Ireland or Republic of Ireland is an independent sovereign state in north-western Europe occupying about five-sixths of the island of Ireland. Dublin is the capital and largest city, which is located on the eastern part of the island.

With visa rules becoming stricter in the UK and the USA, Ireland should definitely be considered as a study destination for international students.

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It is the second largest English speaking country in Europe after Britain.

Academic courses are taught in English.

Qualifications are globally recognized thus giving international students a global reach to work.

Asian Community has strong presence in Ireland. Thus Ireland is an excellent option for Indian students wanting to study in Europe.

It has a close proximity to London and well connected to rest of the Europe.

Cost of living in Ireland is considerably less when compared to London. Dublin and Cork in Ireland are the best locations for higher education abroad.

The accreditation and acceptance of university degrees from Ireland are at par with those offered in the UK and the USA. Thus foreign students can save a lot during their study duration in Ireland.

IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2013 ranked Ireland in the top 20 worldwide for its higher education system.

Lonely Planet voted Ireland as the world's friendliest country in 2008 and 2010. Ireland was ranked 11th in the 2011 Global Peace Index.

Ireland offers 1 year of MBA and Master Programs with various specializations

It is one of the most affordable countries to study in European Union.

Students can work part time during study (up to 20 hrs a week) and full time during vacation.

Ireland is home to some of the global leading companies like Apple, Intel, Pfizer, IBM, Citi, Facebook, Yahoo, Google and LinkedIn, Eight of the world's top ten ICT companies, Eight of the world's top ten pharmaceutical and life science companies, Half of the world's major financial services companies.

Irish people are amongst the best educated in the world.

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Trinity College Dublin and University of Dublin

University College Cork

University College Dublin

Dublin City University

University of Limerick

National University of Ireland, Galway

Dublin Institute of Technology

National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Cork Institute of Technology

Dublin Business School

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1. MBA

Indian students planning to pursue MBA in Europe, USA, Canada, should definitely keep MBA in Ireland as one of the top preferences considering the recognition of qualification and overall cost of education and stay in Ireland. Dublin is home to some of the best management schools. UCD Smurfit is recognised amongst the top 1% of business schools in world.

2. Hospitality or Hotel Management

Ireland is one of the most scenic countries in Europe. Hence most of the reputed hotel brands have their base in Ireland. It s close vicinity to London and rest of the Europe makes it a one of the best destinations to study hospitality.

3. MS in Computer Science or MS in IT

Eight of the world's top ten ICT companies are located in Ireland. Apple, Intel, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Facebook, have their offices in Ireland. They are always in need of skilled professionals.