#2 Discover Ireland’s Welcome
Being comfortable, happy and settled where you live when studying or working abroad is often just as important as the qualification/results you seek to achieve. Irish people are sociable and hospitable by nature, we are proud of our country, culture and traditions, and delighted to share these with visitors. Internationally, we are known for our unique entertainment and love to celebrate life through our very own sports, music, dance and stories. You too can share in this experience and attend or even participate in events such as Halloween, St Patricks day or native sports, all firmly rooted in our origins.
#3 Make New Friends and Develop New Interests
One of the great attractions of studying English in Ireland is the opportunity to make new friends, often from quite different cultures and backgrounds. International student numbers from non-European economic areas have increased in Ireland by 45% since 2013 (European Migration Network). This multicultural mix helps to broaden your global perspectives and develop a new international network, not just now, but for the future. Living and studying English in Ireland invites you and your new friends the chance to experience the aforementioned social and cultural activities together, and also some which are more physically demanding such as hillwalking, surfing, windsurfing or mountain biking, to name but a few, on the edge of Europe.
#4 Enjoy the Urban and Rural Mix
Ireland’s main cities and principal urban areas are relatively small in comparison to their European counterparts and certainly so, when compared to Asian urban environments. However, they are brimming with restaurants, cafes, bars and entertainment, as well as food markets, large supermarkets and shopping malls/centres. Transport systems are excellent between urban areas and taxi services are reliable and cheap. Employment rates are high and internet connectivity is 4G/5G, which enables many to work/study from home comfortably, if required. Just as important, Ireland is a very safe place to live, ranking within the top 15 safest places to live in the World in 2019 (Global Peace Index). This lack of Urban sprawl means you do not have to travel far from a city or town centre to discover Ireland’s rural environments or, the ‘country’ as it is known in Ireland. Small towns and villages dot the countryside and still preserve a tremendous sense of community and belonging. These people are the heart of Ireland’s communal past and present, preserving our traditions. The landscape varies from lush green fields, open bogs, rolling hills and of course, miles of wild Atlantic coastline. A Great chance to meet the locals and see the sights.