Northern Ireland has become one of the most popular destinations in the UK and Ireland.

Over the last 10 years Northern Ireland has put itself firmly on the map of attractive, affordable and safe destinations for investors, foreign visitors and international students alike. English UK Northern Ireland was set up in 2012 and is the newest of the EUK regional groups. Paul McMullan, first Chairperson of the EUKNI group gives us a brief profile of the place he's proud to call home.

"Small ones are juicier – naturally!"

That was the slogan for a brand of oranges in the 1980s but now describes what NI locals call "Our Wee Country" very nicely. Northern Ireland is the smallest country in the UK but it packs a lot in!!!

  • Population: 1.9 million approx.
  • 135 kilometres North to South and 175km East to West
  • One of the youngest populations in Europe with 40% of the population under 29.

Think you know us – think again!!!!

Northern Ireland has become one of the most popular destinations in the UK and Ireland and has the fastest growing tourism industry in Europe. Northern Ireland is buzzing! It's time you were a part of it! The cities are buzzing too. The region has become one of Britain's most popular shopping destinations and has a lively cultural, music and bar scene, and you'll find delicious local food wherever you go.

NI really easy to travel around and is packed with ancient and living history, modern culture, exciting events and festivals, great food, fantastic shopping and world-class craic!

Why study in Northern Ireland?

Studying

Northern Ireland is a relatively new place for studying English, but it offers high-quality courses and a truly unique environment for learning - with strong influences from both Irish and British culture. The seven members of English UK Northern Ireland cover the full range of educational services so all student needs are catered for with courses ranging from teenage summer programmes to university preparation and access courses.

Northern Ireland is unique in that it is an English speaking country which has not yet been saturated with international students. That means there is less likelihood of our students spending all their time socialising with people in their own language. It is very easy for students to connect with local culture, meet local people and enjoy the famous craic!

Northern Ireland is also a relatively inexpensive destination compared with other places in the UK and Ireland. We can offer courses and accommodation at very competitive prices and students spend a lot less here than they would elsewhere during their time with us.

….of course Northern Ireland's greatest, and most unique, attraction is its people. We have an expression here "the people make the place". The people of Belfast are famous for being open, warm and friendly. Local people give a warm welcome to foreign visitors, and their warmth is also reflected in the quality of homestay families on offer.

City life

The lively capital of Belfast has history, culture, nightlife and a developed waterfront area, but the city is still compact enough to get around easily. Derry, or Londonderry, is a historic walled city that is full of architecture, culture and creativity, with a historic yet modern feel and is the UK City of Culture for 2013. You'll find a superb blend of traditional and modern with world class pubs and restaurants and some of the best nightlife in the UK. With more than 350 festivals per year we have more than any other region in Europe.

Exploring

Outside the cities, Northern Ireland is largely unspoilt by the heavy foot of tourism. There are sleepy villages, lush forest parks, rivers, lakes, mountains, a spectacular coastline and beautiful beaches. For scenic spots Northern Ireland is truly blessed, with some of the most dramatic scenery in Europe. Northern Ireland is home to the Giant's Causeway, currently Ireland's only UNESCO site of outstanding natural beauty. With every corner of the country within a 2 hour drive Northern Ireland is one big adventure playground offering everything from adrenaline fuelled activities to scenic romantic walks.

Follow the Causeway Coastal Route from Belfast to experience one of Europe's most scenic journeys, including picturesque fishing villages, areas of outstanding natural beauty, and the world heritage site at the Giant's Causeway. Also, make sure you don't miss the breath-taking Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, the Mountains of Mourne, the Lower Bann Valley, Island Magee and the Glens of Antrim.

Living

Northern Ireland has a huge amount to offer. It has a high standard of life combined with the lowest cost of living in the UK. It has a unique culture and a long tradition of academic excellence. It is also attracting more and more international students with subsidised rates, low cost, affordable accommodation and lots of support.

"Belfast was always a great place to come from. Following a decade of energetic and sensitive regeneration, it's a great place to go to...

...but it's not the shining glass towers fronting the river Lagan, nor the availability of the best international cuisine that has transformed the place;  it's a determination to have a good time."

Recent accolades include:

  • Belfast top 10 hottest European cities, CNN Travel
  • Belfast one of the world's top 10 destinations, National Geographic Traveller
  • Belfast City "on the rise", Lonely Planet
  • Northern Ireland safest region in the UK, British Crime Survey
  • NI the second safest country in the developed world (after Japan). UN Report

… It was great, the food, the incredible atmosphere. I felt that this place was a treasure that had sort of been preserved, it hadn't been trampled on by the big foot of tourism, and so, I really loved its purity. National Geographic Editor in Chief

Get here and enjoy it before the rest of the world arrives. Lonely Travel Planet Guide

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