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Study in Ireland: Language & Culture

Ireland has two official languages: English and Irish. English is, however, far more dominant. Outside of rural areas, very few people speak Irish as their first language. This is why almost all higher education courses are delivered entirely in English. Irish, like English, uses Latin script. Irish is a Celtic language and is closely related to Welsh, Cornish and Manx, among others. Typed Irish has its own special font called Gaelic Type. It makes even the most bland of sentences look grand. All government information and road signage is written in both languages. 

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Aside from being officially bilingual, Ireland also has a rich, world-famous culture. From clovers to line dancers to the prevalence of the color green, we all know Irish culture in some way. Studying in Ireland allows you to experience the beating heart of it. Irish culture has made itself known the world over. This is because of immigration. Ireland became an independent country in 1921. Prior to that, it was part of the UK. Many Irish people left during this time, mostly to the US. 

Ireland is also steeped in history. Dublin Castle, the Blarney Stone and the Old Head of Kinsale are but three sites in what is a remarkable country. Many people visit Blarney, kiss the stone, as tradition dictates must happen, and then enjoy a pint of Guinness in the town.

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Previously, travel to Northern Ireland was considered dangerous for non-Irish nationals. However, since the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998, travel across the Ireland-UK border has become much safer. But do still be cautious when crossing the northernmost part of the border, where Londonderry (in the UK) meets several rural villages in Ireland. 

Ireland has a low crime rate. It is significantly lower than in many other Western European nations, like the UK and France. As is the norm in most European countries, the crime rate in cities is slightly higher. Despite this, Dublin still has a much lower crime rate than cities like London, Rome and Madrid.

Ireland is a Catholic country, but it has become increasingly secular in recent years. In 2015, the Irish people even voted to legalize same-sex marriage by a margin of almost 2:1. In 2018, the Irish people then voted to massively liberalize the country's laws on abortion by a greater than 2:1 margin. Irish societal attitudes have hugely shifted on many issues in only a generation.

Study in Ireland

Want an overview of Ireland? This section gives you a quick insight into what life is like in the Emerald Isle, as well as Ireland's history and world-famous culture.

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Education in Ireland

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in Ireland? Ireland is an evermore popular destination for a variety of students, given its good programs, reasonable fees and its culture and history. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in Ireland!

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Student Visas & Permits

Do you need a visa to enter Ireland to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizenship. Don't worry! Ireland makes it process crystal clear.

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Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Ireland.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Ireland can vary. Both international and domestic students are expected to pay tuition fees in Ireland, but these fees can vary a lot. We've put together information on how this works, and on scholarships, in this section.

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Application Process

Learn more about how to apply through Ireland's national application portal, as well as the more ad hoc approach to postgraduate applications.

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Programs

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Last update: 29 Jul 2021

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