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2019 Ambassadors

Meet this year’s international students…

Adson Faria Castro

The College of Computing Technology

Akanksha Hariom Puniyani

Dublin City University
Management & Strategy

Alissa Facchinato

Tralee Institute of Technology
Travel and Tourism Management

Ana Gil-Villanueva

Griffith College Dublin

Anh Thien Thanh Ho

Limerick Institute of Technology
Digital Marketing

Ansh Mahajan

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Ashish Sharma

Shannon College of Hotel Management
Business & Hospitality

Audrey Nicole Kurniawan

Griffith College Dublin
Communications & Media Production

Beatrice Quarm

National College of Ireland

Brenda Mondragón Toledo

University College Cork

Chao Yuan Hsu

Dublin City University
Business Management & Strategy

Chin Shuen Tung

University College Dublin

Deborah Mary Mathew

Limerick Institute of Technology
Graphic Design Communication

Eliza Lee

Sligo Institute of Technology

Elizabeth Ochanya Idoko

Tralee Institute of Technology
Computing in Software Development

Ebubedike Chike Jeffrey

Limerick Institute of Technology
Business Management

Gabriel Hang Fong Chou

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Information Systems

Ge Liu

Carlow Institute of Technology

Israa Alzarmah

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Ixchel Sac-Nicte Rodriguez Garcia

Limerick Institute of Technology
Interdisciplinary Design Practice

Jake Elliott

Carlow Institute of Technology

Jessica Fabiana Rocha Correa

Dublin Business School

Jitesh Emmanuel

Cork Institute of Technology
Cyber Security

Jorge Belman Arana

Dundalk Institute of Technology
Communication & Creative Media

Juan Pablo Martinez Lizarraga

National University of Ireland Galway
Global Environmental Economics

Kai Meen Chen

National University of Ireland Galway
Clinical Research

Kathryn Bordonaro

Maynooth University
Business Marketing Management

Kimberly Reyes

University College Cork
Irish Writing and Film

Larissa Sousa Roseno

The College of Computing Technology
Full-time programme

Le Phuong Thao

University College Cork
Science in Interactive Media

Lynn Chiam Hui Theen

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Mary Olive Wanjiru Njoroge

Sligo Institute of Technology
Marketing & Sales

Matthew Donovan Alborough

Maynooth University
Business Management

Mia Nguyen

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Business Information System

Michela Andreina Luzzi Belloni

International College Dublin Business School
Accounting and Finance

Nnabundom Raji

Dublin Business School
Data Analytics

Noor Alsaeed

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Olumide Josiah Akinremi

University College Dublin
Electronic & Computer Engineering

Piper McDonald

Mary Immaculate College
Contemporary & Applied Theatre

Pratik Hublikar

National College of Ireland

Rochelle Vaz

National University of Ireland Galway
Marketing Management

Shamile Aldossary

Dublin City University
Global Business

Stefanie Luis

Tralee Institute of Technology

Suvarna Agnihotri

Cork Institute of Technology
Cyber Security

Swetha Krishnan

Univeristy College Dublin
Criminology & Criminal Justice

Tan Xiaozhou

Technological University Dublin
Electronic Engineering

Tiranat Srisaan Terawanij

Waterford Institute of Technology
Construction Project Management

Tran Thi Hoang Yen

University College Cork
Data Science and Analytics

Valentina Mello Lunardelli

Waterford Institute of Technology

Will Stover

Technological University Dublin
Energy Systems Engineering

Yuan Yu Ng

National College of Ireland
Accounting and Finance

Yueyao Dong

Trinity College Dublin

Adriana Zamudio

I choose Ireland because it is a magical, beautiful and quiet country. From the moment I arrived, I have felt welcome and comfortable, and I love living here.

ICD Business School

BA (Honours) in Business Studies

Aliaa Karam

Ireland has a great education system with many prestigious research universities. It is a safe, friendly and beautiful country and English speaking–which is a bonus.

