Author: Ms. Jacqueline Dyer – Senior Consultant of The Education Company
2019 is a critical year for international education as two of the world’s leading education hubs are going through a period of political upheaval which will certainly have consequences for international students.
In the United States, new student enrolments fell by 6.6 percent in 2017/18. This may be a reflection of President Trump’s hostile policies towards immigrants, and the increase in gun crime. As a result, many Asian parents may feel their children to be more at risk studying in US cities than in other parts of the world.
Across the Atlantic, Brexit- the decision for the United Kingdom to leave the EU in 2019- has resulted in economic uncertainty. No one can predict what will happen when the deadline for exit comes in March 2019, but a period of instability seems almost certain.
In such a turbulent phase, international students seeking high quality, reasonably priced education in a safe and welcoming environment should take a closer look at Ireland. Given its situation neighbouring the UK, there are signs that many companies – especially financial organizations- are planning to relocate to Ireland before Brexit in order to stay in the EU.
Where Is Ireland?
The Republic of Ireland, a member of the European Union, is located next door to the United Kingdom in the west of Europe. (Not to be confused with Iceland, much further north). The six counties in the northern part of the island belong to the UK (Northern Ireland, capital: Belfast).
What language is spoken in Ireland?
The official languages of the Republic of Ireland are English, spoken by everyone, and Irish Gaelic, a traditional language spoken by a smaller number of people, mostly in rural areas.
What is the population of Ireland?
Ireland has a population of 4.5 million, but in 2017 it welcomed 9 million visitors from overseas.
What’s the capital of Ireland?
Dublin is the capital, an old European city with historic buildings, two universities in the World Top 200 (University College Dublin and Trinity College), a castle and two cathedrals. It is located on the east coast, with the sea in front and mountains behind.
Other major cities are Cork, Limerick and Galway, all of which have universities.
Carlingford Mountain Park, County Louth (near Dundalk)
What Is Ireland Famous For?
Ireland has a long and magnificent cultural heritage. Firstly, it has a huge number of famous writers for such a small country, including Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and Jonathan Swift, from the past, and it continues to produce award-winning modern writers in English such as Colm Tóibin, Roddy Doyle, Maeve Binchey and Tana French, whose works have been translated into many languages.
In popular culture, Ireland has contributed many famous performers, for example:
- Music: The Cranberries, Niall Horan (One Direction), Sinead O’Connor, Damien Rice
- Actors: Saorse Ronan, Daniel Day-Lewis, Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy, Colin Farrell, Michael Fassbender.
- Dance Performance: Riverdance (Michael Flatley)
- Food and drink: Guinness (a kind of dark beer famous all over the world); Jamesons and Bushmills (Irish whiskey); soda bread; Irish stew (made with lamb); Baileys (a kind of liqueur made with cream and whiskey). The hospitality industry is important in Ireland and the country has excellent restaurants serving food from all over the world as well as Ireland.
Ireland is also the land of superstition and folk tales, including stories of leprechauns and four-leafed clover plants.
The National Day of Ireland is St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th), when Irish people all over the world celebrate by colouring things green (their hair, their face, their beer!) and having parties.
Now Let’s Be Serious- why should you study in Ireland?
- A safe, friendly, English speaking country in Europe with a very high quality education system.
- Reasonable fees and living costs: tuition fees from 9,995 euros per year, scholarships available up to 30%; living costs around 7,000 euros per year outside Dublin
- Stay back visas: upon graduating from an Irish degree, international students automatically get a 1 or 2 year extension of their visa to allow them to work in Ireland.
- Many jobs are available, especially in the IT sector, in Hospitality, Finance, in Medical Technology and Pharmaceuticals. Ireland is a world leader in these sectors.
- Many courses come with internships included- which means you could get paid while studying.
HOT TIP 1: a shorter, less expensive way of getting an Irish degree is to apply for the 1 year Bachelor top-up offered by many Institutes of Technology.
Entry requirements: a 3 year Ordinary or Associate degree in a related subject; IELTS 6.0
After the 1 year top-up students qualify for a 1 year stay-back visa, during which time they can work. They can then progress to a 1 year Masters and get a 2 year stay-back visa on graduation.
HOT TIP 2: for non-accountants who want to qualify in accounting, GMIT has a 1 year Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting. This is a Level 9 qualification (Masters level) and is highly valued by employers. It also offers 7 exemptions from professional ACCA exams and all 5 CAP 1 exams from Chartered Accounting Ireland.
TEC’s partners in Ireland:
- Dundalk Institute of Technology (foundation/undergraduate/1 year top-up/postgraduate)
- Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (foundation/undergraduate/1 year top-up/postgraduate)
- Shannon College of Hotel Management (National University of Ireland Galway). Integrated paid work placements, chance to work overseas.
- The Dublin International Foundation College (guaranteed entry to Medical School in Ireland, the UK or Europe)
Ms. Nguyen Thi Nhu Nguyen – Director of TEC with international office staffs at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
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