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 back in 1993, American College Dublin is a small, not-for-profit liberal arts institution based on Dublin’s picturesque Merrion Square – right in the city centre.

This private college began life as a study abroad campus for American students. Today, it is a global institution with students from 35 different countries attending its courses. It offers BA and MA degrees in the likes of liberal arts, performing arts, creative writing, international business and event management.

American College Dublin is a constituent college of the Irish American University, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It is recognised as an institution of higher education in both the Republic of Ireland and the State of Delaware in the US.

College of Computing Technology (CCT)

The College of Computing Technology offers students a wide range of courses. These are career-based and updated each year in line with changes and technological advances within the industry. Its campus is located on Westmoreland Street – right in the heart of Dublin city centre. CCT students hail from over 40 different countries and the college aims to provide them with a progressive, innovative and state-of-the-art learning environment.

College of Computing Technology

College of Computing Technology (CCT)

Dorset College

Established in 1983, Dorset College is a private institution to the north of Dublin. It offers courses in computing, business, accounting, IT, law and the English language – among other subjects. It prepares students for life in the world of business and offers a recruitment service to help graduates kickstart their careers.

Dorset welcomes students from all over the world and its student body currently features at least 50 different nationalities.

Dublin Business School (DBS)

Dublin Business School (DBS) is Ireland’s largest independent third-level college. With a student population of over 9,000, DBS offers a wide range of postgraduate and professional programmes in Business, Arts, Law and Professional Accountancy (ACCA) to students from Ireland, Europe and countries outside the EU.

Established in 1975, the College quickly established an excellent reputation for teaching quality and standards, offering flexible and innovative learning opportunities that reflect and match the needs of students and employers. Located in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, DBS aims to ensure that you will have a rewarding and challenging experience as well as experiencing the culture and sights of a vibrant capital city.

For prospective international students, DBS helps with student admission, and assists with the application and student visa process.

Griffith College

Established in 1974, Griffith College is considered one of Ireland’s largest independent higher education institutions with 7,000 learners at its campuses in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. The College provides a wide range of undergraduate and one year postgraduate programmes which are internationally recognised and validated by the Irish government body Quality and Qualifications, Ireland (QQI). At postgraduate level, the College offers fifty six different one year programmes including Accounting and Finance, International Business, Pharmaceutical Business and Technology, Computing, Big Data Management Analytics, Interactive Digital Media, International Law, Media Communications, TV and Radio Journalism, Scoring for Film, TV and Interactive Media.

Griffith College has over 140 international partnerships with universities and college worldwide related to Erasmus, Study Abroad and Accredited Prior Learning agreements as well as academic research. Griffith College has circa 2,500 learners from more than 90 different countries.

Griffith College

Griffith College Dublin

Hibernia College

Hibernia College’s courses offer a blend of online and face-to-face tuition in order to help students gain their qualifications while they continue to work. The college holds an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.


IBAT College Dublin is a leading industry-focused third level institution. It provides a blend of high-quality undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses in a state-of-the-art learning environment. Its range of subject areas include business, digital marketing, ICT, sports management, tourism and English language.

IBAT College Dublin

IBAT College Dublin

Independent College Dublin

Independent College Dublin is a vibrant law and business college based in the heart of Dublin city. The college offers globally recognised, Level 8 Undergraduate degree courses specialising in business disciplines as well as a highly regarded Level 9 Postgraduate MA in Dispute Resolution. It boasts a colourful campus which is close to graduate employment opportunities, cafés, restaurants, leisure facilities and lots more. A warm, Irish welcome awaits.

ICD Business School

ICD Business School dubs itself a ’boutique college’, because it delivers tailored courses to small groups of students. Each course is designed to help students with specific professional examinations. As a private college, it emphasises the strong links between its academic staff and students. Its teaching staff even includes several Fulbright Scholars.

All of these private colleges welcome international students. But it’s worth noting that the city also has a selection of universities and publicly funded colleges to choose from too. If you want to learn English, there are a number of English language schools to choose from too.

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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, 

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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.

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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