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A Friendly, Safe Environment


Ireland is a friendly, safe country. But don’t just take our word for it.

  • Ireland is ranked the 5th most friendly country in the world.
  • The Global Peace Index rates 163 nations worldwide on measures such as conflict, safety and security in society and militarisation. In 2021, it ranked Ireland the 8th most peaceful place on Earth.
 Friendly and safe environment
  • On the Global Peace Index Ireland is ranked 12th in the world, and 22nd in the World Happiness Index. Young Irish people have the fourth highest standard of education in the world, according to the OECD 2019 Education report.

    The Bloomberg Innovation Index 2020 has ranked Ireland as the 16th most innovative country in the world. Ireland is also home to five of Forbes Top 10 companies; Apple, Google, Alphabet, Amazon and Samsung.

The Irish have a huge maternal side and love to welcome or 'mother' new guests.  If staying with a host family, you're sure to be treated as one of the family. If not, there's always a greeting or a helping hand just around the corner.

Ireland's Higher Education Institutions are absolutely committed to ensuring that visiting students settle in to their new environment and have all the information needed for an enjoyable stay. All our higher education institutions have a designated staff member to whom international students can turn for any assistance.

Simply put, we're a friendly, welcoming bunch of people, and that's why international students get so much out of the Irish experience.