Ireland is one of the most prosperous countries in the world, according to the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index, which measures standards of education, quality of life, governance, ease of doing business, personal freedom and health.

Visitors come from around the world to live, work and study in this safe and welcoming environment. Students experience a relaxed lifestyle, travelling easily between cosmopolitan cities and the beautiful countryside for which Ireland is famous.

World-Class Learning

Ireland’s education system offers some of the best learning opportunities in the world, with excellent teaching and high-quality programmes at all levels. In 2014, the United Nations’ Human Development Index report has placed Ireland sixth overall, ahead of the UK, USA, Canada and New Zealand.

The Irish Overseas

Since 1700, between 9 and 10 million people born in Ireland have emigrated. This is more than the population of Ireland at its historical peak in the 1840s of 8.5 million. The Irish diaspora refers to Irish people and their descendants who live outside Ireland. As a country who understand the need to travel overseas for education or career development, Ireland is best placed to offer a warm welcome to international students coming to Ireland.

Ireland – Key Facts

  • Size: 84,421 square kilometres
  • Population: 4.58 million (Dublin population – 1.35m)
  • Capital city: Dublin
  • Time zone: GMT
  • Official languages: English and Irish
  • Currency: Euro
  • Population under 29 years: 40.2% (one of the highest in Europe)
  • Minimum wage: €12.70 per hour