Whether you are looking to brush up on your English skills or looking to start from scratch with a brand new language, learning English in Ireland is a fantastic opportunity. We welcome students from all backgrounds and with all sorts of reasons for wanting to learn English. From teenagers starting to business professionals looking to improve their career prospects, each student in our English Language Schools in Ireland have one common goal, to improve their language skills. But what is it about this country that makes people want to study English in Ireland?

Why Learn English in Ireland?

Ireland is renowned for its friendliness, rich heritage and lively culture that puts music and friendship at the heart of everything. Renowned for being some of the warmest and friendliest people in the world, it’s no wonder that they take great pride in their beautiful country from the unspoilt landscape to the bustling cities. Ireland is the number one choice for many English Language students, here’s why:

  • Something for Everyone

As well as offering world class English language facilities within our schools in Ireland, we are also fortunate enough to offer a wide range of courses and classes to suit all needs and abilities. With 69 English language schools located in cities, countryside towns and villages all across the Emerald Isle. Each one has a unique structure from small family run schools to larger international chains. Having so many campuses means that no matter what your chosen location, there won’t be an English language school too far away!

  • Complete Immersion in the only English speaking country in the EU

Did you know that Ireland is now the only English-speaking country in the EU? Not only that, but Ireland has such a long and rich history of welcoming international students from all nationalities and our hospitality is boundless. In the last 50 years we have seen Ireland become known as an internationally respected language learning destination. Since Brexit, Ireland has welcomed an increased number of Erasmus+ participants, teachers, university staff and young learner groups who chose Ireland as their destination to fulfil their chosen programme. The majority of our MEI member schools offer interesting programmes and projects eligible for Erasmus+ funding up to 2027.

  • Easy to Access

Thanks to its EU status, travelling to Ireland has never been simpler. Those residing in the EU can simply book a flight and not be overwhelmed by any additional paperwork. If you reside outside of the EU, don’t be disheartened! Simply apply for an 8 month study visa which you can then extend for up to 2 years once you arrive*.

  • Study & Work in Ireland

Ireland is very fortunate to have extremely low unemployment rates and there are lots of part-time jobs available for students wanting to support themselves financially. Many students find that roles in the service industry help both financially and also help them to practice their English too. Once students have a good grasp of the English language, they can choose to pursue a career in Ireland in one of the many booming industries here such as tech, pharmaceutical and financial services or even go on to further studies in our globally recognised third level institutions and universities.

The Beauty of Ireland Revealed

There is no denying that Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, so it’s no surprise that you’d want to study English in Ireland. The next big question? Which part of Ireland is right for you? We have spoken to some of the schools’ directors, who are based in each area of the country, to see what they felt was special about their home city.

Wild Atlantic Way

Spanning 9 of Ireland’s most westerly counties, the Wild Atlantic Way is renowned as the stunning backdrop to blockbusting names such as Game of Thrones and Star Wars. With rolling hills and rugged coastlines, it’s one of the most stunning landscapes in Ireland.

As well as being absolutely beautiful, the Wild Atlantic Way is also home to three European cities of culture, these being Cork, Limerick and Galway. Home to some of the most famous Irish towns, this area has something for everyone including surfing in Kilkee, hiking in the Burren and traditional Irish pubs in Dingle.

“Experience the incredible Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland’s west coast. I would recommend Ireland because it is an extremely friendly, vibrant & unique place to both live and study in. There is a warmth to the people that cannot be found in other countries as well as a culture which makes everyone feel very welcome, safe and at home.

I would recommend Cork as it’s got a big city feel but a small-town atmosphere. There is plenty to see and do, Cork is famous for the charm & character of the people who live here. Something you can only experience by visiting!”

Sonny Kennedy, Marketing Manager at Cork English College www.corkenglishcollege.ie

Ireland Ancient East and Heartlands

The Ancient East and Heartlands region has a deep history of teaching English to overseas students. Focusing on a high quality approach, these family-owned schools pride themselves on having decades of experience to share. The area is well known for Irish folklore and legendary tales intertwined within the babbling rivers and expansive lakes.

“Irish people are renowned for their friendliness. Ireland is famous for its stunning nature and scenery. Irish people are friendly and easy going. Life is not as formal as in other European countries.” 

“For the best weather in Ireland. For beautiful never-ending sandy beaches. To experience life in traditional Irish town centres. Life is more relaxed in small towns and students will soon find themselves chatting to locals, getting to know the real Ireland.”

Lisa Bartsch, Managing Director at The Slaney Language Centre – www.slaneylanguage.com

“Ireland is a safe and friendly destination to learn English, steeped in history and tradition. Ireland offers a wonderful experience for students of all ages. A wide variety of courses in various locations makes Ireland an ideal destination to study. from the literary giants of Joyce, Shaw & Swift to the spectacular scenery. What more could you want!”

“Carlow is a wonderful destination to visit and study English. A warm and friendly welcome is guaranteed. Located only one hour from Dublin, visitors can expect a truly unique experience. With some spectacular scenery this vibrant town and surrounding area offers visitors a truly Irish experience in a safe environment off the beaten track which at the same time is close to many visitor attractions.”

Noel Doyle, Managing Director at Equinox Education Services – www.equinox4study.com


Known for its vibrancy and buzzing culture, Dublin is a lively, historical, charming and contemporary city that has something for everyone. Home to global tech companies such as Facebook, Google, Linked-In and Twitter, Dublin is charming in nature and yet small enough to be discovered by foot. The city is well connected with cycling and walking being the preferred method of transport, although by using public transport you can reach parks and beaches easily.

“Ireland is now the only country in the EU where English is the first language. For international students, Ireland is a great choice; there are incredible language schools all over the country and there is really an option for everyone.”

“Dublin is an incredible city and a great place to visit if you want to improve your English. Dublin is easy to get around, you can easily walk or cycle almost everywhere. It is a welcoming and friendly city and the perfect place to come to study English, find a job and meet Irish people.”

Rob McComish, School Director at Everest Language School – www.everestlanguageschool.com

“Ireland has one of the best education systems in the world: the country ranks in the top 10 globally for quality education and knowledge transfer between universities & companies. Ireland is also a very safe and friendly country and ranks in the top 10 in the Institute for Economics and Peace index. Dublin is one of the most dynamic and vibrant European capitals with a rich culture and history. It’s accessible, friendly, and multicultural. Known as Europe’s tech hub, Dublin plays European HQ to the world’s largest tech organisations, creating a diverse and welcoming energy across the city.”

Laura Mould, Customer Operations Manager at UCD English Language Academy – https://www.ucdela.com/

Ireland really is a beautiful place, with an internationally renowned reputation for being one of the best places to progress your English language skills and even start a new chapter in your life. If you’d like to learn English in Ireland, then why not take some time today to browse through the English language courses our members offer here?

*If you are a non-EEA national coming to study in Ireland you must be enrolled in a full-time course on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP). Students from certain countries must apply for a student visa to enter Ireland before they travel here to study.

To find out what type of visa is required from your home country visit here: https://www.irishimmigration.ie/

You can find out more in our document on the immigration rules for non-EEA students – https://mei.ie/immigration-and-student-visa-information/