Ireland is a small nation with only 4.904 million (2019) people. Located on the western-most tip of Europe, the country is a land of creative thinkers, pioneers and thoughtful leaders. The number of international students choosing Ireland for higher studies has significantly grown by 26% in the last three years, climbing to 14,412 in 2019.
Across Ireland, there are a number of top-ranked universities in the world including The University of Dublin; University College Dublin; National University of Ireland, Galway; University College Cork; Dublin City University; among others. These top universities boast 73% international students, representing more than 100 countries. Ranked in the top 3% of higher education providers in the world, origins of non-Irish students are primarily Asia, North America and EU (excluding Ireland).
Some of the key fields popular in the country are technology, natural sciences, economics and humanities, getting a Bachelors or Masters degree in which would ensure exposure to hands-on learning and professional development.
As Ireland became a member of the European Union (EU) in 1973, its doors opened to the economic powerhouse of Europe. Several multinational corporations such as Google, Dell, Pfizer, Airbnb and more set up their European headquarters in the country, paving the way for myriad opportunities for both international and domestic students.
Although not cheap, the cost of living in Ireland is not as sky-high as other European countries like Sweden or the UK. The most popular student cities in Ireland include Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. From scenic landscapes to a rich cultural heritage, the Republic of Ireland is an undoubtedly beautiful, safe and exciting country for international students.
Upon graduation from Irish universities, students also get the chance to intern or work fulltime with major companies such as Facebook, HP, Google, Intel, Boston Scientific, to name a few. In addition, every international university in Ireland provides dedicated career officers to guide international students through the hiring process.
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