study.
  • Ireland has a rich cultural heritage with its own distinctive language (Gaelic) music, culture and sports.
  • Ireland is a dynamic , lively and modern country.
  • Ireland is a safe country to study in.
  • Ireland is a highly developed democracy with a modern economy. The Irish economy is particularly strong in the areas of software development , pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and international services.
  • The number of international students visiting Ireland is increasing each year, students from all over the world are taking advantage of the higher education standard in Ireland coupled with the unique cultural experience.
  • Above all, however, Ireland is renowned worldwide for its friendliness and its welcome to visitors. These core values are as prevalent in Irish society today as ever. You can be sure that an integral part of "The Irish Experience" will be the welcome you receive!

Higher Education

Higher Education in Ireland consists of the universities (with associated colleges of education), institutes of technology, and a number of private independent colleges. The universities and institutes of technology are autonomous and self-governing, but are substantially state-funded 


There are nine universities in Ireland - 2 in Northern Ireland and 7 in the Republic. The University of Dublin , Trinity College (TCD), founded in 1592, is the oldest university in Ireland . The National University of Ireland (NUI) is a federal institute consisting of four constituent universities; University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Dublin; University College Cork, National University of Ireland Cork; National University of Ireland Galway and National University of Ireland Maynooth. NUI also has three recognised colleges: National College of Art and Design (NCAD), The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and St. Angela's College of Education . The University of Limerick (UL) and Dublin City University (DCU) are our newest universities and were founded in 1989. The two universities in Northern Ireland are: the University of Ulster (UU) and the Queen's University of Belfast (QUB). 

Institutes of Technology

There are currently 14 Institutes of Technology located throughout the Republic offering programmes at degree, national diploma and national certificate levels in a wide variety of subjects. Their qualifications are externally validated by Ireland 's national certification authority, which ensures that their qualifications reach the highest international standards. Many of the Institutes of Technology also run postgraduate diploma and degree programmes, both taught and research.

Independent Third Level Colleges

These colleges offer programmes leading to certificates, diplomas and degrees, which have received recognition by Ireland 's national certification authority or from other external accreditation institutions (such as universities). Courses on offer include: Accountancy and Business Studies, Law, Humanities, Hotel & Catering, Tourism Studies and Art.

Study Programmes Available to Overseas Students

In addition to full undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, Irish universities offer a wide selection of study programmes involving credit transfer arrangements with overseas universities and colleges. These range from Summer programmes, to semester programmes, to full academic year programmes in a broad spectrum of faculties. These programmes include:

Junior Year Abroad (JYA) and Study Abroad Programmes (mainly aimed at non E.U. students) SOCRATES (Applicable to citizens of Member States of the E.U. as well as to Iceland , Liechtenstein and Norway ). SOCRATES aims to promote the concept of lifelong learning in response to constantly evolving education and training needs. There is a variety of programmes promoted by SOCRATES, including:

ERASMUS (higher education)
LINGUA (language-learning)

How to Apply

Before submitting your application it is essential to gather as much information as possible about :

How to apply to a higher education institution in Ireland depends on whether you are an EU or a non-EU candidate.

Once you are happy with your choices you will need time to gather the necessary paperwork, arrange accommodation , visa , funding etc.

Our advice would be to begin the application process at least one year in advance of your proposed arrival in Ireland .




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