Ireland
IRELAND (EIRE) is an island to the north-west of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth. To its east is the larger island of Great Britain, from which it is separated by the Irish Sea.
Politically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland, which covers just under five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, which covers the remainder and is located in the north-east of the island. The population of Ireland is approximately 6.4 million. Just under 4.6 million live in the Republic of Ireland and just over 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.

Irish culture has had a significant influence on other cultures, particularly in the fields of literature and, to a lesser degree, science and education. Alongside mainstream Western culture, a strong indigenous culture exists, as expressed for example through Gaelic games, Irish music, and the Irish language. The culture of the island has also many features shared with Great Britain, as expressed through sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing, and golf, as well as the English language.

Why Ireland?

English Speaking Country:
Although Ireland has its own distinctive Celtic language and culture, English is the spoken language in Ireland today. The Irish use it so effectively that it has been said that better English is spoken in Ireland than anywhere else in the world.

A Friendly Safe Environment:
Ireland was voted by Lonely Planet as the world’s friendliest country in 2008 and 2010 and was ranked 11th in the 2011 Global Peace Index. Our hospitable nature coupled with an unrivalled sense of fun ensures living in Ireland is an unforgettable experience.

Extensive Choice of Courses:
Students can choose from an extensive range of academic programs from study areas that include: business, science and technology, language, arts and the humanities.

Internationally Recognized Qualifications:
Irish qualifications are recognized for excellence worldwide.

Innovative & Creative Culture:
Ireland is a land rich in cultural heritage with a history of world-leading innovation. From Oscar Wilde to James Joyce, from the pioneering quantum physics of John Bell to Nobel Laureate Ernest Walton, Ireland’s unique innovative and creative culture is an integral part of the Irish experience.

Leading Global Companies in Ireland:
Businesses that require a skilled, educated and highly capable workforce to drive their success choose to locate in Ireland. Companies such as Google, Facebook, Pfizer, Apple and Intel have chosen Ireland as their European base.

Education in the Ireland

Ireland has an education system similar to the United Kingdom. Education is three tiered: Primary (8 years), Secondary (5-6 years) and Higher Education.

The Higher Education sector comprises universities, technology institutes and private colleges. Entry requirements in the higher education sector are the responsibility of individual institutions and are based on academic performance and English language aptitude.

Many institutions in Ireland have a Cooperative Education system that places students in employment relevant to their academic programs for six to eight months as a part of their undergraduate studies. This provides students with invaluable work experience and practical skills.

Ireland has a first class ELICOS sector that offers courses at all competency levels. Most universities also offer foundation English courses for foreign students who do not meet their English language requirements. English courses in Ireland are accredited by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) and the Accreditation and Co-ordination of English Language Services (ACELS).

Employment in the Ireland

International students are allowed to work part time and do not need a work permit. During their degree program, students are allowed to take up an internship as part of their course. Ireland offers international students the opportunity to stay on in the country after the completion of their study program to look for employment or apply for a green card under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme:
http://www.icosirl.ie/eng/student_information/third_level_graduate_scheme
In many cases the third level graduate scheme grants students, depending on their program and university, one year’s permission to stay in the country after the completion of their courses.