Ireland has long been a favorite for American study abroad and internship programs. Dublin has a stellar reputation among students for providing world class nightlife and a safe environment to enjoy the city streets. With our northern internships, we try help students time the weather and avoid the worst of the gloom. Late spring through early fall is a great time to intern in the northern isles. For winter, we will point you closer to the equator. One of our students completed an internship at a nuclear non-proliferation organization. He conducted research that he published on their site regarding nuclear weapons storage and safety. In addition, Dublin is a great location to pursue hospitality internships. There are top hotel properties in the city with an international reputation. Theater is another topic worth exploring. Regional productions give students a glimpse into what Dubliners are known for: humor, repertoire, a sense of history, and an ability to brave privation. 

Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles. Divided between the Republic of Ireland, which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, it is home to 6.6 million, making it the second-most populous island in Europe.

 

ATTRACTIONS

Dublin  Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. It is a populous city whose metropolitan area is home to more than one-fourth of the country’s total population. Dublin is a historical and contemporary center for education, the arts, administration and industry. It has many landmarks and monuments dating back hundreds of years. One of the oldest is Dublin Castle, is a major Irish government complex, conference center, and tourist attraction, the St. Patrick’s is the tallest church (not Cathedral) in Ireland and the largest. The Old Library of Trinity College, holding the Book of Kells (illustrated manuscript), is one of the city’s most visited sites. The Ha’penny Bridge, an iron footbridge over the River Liffey, is one of the most photographed sights in Dublin and considered to be one of Dublin’s most iconic landmarks. Dublin City Council manages over 1,500 hectares  of parks. Public parks include the The Phoenix Park is about 3 km west of the city center, north of the River Liffey. Its 16-kilometre perimeter wall encloses 707 hectares, making it one of the largest walled city parks in Europe. It includes large areas of grassland and tree-lined avenues, and home to a herd of fallow deer. The park is also home to Dublin Zoo, Ashtown Castle, and the official residences of the President of Ireland  and the United States Ambassador.

The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland. Visitors can walk over the basalt columns at the edge of the sea, a half-mile walk from the entrance to the site. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven or eight sides. Much of the Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast World Heritage Site is today owned and managed by the National Trust and the remainder of the site is owned by the Crown Estate and a number of private landowners. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Ireland. Some of the structures in the area, having been subject to several million years of weathering, resemble objects, such as the Organ and Giant’s Boot structures. Other features include many reddish, weathered low columns known as Giant’s Eyes, created by the displacement of basalt boulders; the Shepherd’s Steps; the Honeycomb; the Giant’s Harp; the Chimney Stacks; the Giant’s Gate and the Camel’s Hump. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a national nature reserve in 1987 by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland. In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, the Giant’s Causeway was also named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom.

Cliffs of Moher – County Clare are sea cliffs located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. From the cliffs, and from atop the tower, visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges to the north in County Galway, and Loop Head to the south. The cliffs are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland and topped a list of attractions in 2006 by drawing almost one million visitors; the total number of visits is now around 1.5 million per annum. The Cliffs of Moher are a majestic, remnant of the last ice age. The official Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk runs for 18 km, from Hag’s Head to Doolin, passing the Visitor Centre and O’Brien’s Tower, with good viewing throughout, subject to rain or sea fog. There are two paths near the visitor center, the official one being set back a little for safety, while an unofficial path runs closer to the edge. You can visit the cliffs especially at sunrise or sunset when you will most likely have the cliffs to yourself. Another nice way of seeing the cliffs is to take a guided walk with a local or the Cliffs of Moher cruise from Doolin, and at certain times fixed-wing aircraft also provide a viewing opportunity.

TRAVEL ADVENTURE

Ireland is an amazing country with beautiful natural landscapes, picturesque countryside and bustling cities. Landscapes vary from the wild, rugged coastlines to the gently rolling green fields covered with silvery lakes and dark brown bogs of the midlands. 82% of visitors come for that scenery. It is a fantastic place for discovering countryside. From the wild, storm lashed coastlines of the Atlantic Ocean to the tranquil, rolling hills of the Magical Midlands it is a land of surprises. The world-renowned karst limestone region known as the Burren Resplendent was a tropical seabed some 365 million years ago. Dramatic underground caves and watercourses, including the longest stalactite in the Northern hemisphere at Doolin Cave are found here. The mountain trail Kerry Way – is Ireland’s longest at 210km and offers fantastic views of the breathtaking landscapes. Spend your days trekking and being engulfed in 10,000 years of Celtic history.

