Quality Of Education And ‘Stay Back’ Option Makes Ireland Perfect For Higher Education Abroad

NEW DELHI: Studying abroad has always held a charm over students. Ireland, in the recent years, has emerged as one of the destinations where Indian students head to. The country offers manifold advantage to Indian students one being the medium of education being English which makes it easier for students to settle and learn. There are also multiple merit-based scholarships on offer for Indian students which makes it easier to cover tuition and living expense.

Ireland is a multi-cultural society, thus providing the necessary exposure to students which make up for a truly global education. We spoke to Barry O’Driscoll, who is the Senior Education Adviser with Education in Ireland about higher studies opportunities for Indian students in Ireland and the requirements with respect to application and visa.

Q. Why should Indian students head to Ireland?

Ireland is increasingly becoming the destination of choice for international students – particularly at postgraduate level. Currently over 2,500 Indians are studying in Ireland at higher level and this number is growing fast. All of Ireland’s universities are ranked in the top 5% globally and in many fields of research rank in the top 1% globally.

Ireland is an English speaking country with a long tradition in education. The country offers a buzzing, multicultural society where students will certainly find the highest of education standards and warmest of welcomes. Ireland is also well known as being a safe, welcoming society. Also known as the Emerald Isle, because of it lush green pastures, Ireland is often noted as being one of the safest and friendliest countries in the world.

Ireland, with its euro currency offers very good value for money for international students, compared with our neighbour, the UK. Since the Brexit vote, Ireland’s higher education institutions have seen a notable increase in applications and enquires for higher level programmes from Indian students. It is expected that Brexit will lead to an increase in international students and researchers choosing Ireland as an alternative to the UK. Ireland’s membership of the European Union has played an integral role in building Ireland’s reputation as a location for world class research and as a centre of excellence in higher education.

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