University College Dublin


Alissa Nadine Zipp

Most people I know went to Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. or to the US to study but I wanted to do something different. My father used to live in Dublin and it was through this that I first became interested studying abroad here.

Griffith College Dublin

Bachelor (Ord.) in Business

Aung Kaung Sett Hein

Studying in Ireland means having an opportunity to be exposed to a quality world-class medical education while being able to emerge in a different culture to my own. The fact that Ireland is an English-speaking nation located in Europe and beside UK means connecting with locals would be convenient, and a weekend getaway to experience London or Paris is possible. It also won my family’s approval, since it is among the world’s 10 safest nations.

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

MB BCh BAO (Medicine) 5-Year-Programme

Ayushree Gangal

Ireland has world-class universities that excel in preparing students for a successful future in both academia and industry. While choosing the university I wanted to study at, I focussed mainly on the content of the course. UCD’s Data and Computational Science course was very well balanced and extremely competitive, and it appealed to me immensely.

University College Dublin

MSc Data and Computational Science

Colin Topliffe

Ireland’s rich culture, stunning landscapes and ease of access really appealed to me. I also was friends with other Canadian students who came to Ireland and they were extremely helpful in answering questions and sharing their experiences. The staff in Irish colleges were also helpful in providing information and making sure I was comfortable with the process of becoming an international student.

Institute of Technology Sligo

Bachelor’s of Business (Honours) Marketing

Diana Jael Villamares

I chose Ireland because I was offered a Diploma in Food Science at University College Cork–one the best schools for this course. I found Ireland to be very open to giving international students fantastic opportunities to study abroad and pursue their dreams.

University College Cork

Food Science Diploma

Emma Frost Vanggaard

After I finished highschool in Denmark, I moved to Dublin to work as au pair. I fell in love with the country and decided I wanted to come back to do my degree. I’ve always wanted to study journalism, and I see studying abroad as a great way of gathering experience in that specific field.

Dublin Business School

BA (Hons) Journalism

Farrukh Abbas

I chose Ireland because of its outstanding employment opportunities, fantastic food and warm welcoming culture.Ireland offers the opportunity to experience a different culture without having to grapple with a language barrier and it’s home to many of the world’s leading companies.

Dublin Business School

Business Information Systems

Goutham Siddhaarth Moratuplym Shanmugavadivu Kuppurajhu

Post-masters, my major concern was my ability to enter the IT industry again after leaving my previous work. Ireland attracted me as it provides excellent education at a great price. It is English-speaking and has wonderful, friendly people. The food, culture and weather are second to none and it’s the base of many of the world’s biggest companies, which gives me hope to be in my field again after studying.

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Masters in Computing in Big Data Analytics

Hue Linh Duong

Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe and has developed greatly in export and commercial industry with many MNCs’ Headquarters based in Dublin, Ireland’s capital city.

Cork Institute of Technology

M.A Public Relations with New Media

Ian Chiam

I chose Ireland due to the cost as well as the opportunities offered. At first, I didn’t have many friends but I’m a strong believer in challenging oneself to get out of your comfort zone and taking risks to experience memorable adventures. I also loved the idea of mixing with different races and cultures from around the world.

Limerick Institute of Technology

Electronic Engineering

Jade Caminha Carvalho Cestari

I applied all over Europe, and got some amazing results and offers, however, it was all about going to a place that not only offered an excellent academic experience but also the best overall experience. Ireland has everything–amazing and nice people, beautiful countryside and top-level education. Also, how could I say no to the country of James Joyce? Or to the city of Nora Barnacle?

National University of Ireland, Galway

MA in International Contemporary Literatures and Media

Janina Catherine Knörzer

I always knew that I wanted to study abroad until it turned into an actual need: to leave what I knew behind and explore something else. Ireland was an easy choice for me. Ireland is part of the European Union, I loved Ireland when I came here as a tourist, I felt like it was different without the “mainstream image” attached to it, I knew Ireland had great universities and I absolutely love the country. So it was a perfect mix of getting a high quality education and moving to a country that I really wanted to live in.

