In a ground-breaking announcement, Richard Bruton, Ireland’s Education Minister, has announced plans to expand the country’s international education sector. The commitment has been made to increase the industry size to 2.1 billion Euros by 2020; therein welcoming more students to Universities and English Language schools.
On the 7th of October 2016, the Education Minister, set new targets for the number of international students in Ireland to 44,000 in higher education institutions. This marks a 33% rise for University places; for English Language schools, he has set a target of 132,500 students, a 25% increase from current figures. For all prospective students who wish to study in UK or Europe, Ireland now is a stepping stone towards those dreams!
More international student placings means, easier immigration status for students all across the world! This is supported by Minister Bruton when he said, “International education has a key role to play in this and by attracting more international students, and we can bring significant investment into our education system and more employment into our economy.”
The Irish government previously gave signs of its intentions to expand the higher education sector and the English Language Training sector with its Interim List of Eligible Programs last year. This list provides a database of education providers who were allowed to accept students on visas for non-EU nationals.
This Irish option is great for International Students in light of Brexit, giving students the opportunity to study in an English speaking country with heavy connections to Europe. Further boosting Ireland’s number one placing in ranking for international English language students per head of population. Thus cementing Ireland as one of the top destinations in the world for higher education and English language training! The Ministry of Education is dedicated to attracting international researchers to Irish institutions and is ken of building a world-class network of learning and innovation! Equipping both local and international students with the skills for competition globally.
With such heavy commitment form the Irish government to improve Ireland as a destination for International Students, do not miss out the opportunity to live abroad and explore a different side of the world! Ireland is an excellent option for your pioneering soul!
So right now you are wondering where in Ireland you should study? Well the best option is obviously in Ireland’s capital of Dublin; which houses education options for all-ages. With Dublin International Foundation College (DIFC) for O-Level and A-Level finishers, and University College Dublin (UCD) for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students. DIFC is the leading institution in Ireland for foundation programs and preparatory courses for university entry, and is extremely reputable in the fields of Medicine, Business and Engineering. DIFC’s Foundation Programs can bring you all across Ireland and even into reputable United Kingdom (UK) institutions through NCUK, for example to universities like the University of Sheffield, Liverpool and Manchester.
Ireland also has its advantages when you graduate from degree programs there! Ireland is extremely open to work opportunities for foreigners; if you graduate from a higher education institution in Ireland, you can apply for a 12-month staying visa to seek employment in Ireland, under the Third Level Graduate Scheme. Furthermore, if you are studying in Ireland under an Immigration Stamp 2, you will be allowed to work up to 40 hours per week during the months of May, June, July and August and from 15 December to 15 January. At all other times, you will be limited to working 20 hours per week. Remember that this is significant as there is a minimum wage €9.15 per hour! Making you able to earn up to €366 per week! Helping you cushion your living expenses and tuition fees. For more financing options, Global Study Abroad also help you in way of scholarships, bursaries, tuition discounts and study grants! Enquire with us to find out more about these options.
So come and enquire with us and we shall consult you on how you can pursue your education abroad, whether in Ireland or anywhere else you might be interested in!