Today Ireland is an increasingly popular destination for students from all over the world. The friendliness and hospitality for which Irish people are renowned contribute to the ease with which overseas students adapt to the way of life in particular student life.

Ireland and especially its capital city Dublin offer visitors a mix of traditional Irish life and modern development. Having developed from being a predominantly agricultural economy in the 1950’s Ireland is now a thoroughly modern nation with well developed manufacturing and international service sectors and has the highest economic growth rate in the EU. This is a key factor in many peoples decision to study in Ireland.

The educated workforce produced in Ireland by the educated system has been a key factor in attracting international investment to the country and in the growth of the modern technological industries, which have helped make Ireland one of the fastest growing economies in the world. This is helped by Ireland’s location in Europe and the fact that we are an English speaking country.

For more information on Ireland and Dublin

Accommodation

Finding Accommodation in Ireland can be relatively easy as there are numerous resources available and all areas of the city are easily accessible by public transport. For short term or long term accommodation check out the following:

Public Transport

Ireland has a great Public Transport system. Dublin is served by Dublin Bus, Local trains and a new Tram system called The Luas. Last service tends to be between 11 and 12pm. However a Nitelink bus service is also available. Dublin is connected to the rest of the country through our train network or via Bus Eireann coach services. Student commuter tickets are available for all these services.

Entertainment

Dublin has both a rich cultural scene and a vibrant nightlife. The city has lots of museums and galleries, hosting exhibitions throughout the year. Dublin is a city for people of all ages as is seen from its mix of cafes, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, theatres and cinemas.

Working in Dublin

Ireland has a huge service industry and there are many part time jobs available to students. Work can be found in hotels, shops, restaurants and pubs as well as in many other areas. Students on a study visa can work up to 20 hours a week. To work in Ireland you will require a PPS number. For more information please contact The Department of Family and Social affairs on PH: 01 704 3236

Banking and Currency

There are 3 major banks in Ireland. These are AIB, Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank. In order to open an account in Ireland you will need photo ID and a document showing your home address. Euro is the currency used in Ireland.

Irish Public Holidays

St. Patrick's Day - March 17th

Good Friday - Friday before Easter Sunday

Easter Monday - Monday, following Easter Sunday

Public Holiday - First Monday of May

Public Holiday - First Monday of June

Public Holiday - First Monday of August

Public Holiday - Last Monday of October

Christmas Day - December 25th

St Stephen's Day - December 26th