The Republic of Ireland has recently experienced an increase in International students from outside of the EU coming to Ireland to study.
There are many reasons why Ireland is appealing to international students with cosmopolitan cities and stunning countryside, not to mention the world-class universities But what else can this increasing popularity be attributed to? Let’s take a look
English Language Tuition
The use of English as the main language of tuition at university level in Ireland makes it attractive to students who already speak English, such as those from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and to those international students who wish to improve their English language skills. Irish is spoken around the country and Ireland maintains links with other nations that speak Gaelic-based languages, however, Irish is usually only used to study Irish culture and language. English tends to be used to study all other subjects.
Option to remain in Ireland
An attractive part of being an international student in Ireland is the student visa conditions. Unlike many European countries Ireland allows those who have completed their degree to remain in Ireland for up to 2 years after graduation. International students are allowed to work for 20 hours per week outside of their studies, however, international students must have €7,000 to support themselves, but they can supplement this..
Reputation for medical training
Ireland has an excellent international reputation for Medical and Health Care training, especially in areas such as Midwifery and 31% of international students study Medicine or Health Care. This attracts students from all over the world, especially the developing world, to access training that then allows them to return home to use their skills to support their communities.
Ireland has several international airports and many countries from Europe and around the world fly directly to Dublin Airport. The road and rail infrastructure is all relatively new or updated and allows easy movement around the country, making it easier to get back home for international students. There are also many regular flights from all of the Irish airports to the main airport hubs in the UK, so Ireland is easily accessible to almost every nation.
Ireland has experienced massive emigration in the past and many young people spend time abroad before or after studying at university. This means that many international students will have met Irish students before and many cities around the world have Irish communities that have been settled there for years, so many international students have an experience of Irish culture before they head to Ireland and know that it is a culture that they will enjoy living in.
International Students at University in Ireland
Here is a table illustrating the numbers of international students attending university in Ireland in 2016.