“I got into universities in Ireland and UK, which do you suggest is better?”
Many students hit my inbox with this question.
Of course, college decisions are based on many factors; one of the most important being location.
It is easy to decide between two entirely different countries, say, the US and UK.
But when UK and Ireland are so close by (and similar in some ways), there are deeper questions involved.
Here’s why I chose Ireland over UK:
1. Dual degree
— Trinity is the only college that offers a dual degree for the same annual fee as for one subject (I’m pursuing English & Philosophy.)
2. 4-year bachelors’
— Ireland has a 4-year BA like the US; UK has a 3-year BA like India. Certain colleges require a 4-year bachelors’ to apply for a Masters programme; so I chose Ireland.
— Simply put, the Republic of Ireland is independent of the UK. This has led big companies to open up offices in Ireland, creating more job opportunities.
— The Irish visa offered me the option to work in Ireland after completing my degree, unlike the UK visa.
BUT… UK now offers a 2 year work visa after graduation. That changes a lot of decisions!
What do you think is the most important part of making college decisions?