Trinity College Dublin

Single Honors History

Jasmine See Wei Fong

I wanted to study abroad in an English-speaking country but Ireland was not somewhere that I was familiar with at first. After lots of research and discussions with Student Ambassadors, I had a really good feeling about Ireland. Now, I’m totally in love with this land and the people here, and really happy about my decision!

Athlone Institute of Technology

Health Science and Nutrition

Jingru Yan

I chose Ireland due to a school collaboration program between the University of Limerick and Beijing Sport University in China. I love the environment of Ireland, which is so beautiful and absolutely amazing!

University of Limerick

MSC in Psychological Science

Joey Sing Yun Chui

School fees was the first thing that attracted me to Ireland as it is reasonable and affordable compared to the tuition fees in Malaysia. This is a golden opportunity and a springboard to gain an international education experience in a totally new environment and new culture.

Institute of Technology Sligo

International Marketing with Language

Kapil Patil

Ireland is a hub for IT companies and is also situated in a prime location in Europe. There are ample opportunities for students studying IT. The duration of my course and the fees–when compared to other countries like USA and Australia–all helped me make the decision to choose Ireland.

University College Cork

MSc Computing Science

Karen Markovich

Why Ireland? For the breathtaking views, unparalleled history, and countless outdoor adventures. Not to mention the hospitality of the Irish people, who genuinely make you feel at home. When mentioning to friends and family that I was thinking of continuing my education in Ireland they questioned why but also proceeded to say how amazingly beautiful the country is, and how I will never regret the decision.

Institute of Technology Sligo

Bachelor of Business Honours Add-on Marketing L8

Kim Phan Thi Thien

The eCommerce postgraduate programmes offered in Ireland suited me well in terms of program quality, tuition fees and the ability to work here after graduation. Dublin is well-known for its modernity and the headquarters of tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google. Studying here is a perfect way to connect with like-minded people, and also enable me to achieve my career goals.

Dublin City University

Msc of Electronic Commerce

Lena Sperger

Ireland has had my heart since my first visit in 2013, when I worked as an au pair. Irish culture has influenced me greatly and I have never felt more at home in another country other than my home country, as I did when I lived in Ireland. And I still do!

Griffith College Dublin

MA TV and Radio Journalism

Luz Victoria Contreras

Ireland is developing at a high rate in terms of technology, showing vast career opportunities in technical and engineering areas; which highly interested me as this means that once I graduate, I know that I’m more likely to secure a job in my career. LIT appealed more to me because its study focus is more practical than theoretical; while theory is essential, it’s easier for me to understand a concept when I get real, hands-on experience. Especially when it comes to working with electronic equipment and components.

Limerick Institute of Technology

Electronic Engineering

Mairead Willis

I decided to return to Ireland for an MA program in creative writing because my experience studying abroad in Dublin was so rewarding and because my course at UCC is a perfect fit for me. During my semester abroad, I joined a creative writing club at UCD and met Irish students who encouraged me to write and even published one of my poems in their student journal. After my positive experience there, I researched graduate writing programs in Ireland. The course here at UCC is focused on Irish literature and is more practically oriented than most programs in the US.

University College Cork

MA in Creative Writing (CKE10)

Marcela Lacerda Lima

I chose Ireland because it’s a country that has been developing in recent years in the field of Human Rights. I am a public servant at the Court of Audit in Brazil and I also integrate civil society movements, such as feminists and black collectives. During my first year in Ireland, I invested in my professional future and also maintained my personal activism by actively attending marches, meetings and lectures of collectives in Dublin.

Dublin City University

Master of Laws (LL.M.)

Mariana Ribeiro

This is my second experience of living abroad, I was looking for a country where I could feel at home and for me this meant friendly people, good energy, respect, happiness and a good educational system with opportunities to develop my career. So, how could I not choose beautiful Dublin? I am more than happy with my decision and I hope I can help other potential students to feel the same.

