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Why you should consider studying in Ireland

Benefit from the support of the Irish government to ensure the excellent quality of Ireland's higher education.

Jennifer ArandaOriginally posted on October 28, 2016; updated December 19, 2017

Why you should consider studying in Ireland

Ireland is gaining a reputation for quality education among international students.  While people have differing opinions on their reason for choosing Ireland in the main, they agree on the following points:


English is the universal spoken language.

Ireland is the only English-speaking country in the Eurozone  (Great Britain chose to keep its currency).  Ireland does have its own language, Irish or Gaeilge, but English is the language of commerce and higher education.  This is in fact, one of the reasons why so many multinational businesses established their European head offices there.

This is an advantage for you because more countries (and companies!) are establishing English as their language of business, communications (across their branches) and technology.

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Courses lead to internationally recognized qualifications.

Ireland implements a 10-level National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) system that is compatible with the European Network of Information Centres/National Academic Recognition Information Centres (ENIC-NARIC).

Qualification gained in Ireland can and do cross borders with other countries of the British Commonwealth particularly with the following:

  • Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework;
  • National Qualifications Framework for England, Wales and Northern Ireland;
  • Framework for higher educations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and
  • New Zealand Quality Framework.


Extensive programs for quality education.

Courses offered in 34 higher education institutions in Ireland, across a broad spectrum of studies from medicine to the performing arts, are quality assured . 

According to the 2014 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, Ireland "is in the top 20 worldwide for its higher education system."  Ireland in fact has been ranked:

  • 14th in  the Global Scientific Ranking
  • 7th in the 2016 Global Innovation Index
  • 2nd for Chemistry
  • 2nd  for Nanotechnology
  • 3rd  for Animal and Dairy
  • 3rd  for Agricultural Sciences
  • 4th  for Mathematics


Government support ensures and excellent quality of education.

The Irish Government invests over €782 million annually in research in Ireland's higher education institutions.  Hence, Irish universities are 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.

Interested?  Read up on the important requirements to apply for an Irish student visa.


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Innovative and creative culture.

Get an introduction to a culture that has contributed so much to modern society. Contribution ranging from weapons (the submarine and the guided missile) to medicine (a treatment for leprosy, the modern stethoscope, the hypodermic syringe) were invented by the Irish. 

And if music is in your soul, you'll be right at home in Ireland!  Irish music has found resonance with Europe as Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest more times than any other country. 

Ireland is a cultural hotspot, having produced four Nobel Laureates in Literature.  And, Ireland has a rich and enduring culture which the Irish try to preserve.  Visit the National Museum, ancient forts, castles and tombs to get a sense of Irish history dating centuries.


Skilled, educated and highly capable people needed by leading global companies based in Ireland. Benefit from their presence in the country!

According to Enterprise Ireland (the Irish Government agency responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets), over 1,000 Foreign Direct Investment companies have established operations in the country.  These include Google, HP, Apple, IBM, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Pfizer, GSK and Genzyme.

There are therefore many career opportunities in Ireland as these firms require skilled, educated and capable people.


Learn business first-hand in one of the most entrepreneurial countries in Europe.

Ireland was just ranked 6th by IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2016 as a place to do business, doing better than Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Australia  In fact, Ireland has more venture funding available in the EU-15 countries according to a 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report.  If entrepreneurship is something you're interested in and you'd like to discuss your concerns and celebrate successes with your peers, then Ireland is for you.


Be prepared to reciprocate the hospitality and warmth of the Irish.

In 2013, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) added Ireland in the top 10 in its Better Life Index in that more citizens were satisfied with their lives and scored high in volunteering time, donating money and helping a stranger. In 2014, the Global Peace Index rated 158 countries on concerns such as conflict, safety and security and militarization and ranked Ireland as the 13th most peaceful country. Experience living in one of the friendliest and safest countries in the world.


Why Study in Ireland


Beautiful, magnificent Ireland.

Ireland's dramatic panorama of land, sky, seascapes, and evidence of a magnificent history will take your breath away. There's something for everyone from rugged, mountains and breathtaking lakes to lush, pastoral farmland and bustling, modern cities with pockets of old-fashioned cobbled streets which you can find all over Europe. And remember, when you study in Ireland, you are only a few hours away from outstanding landscapes from stunning scenery.

Authors & Contributors

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer S. Aranda is the COO of IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc.

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