For EduCo Ireland Managing Director Jacob Kestner, Ireland is the perfect place to study and work in because of a combination of the country’s esteemed, centuries-old tradition of great learning and a thriving economy anchored on innovation. “This beautiful island in the heart of Europe is clean, green and safe and home to the friendliest people in the world!”
European hub of technology and research companies
Ireland is the only English-speaking country in the European Union and is home to the European headquarters of global companies like Facebook and Google. It has the fastest growing economy in the Eurozone and has been able to sustain its economic growth after earning the right to become the European hub of technology and research companies.
Academic support services
Kestner works with his team of staff and tutors, providing support to international students. Part of his role is to travel around the world promoting EduCo’s Irish partner universities: Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology and Maynooth University. Irish universities are in the top 1% of globally recognised research institutions in terms of impact to society.
International students are allowed to work 20 hours per week during school terms and 40 hours on school breaks (or 4 months of the year), says Kestner. Graduate students can complete their master’s degree in a year and can stay and work in Ireland for two years on a post study work visa. Undergraduate students, on the other hand, can stay on a one-year post study work visa after finishing their degree.
Tips for international students
Kestner points out that the pathway programs of the EduCo-partner schools – Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology and Maynooth University – count as the “year zero” of a degree. This means that international students are fully registered at their university of choice from day one and have full access to all the school facilities and support services.
“This also means that they’re able to apply for a Stamp 2 visa which gives students permission to work in Ireland,” he further relates, as most universities have bilateral ties with local and global companies.
His top three suggestions for international students:
Explore the city of Dublin. Kestner used to be a history teacher and he suggests visiting historic buildings and ancient artefacts like the Book of Kells.
Go out into the countryside and take time to soak in the picturesque scenery while doing outdoor activities like hiking.
Visit an Irish pub, order a pint of Guinness and start chatting to the locals.