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.

Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE)

The Church of Ireland College of Education trains primary school teachers – particularly for schools under Church of Ireland, Methodist, Presbyterian and Society of Friends patronage. It was established in 1811 and became part of Dublin City University in October 2016.

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS)

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies was established in 1940 by the then Taoiseach, Éamon de Valera. It specialises in Celtic Studies, Cosmic Physics and Theoretical Physics. It does not award degrees, but it does assist students with enrolling in higher degree courses at universities around the world. Notably, this college also hosts more than 100 international research visitors.

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS)

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS)

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT)

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology is Ireland’s only institute of technology devoted to music and the arts. Its programmes for visual arts, digital media and technology are among the best in the country. Its groundbreaking approach to education makes it stand out in a crowded field. IADT welcomes international students from all over the world.

Dublin Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Dublin Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT)

Honorable Society of King’s Inns (HSKI)

King’s Inns is Dublin’s oldest professional and educational institution. It opened in 1541 – 51 years before Trinity College Dublin – and is responsible for admitting barristers-at-law into the Irish justice system. It also admits international students with the knowledge, skills and qualifications required to join the Irish Bar.

The Honorable Society of King’s Inns

The Honorable Society of King’s Inns

Law Society of Ireland

The Law Society of Ireland is the main body for professional solicitors in the Republic of Ireland. It has over 12,000 members – all of whom are solicitors. As well as acting as a representative and regulatory body, it also performs some educational functions. It administers qualification courses for lawyers from outside of the Republic of Ireland who wish to practice law here.

The Law Society of Ireland

The Law Society of Ireland

National College of Art and Design (NCAD)

The National College of Art and Design can trace its roots back to 1746, when it was a private drawing school. Today it is a national institution with over 1,500 students pursuing courses in art, design and education. Based in The Liberties right at the heart of Dublin, NCAD welcomes students from all over the world and nurtures a culturally diverse atmosphere of curious and creative minds.

National College of Art and Design (NCAD)

National College of Art and Design (NCAD)

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

The Royal College of Surgeons is a professional and educational institution that accredits surgeons throughout Ireland in a range of specialties. Based right in the centre of the city, it has trained surgeons in Dublin since 1784. Today, it educates over 3,000 students from 60 countries and has even opened campuses in Bahrain, the UAE and Malaysia.

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM)

The Royal Irish Academy of Music was established in 1848, making it one of Europe’s oldest music conservatories. It specialises in classical music and the Irish harp. Over 40,000 students are educated through the RIAM and its outreach programmes every year. It is very welcoming to international students and boasts a long tradition of nurturing musicians from abroad.

The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM)

The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM)

All of these Dublin colleges welcome international students. But it’s also worth noting that the city has a selection of universities and private colleges to choose from too.

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