Ireland's worldwide reputation for high quality education is built on the solid foundation of commitment to excellence. Ireland is a beautiful island, combining contemporary modern cities with an unspoilt countryside, cityscapes steeped in history and a rich natural habitat. Renowned for friendliness, our safe English-speaking country offers the warmest of welcomes to students from all over the world.

Dating back to the Middle Ages, Ireland - known as the Island of Saints and Scholars -provided education to much of the western world.  More recently, Irish writers such as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, WB Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde, are studied around the globe, while ongoing investment in research and development has placed modern Ireland at the cutting edge of science and technology.

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A friendly, safe country -  And it is not just us saying it! Ireland was voted by Lonely Planet as the world’s friendliest country in 2008 and 2010 and was ranked 12th in the 2009 Global Peace Index. Our hospitable nature coupled with an unrivalled sense of fun ensures living in Ireland is an unforgettable experience. The island’s varied environment is ideal for many outdoor pursuits such as climbing, water sports and all kinds of ball and team sports.

English-speaking country – Ireland is an English-speaking country with close cultural, economic and educational links to the rest of the English-speaking world, especially the UK — our next door neighbour — and the USA. Every year, thousands of people from all walks of life come to Ireland to study the English language. And there are plenty of language schools that hold courses designed to focus on your exact needs.  For more information click here

Internationally recognised qualifications and extensive choice - Irish qualifications are recognised for excellence world-wide. Students can choose from an extensive range of courses to meet their needs in highly respected business schools, centres of scientific and technology excellence as well as renowned language, humanities and arts faculties.  For more information click here.

Supportive learning environment - Dedicated international offices work closely with academic, administrative and specialist staff to fully support students throughout their time in Ireland. Through these support structures, students receive direct access to information, facilities, services and staff.

Innovative and creative culture - Ireland is a land rich in cultural heritage with a history of world-leading innovation. From the flamboyance of Oscar Wilde to mould-breaking James Joyce, from the pioneering quantum physics of John Bell to Nobel Laureate Ernest Walton, Ireland’s unique innovative and creative culture is an integral part of the Irish experience.

Distinguished graduates - Ireland’s graduates are innovators in their fields, leaders in their communities and ambassadors for excellence all around the world. Qualifications earned and connections made in Ireland deliver a passport to success.

Leading global companies in Ireland - Companies who require a skilled, educated and highly capable workforce to drive their success choose to locate in Ireland. Ireland has welcomed Google, Facebook, Pfizer, Apple, Intel to name just a few — all of whom chose Ireland as their European base.  For a wealth of information on this and other matters, see the website of our Investment and Development Agency IDA Ireland

A few more points to consider:

  • Ireland has one of the best education systems in the world according to the independent IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2009 (ranks 8th)
  • 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 (The World Economic Forum’s 2009-2010 Global Competitiveness Report ranked the quality of Ireland’s secondary and tertiary educational system, as assessed by business community, as eight out of 133 economies)
  • Ireland is recognised as an international location for high quality scientific research. Ireland’s rapid ascent in the ranking of scientific output, rising from 36th place in 2003 to recently breaking into the top 20. Ireland has joined countries such as Finland, Germany and the US in the scientific output stake.
  • Quality of life:  Ireland ranks 5th in the UN’s Human Development Index
  • Ireland has a young vibrant population, with 40% 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 a safe country to study in. 2009 Global Peace Index Ireland  ranked 10th safest country out of 27 OECD countries

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