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. Amongst them are the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) with its enviable location on beautiful Stephen’s Green; the country’s oldest art college, NCAD, located in the inner city area known as ‘The Liberties’; and many more:
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 incorporated into Dublin City University in October 2016.
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 confer degrees itself but does allow its students to enrol in higher degrees in any university worldwide. It hosts more than 100 international research visitors.
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology is Ireland’s only institute of technology devoted to music and the arts. Its programmes for visual and media arts, digital media, and technology are among the best in the country. Its groundbreaking educational approach makes it stand out in a crowded field. IADT welcomes students from all over the world.
The Honorable Society of King’s Inn’s is Dublin’s oldest professional and educational institution, opened in 1541 – 51 years before Trinity College Dublin. It is responsible for admitting barristers-at-law into the Irish justice system. It admits international students with the knowledge, skills, and qualifications to join the Irish Bar.
The Law Society of Ireland is the peak body for the solicitors’ profession in the Republic of Ireland. It has over 12 thousand members, all of them solicitors. It performs some educational functions. It administers qualification courses for lawyers from outside of the Republic of Ireland who wish to practice in the country.
The National College of Art and Design can trace its roots back to 1746, when it was founded as a private drawing school. Today it is a national institution with over 1,500 students pursuing courses in art, design and education. NCAD welcomes students from all over the world and nurtures a culturally diverse atmosphere of curious and creative minds.
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is a professional and educational institution that accredits surgeons in a range of specialities throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It educates over 3,000 students from 60 countries. It has been training surgeons in Dublin since 1784 and has opened campuses in Bahrain, Dubai and Malaysia.
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 50,000 students are educated by the RIAM and its outreach programs each year. It is very welcoming to international students, and boast a long tradition of nurturing musicians from abroad.