Ireland is a country steeped in tradition and history with a long established reputation for its education excellence. It has a unique and interesting culture which retains many features of its ancient Celtic origins while also reflecting the influence of other traditions and trends.
Ireland is situated on the Western Seaboard of Europe. An independent Republic since 1922, Ireland is a vibrant and thriving European country offering visitors an eclectic mix of old world Celtic charm and modern commerical dynamism. It is said that Ireland, once visited, is never forgotten, and for once the blarney rings true. The Irish landscape has a mythic resonance, the country’s history is almost tangible, and its people seem put on earth expressly to restore faith in humanity. (Lonely Planet)
The population of Ireland is approximately 4.5 million which includes a sizeable multi-ethnic populace.
Ireland enjoys a temperate climate influenced by the relatively warm waters of the Gulf Stream in whose path the island lies. During the winter months temperatures rarely drop below freezing and snow is uncommon. Summer temperatures generally range from 60ºF/15ºC to 70F/20ºC. Spring and autumn are generally 50ºF/10ºC. Winter is between 40ºF/5ºC and 46ºF/8ºC. Snow is rare, but showers can occur at any time of the year. Our advice is to wear layered clothing and do bring some rain gear.
Irish people have a great love of conversation and have a genuine interest in other people. This friendliness and hospitality for which the Irish people are renowned contributes to the ease with which overseas students adapt to the way of life and in particular, student life in Ireland.
A particular feature of Ireland is the tradition of live music in every conceivable venue, from street busking to singing pubs where tradition music continues to flourish.
Although we do have our own distinctive Celtic language and culture, English is the spoken language in Ireland today. The Irish use it so effectively that it has been said that better English is spoken in Ireland than anywhere else in the world! Every year almost 150,000 students of all ages and from all over the world come to study in Ireland to benefit from the highest quality English language trainingin schools throughout the country.
As an active member of the European Union the currency in Ireland is the Euro.
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Student Living Expenses in Ireland:
Living expenses will differ depending upon the location of the higher education institution, the type of accommodation preferred and on the personal expenditure of the student. To give some idea of the total cost involved, the following approximate figures – at 2010 rates – are given as a guide to overall expenses On average we estimate that a student will spend between €7,500 and €12,000 per year depending on location and lifestyle.
Dialing code: +353
Driving in Ireland: Driving is on the left hand side of the road in Ireland drivers and passengers must wear seat belts.
Smoking ban, 2004: Ireland introduced a ban on smoking in all places of work to protect public health and reduce the incidences of smoking-related illness. Smoking is prohibited in public areas within the Republic of Ireland this includes all bars, nightclubs and restaurants
Electric Current: 240 volts AC.
Time Zone: Ireland is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and, in accordance with daylight saving, clocks are put forward one hour in March and back one hour at the end of October