If you’re still deciding which university to go to, you won’t find anywhere better than Ireland. Nowhere else combines top-quality universities with such a rich cultural heritage, bouncing nightlife and the world’s most charming people. And that’s not all. Here is a list of reasons why you won’t regret choosing to study in Ireland.
1.) Famously friendly
Nervous about moving away from home? That’s not an issue in Ireland - it’s been named one of the happiest countries in Europe, all thanks to being the home of some of the most welcoming people in the world.
2.) Wonderfully diverse
The ever-growing popularity of Dublin with students from around the world means the city is one of the most diverse cities in Europe. In a recent survey, it scored 83 out of 100 in terms of student mix, reflecting the high ratio of international students. The city itself is wonderfully multicultural, home to people and businesses from all over the world, including China, India, Africa, Korea and many, many more places from around the globe.
3.) Amazing nightlife
The nightlife in Ireland is world-famous. No matter what your tastes, you’ll find something for you - ranging from mega-clubs to country pubs and everything in between. Button Factory on Dublin’s legendary Temple Bar district is a must-visit nightclub and live gig venue, playing host to all types of music, while Cork’s Secret Garden provides a fairy tale-style night out for all you party people.
4.) Perfect for exploring
Living in one of Europe’s most picturesque countries means you’ll have plenty to do at the weekend. Rolling green hills, rugged coastlines and quaint villages, they’re all there to be explored - and they make the perfect backdrop for those Instagram shots. You can’t beat freshwater swimming in the serene Lough Mahon, just east of Cork, and the cascading waterfall is Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens has to be seen to be believed.
And if you want to treat yourself to a break from studying there are plenty of cheap flights flying to a vast number of European cities.
5.) Great for live music
If you love music, you’ll love Ireland. This is a culture with music right at the heart of it, so whether you like traditional folk music or modern classics with a twist you’ll be spoilt for choice. Live music is one of Ireland’s proudest traditions, and there’s no better place to soak it up than Whelan’s pub in Dublin, a favourite location for Hollywood directors as well as performers like Jeff Buckley and Nick Cave, plus countless traditional folk acts.
6.) The best social outings
The Irish love to socialise and you’ll always feel welcome here. There’s always something to do, whether it’s watching hurling, Gaelic football, live concerts or simply catching up with friends in an old-fashioned pub.
7.) Job opportunities
Many international companies are now shifting their headquarters to Ireland and this means a wealth of job opportunities when you graduate. Google, Facebook and Microsoft are some of the biggest names that have based their European headquarters in Ireland.
8.) World-class universities
Ireland has many world-class universities, with Dublin and Cork home to universities ranked in the world's top 500. All across the country, there are faculties specialising in a vast range of subjects, so you’ll be certain to find the perfect course for you in your chosen city.