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.