Ireland is one of the best STEM degree destinations in the world, specifically for computer science. We highlight several reasons to consider studying abroad in Ireland.
Ireland has some of the best universities in Europe and a particularly strong reputation for STEM degrees. Students from South Africa do not require a student visa, making the studying abroad process even more attainable.
Furthermore, if you receive your honours degree in Ireland, you could qualify for a post-study work permit that will allow you to stay and work in Ireland for up to 12 months. A master's degree or higher will grant you a stay-back period of 24 months.
Ireland – a global innovation hub
In 2021, Ireland ranked among the 12 most innovative countries worldwide, including for global scientific research quality (UK Science and Innovation Network).
In 2022, Ireland scored 48.5 on the Global Innovation Index (GII) and ranked among the 23 most innovative countries across the globe.
It is home to some of the best STEM programmes globally, particularly where computer science is concerned. Known as Europe’s internet and games capital, Ireland is a European hub for many IT firms – Apple, Cisco, Dell and Intel to name a few.
Benefits of studying computer science in Ireland
Studying computer science in Ireland can yield great opportunities for aspiring computer scientists.
If you are seeking to further your education in this field, here’s what you can look forward to.
The Irish education system is centralised, which means that the government ensures that all students in the country have access to high-quality education. Not only is Ireland's education system considered one of the best in Europe, but it's also known for its cultural diversity. Irish universities and colleges have high-quality computer science programmes with access to cutting-edge facilities and contemporary teaching methods.
The world's largest multinational technology companies like Meta (Facebook), Google, Genzyme, HP, IBM, Microsoft and Twitter all have headquarters in Ireland. These companies have established operations in Ireland to take advantage of the country's skilled workforce, favourable tax policies, and booming research and development ecosystem.
In addition to this, Ireland has an illustrious reputation in the software industry. For aspiring entrepreneurs, you will have access to Ireland's thriving start-up ecosystem, which has produced many successful companies like Trustev and Movidius.
Studying computer science in Ireland will provide you with ample opportunities to form connections with peers and industry professionals from around the world.
In addition to enhancing your CV, Ireland has a high demand for skilled workers in the technology sector. This means that international students should have little difficulty finding and securing job placements in Ireland.
Cultural and personal growth
Studying in Ireland provides plenty of opportunities for multicultural enrichment. Students can immerse themselves in a new culture, where they’ll be able to meet new people while broadening their horizons.
When looking at Ireland as your study abroad destination of choice, it is important to investigate the universities and programmes that are of interest to you. Universities that have a strong reputation for academic excellence should be at the top of your list of choices.
Post-study work and an opportunity to immigrate
Ireland offers a post-study work visa, the Third Level Graduate Programme (Stamp 1G), which allows you to remain in Ireland for up to two years after you’ve completed a postgraduate degree. With just a single year of study in an honours programme, you can apply to remain for 12 months to seek full-time employment. If you study your master's in Ireland, you can stay for a further 12 months on the Stamp 1G.
IT professionals and computer science graduates are in high demand in Ireland and there are many related occupations on the country’s Critical Skills Occupation lists. This means it should be easy to find employment and move onto a visa for skilled workers, which could lead to permanent settlement in Ireland.
See also: Study overseas: Everything you need to know about getting an international education
The best STEM universities in Ireland
Ireland has multiple universities with technological expertise, including top-ranked global universities like University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity College Dublin, and University College Cork (UCC). Hence, you're spoiled for choice regarding degrees and institutions. Here are just a few of the Computer Science degrees on offer:
|STEM universities in Ireland||STEM courses in computer science|
|Atlantic Technological University (ATU)|
|Dublin Business School|
|Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT)|
|Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)|
|Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (Ireland) (TUS)|
|Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)|
Our partnership with these universities gives us access to their admissions departments, enabling us to offer you guidance through every stage of the process of studying abroad in Ireland – starting from before you apply, up to the point where you are enrolled at your preferred educational institution in Ireland.
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