Study Abroad in Ireland

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134 Study Abroad Programs in Ireland

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Study in one of the most beautiful places in Europe! While studying in Ireland, students will be amazed at the picturesque beauty of Ireland while taking part in top notch academic courses! Students travel around comfortably while enjoying CISabroad’s comprehensive study abroad package that relieves them of all the hassle of planning.

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The Emerald Isle has long been a popular destination for Americans, many of whom claim Irish descent, and its booming “Celtic Tiger” economy now draws visitors from around the world. Spend a summer, semester January Term or academic year studying abroad with AIFS in Dublin, Limerick or Maynooth and get to know this friendly island country.

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Students can study in Dublin, Ireland at Griffith College or NUI Maynooth through Academic Studies Abroad. Programs are available for summer, semester, or academic year. All programs include housing, tuition, excursions, medical insurance, and more.

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Choose between dance and music while journeying to Ireland for a semester or a year with Performing Arts Abroad. Participants will develop their performance skills as they are taught by a team of distinguished professors. Students learn more about the local way of life and culture by taking classes with local Irish students.

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Situated in the very heart of Dublin's city centre, Trinity brings together a unique combination of historic academic traditions, world-class education and urban integration in a bustling European capital.

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IES Abroad has been providing high quality customized programs to prospective students all over the world since the 1950s. Study in one of the prestigious universities and academic institutions in Dublin and take the opportunity to discover a new culture in Ireland. This program provides course options in a variety of different fields including Business, Humanities, and Engineering.

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Travel to Ireland and live in Dublin with the help of the Boston University Study Abroad. Students will be immersed in the Irish culture and lifestyle. There is also an opportunity to participate in an internship while studying abroad in Ireland. Placements may be available in fields such as Architecture, Fine Arts, and Health Sciences.

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In Ireland, students have the opportunity to study in Dublin, Galway or Limerick where they will have a comprehensive study abroad experience like no other. Participants will have access to all the resources of the academic institution such as the lounge, library and other facilities on campus which will aid in the students' academic as well as cultural learning.

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Uncover the Irish culture, language, religion, and society through the Center for Study Abroad language study abroad programs in Galway. Travel, live, and study in Ireland while learning about the fascinating story behind the success of this great nation. The program is open to individuals all over the world who are looking for unique and flexible programs that fit them best.

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API offers comprehensive programs in Cork, Dublin, Galway, and Limerick. Participants can study nearly any subject, such as business, social sciences, engineering, architecture, and film. All API programs include airport pickup, an on-site orientation with an English-speaking Resident Director, housing, tuition, medical and life insurance, excursions, social and cultural activities, and a tran...

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The University Studies Abroad Consortium offers study programs in two key cities in Ireland. USAC only works with established educational institutions to ensure quality academic training for international students. They arrange all the preparations necessary to make the study abroad experience a success for the participants.

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Live and study in the Emerald Isle! Ireland is said to be one of the friendliest countries and tends to welcome study abroad students with open arms. Students from all over the world can experience the Irish culture and society while specializing in their respective fields. Programs through SUNY College at Brockport are offered in Dublin.

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Participants from all over the world may enjoy the international academic studies program in Dublin with Knowledge Exchange Institute in Ireland. The program offers low cost and high quality customized placements at one of the distinguished universities in the Irish isle. This program offers accommodations such as housing, meals, medical and travel insurance, and other benefits.

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Panrimo offers customized programs giving students choices, both in services and price. Students now have the option of where to go abroad, in what to study, and still have the opportunity to select the “extras” they may need abroad. This is the Panrimo Difference!

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Studying Abroad in Ireland

As they say in Gaelic: céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes). Welcome to the Emerald Isle, which will greet you with Irish warmth and hospitality that will follow you throughout your study abroad experience. In addition to surrounding yourself with some of the friendliest people in the world, Ireland will provide world-class education and learning opportunities to compliment any area of study. When thinking about ancient castles, academic greats, literary giants, free national museums, and everything else it has to offer, there’s more reasons to study in Ireland than there are sheep in its pastures.

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With Irish pride running strong (for good reason!), you will find a warm welcome no matter where you decide to hit the textbooks. Between the interesting, long histories of Irish cities and the beautiful, lush scenes of the countryside, it will be hard to find anywhere less than postcard-perfect to study abroad in Ireland.

Dublin, once voted the friendliest metropolis in Europe, is the vibrant capital of Ireland. It is home to many great academic institutions, including the world-famous Trinity College (founded in 1592 and ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities). The city provides plenty of opportunities for education outside of the classroom as well, with free admission to all national museums and galleries for students! The learning doesn’t stop there though; students can get a supplementary lesson if they visit the Guinness Storehouse, where they’ll be taught how to pour the perfect pint! 

Galway is a coastal city often called the cultural capital of Ireland, which makes for an excellent place for people to chill with some leprechauns, partake in a tabletop jig, and check out the modern art scene. This student city blends an authentic, traditional feel with a contemporary vibe, which is exemplified by street performers and pubs that line the cobblestone alleyways. When you get tired of Gallway (hah!), you can take a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher or a hike on the Clare Peninsula, where sea and sky merge into one zen setting.