Dublin Business School

MBA in Project Management

Maya Joseph

The quality of education offered in Ireland is surpassed by none and the level of hospitality and acceptance shown towards students from all over the world was something that drew me to to the country. In addition to this, it’s exciting to have the opportunity to immerse myself in a completely different climate and culture.

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) In Culinary and Gastronomic Sciences

Melody Lee

While I have always wanted to travel to Ireland, I originally didn’t intend to undertake my graduate studies here. After looking at schools all over the US and Europe, Maynooth University won me over with its beautiful campus and its unique degree program. The MSc in Immunology and Global Health examines human health from both medical and public health perspectives, something that is next to impossible to find anywhere else. The program also offers a lot of freedom in choosing a summer research project, and I have the opportunity to work with researchers anywhere in the world

Maynooth University

Immunology and Global Health

Michelle Galvin

There are two Irelands – and I love them both. The first Ireland is the Emerald Isle, the place of green fields, soft rain and gentle accents; the country that lures millions of visitors each year and sends them home with warm smiles and lifelong memories. The other Ireland is the Entrepreneurial Isle, the hotbed of technology and innovation, of homegrown startups and international corporations. It’s that magic blend – of an ancient and modern – that makes Ireland irresistible as a study abroad location. There’s no better place to graduate from because there’s no better launch-pad for success than here.

Trinity College Dublin

MSc in Entrepreneurship (one-year Masters programme)

Muhammad Amirul Hakim Amir

Ireland offers one of the best education systems in the world and IT Carlow is certified by the Malaysian Qualification Agency. It is easy to further your studies here as for me, no visa is required prior to arrival, and the fees required for the student visa won’t burn a hole in your pocket! Lastly, Ireland is one of the safest countries in the world, so no need to worry!

Institute of Technology Carlow

Bachelor in Aircraft Systems

Nina Bianca Sayson

Not only is Ireland an absolutely stunning country, the Irish are some of the most delightful people you’ll ever meet. Ireland is home to some of the top universities in the world, and it also helps that they’re passionate about education. What about the bad weather? Having lived in a tropical country and worked in the desert for years, the rain and cold are much more exciting to me than dealing with sweat and humidity! Overall, Ireland checks all of my boxes: top-notch education in an English-speaking country, lovely people, beautiful scenery, interesting culture, plus you can never go wrong with the craic!

National College of Ireland

MSc in Marketing

Pallavi Soni

Galway attracted me with its connection to nature, energy, and history. Although Ireland is a small country, I was drawn to the culture’s value of simplicity and I knew that it would have a significant impact on my life. Ireland was my first choice as it offered me to work with highly skilled and educated people while also making me familiar with some of the most cutting edge companies and talent.

National University of Ireland Galway

Masters in Information System Management

Paritosh Gupta

Ireland offers a one year Master’s programme–useful for me considering I have five plus years of work experience already. Ireland is an emerging IT hub for the EMEA region and it provides a two year stay back visa option after course completion, which would allow me to work here without any burden of visa-sponsorship.

Dublin City University

M.Sc in Data Analytics

Priyanka Athavale

I found a lot of variety in Master’s courses in Ireland, which meant I had the luxury of choosing something I loved. The second reason was my husband. He came to Ireland to study in January, and I wanted to be with him. Ireland was always among the top choices for both of us because we love exploring nature; and Ireland is beautiful. In a nutshell, Ireland enriches and fulfils my mind and soul. For me, that’s the best reason to move to any place.

National College of Ireland Galway

MA Human Resources Management

Puteri Syamin Shariffudin

I chose Ireland because I travelled here when I was 17, right after I finished my high school, in order to help me decide where to go next for my degree. Ireland captured my heart straight away and it’s a place where I feel safe, free and and at home. The people are so nice to me and always encourage me to get better.

Dublin Business School

Ba (Hons) in Business

Quan Vo Minh

Ireland is one of a few countries where I can always be surrounded by nature. The cities here have many large areas of public parks and there is hardly any skyscrapers. I can benefit from Ireland being an international hub for studying and working. Here, I can always learn from my friends who came from many different countries, from my interaction with multinational companies, yet still feel relaxed and peaceful every day.

