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Study in Ireland

Many universities in Ireland rank impressively well at international level, and the country as a whole is understandably a popular choice for international students. The varied selection of higher education institutions combines with historic cities, beautiful countryside and Ireland’s unique culture to make the country a highly attractive study destination. If you're among those choosing to study in Ireland, click on the tabs below to find out more about Irish universities, cities, applications and more.

Fast Facts

  • Capital city: Dublin
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • One land border, with Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK
  • Coastal borders with the Irish Sea, Celtic Sea and St George’s Channel – all part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • First official language is Irish, also known as Irish Gaelic, but English (the second official language) is more widely used.
  • The Irish name for Ireland is Eire (pronounced AIR-uh).
  • Famous Irish authors include Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, Maeve Binchy and Roddy Doyle.
  • Famous Irish playwrights include George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde.
  • The most successful country in the Eurovision Song Contest, having won seven times
  • Known for producing whiskey and Guinness (a dry stout beer)
  • Traditional sports include Gaelic football and hurling.
  • Major agricultural products include potatoes, barley, turnips, beef and sugar beets.
  • The country’s huge annual celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day (17 March) has spread across the world.
  • A reputation for being rainy, which is justified; depending on the region, it rains between 150 and 225 days a year, according to the Irish Meteorological Service.
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