Arriving in Ireland was a culture shock for Ramachandra Gaire, a Nepalese student of accounting and finance at Griffith College.
"I wouldn't say it was easy at the beginning. You have to adapt to the change – particularly the weather, the fact that you are so far away from home.
"At first, I found it hard to understand Irish accents. Now people tell me I have an Irish accent and I just laugh. I always wanted one. The great thing is that there are students from everywhere here, and I don't regret coming here at all.
"I am going into my final year, and now I want to work in Ireland. The biggest asset of Irish education is that people are very friendly. I know people who have gone to other countries and they did not find people so welcoming.
"In Nepal, people aren't aware of the economic situation in Ireland. They think that you will walk into a job after studying here. They don't realise that you have to get good marks, and it is not always easy getting a job."