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Study in Ireland

Country Facts

President: Michael D. Higgins (2011)
Taoiseach (Prime Minister): Enda Kenny (2011)
Land area: 26,598 sq mi (68,889 sq km); total area: 27,135 sq mi (70,280 sq km)
Population (2014 est.): 4,832,765 (growth rate: 1.2%); birth rate: 15.18/1000; infant mortality rate: 3.74/1000; life expectancy: 80.56
Capital (2011 est.): Dublin, 1.121 million
Monetary unit: Euro (formerly Irish pound [punt])
Languages: English, Irish (Gaelic) (both official)
Ethnicity/race: Irish 84.5%, other white 9.8%, Asian 1.9%, black 1.4%, mixed and other 0.9%, unspecified 1.6% (2011 est.)
Religions: Roman Catholic 84.7%, Church of Ireland 2.7%, other Christian 2.7%, Muslim 1.1%, other 1.7%, unspecified 1.5%, none 5.7% (2011 est.)

 

Why Study in Ireland?

The Republic of Ireland is one of the most popular destinations for students from all over the world. The undergraduate and post-graduate degrees awarded in Ireland have widespread international recognition and good standing among the best in the world. Every year 2, 00,000 students visit Ireland for their further studies. Irish schools and universities are known for their excellent academics in general and English language training in particular.

  1. One of the best education systems in Europe
  2. Irish education system is a major contributing factor to the rapid rate of economic growth
  3. Education institutions are widely recognized for excellence in many disciplines
  4. Internationally recognized location for high quality scientific research
  5. One of the highest participation rates of students (over 60%) in higher education in the world
  6. Rich environment for the many outdoor leisure pursuits, for example Watersports, hill walking, rocking climbing and caving
  7. Irish people are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality
  8. Young vibrant population with 40% of the population under the age of 25
  9. Rich cultural heritage with its own distinctive language (Gaelic) music, culture and sports
  10. Dynamic, lively, modern and safe country
  11. Highly developed democracy
  12. 12. Strong in the areas of software development, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and international services
  13. Unique cultural experience

 

Education System

The Irish Education System was traditionally divided into three basis levels: Primary, Secondary and Higher Education which offers a wide range of opportunities from post-secondary courses, to vocational and technical training, to full degree and the highest post-graduate levels. In recent years the focus has expanded to include pre-school education and adult and further education as the concept of lifelong learning becomes reflected in the education opportunities available within the Irish education system. The higher education system in Ireland encompasses the university sector, the technological sector, the colleges of education and private independent colleges of which the first three groupings are autonomous and self-governing, but substantially state funded.


Entry to third level education for Irish students is competitive and based upon performance in the final secondary school examination, the Leaving Certificate. Entry requirements for oversea students are determined individually by each institution and are generally based on national examination performance and English language aptitude.


The Universities, the Dublin Institute of Technology and a growing number of the Institutes of Technology are authorized to confer their own awards. The Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) is authorized to make awards in the non-university sector. HETAC makes awards and sets and monitors standards at all levels of higher education and training up to doctorate level.
The qualifications system in Ireland has been modernized with the introduction of the National Framework of Qualifications. Students are encouraged to use the National Framework Qualifications to identify the qualification they will achieve before making decisions.
The quality and standard of all Irish educational awards made by authorized institutions and HETAC are fully recognized globally.


The following academic awards can be achieved at Irish higher education institutions:

  1. Higher Certificate: Two year full-time course
  2. Ordinary Bachelors Degree: Three year full time course
  3. Honors Bachelors Degree: Normally a three or four year course
  4. Graduate Diploma: Designed for graduates seeking a vocational reorientation - usually a one year course.
  5. Masters degree: Either by research or through a taught program. Normally one-two year(s) duration.
  6. Doctorate (PhD): Usually takes a minimum of three years of original research. Doctorates are usually awarded pass or fail, with distinctions in rare cases.

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).