The education system in Ireland mainly consists of institutes of technology and private independent colleges. The admission necessities for international students in Ireland for higher education are unwavering individually by each university and are in general based on national examination performance and English language aptitude. The various degrees offered in Ireland are; Ordinary and Honors, Bachelors and Masters, Doctorate levels and Undergraduate and Postgraduate Diplomas. Seven public universities of Ireland are ranked within the world’s top 650 in the QS World University Rankings® 2014/15, as is one of the 14 institutes of technology. International students engaged in full-time study of at least one year’s duration (on a course leading to a qualification which is recognized by the Irish Department of Education and Skills currently do not need a work permit to work in Ireland. Some of the popular courses in Ireland include: Information Technology, Management, Finance/Accounting, Engineering, Biotechnology and Pharmacy, Applied Science and Hospitality
There are numerous scholarships available for international students from a wide variety of sources such as the Government of Ireland, the Irish higher education institutions and other organizations. These are awarded solely at the discretion of the individual organizations that set down their own criteria for eligibility.
The sociability and hospitality for which the Irish people are distinguished, contribute to the effortlessness with which International students in Ireland become accustomed to the way of life and in particular, student life in Ireland. Ireland is a culturally rich country with traditions that are deep-rooted. With close associations to the US and UK, students in Ireland stand to gain a lot professionally and personally. Ireland is also high up on the social as well as safety lists and is very friendly and social in nature. The country is also home to a number of cultures and eminent personalities. Ireland is no doubt a perfect mix of modernity and conservatism and the Irish are quite passionate about their food and drinks with most towns having restaurants that cater to every budget and taste. It is a contemporary country with a young population of 40% below 25 years. The Irish Government invests approximately 782 million annually in research for higher education institutions. The blow of this funding is that Ireland's higher education institutions now escort the world in an escalating number of areas.