With 57% of the 35,000 international students in Ireland calling the region their home, Dublin has become a hub for international students seeking to undertake further education. This is as a result of a number of interconnected factors. Firstly, it’s a wealth of knowledge; we have a long-standing tradition as a learning hub and today we boast a wide array of third level institutions and courses to choose from. Also, being the only English speaking capital in the Eurozone, the region has become a focal point for learning English. However, it is not only Dublin’s exceptional commitment to knowledge that makes it attractive to international students. Dublin holds a place in many people’s hearts, it’s friendly and welcoming nature, coupled with its vibrant and cosmopolitan streets allow people new to Dublin to quickly feel at home.
Education in Ireland
Education in Ireland promotes Ireland as a great destination to get a high quality education and study in Ireland providing funding and supports for companies - from entrepreneurs with plans for a high potential start-up through to large companies expanding their activities, improving efficiency and growing export sales. We also provide funding and supports for college based researchers to assist in the development, protection and transfer of technologies into industry via licensing or spin-out companies.
There are a variety of options to choose from when deciding on accommodation:
On Campus Accommodation: All universities have halls of residence, which include a private room and shared bathroom, kitchen and living spaces. Prices vary and can be found the university’s website. All universities also have an accommodation officer who can give you advice. See our list of universities and colleges.
Private rented accommodation: Flat/apartment sharing is a popular option for a lot of students. We’ve linked to sites for advice and search listings below.
You’re the HR manager at a Dublin-based corporate. Your new hire has everything you need. Well, nearly everything. All they lack is the conversational English they’ll need for you to get the best out of them. Which is a pity – because that vital project starts in two weeks’ time. You need to talk to Salvatore Fanara and Rosanna Fiorenza of Travelling Languages. But first, romance. He was an engineer from southern Sicily. She was a banker from Turin. It was 2006. Salvatore: We met in Turin a few weeks before we moved to Ireland. Rosanna: He told me that he was planning to go somewhere to improve his English. Salvatore: We were looking to do something different, to make a big change. Rosanna: I decided: look, I’ll quit my job, we’ll pack and we’ll go. Salvatore: London, Dublin, Edinburgh…? In the end we just packed the car and we drove from Turin to Dublin. Rosanna: I worked in banks for another 7 years here. But I‘d had enough of banking, finance, I wanted to change, I wanted to do something else. So we brainstormed. Salvatore: I remember thinking that if I wanted to scale up my own working life I really needed to get up to speed properly from a language perspective with someone who’s not Italian. The starting point was when we realized that a lot of people weren’t satisfied in terms of the results they were getting from traditional language programmes: we’d identified a gap in the market. Rosanna: We came up with the idea for Travelling Languages in 2011 and I finally quit my job in 2013.
Ireland has the second highest percentage of people with a third level degree in Europe. Whether it’s family tradition, student life or affordable fees in comparison to our counterparts, our third level system is highly popular. It’s also enticing a lot of international students to the country.
Ben Campbell-Rosbrook is originally from Syracuse in upstate New York but has come to Ireland to do his master’s in Trinity College. ‘I’m spending like half or a third of the fees to do my masters here, compared to America’, notes Ben. ‘I think a lot of students in America get the sense that the system is stacked against them.
The Alliance Francaise Dublin is a French language and cultural centre which also hosts a French Multimedia Library. Philippe Milloux has been its director for four years.
Dublin.ie met him in his elegant corner office at the former premises of the Kildare Street Club, home to the Alliance since 1960. A framed Charlie Hebdo cover hangs on the wall. The ideals of the Enlightenment, of debate and of the freedom of expression are important to M. Milloux. But so is romance.
Dublin.ie: What were your impressions of Dublin when you first came here?
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