Ireland is one of the most popular countries in the world for students to learn English. Over 100,000 students travel to Ireland each year. They choose Ireland for many reason – not least that they have some of the best English language schools and courses in the world. If you haven’t quite made up your mind yet, here a few more reasons we can think of that might help:
- Native English Speakers
With Brexit looming, Ireland will soon be the only official English speaking country in the EU. Ireland has two official languages – English and Irish (Gaelic) however English is the main language and only a very small percentage of the population use Irish regularly. This means that Ireland is one of the few countries to learn English where you can practice with native speakers outside of your language school.
- Clear Accent
In general, the accent in Ireland is clear and easy to understand. For a small country, there are many different accents – some of the accents in rural areas confuse even other native speakers! However, most of the English schools in Ireland are based in the cities like Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick and the accents here are generally clear and easy to understand.
- Easy Visa Access
EEA students do not need a Visa at all to study English in Ireland and for non-EEA students coming from countries like Brazil or Mexico, a Visa is not difficult to obtain. (See more information from our “What Visa do I need to study in Ireland?” here). Most non-EEA students book their English course in advance and enter on a tourist Visa which entitles them to 12 weeks in Ireland. During this time, they can then apply for the Stamp 2 Visa. The great thing is that this Visa allows you to work and study in Ireland, meaning you can earn some money to support yourself. This is one of the big attractions for many students choosing Ireland.
- Large Multi-National Companies
Ireland, and Dublin in particular, is home to the headquarters of many of the largest companies in the world. Google, Facebook, Apple, Paypal, Microsoft, Yahoo, eBay, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Twitter and AirBnB all have their European headquarters in Ireland and there are many more than just that list. These companies provide huge employment in Ireland and are always searching for multi-lingual employees – people just like you. Finding a job in Ireland is not difficult and the easy access to the labour market means that you will be able to start searching as soon as you arrive.
- Natural Beauty
Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle for a reason – quite simply it is one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world. Areas that you can visit include The Burren, The Giants Causeway, The Cliffs of Moher, The Ring of Kerry, Slieve League and Skellig Michael, which is one of the main locations in the recent Star Wars movies! Ireland is a small country and all these different places are only a few hours drive from each other. Driving from the north to south of Ireland takes about 5 hours in total!
- Things to do
You’ll never be bored in Ireland! Apart from visiting the Natural Beauty areas above, there is a host of other activities available. Visit the Guinness Storehouse, take a tour of Kilmainham Gaol, sip your way through the Irish Whiskey Museum or browse your way through the world famous Chester Beatty library. There are too many things to list – check out our “20 things to do in Ireland” post here.
- Young and Vibrant
Given the reputation it often has abroad of being old and traditional, Ireland is a surprisingly young and vibrant country. The cities are hubs of activities with young people being drawn to the jobs offered by companies like those listed above. The social scene is great in both urban and rural Ireland and the local people are very friendly and welcoming. Ireland is a truly multi-national country with over 10% of the population composed by foreign nationals. Over 9 million tourists visit Ireland each year (that’s almost twice the population of Ireland!) so there is always something happening and always something to do!
- EU Access
Lastly, but far from least important, Ireland is a gateway to the rest of Europe. It offers a fantastic opportunity for any aspiring language learners to visit the rest of the continent to experience the rich history and culture of other countries. Ryanair is an Irish company and flights to the continent are very cheap and very short. Dublin-Rome is about 3 hours, Barcelona is 2.5 hours, Berlin is 2 hours, Paris is 1.75hours and London is only 1 hour away! Just don’t forget to come back and complete your English course!
If you have any questions about learning English in Ireland, or would like help booking an English course in Ireland, please feel free to contact Book A Language School on [email protected] or visit our website. Alternatively, just fill in the form below and we will reply within 24 hours!