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Top Reasons to Study in Ireland

There are so many reasons why international students want to study abroad in Ireland. Once they’ve made the decision to study abroad in Ireland, many will choose to live and study in the capital city of Dublin

If you are trying to decide where to study abroad for your undergraduate or graduate degree, read on to find out why so many international students have chosen Ireland and Dublin.

Or, watch our video to find out more about studying at Ireland's Global University - UCD!

Study abroad in Ireland – for so many reasons!

One of the main reasons that international undergraduate and graduate students opt to study abroad in Ireland is that it is a perfect destination for anyone who wants a world-class education. Especially a world-class education in a progressive, innovative country with promising career options. Ireland is also an ideal destination for international students interested in stunning scenery, beautiful coastal and mountain walks, ancient culture and architecture. Those who prefer the indoors life will love Ireland’s numerous museums and art galleries, gourmet food, coffee culture and cosy pubs with their traditional live music.

Another highly attractive reason for international students to study abroad in Ireland is the stay-back visa option. Graduates wishing to stay on in Ireland after they complete their studies to pursue a career can avail of either one or two year stay-back visas.

Things to know before deciding to study abroad in Ireland

Before deciding to study abroad in Ireland, there are some important things you need to know. Ireland is a very safe, friendly and welcoming country. On the Global Peace Index Ireland is ranked 12th in the world, and 22nd in the World Happiness Index. Young Irish people have the fourth highest standard of education in the world, according to the OECD 2019 Education report.

The Bloomberg Innovation Index 2020 has ranked Ireland as the 16th most innovative country in the world. Ireland is also home to five of Forbes Top 10 companies; Apple, Google, Alphabet, Amazon and Samsung.

If you decide to study abroad in Ireland’s capital city Dublin, you will feel right at home! Dublin city topped the 2020 Condé Nast list of Europe’s friendliest cities – so you will be sure of a warm welcome! The cosmopolitan city centre has all the amenities of a European capital city, and is easily explored on foot or bike or on public transport.

Dublin is the gateway to exploring Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East. Here you will find beaches that attract surfers from around the world, cliffs, mountains, ancient ruins, hiking trails and world renowned food and hospitality. It’s also the gateway to mainland Europe with affordable and regular flights.

Is it any wonder so many international students decide to study abroad in Ireland?

Study at UCD if you want to study abroad in Ireland

If you have already decided to study abroad in Ireland, then your next decision is where to study. University College Dublin (UCD) is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide.

In the overall QS World University Rankings (WUR) 2020, UCD is 177 in the world. UCD is number one in Ireland for graduate employability, and 78th in the world (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020). UCD has been number one for three consecutive years!

In the 2020, QS WUR by Subject, UCD has four subjects in the top 50.

For the past two consecutive years, UCD has also been named the number one university in Ireland by US News & World.

Established in 1854, there are now 34,000 students studying at UCD - more than 8,400 are international students from 140 different countries. Many of the 288,000 UCD global alumni network, living in 169 countries, hold positions in leading organisations around the world. The UCD Alumni Network is influential, successful, active and truly international.

UCD is situated on 133 hectares of beautiful, green parkland – one of the largest urban campuses in Europe. Students live and study in modern, world-class buildings surrounded by beautiful, green parkland, wildlife and fabulous facilities. Take our 3D campus tour to experience it for yourself!

Scholarships for International Students who Study Abroad in Ireland

UCD offers a wide variety of scholarships and awards for international students who choose to study abroad in Ireland. These awards are highly regarded by employers and industry and celebrate the diverse talents of our students.

There are also a number of Global Excellence Scholarships available to international students. They are competitively awarded based on academic merit and offered by country and/or by discipline. (Students must hold an offer before they can apply for a scholarship and full terms and conditions apply).

So there you have it! Just a few of the many reasons why international students choose to study abroad in Ireland. Why not check out our Ireland page for more about the land of a thousand welcomes. Or watch our Youtube videos to hear directly from international students why they call Ireland their home away from home.

You can also send our friendly team an enquiry at any time if you have more questions about studying abroad in Ireland!

Why Study Abroad in Ireland

Yes Ireland is a fantastic location to enroll for study abroad! There are a number of reasons for this.

Our standard of education is extremely high and Ireland is recognised globally by employers and industry for its skilled and highly-educated young people. In fact, young Irish people have the fourth highest standard of education in the world, according to the OECD 2019 Education report. You will benefit from the excellent standard of education when you study abroad in Ireland.