The hum of traditional Irish music leads us through the ‘Wild West of Ireland’, to the spectacular beauty of Connemara – a cultural region in County Galway. Its silent valleys, pristine fjords, astounding mountains and fairy-tale castles amaze. In  the Aran Islands, villages welcome with warm smiles. Hike, bike and kayak your way around Ireland, you’ll experience one of Europe’s oldest cultures. The striking region of Connemara has been a landmark destination for anyone looking for an experience which is beyond the power of description. 

THE PEOPLE

The Irish are a Celtic nation and ethnic group native to the island, who share a common Irish ancestry, identity and culture. For most of Ireland’s recorded history, the Irish have been primarily a Gaelic people.

The culture of Ireland includes customs and traditions, language, music, art, literature, folklore, cuisine and sports unique to the area. One example is Saint Patrick’s Day, a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March. 

Housing & Commute
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Visa
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Languages

In the past, people generally worked very close to where they lived. As transport was slower or unavailable, it wasn’t practical to travel very far from your home to work. Today’s more advanced transportation means that people can reach their destinations more quickly than they could in the past. Advances in technology also mean that long-distance travel is accessible to everybody.

These days, more and more people are travelling long distances or commuting to work every day. In Ireland’s larger cities, like Dublin, public transportation is generally pretty fast and reliable, though there are delays sometimes in the larger systems. Outside the cities, there are buses and trains that will take you just about anywhere, and for the places they don’t go, rental cars are cheap. One of the reasons why people choose to live outside the capital and commute to their workplace, because the house prices in the cities are very high and life in the smaller town is more relaxed.

Ireland is amongst the costliest and most expensive countries in Europe. But living in Ireland is manageable, the cost of living can be high varies depending on the town or city you wish to reside. Rents are much lower as you get further from the city, but those areas have less access to public transportation. Accommodation is usually be of biggest expense, followed by groceries, healthcare, education, utilities and transport – these items obviously need to be budgeted for. The monthly cost of living in Ireland very much depend on your personal needs, the lifestyle you choose, and where in the country you decide to live. Ireland is not the cheapest place to settle down, but it offers you a relaxing and rewarding environment.

The Republic of Ireland uses the Euro as its currency.

People from other countries need a valid Irish entry visa before arriving in the State. But you will still be subject to immigration control at the point of entry to the State even if you have a visa. You may also need to register with the immigration authorities. If you wish to visit Ireland for a period of less than 3 months, then you can apply for a short stay ‘C’ visa, you will be allowed with a maximum stay of 90 days and no extension is allowed. You must leave and reapply from outside the State if you want to return. If you wish to travel to Ireland for more than 3 months, then you can apply for a long stay ‘D’ visa. If granted, and wish to remain in the State for longer than 3 months, or beyond the period of leave, you will be required to register and must obtain a residence permit. Visa policy of Ireland is similar to the visa policy of the Schengen Area. It grants visa-free entry. The visa policy of Ireland is set by the Government of Ireland and determines visa requirements for foreign citizens. If someone other than a European Union, European Economic Area, or Swiss citizen seeks an entry to Ireland, they must be a national of a visa-exempt country or have a valid Irish visa issued by one of the Irish diplomatic missions around the world.

Ireland is ranked 18th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries in the world. The rates of gun violence are nearly nonexistent and rates of violent crime overall are low. However, there are occurrences of common petty theft, burglary, and other insignificant offenses like pick-pocketing and bag snatching are common especially in a well-touristed areas. One must be very vigilant all the time, and taking normal safety precautions and avoid visiting remote neighborhoods late at night must be exercised. With over 9 million visits yearly, Ireland is relatively a safe country.

Irish was their main language in the past, today most Irish people speak English as their first language.

The Irish language has a vast treasury of written texts from many centuries, and is divided by linguists into Old Irish from the 6th to 10th century, Middle Irish from the 10th to 13th century, Early Modern Irish until the 17th century, and the Modern Irish spoken today. It remained the dominant language of Ireland for most of those periods, having influences from Latin, Old Norse, French and English. It declined under British rule but remained the majority tongue until the early 19th century, and since then has been a minority language. English in Ireland was first introduced during the Norman invasion. It was spoken by a few peasants and merchants brought over from England, and was largely replaced by Irish before the Tudor conquest of Ireland. It was introduced as the official language with the Tudor and Cromwellian conquests. The Ulster plantations gave it a permanent foothold in Ulster, and it remained the official and upper-class language elsewhere, the Irish-speaking chieftains and nobility having been deposed. Language shift during the 19th century replaced Irish with English as the first language for a vast majority of the population.