There is something definitely magical about Ireland — it’s the land of elves, leprechauns, castles, warriors and balladeers. Ireland has a special charm that bonds all Irish men and women together.
The Republic of Ireland is not to be confused with Northern Ireland, which is still an integral part of the United Kingdom. Ireland's 800 years of rule under the British monarchy was a period of intrigue, strife, famine, progress and intellectual development as some of the most famous works in English Literature were written. Writers like George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and James Joyce are all part of the Irish literary world.
With visa rules becoming stricter in the UK and the US, Ireland should definitely be considered as a study destination.
Reasons to study in Ireland:
- Courses are taught in English
- Courses are globally recognised and accredited by leading academic bodies
- Scholarships are given for deserving students
- Strong Asian community
- Close proximity to London and is well-connected to the rest of Europe - the student life is something everyone must experience
- A land of astounding beauty with some amazing cliffs, lakes and beaches
Top Ten Institutions in Ireland
There are more than 30 Universities in Ireland. The top 10 institutions in Ireland are:
- Trinity College Dublin and University of Dublin
- University College Cork
- University College Dublin
- Dublin City University
- University of Limerick
- National University of Ireland, Galway
- Dublin Institute of Technology
- National University of Ireland, Maynooth
- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
- Cork Institute of Technology
Life in Ireland
The Irish are known to be fun-loving people and take great pride in their Nordic-Saxon heritage. The country suffered during the economic downturn of 2008 but has fared pretty well and is focussing a lot on tourism to draw foreign exchange and improve the economy. As a student with a modest lifestyle; one can live comfortably with about 1500 to 1600 Euros a month. The Irish are extremely passionate about their food and drink and most towns have restaurants that cater to every budget and taste. Bread, Irish stew, Shepherd's Pie and a glass of Guinness are a big part of the Irish cuisine. The Irish are also passionate about rugby and football, and even cricket is gaining popularity today.
Ireland is a place of amazing natural beauty and some of the popular tourist spots are:
- Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh and in Dublin
- Dublin Castle - the seat of power of the British empire when they ruled Ireland
- The Rock of Cashel - an ancient fortress town.
- Kilkenny Castle - originally built in 1172 as a wooden structure, it is now a stone structure and maintained as a heritage site by the government.
- The National Gallery of Ireland - a museum preserving Irish and European art collections.
With the cost of living in Ireland being considerably lesser when compared to London, Dublin and Cork have become attractive options for top class higher education. The proximity to London also allows students to visit London during the weekends. Ireland offers University degrees on par with those offered in the UK and the USA, and at a lesser cost. You can save a lot of money by opting to study in Ireland.