Cork is a busy, thriving seaport, the principal commercial and banking centre in the South of Ireland, drawing many international students, having a total student population of around 25,000. Cork is a cosmopolitan modern city, with local colleges having internationally recognised courses, offering students countless opportunities to develop academically through their programmes. Cork is the second largest city and the third most populous on the island of Ireland. The city is located in the South-West Region and built on the River Lee which divides into two channels at the western end of the city.
Cork has a local growing economy, with retail, pharmaceuticals, information technology and health care as the main economic pillars. Many important multinationals have placed local offices in Cork, including: Pfizer, Novartis, Apple, Logitech, EMC Corporation, Heineken, Ferrero factory, Amazon. com, Voxpro Communications, SolarWinds.
International students can apply for several internship opportunities in local companies, with information technology multinationals as the most required in this sense.
Cork has a rich cultural heritage and also a dynamic night life, making this city an ideal place for student life, as you will surely not get bored while living here.
Interesting attractions worth visiting are:
Take nice promenades in the Lough Park and wander along St. Patrick's Street, the main street of the city, known for the lovely architecture. Walk through the Hugenot Quarter, known for its cafés, bookstores and small specialty stores.
You can go to the Everyman Palace Theatre and the Granary Theatre or the lovely Cork Opera House.
You can choose between many multi-cultural restaurants, like Chinese and Thai restaurants, French patisseries, Indian buffets, and Middle Eastern kebab houses, but you should not miss trying out local traditions in food: crubeens, tripe and drisheen.
Cork hosts several festivals throughout the year, most popular are Cork Film Festival and the Cork Jazz Festival.
In terms of bars and night clubs, you have a plethora of places to choose from and you should not miss the occasion to learn or at least have fun trying the Irish dancing style.
Cork is home to several minorities, such as: Asian, Polish, Jamaican, New Zealander, Italian and Greek.
Due to an excellent quality of life, a business friendly and efficient operating environment, many international companies and entrepreneurs are interested in setting a business in Cork.
The open and multicultural atmosphere is also noticed in the numerous special centres and events dedicated to immigrants and foreign people living in Cork.
Cork has a mild and changeable weather, with abundant rainfall and almost never having extreme temperatures. Cork is a generally foggy city, with fog occurring mostly during mornings and especially in the winter time. Temperatures in December –January are 8 °C (46 °F), rarely falling below 0 °C (32 °F). Hottest months are July and August with 18 – 19 °C (65 – 66 °F).