IRELAND

OVERVIEW
Why Ireland

What are the advantages of studying in Ireland ? Irish education is of the highest international quality. Ireland is an English speaking country. The quality of the Irish education system is a major contributing factor to the rapid rate of economic growth Ireland has experienced over the last few decades. Irish higher education institutions are widely recognized for excellence in many disciplines. Ireland is a safe country to study in. Irish people are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality which greatly contributes to the ease with which overseas students adapt to student life in Ireland.

COUNTRY FACTS

Ireland's worldwide reputation for high quality education is built on the solid foundation of commitment to excellence. Ireland is a beautiful island, combining contemporary modern cities with an un-spoilt countryside, city escapes steeped in history and a rich natural habitat. Renowned for friendliness, our safe, English speaking country offers the warmest of welcomes to students from all over the world.

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Ireland is an English-speaking country with close cultural, economic and educational links with the English-speaking world, especially with the UK - our next door neighbor and with the USA, where Irish Americans form a high proportion of the population. We are European - part of the EU family of nations and cultures and of the increasingly integrated European Education Area. Ireland is Global in outlook - for several centuries Irish people have emigrated to and settled in many countries around the globe and today we welcome people to Ireland from all over the world.

Higher Education System

The Higher Education System

The higher education system (third level) in Ireland is broad in scope and encompasses the university sector, the technological sector, education colleges and private, independent colleges. The institutions which fall within the first three groupings are autonomous and self governing, but substantially state-funded. Admission requirements for overseas students are determined individually by each institution and are generally based on national examination performance and English language aptitude. The academic year typically runs from September to June and is divided into either two or three semesters with holidays in December (Christmas) and April (Easter). The following academic awards can be acquired at Irish third level institutions:

Higher Certificate: two-year full-time course.

Ordinary Bachelor’s Degree: three-year full-time course.

Honors Bachelor’s Degree: normally a three- or four-year course.

Graduate Diploma: designed for graduates seeking vocational reorientation – usually a one-year course.

Master’s Degree: either by research or through a taught programme. Normally one-two year(s) in duration.

Doctorate (PhD): usually takes a minimum of three years of original research.

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