Ireland’s “rebel city”, Cork, buzzes with a lively and youthful energy that draws trend-setters, hardcore-academics, and artists into the limelight. Cork offers plenty of activities outside of the classroom, such as the Cork International Short Story Fest and Cork Culture Fest. It also boasts the world's’ “best side street,” where you can check off all your shopping, sipping, and snacking needs. During exam periods, students can take a trip to the Blarney Castle where they can kiss the Blarney Stone for good luck on the next test!

Study Abroad Programs in Ireland

Ireland is known for its reputable education system, with top universities throughout the country. Most schools are recognized for many different programs, offering excellent educational opportunities for almost all areas of study. While you can’t go wrong with any major of study in Ireland, there are a few programs that will be even more beneficial to study in the context of the Irish people, history, and current affairs.

English and literature are two of the most popular majors of study in ireland, with a love for the written word dating back many-a-year. Whether you want to embark an odyssey with James Joyce or want to reflect on life with Oscar Wilde, you’ll be in good company with the island’s long list of notable authors and playwrights.

Technology and engineering are completely underrated majors when people think about study abroad in Ireland. Surprisingly, Ireland is home to quite a few big tech company headquarters, including Google, Apple, and Facebook, which means great opportunities to learn and make connections. Effective networking (and maybe finding a four leaf clover!) could lead to great internship and job opportunities after study abroad in Ireland, so get your geek on and make some new techie friends. 

History and art history are also popular subjects of study in Ireland, thanks to the extensive Irish history. With over 30,000 castles scattered across the country, students will feel like they have stepped into the pages of their textbooks. If that’s not enough, the museums in Ireland are are a history lover’s dream, with items like the Book of Kells at Trinity College and the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin. Students can supplement their required readings with great field trip excuses, and they’ll never think of the past or serious paintings as boring again.

Scholarships & Costs

Unless you found that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the cost of study abroad in Ireland might be a bit of a concern. The good news is, Ireland is considered to be slightly more reasonably priced than study abroad at comparable schools in England, and many other European destinations. However, tuition costs will depend on many factors, including citizenship, the university, and the program students choose. Tuition costs in Ireland are often comparable to students’ home universities, especially if there is an exchange program already arranged between the two schools.

The daily costs of living can be a bit expensive, but there are some great alternatives to keep things affordable. The average plate of meat and potatoes at the restaurant will be around $10, a pint will set you back $4, and your friendly DART service charges $2.50 per ride. Shopping at dollar stores or value grocery markets (Lidl!) can help student’s stick to a budget. Likewise, be sure to scout out transportation discounts online, as there are some great offers that will make the long bus rides seem less daunting for your wallet. Entertainment costs can vary greatly in Ireland, but there are plenty of cheap or free activities to enjoy throughout the year. Even if you go on a hike every weekend, you won’t get to see all of the beautiful nature Ireland has to offer, so don’t hold back!

To make study abroad in Ireland even more affordable, check out scholarship opportunities and enjoy your scholastic experience (and pints of Guinness!) with ease of mind.

Accommodation & Visas

The logistics for studying abroad in Ireland can be fairly easy. Students have many options when it comes to housing, including options that will be similar to what they are used to at home. The visa process required for international students to study in Ireland is relatively easy with lots of instruction and help available, even for non-EU citizens.

Most students who study in Ireland choose to live in residence halls or student apartments. These housing options are often included as part of packaged study abroad programs and located on or near campus. Both of the latter housing options are great ways to get to know other students from Ireland and beyond, giving you an instant group of friends for Irish festivities!

Another accommodation option for students studying abroad in Ireland is to participate in a homestay program and live with a local family. Homestays will give students the opportunity to experience Irish hospitality first-hand. Study abroad programs in Ireland will often work with students to help them organize this option, if they do not already offer it as an alternative. We highly recommend the cultural immersion that it comes with staying with a local family!

The visa process required to study abroad in Ireland depends on your country of citizenship. Those who do need to apply for a visa can do so online, through the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service. Students will need to provide documents, such as their letter of acceptance, evidence that their fees have been paid in full, and copies of their passport, to apply. For more information on the visa process, visit the GoAbroad Embassy Directory.

Benefits & Challenges

Excellent Education. As a country that is known for reputable universities and brilliant professors, studying abroad in Ireland will set students up for success. The educational experience is made even stronger by all of the incredible literature legends and fascinating history of Ireland. Since Ireland is a popular study abroad location, students are also able to interact with people from all over the world, making connections that will benefit them long into their future.

The Luck of the Irish. While Gaelic is the first official language of Ireland, English is more widely used in universities and throughout the country. That means the only Gaelic you will need to know when you study abroad in Ireland is Sláinte! However, for language lovers, there’s also a great opportunity to unearth some treasures about this lyrical language that has been enchanting maidens and knights for centuries.

The Emerald Isle provides the perfect pairing of strong academics and social bliss for the perfect study abroad experience. With endless opportunities to learn in and out of the classroom and engage in extracurriculars, students will thank their lucky shamrocks they decided to study abroad in Ireland!

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