Trinity College Dublin

MSc in Management

Rebekah Eddy

I have lived in Ireland previously, loved the country, and wanted my further education to be in a world-renowned university. I also felt my Spanish was not at a high enough level to learn at the master’s level.

University College Dublin

International Law and Business

Renno Riyadi

One of the main reasons I chose Ireland as my study abroad destination is due to the language. Living in Ireland helps me practice and improve my English speaking skills which will help me in the long run.

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Communications in Creative Media

Ruby Doan

Ireland gives me a strangely welcoming feeling as if I have been here before! The idea of a small island in the very west of Europe, whose name wasn’t too familiar to Vietnam despite having these mesmerising landscapes and such a unique culture, attracted my attention. This might sound unrealistic (or crazy even) but I felt like I was destined for Ireland. And guess what? I’ve been proven right!

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)

Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Marketing and Sales

RuiRong Yang

Irish people live their lives at a slower pace and this allows me to appreciate the good things in my life. This beautiful country is full of meaningful culture and nice people, I’m excited to share my Chinese culture and I’m really looking forward to communicating with local people and teaching them Chinese!

TU Dublin Tallaght Campus

Bachelor of Engineering

Ruth Ikenyirimba

Ireland is a leading country in the world for scientific research and innovation. This was a major contributing factor in my choice. Irish universities are held at a high standard globally and are majorly involved and updated with research from the scientific and business world. This fact was very important in deciding where to study as degrees attained from majority of Irish universities are globally recognised. Another reason that influenced my choice is that Ireland is relatively one of the safest, culturally-enriched countries to study and reside in, in both Europe and the world.

TU Dublin City Campus

Biomedical Science

Sara Sotirakos

In life, I have come to realise you are sure of very few things – and if you wait to be sure of every decision, you’ll never make one. A few things I was most definitely sure of is that I want to become a doctor, I needed a drastic change in my life, and I needed to live somewhere closer to places I can go adventure seeking. As a result, I applied to medical school in a country I have never been to and that appears full of places to explore – I chose Ireland.

Trinity College Dublin


Sayonara Pessoa Bittencourt

Ireland was my very first choice to study abroad in 2015 as part of a Brazilian scholarship program where I studied at the TU Dublin Blanchardstown Campus. I’ve spent two years here and came back to Brazil already wanting to return to the Emerald Isle. The language, the friendliness, the openness of the college international office and the opportunity Ireland gave to me to become a better Designer made me choose it again! And now I’m back with an Irish scholarship welcomed by an Irish family. Ireland felt like home to me from the start, and that’s why I came back.

TU Dublin Blanchardstown Campus (formerly ITB)

BA Honours Creative Digital Media

See Ming Chuah

Ireland is an English-speaking country and it costs almost the same to study in Ireland as in Malaysia. So, why not study in Ireland and experience and explore more?

Athlone Institute of Technology

Higher Diploma in Computing

Shihad Algethami

Academically Ireland has a great education system and internship opportunities with world leading companies and a great reputation for friendly people– true from my experience as a Saudi Arabian student.

Institute of Technology Carlow

Higher Certificate in Accounting

Spencer Sudds

The course structure at LIT was highly intriguing and I knew that this was a unique opportunity to fulfil my desire to visit Ireland and further my education. The Irish education system has global recognition across numerous fields of study and I wished to be a part of it. Having the opportunity to immerse myself in the Irish culture, learn new ways and techniques of dealing with people and discovering what they believe in, will help me to become a great business professional.

Limerick Institute of Technology

Masters of Marketing and Management Strategy

Syed Yaseen Shabir Ahamed

Ireland, filled with raw beauty wherever you turn and amazing people who are so friendly that you could know what their fourth grandson’s pet dog’s name is in a matter of few minutes! The weather in Ireland makes me feel as if I am living in a hill station all year long and the cultural diversity curbs any forms of racism. To top all that, Ireland is the hub of many trillion-dollar corporations, which could offer me an awesome job.

