Why Study and Work in Ireland?

Why Study and Work in Ireland?

Ireland is a great place for EU and non-EU students and workers right now. Read our blog to see why many international students and professionals are coming to Ireland to work and study.

Irish Immigration Policy Aims to Attract More International Students

Many students come to Ireland to improve their English and gain experience working in an English-speaking environment. Students often study on an IELTS exam preparation course in order to gain a qualification in English. The IELTS qualification is recognised as proof of English language requirements for Irish university and higher education programmes.

English language students can work in Ireland while studying, making the experience more affordable for many. EU students can work part-time or full-time in Ireland while they are studying. For non-EU students, throughout their English course, they can work part-time (up to 20 hours per week). However, during the Winter (15th December to 15th January) and Summer (1st June to 30th September) period non-EU students can also work up to 40 hours per week.

In 2017, Ireland extended the length of time master’s-level and PhD graduates can stay in the country to seek employment to 24 months. In addition, Ireland’s Third Level Graduate Programme allows international graduates to immigrate provided they have been offered a job for at least two years at a certain salary or a job that is on Ireland’s list of highly skilled occupations.

Finding a job in Ireland

Ireland is currently a great place to be looking for a job. As Ireland is nearly at full employment, many professionals are in high demand, particularly in the areas of:

- Engineering


- Health

- Business

- Research

- Administration

- Media and Marketing

All of these professional areas are on the Irish government list of occupations in high demand in Ireland.

So for professionals such as web designers, IT project managers, nurses, accountants, electronics engineers, animators, marketing experts… Ireland is a hugely attractive place to develop your career.

For more information on English courses for professionals contact the Babel Academy of English team on info@babelacademy.ie.