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 is the largest independent college in Ireland. It runs courses in business, law, accounting, event management, IT, the arts, media studies and psychology.

DBS offers all kinds of support to international students who want to attend its city centre locations. It even provides advice on student visa requirements and finding student accommodation.

Griffith College

Griffith College welcomes more than 7,000 students each year, including international students from 90 different countries. Its graduates have distinguished themselves in a range of fields including business, law, music, and drama. Its law school is home to the Irish Innocence Project, which dedicates itself to exonerating wrongly convicted people and reforming the criminal justice system.

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 focuses on preparing students for working life with courses led by industry-experienced lecturers and tutors. It boasts a colourful campus which is close to cafés, restaurants, leisure facilities and everything else that Dublin city centre has to offer.

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.

National College of Ireland (NCI)

The National College of Ireland is at the heart of Irish business culture. Founded in 1951, it has deep links with both the trade union movement and business managers. These influences create a harmonious atmosphere where business excellence is achieved through collaboration.

National College of Ireland (NCI)

National College of Ireland (NCI)

Today, the college boasts 5,000 students on its Dublin campus which is based in the Irish Financial Services Centre. This is right in the heart of the city and is close to the European headquarters of many tech giants, Fortune 500 companies and other notable multinationals.

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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