The world’s leading organisations are attracted to Ireland and our country is home to five of Forbes Top 10 companies; Apple, Google, Alphabet, Amazon and Samsung. There are fantastic career opportuntiies for graduates from Irish universities.

Outside of university life, Ireland is a culturally unique and beautiful, ancient island. Our traditional music and dance is lively and uplifting, and you will be sure to sample it in our world-famous Irish pubs. Our people are known the world over for their ‘cead mile failte’ or a hundred, thousand welcomes and you will feel this friendliness and welcoming nature everywhere you go in Ireland.

As a small island nation, all the beautiful corners of Ireland with its wild rugged nature is easy to explore on day trips or weekend trips. You can also hop on a short, affordable flight to any city in mainland Europe to explore further afield!

International students studying in Ireland are also entitled to work while they are studying. Find out more about working in Ireland as an international student here.

These are only a few of the reasons why Ireland is a good place to enroll for study abroad.

Yes you can apply to study abroad in Ireland this year. All students applying to study here at UCD are treated in the same way as previous years, no matter where you are from (or currently live) and irrespective of the current COVID-19 situation. Check out our FAQ section on how to apply for more information on applying to study abroad in Ireland.

It’s also important to bear in mind that there are certain procedures in place in Ireland due to COVID-19. For example anyone entering the country must have a negative PCR test for COVID-19 carried out no more than 72 hours before travel. The procedures are being constantly reviewed and updated by the Irish government. The best place to keep up to date is on this website.

You can also check our COVID-19 FAQs for incomfing students. 

There are universities in all of the main cities in Ireland where you can study abroad. UCD is located in the bustling and cosmopolitan capital city of Dublin – and we think it’s probably the best place to study abroad in Ireland! This is because Dublin city topped the 2020 Condé Nast list of Europe’s friendliest cities – so you will be sure of a warm welcome! The cosmopolitan city centre has all the amenities of a European capital city, and is easily explored on foot or bike or on public transport.

Dublin is also the gateway to exploring Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East. Here you will find beaches that attract surfers from around the world, cliffs, mountains, ancient ruins, hiking trails and world renowned food and hospitality. It’s also the gateway to mainland Europe with affordable and regular flights.

UCD is one of Ireland’s largest, most research-intensive universities and is also one of the most diverse with 8,400 international students from more than 140 different countries. UCD is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide and is highly regarded by employers, industry and universities around the world. This makes it one of the best universities in which to study abroad.

Ireland is such a good place to study abroad for such a wide number of reasons, including the standard of teaching and education, the career opportunities and the enjoyable lifestyle. Young Irish people have the fourth highest standard of education in the world, according to the OECD 2019 Education report.

The Bloomberg Innovation Index 2020 has ranked Ireland as the 16th most innovative country in the world. Ireland is also home to five of Forbes Top 10 companies; Apple, Google, Alphabet, Amazon and Samsung.

The stayback visa or Stamp 1G visa offers graduate students the opportunity to stay on and work in Ireland for 12 months (for undergraduate students) and 24 months (for masters/graduate students). You can find more information on the stayback visa here.

Irish people are famous all over the world for their friendliness and warm welcomes. Our international students tell us they feel right at home in Ireland, and even call it their ‘home away from home’. You can enjoy the unique Irish culture with its lively traditional music and dance, extraordinary Irish literature, award-winning Irish movies and television shows, and of course our world-famous Irish pubs.

In Ireland, we even have our own word for fun: craic! You will be sure to ‘have the craic’ as you experience Irish life and culture during your studies.

The simple answer to where you should enroll to study abroad in Ireland is UCD!

UCD is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide. In the overall QS World University Rankings 2020, UCD is 177 in the world. 

UCD is number one in Ireland for graduate employability, and 78th in the world (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020). The UCD Careers Network also runs the Jumpstart course specifically for international students which prepares them for working life and their future careers.

You will be sure of the warmest welcome at UCD!

Established in 1854, there are now 34,000 students studying at UCD, making it one of Ireland’s largest universities. UCD is also one of Ireland’s most diverse universities with 8,400 international students from 140 different countries. 30% of the academic staff at UCD are also from outside Ireland.

UCD is situated on 133 hectares of beautiful, green parkland – one of the largest urban campuses in Europe. Students live and study in modern, world-class buildings surrounded by beautiful, green parkland, wildlife and fabulous facilities.

The campus is also very close to the bustling city centre with its cobblestone streets, parks, museums, coffee shops and traditional Irish pubs! Our international students can easily reach all corners of the beautiful island of Ireland from the trains and buses running from Dublin.

Check out our FAQs on how to apply to UCD.

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