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What’s it like to study in Ireland?

What are Irish study methods?

Irish study methods are similar to the UK. You may find you have more freedom to work independently than you are used to. This can seem attractive at first, but high standards are expected and you will quickly discover that you need to work hard to keep up with other students.

What you need to know before you start your study in Ireland:

Within the UK, responsibility for education is delegated to each of the four jurisdictions: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. There are differences between the four countries in the educational systems in place, the qualifications offered, and how these are regulated. The differences are most pronounced in general and secondary education. As a result, there are several different qualifications and credit frameworks.

  • You are expected to work on your own quite often and you may not receive as much assistance as you were used to in your home country
  • You are encouraged to speak up in class and voice your opinions
  • You are asked to draw your own conclusions from what you are taught, rather than focus on gathering facts and data
  • Academic staff want you to succeed and they are available to help and advise you
  • Critical judgment is encouraged and this involves reading and researching topics independently, as well as prescribed course work
  • You must take notes at lectures and use them as a basis for learning and exam revision
  • Many students attend tutorials as part of their study. These are small teaching groups led by your lecturer where students debate ideas on study topics
  • Teaching is in English. If you experience language difficulties, you can ask your tutor or international office on campus for assistance


Ireland is ranked 4th in the World Happiness Index for 2018

Ireland is the 124th most populous country in the world


Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle, this is because of its lush greenery and rolling hills

The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia in county Galway


Irish people don’t use the words yes and no when they are asked a question. They use verbs instead. For example, if someone asks “Will you come in?” the answer is “I will.”

The Irish often talk about the ‘craic’. There’s no exact English translation, but it roughly means ‘fun’ or entertainment. For example, “What’s the craic?” means “What’s happening?” or “How are you?”

A lot of people in Ireland speak a dialect of English, but many families who have lived here for generations understand and speak Irish

People and culture

St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. The Irish celebrate St Patrick’s Day by feasting, drinking and wearing green.

Irish people like to get together at home or in the pub and play music, sing and dance

Irish people love a cup of tea. They are the biggest tea drinkers in the world, sipping an average of 1,184 cups per person per year

Guinness is a type of beer that is very popular in Ireland. Many Irish people will tell you that drinking Guinness helps them to live a long and healthy life

Ireland is a country that practices gender equality. 


Many Irish people believe in the existence of small magical characters called leprechauns and fairies. Fairies are especially popular as they are thought to have magical powers and bring happiness and luck to families

Ireland is the only country in the world that has a musical instrument as its national symbol. The harp is found on Irish euro coins, passports and government documents

Ireland is known worldwide for its historic castles, which were built in past centuries to protect against invaders. You can still visit many of them today

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