Northern Ireland is a part of the UK - it is an opportunity to get a high-quality education of the British model, and at the same time at more affordable price. Despite the large number of common features in educational systems, there are some fundamental differences. In particular, studying of English in Northern Ireland is more popular: historically, it turned out that it was the Irish version of English that was the most correct, accurate, harmonious and pleasant to listen. Studying in Northern Ireland will provide great opportunities to build successful career and find a job in the best companies in the world.
Initially, the country's educational system pursued the main goal: to give equally qualitative education to all categories of citizens (both Catholics and Protestants). Integrated education is the main feature of the state, also the tradition of separate education is still active (for boys and girls there are different schools and colleges).
Secondary education is compulsory for all citizens from 5 to 16 years old: classical and technical schools accept a wide range of students every year. The initial stage lasts from 6 to 12 years, the secondary school - up to 15 years. The secondary school is also divided into several stages:
1) Junior Cycle = 3 years
2) "Transitional year"
3) Senior Cycle = 2 years. Studies are completed with exams and results are recorded in the national maturity certificate (it is required for admission to the university).
Higher education is available at universities, pedagogical and technical colleges - the choice depends on the specialty you want to receive. In Northern Ireland, you can get a Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Doctorate studies (that is, complete a full cycle of higher education). The most developed, large and prestigious universities are in Dublin (Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin), Limerick, Belfast.
As the correct, literary English language has been preserved in Ireland, the country is extremely popular among students choosing a variety of language courses. Appropriate programs are organized at schools and universities for holidays, there are many branches of international educational networks and local educational institutions. Foreign students can choose interesting combined courses (English with leisure, sports and leisure trips), learn Business English, effectively prepare for admission to the university, prepare for language exams (TOEFL, IELTS, SAT and others), improve qualifications as a teacher - each student will find a suitable programme.
As it was mentioned, studying in Northern Ireland is more affordable than in England and Scotland. For example, Bachelor's higher education programs cost an average of 4000-5000 pounds per academic year (medical specialties are traditionally more expensive). There are student loan programs, targeted scholarships for most successful students.