A Concise Feature – Study in Ireland

Posted on February 4, 2014 by Akshay Study Abroad in Study Abroad

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A Concise Feature – Study in Ireland

Looking to study in one of the friendliest, safest, most beautiful destinations internationally renowned for its hospitality and cultural heritage and that is also one of the fastest growing economies of the world? Think of Ireland!

About Ireland

Ireland is an island to the northwest of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth. Ireland’s endowed with abounding natural beauty and has been adorned with magnificent structures and buildings. The island’s geography comprises relatively low-lying mountains surrounding a central plain, with several navigable rivers extending inland. The island has lush vegetation, a product of its mild but changeable oceanic climate, which avoids extremes in temperature. Irish culture has had a significant influence on other cultures, especially in the fields of literature. Alongside mainstream Western culture, a strong indigenous culture exists, as expressed for example through Gaelic games, Irish music, and the Irish language. The culture of the island has also many features shared with Great Britain, including the English language, and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing and golf.

Ireland is a part of European Union and is a very dynamic and modern country with a young population of 40% population below 25 years and one of the fastest growing economics in the world, with population of 4.33 million. The country also boasts the highest quality of life in the world, ranking first in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Quality-of-life index. Ireland has topped a list of the World’s Friendliest Countries in a survey drawn up by the Lonely Planet travel guide group. Also, Ireland has been named the “best emerging destination” for 2013 by the Lonely Planet magazine for its mesmerizing natural beauty, well- developed infrastructure and warm hospitality of the inhabitants.

Why study in Ireland

Firstly, Ireland is a modern lively, safe and secure country in which one can live, work and study. It is an English speaking country, thus, international students need not learn any foreign language as such to communicate with the locals. Ireland has a temperate climate and it rarely drops below freezing and snow is uncommon. Irish people are known the world over for their friendliness and warmth.

Ireland boasts of one of the best education systems in Europe (2004 IMD World competitiveness Report) with a history rich in tradition and learning. Irish quality education is leading to rapid growth of Ireland’s economy. In the past thirty years, successive Irish Governments have put enormous resources into education and research.  The reputation of Irish higher education system has grown considerably, and Irish research is now making an international impact. Irish government’s policy on investment in research aims to develop Ireland as a knowledge society.

Irish educational infrastructure is of a very high level.  All of Irish universities and the Dublin Institute of Technology are ranked in the top 5% globally. Irish qualifications are internationally recognised, and its higher education system provides the full academic range through arts and the humanities, the social sciences, medicine, science, business and management and engineering. The institutes of technology in Ireland offer not just technology subjects, but also a wide range of vocational programs, in subjects including hospitality, healthcare, pharmacy, media, textiles, marketing, and many more.

Currently, there are over 2,00,000 international students studying in Irish universities and colleges. International students can work part-time (approximately 20 hrs/week) at excellent wages of € 8-9 per hour. Irish universities accept students for post graduation with 15 years of education, unlike universities in some countries. The master’s degree is generally of one year unlike two or three years in many countries. No prior work experience is required for pursuing MBA in Ireland.

The varied selection of higher education institutes combined with historic cities, beautiful countryside and Ireland’s unique culture make the country a highly attractive study destination.

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