Study Abroad in Ireland

HOW TO STUDY ABROAD in IRELAND

The Gorgeous, Green Nation

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126 Study Abroad Programs in Ireland

Affordable Programs in Dublin and Limerick

CISabroad offers study opportunities in Ireland that let students make the most out of the country’s picturesque beauty while learning from top-notch academic courses. Students travel around European destinations while enjoying comprehensive packages that relieves them of all the hassle of planning.

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American Institute For Foreign Study

The American Institute for Foreign Studies (AIFS) takes students to Ireland to study abroad in Limerick. Undergraduate students from the United States can participate in programs in the summer or throughout the regular academic year. Courses span from Accounting to Geography, with programs in the summer focusing on Irish culture and related subjects.

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CAPA International Education

Study at Dublin's Griffith College with CAPA International Education in Ireland. The program promotes student exploration beyond the confines of the classroom in order to enable free interaction with Irish locals and other international students. A variety of subjects are offered, and internship placements are also available.

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Study Abroad with Performing Arts Abroad

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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IES Abroad (Institute for the Int'l Education of Students)

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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Study in Ireland with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers study programs in Ireland. Students get the opportunity to experience the Irish education system. Ranked among the best in Europe, their academic system is closely linked to industry and encourages pragmatism, creativity, and flexibility.

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Study Abroad in Ireland with ISA

In Ireland, students have the opportunity to study in either Dublin, Cork, or Galway. Students are in for 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 that will aid in the improvement of the students' academic as well as cultural learning.

Study in Ireland with Fairfield University

Participants in this learning program are fully immersed in Irish culture for an entire semester or academic year. This study abroad program, created by Fairfield University, allows students to attend classes in the National University of Ireland in the cosmopolitan city of Galway. On top of that, students earn 15 Fairfield University undergraduate credits while partaking in enthralling cultura...

Study in Ireland with API

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...

University Studies Abroad Consortium

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.

Study Irish Language, Business, and Culture

Study in the exciting cities of Dublin or Galway, Ireland. Not only will you earn credit, you will be able to add international experience to your resume after you study in Ireland, which will open career doors after graduation. Ireland's windswept rolling green hills, crashing waves and magnificent cliffs lend an unsurpassed backdrop for its soothing sounds of Celtic music, lore and legend.

The College at Brockport (SUNY)

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.

FIE: Foundation for International Education

Established in 1998, Foundation for International Education (FIE), a London-based non-profit educational organization, provides customized partnership programs and individual student enrollment programs in London, Dublin and Amman for undergraduates.

Study in Ireland with Stint Ireland

Travel to the European city of Dublin and study at one of the city's top universities with Stint Ireland. The program offers a broad selection of courses, from Business and Economics to Literature and Political Science. Stint Ireland provides support for student trips around the country and offers travel insurance and housing assistance.

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The streets of Galway depict the feel of one of Ireland’s most popular cities and could a be a great choice for studying abroad in Ireland.

How to Study Abroad in Ireland

The Gorgeous, Green Nation

In Ireland, it’s often said that there are over 40 different shades of green. The countryside is lush with color and as Ireland is an island, beautiful coastline surrounds the entire country. Besides a gorgeous setting, the people in Ireland are really what make the country worthwhile. Considering it rains over 200 days out of the year, the people who live here have a fantastic sense of humor and always tend to see the bright side of things.

 

Geography & Demographics

Dublin is the Republic of Ireland’s capital and largest city. It is situated on the edge of the east coast and holds about a quarter of the county’s population. Once you head west, you enter into the cultural heart of Ireland, where the smaller cities like Galway thrive and most pubs you visit will have some type of traditional music session. Heading towards the southern end of the country is Cork, or “the Rebel Capital,” and second-largest city in Ireland. Here’s a place with a large university, lots of craft breweries, and many characters are housed.

Food & Culture

If you like meat and potatoes, the Irish cuisine will suit you very well. Most meals are similar to a “Sunday dinner” with some type of roast meat, potatoes, and a side vegetable. The food really is delicious and in Ireland there’s a heavy focus on local produce and sourcing food organically, which means food is of top quality. Grocery shopping is a pleasure here, where most people know their local butcher.

Centuries ago, Irish was the spoken language all throughout the country, but most people speak English today. All signs around the country are in both English and Irish, and a few Irish words are often included in conversation. 

Luckily, the lifestyle is quite similar to those of Americans, but a bit more laid back. People are typically a few minutes late, if a lecture is meant to begin at 1pm, it probably won’t start until 1:10 p.m. The Irish are famous for “Irish-time” and they do use a 24-hour clock so that will be confusing at first. This all means a more relaxed vibe, but also a more enjoyable one!

Things to Do

Going out and and enjoying a drink is a very popular social time in Ireland, especially for students but for professionals as well. The  drinking age on the island is 18-years-old, so from college-age on, students are allowed to drink. Pubs are at the center of social life and allow people to catch-up over a few pints. Typically on an evening out, people tend to go to their favorite pub with a few friends to chat or watch a match. The live music that usually fills them makes a fun and lively time. However, there are big European type clubs in the big cities.

Even though Ireland isn’t part of continental Europe, it still is a diverse country and allows many opportunities to visit all the other places to see in Europe. Dublin is a large airport hub so studying in Ireland makes it very easy to take weekend trips to Spain, Germany, France, Sweden, and anywhere else in Europe you’d like to go – making it the perfect country to study!

Studying in Ireland

With a population of just over 4.5 million, Ireland offers wonderful opportunities for studying abroad, especially since the main language is English. In addition to the language, other perks for studying abroad include smaller class sizes, rich history and cultural courses, and a large variety of course selection from engineering to marketing.

Top places to study in Ireland include Dublin, Cork, and Galway. Dublin offers a few different universities with a vast range of options to study, depending on the area of interest. The city of Dublin itself has many tourist attractions and with fantastic public transportation, it’s extremely easy to get around to other parts of the country by bus and train. 

The National University of Ireland Galway is located right in the city centre, which is the perfect place to study for general education requirements like history, English and culture. Galway itself is a busy college town, with a very young atmosphere. The town is full of artists, musicians and theatre. The city center is just a few main streets, but there is a strong sense of community and there are always events to attend.

The highlight to studying abroad in such a small country is definitely the people and friends to make along the way. Generally Irish people are extremely welcoming and hospitable, and international students are very well accepted to the community. Most clubs and societies in universities around Ireland love to have international students, and this is a great way to make Irish and European friends while abroad.

Lucy Remitz

Lucy Remitz is a twenty-something traveler, currently living and working in Ireland. She writes a blog documenting her life abroad, Saturday Adventures, and co-writes a lifestyle blog with her sister. She works full-time for a business magazine in Dublin, in addition to freelancing for various lifestyle and travel websites.