Higher education in Ireland

Dublin’s heritage as a place of learning stretches right back back to the 16th century. Since then, the city’s students and teachers have pioneered advances in disciplines as diverse as medicine, atomic physics and literature. More recently, Dublin’s higher education institutions have also excelled in the area of business, technology and digital innovation.

Higher education in Ireland is among the best in Europe. All four of Dublin’s universities, as well as one on the outskirts of the city, feature in the QS World University Rankings for 2021. Three even rank among the top 500 third-level institutions in the world. Three other universities outside of Dublin also make the list.

As well as academic excellence, student life in the city is also top quality. Dublin is frequently listed among the best student cities in Europe. Here, here and here, it is named as one of the best locations for international students.

Study in Dublin for international students

If you want to study in Dublin, a diverse range of higher education institutions are open to international students. As well as prestigious universities, Dublin is also home to a variety of public colleges which specialise in everything from law and medicine, through to art and music. A range of private colleges also offer courses covering in-demand skills like IT, computing and business.

These colleges often cater their classes and curriculums for international students in Dublin. Sometimes they even offer English language classes. Although dozens of dedicated English language schools offer this service to students from abroad too.

To find out more about higher education in Ireland, it’s worth checking Education in Ireland’s website for upcoming events in your country. You may have an opportunity to meet representatives from the city’s universities, colleges and other institutions of higher education.

You can find out more about each of your options below.

Maynooth University in kildare


Universities in Dublin

Just under 120,000 students attend Dublin’s four universities. Trinity College, which is the oldest, is right in the heart of the city and is also home to famous attractions like the Book of Kells. The other three have campuses scattered throughout the city suburbs. There is also another university based just outside of Dublin in the town of Maynooth – it’s about 25km away from the city centre. Each of these universities has its own particular strengths and between them they offer courses in everything from astrophysics to zoology. Although medicine, science, busin

National College of Art and Design


Colleges in Dublin

Dublin’s universities aren’t the only prestigious educational institutions in the capital. The city is also home to a number of colleges with long histories and international reputations. Among them is the Royal College of Surgeons with its enviable location on beautiful Stephen’s Green, as well as the country’s oldest art college NCAD. If you plan to study in Dublin, here’s an introduction to the city’s state-funded colleges.

Dublin Business School


Private colleges in Dublin

In addition to Dublin’s publicly funded colleges, there are a number of private institutions which also provide higher level education. If you plan to study in Dublin, you’ll find a run down of each of these private colleges below. If you’re looking for information on private secondary education in Dublin, you can find out more about them here. American College Dublin Set up by Florida’s Lynn University bac

English language students in classroom


English language schools

Dublin is a very popular place to learn English. In fact, local Dubliners believe they speak the language better than anyone else – including the English. You’ll find dedicated English language schools throughout Dublin, as well as English courses at local colleges. So it’s a good idea to spend some time working out which option is best for you. Dedicated English language schools in Dublin Long-established and internationally affiliated English language schools include Berlitz,