Everything you need to know before making an exchange to Ireland

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The Republic of Ireland is a country located in the European continent and belongs to the European Union. It is located on the island of the same name in the Atlantic Ocean.

The capital of Ireland is one of its most populated cities, Dublin.

This country has an area of 70,273 km², most of which are on the island of Ireland, specifically 83%, sharing the surface of the island with Northern Ireland, but unlike the latter, in 1922 Ireland gained its independence from the United Kingdom.

The official languages are Irish and English.

Ireland is a country that is known for the large number of international students who come to study English.

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Ireland is Oscar Wilde’s country. It has a lot to offer, especially on a cultural level.

On the other hand, thanks to its growing economy, it has become a destination for many immigrants from all over the world, but especially for British citizens.

In Dublin is the Temple Bar, which is characterized by being the most frequented area by tourists from all over the world, many of them exchange students in Ireland.

Its Celtic origin gives this land a unique mysticism, deeply rooted in its culture.

Legends, traditions, dream places and cliffs hidden among the most remote villages, adorned with fortifications and more than three thousand castles in the best fairy tale style.

All this gives Ireland a very peculiar charm and an added value when considering it as a destination for an exchange.

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Its patron saint is Saint Patrick, whose feast day is celebrated on March 17.

Every year, this holiday is celebrated to represent this beautiful country with its emerald clover and bright green color, to the point that it is also known as the “Emerald Isle”.

Referring to its green valleys and hills. This greenness is due to the fact that Ireland, because of its geographical position, benefits from the Gulf Stream, which protects it from extreme temperatures and provides abundant rainfall throughout the year.

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However, the differences between central and coastal Ireland, in terms of temperatures, can be quite marked; the coldest and wettest months are January and February, while the driest are April and June. Another thing that characterizes the country is its cheerful and hospitable people, this set of virtues are enough reasons to be encouraged to make an exchange in Ireland.

The visa to enter Irish territory depends on the applicant’s country of origin and the duration of the exchange program in Ireland. However, before applying for this document at the Irish Consulate in your home country, it is important to verify whether it is, in fact, required and under what conditions.

Although they may change depending on the country of origin and the conditions of the exchange program in Ireland, as mentioned above, there are general requirements for the student visa application and they are as follows:

  • Have original passport valid for 1 year and photocopy of previous passports.
  • Applicant’s academic and work history.
  • Letter of motivation to study the course.
  • Letter of acceptance by the educational institution in Ireland.
  • Registration and proof of payment of the course at an institution authorized by the Irish government.
  • Have private medical insurance coverage for the full period of stay in Ireland.
  • Application forms.
  • Support of the economic solvency during the period of studies.
  • Certificate of investments or other assets held
  • Documents evidencing ties to return to the country of origin.

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