The land of castles, also a popular destination for students from all over the world- Ireland is a small independent nation situated on the West Coast of Europe. Ireland is a member of the European Union since 1973. It has developed from being a predominantly agricultural economy in the 1950s to a thorough modern nation with a well-developed manufacturing and international service sectors having their presence in Ireland.
Courses and Universities
True Ireland MBA programs like ‘SMURFIT’ are among the top MBA programs in the world and not in the very reach of normal Indian student (work experience, GMAT scores and excellent academic background are the basic entry requirements). However there are good institutions that offer MBA/MBS programs in affiliation with universities outside Ireland, (especially UK). Computer Science, Civil/Construction engineering and other engineering disciplines, hospitality/tourism management, pharmacy, psychoanalysis etc. are the other popular programs which majority of the students opt for. There are nine universities in Ireland – 2 in Northern Ireland and 7 in the Republic.
The annual tuition fee varies from 5000 to 15,000 Euros depending on the program and institution.
Students are permitted to work 20 hours part time during semesters and full time during vacations. Fortunately Ireland has the lowest unemployment rate in Europe and it is quite obvious there will be great many opportunities for part time jobs. Students can expect to earn substantially to support their living expenses during studies. Also there are Sandwich courses (the course contain PAID JOB PLACEMENT), which help students to ‘earn while they learn’.
Ireland is a country which is renowned for the hospitality and friendliness of its people. Having developed from being a predominantly agricultural economy Ireland is now a thoroughly modern nation with well developed manufacturing and international services sectors and has the highest economic growth rate.
The island of Ireland is divided into two countries – the south which is officially known as The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, on the northern end of the island. Ireland embraces parliamentary democracy. The national parliament consists of the President and two Houses: a House of Representatives (Dáil Éireann) and a Senate (Seanad Éireann). The Committees of the State are exercised by, or on the authority of, the Government.
Culturally speaking, the Irish have a great impact on the world of literature. Ireland counts among its authors and poets the likes of Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, W. B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett and James Joyce.
Ireland is linked to Britain by a selection of ferry routes, served by large, modern vessels, all with drive-on/drive-off facilities. Similar ferry routes to and from France connect Ireland directly to Continental Europe. International airports at Ireland have regular flights to major British cities. Train service and bus service is common in Ireland for public transportation. Train services are usually quicker than bus services, especially on longer journeys. Irish Rail operates a ‘talking’ timetable phone service which is an automated summary of InterCity rail services.
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