Ireland is an English speaking island which forms part of the EU. Over the past few years, it has slowly emerged as a leading international education destination in Europe owing to its growing reputation as a leading center of academic excellence and world renowned research facilities. As a country, it is well renowned for its technological prowess, especially in the ICT domain and pharmaceuticals industry.
There are about 34 institutes of higher education offering close to 5000 programs leading to certificate, diploma, undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Some famous Irish universities which have consistently topped international university rankings across important study parameters are Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD) and National University of Ireland, Galway.
Ireland is an attractive study destination for international students for some of the following reasons.
It has a very flexible educational system which allows students to transfer credits to other universities within Ireland or to other countries, enabling students to continue their education elsewhere worldwide.
Irish universities accept applications for post graduate studies from applicants with 15 years of educational experience (12 years of formal education + 3 years undergraduate studies).
The Irish government permits students studying Masters or Phd level programs to work on a post study work visa for a period extending up to two years to enable students to gain invaluable work experience within the Irish industry.
Many universities provide internship opportunities for students wishing to work while studying at Ireland. A student can work up to 40 hours per fortnight during terms and 40 hours per week during breaks ( normally between June to September and 15 December to 15 January). With a vibrant and growing economy, there are over a thousand multinational companies currently operating in Ireland which offer employment opportunities on a part time basis or for those seeking internship opportunities. Companies like Pfizer, GSK, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Cadburys, Dell, Facebook and Apple are some leading international conglomerates operating successfully in Ireland.
Scholarships and study grants are readily available, even for international students. Recognizing the immense potential of Ireland as a favorable study destination, the government is working in conjunction with leading Irish universities to provide scholarships to deserving students. Students from India have privileged access to many scholarship programs in Ireland. Some universities which offer scholarship opportunities are Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway, Dublin City University and University College, Dublin.
There are currently about 35000 students from 161 countries pursuing some form of higher education in Ireland, with close to 3000 students originating from India. About 25000 Indians form part of the growing Asian community there, many of whom are employed by local and international industries.
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