Year of EU entry: 1973
Capital city: Dublin
Total Area: 70 000 km?
Population: 4.5 million
Currency: Member of the euroarea since 1999 (?) Schengen area: Not a member of Schengen
Since joining the European Union in 1973, Ireland (ire) has transformed itself from a largely agricultural society into a modern, technologically advanced Celtic Tiger economy. Agricultural lowlands make up most of the interior, which is broken in places by low hills and includes considerable areas of bogs and lakes. There are coastal mountains to the west, rising to over 1 000m in places. Nearly a third of the population lives in Dublin. The Dail, or lower house of Parliament, is composed of 166 members while the Seanad, or upper house, has 60 members. Parliamentary elections are held every five years. The President, elected for a seven-year period, mainly performs ceremonial duties.
Although the history of Ireland has seen troubles and turbulence, its people have always been associated with a love of music and storytelling. Often referred to as the land of saints and scholars, the country is the birthplace of many famous English-language writers, such as Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Wilde and Shaw. Ireland is home to internationally known rock bands and singers such as U2, The Corrs and Sin?ad O?Connor. Simple meat dishes and boiled vegetables such as the potato, carrot, turnip and parsnip form the principal ingredients of traditional Irish cooking.
- Accepts student's for post graduation with 15 yrs of education, unlike some countries.
- One of the best education systems in Europe (2004 IMD World competitiveness Report) with a history rich in tradition and learning.
- Quality education leading to rapid growth of economy. It has 4.4% unemployment rate.
- Over 2,00,000 international students.
- 1 year master's degree.
- No prior work experience required for MBA.
- International Students can work Part-time (approximately 20 hrs/week).
- Excellent wages: ? 8-9 per hr.
- Government policy on investment in research to develop Ireland as a knowledge society.
- Close links between educational institutions & thriving economy.
- Temperate climate. It rarely drops below freezing and snow is uncommon.
- Modern lively, safe & secure environment in which one can live, work & study.
- An English speaking country.
- Reputation of Irish people for friendliness.
The Irish Education System was traditionally divided into three basis levels: Primary (8 years), Secondary (5 or 6 years) and Higher Education which offers a wide range of opportunities from post-secondary courses, to vocational and technical training, to full degree and the highest post-graduate levels. The higher education system in Ireland is broad in scope and encompasses the university sector, the technological sector, the colleges of education and private, independent colleges. The institutions which fall within the first three groupings are autonomous and self governing, but substantially state funded. Education has been a key factor in making Ireland one of the fastest growing economies in the world over the past decade.
"Cooperative Education" involves placement of students in employment relevant to their Degree programmes for six or eight months during their undergraduate studies. Some Institutions in Ireland adopts this model as an integral part of the academic programme.
Voted by Lonely Planet as the most friendly country in the world (2008 & 2010) Irish people are among the most enriching reasons to study in Ireland. We are renowned for our friendliness and hospitality which greatly contributes to the ease with which overseas students adapt to student life in Ireland. We are naturally curious and genuinely interested in others. A strong sense of community abounds.
Ireland is an English speaking country. Some of the great writers in English literature have come from Ireland. These include Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett.
Ireland has a reputation for being a safe and welcoming country to live in ranking 12th in the 2009 Global Peace Index.
Ireland has one of the best education systems in the world according to the independent IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2009 (ranks 8th)
Irish education is of the highest international quality. The quality of the Irish education system is a major contributing factor to the rapid rate of economic growth Ireland has experienced over the last few decades.
Ireland's small open economy has achieved deep integration within the world economy. Among the key factors contributing to this has been the Irish education system in general, and the higher education system in particular. Almost one thousand overseas companies use Ireland as their European base including Google, Intel, Yahoo, Adobe, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Apple and Amazon.com to name but a few!
Irish higher education institutions are widely recognised for excellence in many disciplines.
Ireland is recognised as an international location for high quality scientific research.
Ireland has a young vibrant population, with 36% of the population under the age of 25, Ireland is one of the most exciting places in the world to be a student.
Ireland is beautiful - much of the countryside remains unspoilt providing an excellent natural habitat for a flourishing flora and fauna. Ireland's landscape provides a rich environment for the many outdoor leisure pursuits for which it is famous. Water sports, hill walking, rocking climbing and caving are just a few of the many activities which can be enjoyed when taking a break from study.
Rich Cultural Heritage
Ireland has a rich cultural heritage with its own distinctive language (Gaelic) music, culture and sports.
Ireland colleges accept either IELTS or TOEFL scores as a proof of English Proficiency.
Diploma Programs: IELTS Overall band score of 5.5 & TOEFL: 75
Bachelors Degree: Overall band score of 6.0 & TOEFL: 80
Masters Programs: Overall band score of 6.0 & TOEFL: 80
All applications for an Irish Visa must be made by completing an Online Visa Application Form, which can be accessed through the link below. http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Applying%20Online
- If there is an Irish Embassy, Consulate, Honorary Consul or Visa Office in your country of permanent residence you must apply there. You may be required to attend for personal interview.
- If there is no Irish Embassy, Consulate, Honorary Consul or Visa Office in your country of origin, another Irish Embassy or Consulate may have been designated for the purposes of processing applications from your country of permanent residence. If this is the case, you must apply in the Embassy or Consulate designated for this purpose.
- American College Dublin
- Athlone Institute of Technology
- Cork Institute of Technology
- Dublin Business School
- Dublin City University
- Dundalk Institute of Technology(DKIT)
- European Business Institute
- Executive & Professional Training Institute
- Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
- Galway Business School
- Griffith College Dublin
- HIS Limerick Business School
- Independent College Dublin
- Ireland College of Computer Training
- International College Dublin Business School
- Letterkenny Institute of Technology
- National University of Ireland, Galway
- National University of Ireland, Maynooth
- National University of Ireland
- Shannon College of Hotel Management
- Tipperary Institute
- University College Cork
- University College Dublin
- University of Dublin Trinity College
- University of Limerick
- University of Ulster
- Waterford Institute of Technology