Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett made Dublin famous, but that doesn’t mean that it lacks romantic appeal. In fact, it is one of the most visited cities in the world in terms of tourism.
The city is also popular with a certain type of long term visitor, the students, according to data from 2011 there are 11,671 international students studying in one of Dublin’s universities.
So why are a lot of students choosing Dublin to study? With four universities in the 2011 QS World University Rankings, two of which are in the top 200 (Trinity College Dublin at 65 and University College Dublin), it scores highly in terms of its universities.
But Dublin is really good when it comes to student mix, it is the second highest ranking city outside of Australia (in the top 50), according to the study above. This is really interesting for the city because it builds links between Dublin and the rest of the world, and it creates a wide range of benefits economically, culturally and socially. Andrew Montague, Lord Mayor of Dublin, said that changes have been made to the immigration regime to encourage international students to come to Dublin.
But policies are not the only reason of the success, there is something else. So, what is it?
According to the Lord Mayor, Dublin is a friendly, open, welcoming city, which is also young and diverse. This is not huge city which means it’s easy to get around, and it also offers easy access to countryside and the rest of Ireland.
If you are wondering where to drink and where to eat, Dublin will not disappoint you. Indeed, there are more than 1000 pubs in the city and the city is recognized as the capital of gastronomy in the country. And there are some good hotels too like the O’Callaghan Stephen’s Green for example.
Dublin isn’t a great city only for the quality of life but also because it’s an employer hotspot.
Dublin’s tech array is used to be described as “the emerging internet capital of Europe” and “Dublin’s Silicon Dock”. Big companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Zynga are settling up in the docklands area of the city.
You can add to this the long term presence of IBM, Microsoft, HP or Intel and you will understand why people refers to Dublin as the Silicon Valley of Europe.
The presence of all these employers means that Dublin fairs rather well in terms of employer activity. If employment is what matters for you then maybe you can consider Dublin as an option.
If starting your own company is your wish, Dublin is good spot for you with start up accelerator programs, like Propeller, Startupbootcamp or Launchpad.
So, take great employment prospects, a high quality of life, lots of students, great universities and add the crazy world famous atmosphere of Dublin and you will have the eight best place in the world in which to be a student.