Ireland is growing as an education destination considering its teaching and research environment, education initiatives, statistics from higher education, business and job opportunities and the countries international outlook. It is one of the most suitable education destination for Indian students. Here’s why you should consider studying in Ireland.
Quality education system
- Students benefit from Ireland’s investment in the education system. Ireland’s 2010-15 International Education Strategy was launched with a view to creating brand ambassadors for Ireland in different countries, focusing on increasing intake of international students.
- All institutions that meet criteria are awarded a statutory Code of Practice and Quality Mark, ensuring quality.
- The Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is responsible for maintaining quality standards and helps international students receive the best education and training.
- Ireland allows a maximum time period of stay in the country for up to seven years for students to complete studies.
- Ireland is at the cutting edge of science and technology. The National Development Plan (NDP), and the Strategy for Science, Technology & Innovation (SSTI) invested a total of €8.2 billion in research and development during the period 2006-2013.
- Ireland has seven universities, all of which are ranked within top 700 in the 2015-16 QS World University Rankings.
- The universities offer 1-year masters degrees, most suited to international students.
- Intake months: January and September
- Engineering, Business Administration and Information Technology are among popular courses in Ireland. No prior work experience required for MBA.
- There are 7 Government universities providing undergraduate, post graduate and research degree programmes. There are 14 Government institutions for technology.
- International students need to fulfill English speaking requirements through IELTS examination.
Easy visa process
- Ireland has been one of the top countries for business. The country’s pro-business environment creates numerous job opportunities. It is among the countries with the lowest unemployment rate.
- Fortune Magazine named Ireland as one of the seven best new global cities for startups.
- Ireland allows post-study work visa of 2 years.
- The country has a low cost of tuition fee and accommodation.
- Ireland is the European headquarters for IT and pharmaceuticals companies.
- Students can work part-time up to 20 hours per week.
- The country offers an environment of close links between educational institutions and its thriving economy.
- According to the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report, Ireland is now the second most entrepreneurial of the top 15 countries in Europe.
Life in Ireland
- Irish visa can be applied online. Some prerequisites for the visa application are a letter of acceptance from the university or college confirming your enrollment on a course.
- Evidence of payment of the course fee to the institution should be available at the time of applying for the visa.
- Language proficiency evidence is a must.
- The Irish Embassy requires Indian students to submit specific documentation.
- Evidence of sufficient funds to cover living expense, tuition fees and stay in Ireland is necessary.
- The process takes up to eight weeks and the status can be checked online.
- Ireland is a small country with a young population and its cities are cosmopolitan, with a continental European feel.
- The home of James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats, Ireland has a strong literary tradition and this is reflected in the country’s culture which also embraces the new with musicians like Hozier and U2.
- Ireland has a high quality of life, ranking first in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Quality-of-life index.
- It has been named in the top most World’s Friendliest Countries list by Lonely Planet travel guide.
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