Student life in Ireland

Ireland is famed for its friendly people and fabulous landscapes. It is the perfect place for international students, ranked among the 10-best-educated-countries in the world and offering exciting job opportunities for graduates. It is also one of the most dynamic and inspiring countries in the world for ambitious young people wanting to work in exciting industries.  

Working in Ireland

After graduating from an Irish university, international students have the chance to stay and work in Ireland. Non-EU/EEA citizens are eligible for the Third Level Graduate Scheme. This gives successful graduates the opportunity to stay in Ireland for one year seeking employment.

If you want to work in Dublin, the Irish capital city offers excellent career opportunities and is home to top multinational companies. Find out more about careers in Dublin on our Why Dublin page.

Countryside and coast

Dublin is a coastal city by Dublin Bay, giving you easy access to the sea. Wicklow Mountains National Park is about 40km south of the city. Here you can enjoy walking trails, water sports, climbing, horse riding and lakeside picnics.

Well connected for travel, Ireland's bus and rail links make it easy to explore the beautiful countryside. Popular tourist destinations include filming locations for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 

Safe and welcoming

Ireland is listed in the top 15 safest countries in the world by the Global Peace Index 2020. It is known for being a safe and friendly country that offers a warm welcome to tourists and students from around the world. You'll find this friendly culture everywhere with festivals and traditional events throughout the year, including the famous St Patrick's Day on 17 March. 

Weather in Ireland

The weather in Ireland can change quickly. It is said that sometimes you can experience all four seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter – in one day.

Ireland needs frequent rainfall to keep its beautiful countryside lush and green. But showers usually only last a few minutes or hours, rather than days. Be prepared for any weather by wearing layers and bringing a raincoat. Don’t forget your sun cream for warm days. 

Dublin is close to the sea, so the temperature is never too hot or too cold. 

Watch the beauty of Ireland’s changing seasons

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Travel in Ireland

International airports

Ireland has connections all over the world. You can travel to Ireland from a range of locations, including:

  • Dublin Airport (DUB) - 35 minutes by car
  • Cork Airport (ORK) - 3 hours by car
  • Shannon Airport (SNN) - 2 and a half hours by car
  • Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC) - 2 and a half hours by car

Useful links

For railway information, check Irish Rail, and explore the country by train – perfect for journeys short and far.

You can access Ireland's coach services with Buseireann, often a cheaper alternative to trains.

Cycling in Dublin is also a great way to explore your new home. Learn more about getting involved with Dublin Bikes.

Currency and banking

Currency: Euro (€/EUR).

Debit and credit cards are widely accepted (smaller retailers or cafes may only accept cash).

If you travel across the border to Northern Ireland you will need Pounds Sterling (£/GBP).


You must have insurance in place before travelling to study in Ireland. You will need insurance to cover:

  • your personal possessions
  • any travel delays
  • medical emergencies.

Find out more about Student Insurance.