The education system in Northern Ireland is world renowned for its schools, colleges and universities and has produced Nobel laureates, famous scientists, playwrights, actors, government ministers, musicians and politicians.
In today’s world where education is a major differentiator of any region or country Northern Ireland has top class education at all levels that attracts international talent and competes globally.
With a population of just 1.84 million, Northern Ireland is small and easy to get around, and with great airport links; you'll never be more than two hours from the coast.
While for night life, attractions and culture, Northern Ireland has a lot to offer too, with Belfast named one of the World's Must-See Places for 2012. The city is packed with history, exciting events and festivals, great food, fantastic shopping, and world-class culture.
From Titanic Belfast to the Giant's Causeway and the Mountains of Mourne, Northern Ireland has plenty to discover and something for everyone: all easily accessible from the heart of the city.
There are two world class universities:
An open university:
Two university colleges:
There are seven further education colleges:
- Belfast Metropolitan College
- South Eastern Regional College
- Southern Regional College
- Northern Regional College
- North West Regional College
- South West College
- College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise
There are also five excellent boarding schools in Northern Ireland, each with a rich history of academic excellence. These provide a choice of all boys, all girls or co-ed and cater for children and teenagers up to the age of 18, offering internationally recognised qualifications such as GCSEs, and A-levels.