Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Britain are commonly referred to as the “British Isles”. However, it should be noted that while Northern Ireland is part of UK, the south which is known as the Republic of Ireland, is a separate country. Ireland has held its own since the separation more than ninety years ago and is now ranks 4th in the world in terms of nominal GDP per capita (70,638 US$).
Ireland is very dynamic. The decision to separate from British rule was a tough but a necessary one that has allowed the economy to grow at a steady pace. Dublin, the largest city in Ireland and also Ireland’s capital, has captured the attention of the world with its remarkable position as one of the top 30 cities in the world as listed in the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GAWC) in the year 2016. Most international students and global citizens are familiar with Dublin or have heard of Dublin because of the fact that Dublin has a reputation of being a booming centre for industry, the economy, education and the arts. What does this mean for visitors? This means that you get to choose from among the best Universities in the world, while enjoying the music, art and culture, tasting different snacks and relaxing in a plethora of opportunities to work and do business within one city and in one country. Ireland is famous for its people, culture and also its castles. Ireland is home to some 30,000 castles and castle ruins located through the country. the notable ones being Blarney Castle in County Cork and Bunratty Castle in County Clare. 40% of Ireland’s population is below 25 years of age thereby ensuring that most of the country appeals to the young and has a youthful and vibrant nature. Expatriates living in Ireland have classified the following cities as the best places to live in Ireland:
Economist Intelligence Unit's Quality-of-life index ranks Ireland’s quality of life as the best in the world. In a survey by Lonely Planet, Ireland has been ranked top in the World's Friendliest Countries. In addition, The Telegraph has recently revealed 17 photos which prove that Ireland is the most beautiful place on Earth. Students can expect to visit these places and enjoy the people and culture while studying in one of the best Universities in the world in Ireland. The Government and the Universities / colleges in Ireland are making a concentrated effort to attract more international students to Ireland through the quality of education and variety of courses which are available. All the courses are designed to groom career-ready individuals who can fit-in immediately into the industries which are thriving in Ireland. Ireland is an English speaking country where the weather is just right: not too hot and not too cold. Not surprisingly, StudyPortals International Student Satisfaction Awards revealed that international students studying in Europe were happier with their experience in Ireland than the rest of Europe. It is one of the safer countries in the world and crime rates are relatively low.