National University of Ireland Galway

Msc. Digital Marketing

Tan Long Nguyen

I chose Ireland as a destination to pursue my Master degree due to the Irish Aid IDEAS Scholarship and Irish Government scholarship rewarded to Vietnamese candidates annually, supporting one-year full-time post-graduate education at Irish Higher Education Institutions. Ireland is Europe’s most entrepreneurial country; studying a master’s course in business here allows me to have a better understanding of entrepreneurship.

Athlone Institute of Technology

Master of Business

Tanusha Suvashini Hatish Kumar

Ireland is known for great hospitality and the fees here have helped students like me to be able to study abroad. Under the Global Peace Index, Ireland is in the top 10 safest countries and has great landscapes, gorgeous lakes and oceans and not forgetting its history– it is just mind blowing!

Cork Institute of Technology

Bachelor Business in Hospitality Management

Tianqi Wang

There are a wide range of choices of colleges and courses to study in Ireland, all of which are of very high academic standards and prepare students for future working environment. Studying in Ireland offered me a great opportunity to improve my English while gaining a strong technical skillset in accounting.

Institute of Technology Carlow

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Accounting

Valeri Logue

The Shannon College of Hotel Management is internationally renowned for its global connections and employment opportunities. I choose to study here for the incredible hands-on learning technique it provides to its students. When I was looking to further my education abroad there wasn’t any other suitable options that could compare to the level of real world experience and outstanding reputation offered at Shannon.

Shannon College of Hotel Management

Bachelor of Business Studies in International Hotel Management

Vanessa Maricruz Pulgarin Auquilla

I have always wanted to do a Master’s in an English speaking country. I love languages and cultures and Ireland is characterised by its culture, enthusiasm, human warmth and educational standards with international students.

University College Cork

MSc on International Public Policies and Diplomacy

Vanya Tiwari

Ireland is an English-speaking country providing excellent education with outstanding employment opportunities, and is a hub for the world’s leading IT companies. What more could I ask for?

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Masters in Big Data Analytics

Xian Wei Desmond Ooi

A key reason that I chose Ireland was the fact that the course I wanted was not available in my home country, and Dundalk Institute of Technology offered exactly what I was looking for in terms of study. I have always wanted to study in a native English speaking country with affordable living costs, and Ireland fit right into the profile.

Dundalk Institute of Technology

BA (Hons) Film and Television Production

Xin Zhou

Ireland has an excellent education infrastructure, with most of its universities equipped with state-of-the-art amenities and academic resources. In UCD, I could enjoy the convenience brought by advanced technical infrastructure, and get deeper insights from expertise and professors in different fields. Moreover, I have chances to interact with multinational students, experience various culture.

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

MSc Quantitative Finance

Zumredah Ali Al-AliBasha

To be very honest, I had many other options, and luckily the first response I got was from Ireland. I was not aware of what Ireland looked like, or aware of its culture. However, I was generally very interested in travelling and leaving my comfort zone to experience more in life from an educational and cultural perspective. I liked the idea of studying in Ireland because I wanted to meet new people, a new culture, and to enjoy a new life where I can develop myself, my knowledge and to become an excellent example for others.

National University of Maynooth

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Elanor McDevitt

Ireland has always been on the list of places I’ve wanted to visit, and reading about Limerick made me think that it was a place that I could really flourish. Another big factor was the kindness displayed by the international office while I was still only considering Mary I. They answered all my questions and made me feel like I would be landing in a foreign country and already have people that I knew.

Mary Immaculate College

Bachelor of Arts in History and Media

Dan Chau Thuy Nguyen

Ireland has become my fantastic life-changing destination! It offers so much, from extraordinary scenery and nature, to the warmest and friendliest welcome from its people. And most importantly, Ireland offers me the finest education institutions with outstanding academic facilities and qualifications recognised globally, which provides me a solid foundation for my future career.

Waterford Institute of Technology

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Science

Clement Shi Jie Sim

Cork Institute of Technology

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology