Why study in Ireland
Ireland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and over the last few years it has emerged as a perfect destination for Indian students. In total, there are 30,000 international students studying in Ireland and of them about 2,000 students were from India. 80% of them were enrolled in a master’s degree program with some of the most popular courses like computing, data analytics, etc. Also, the Irish government invests over 782 million annually in research in Ireland’s higher education institutions.
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, etc. Some of the world’s biggest and best companies are located in Ireland. Here a few of the reasons to study in Ireland:
English speaking language:
Irish Gaelis recognizedize as the first official language of the country, while only 35% of the Irish population actually knows it. 95% of the population knows it, with it being the second official language. Living, studying and working in Ireland is a great way to improve your speaking and listening ability in English.
For such a small country, Ireland has always punched well above its weight in terms of cultural impact. The island has produced four Nobel Laureates in Literature (which perhaps surprisingly, the country’s most famous literary son, James Joyce, never actually won) and the streets of Dublin are crammed with artistic and literary spots of interest, from the National Museum, with its stunning collection of medieval artifacts, to the Hugh Lane Galley, which houses a recreation of Francis Bacon’s studio, transported piece by piece from London and rebuilt in painstaking detail.
Some of the top universities in the world are present in Ireland. Trinity College Dublin is ranked 131st in the world university rankings, while University College Dublin and National University of Ireland galway 201st and 547th .
Ireland’s relatively compact size means you are only few hours away from an area of outstanding scenery. From the breathtaking lakes and mountains of The Ring of Kerry, to the unearthly landscape of the Barren in Clare, and the rugged Atlantic coast of Donegal (a surfer’s paradise) the list of stunning natural spots is almost endless, and most of them can be reach in a few hours by car from Dublin.
Irish people have always prided themselves on the welcome they offer to tourists and new arrivals alike, and last year leading travel site Lonely Planet named Dublin as the third best city in the world to visit. Wherever you base yourself in Ireland, you’ll be welcome by a people who are justifiably proud of their conversational skills and happy to set the world to rights over a chat or deep discussion. Ireland also recently finished top in the Good Country Index, which measures a country’s overall contribution to the world, from arts and culture, to science, and charity.
There are a plenty of generous scholarship opportunities available in Ireland. For example, in Trinity College Dublin offers bursaries worth €5,000, NCI Galway €2,000 and UCD provide 50% and 100% off fees.