Students from the United Arab Emirates are able to travel to Ireland without a visa following the easing of travel restrictions to boost trade, tourism and business relationships between the two countries.
English language schools in Ireland have reported 11% growth for the 2016 calendar year, driven mostly by junior language programs catering to EU students and a strong pound throughout most of last year.
English language providers in Ireland are enjoying a boom in numbers, as anecdotal reports from Marketing English in Ireland show 2015 is set to be a year of growth, after a 3% fall in student numbers last year.
The Irish government will introduce an interim list of approved providers further restricting the number of programmes that can be used for visa purposes after its deferral in January. Institutions must meet the requirements by October this year to be included.
The number of adult students coming to Ireland to study English dropped significantly in 2014, according to a new report by Marketing English in Ireland. A strong performance in the junior market, however, helped soften the blow.