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Ireland a dynamic, lively, modern country with a young population and one of the fastest growing economies in the world ... a country where music, conversation, culture, traditions, time to relax, listen and make friends ... matter. A country renowned for its beautiful, unspoiled countryside and scenery as well as its cultured, cosmopolitan and lively cities.

Why Study in Ireland

Ireland is a country steeped in tradition and history with a long established reputation for its education excellence.It has a unique and interesting culture which retains many features of its ancient Celtic origins while also reflecting the influence of other traditions and trends.

Ireland is an English-speaking country with close cultural, economic and educational links with the English-speaking world, especially with UK - next door neighbour and with USA, where Irish Americans form a high proportion of the population. Ireland is part of the EU family of nations and cultures and of the increasingly integrated European Education Area. Ireland is Global in outlook - for several centuries Irish people have emigrated to and settled in many countries around the globe.

Although Ireland does have its own distinctive Celtic language and culture, English is the predominant language spoken in Ireland today. The Irish use it so effectively that it has been said that better English is spoken in Ireland than anywhere else in the world! Every year almost 200,000 students of all ages and from all over the world come to study in Ireland.

Irish people have a great love of conversation and have a genuine interest in other people. This friendliness and hospitality for which the Irish people are renowned contributes to the ease with which overseas students adapt to the way of life and in particular, student life in Ireland

Irish Education System

Ireland has one of the best education systems in the world according to the 2004 IMD World Competitiveness Report. It has close links to industry and is characterized by creativity, flexibility, agility, pragmatism and informality. Education has been a key factor in making Ireland one of the fastest growing economies in the world over the past decade. Government policy on investment in research and "4th level" education as the key to developing Ireland as a knowledge society in the new global economy.

The following academic awards can be achieved at Irish third level institutions
Higher Certificate

Two year full-time course

Ordinary Bachelors Degree

Three year full time course

Honours Bachelors Degree

Normally a three or four year course

Graduate Diploma

Designed for graduates seeking a vocational reorientation - usually a one year course

Masters Degree

Either by research or through a taught programme. Normally one-two year(s) duration

Doctorate (Ph.D)

Usually takes a minimum of three years of original research

Irish Education System

The academic year typically runs from September to June and is divided into either two or three semesters with holidays in December (Christmas) and April (Easter).

Most universities run a semester based system and modularisation has been introduced in the majority of colleges to allow greater flexibility for students. Teaching at undergraduate level generally involves a programme of lectures supplemented by tutorials, practical demonstrations and laboratory work.

Universities in Ireland

This is a list of colleges and universities in Ireland, some colleges are constituent colleges of universities.

Universities in Ireland

  • University College Dublin
  • National University Of Ireland
  • University Of Limerick
  • National University Of Ireland, Maynooth
  • University College Cork
  • Dundalk Institute Of Technology
  • Griffith College Dublin
  • Waterford Institute Of Technology
  • Dublin City University
  • Cork Institute Of Technology