The Best 8 Universities to Study in Ireland

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Due to a refreshing stance on growing and improving as a country, the Irish Government is keen on investing in the innovation and prestige of what their schools offer in terms of education.

Not only are there great efforts to support young entrepreneurs and startups, but the country’s best schools also want to be a part of a global network of students. This means, the best schools have comprehensive programmes for foreign students and welcomes them in large numbers.


Here is a list of some of the best universities in Ireland, based on how they rank worldwide.

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

Founded in 1592, the University of Dublin, Trinity College, is located in the heart of the Irish capital. It’s famous worldwide for its history and longevity in the quest for education.

It operates through three faculties: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, and the faculty of Health Sciences. Between them, they comprise 24 schools offering a wide range of degrees and courses to around 17,000 students.

Its campus is made up of 51 acres of land in the center of Dublin, including the Trinity Technology and Enterprise campus. The university library is the largest library in Ireland and dates back to the sixteenth century.



University College Dublin

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University College Dublin is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities and is ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide. In total, UCD has 12 subjects ranked in the world’s top 100, and 30 in the top 200.

UCD is also Ireland's most globally engaged university with over 7,700 international students among 30,000 students drawn from over 138 countries, including 5,500 students based at locations outside of Ireland. The University's main Dublin campus occupies an extensive parkland estate and offers world-leading facilities including the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science, UCD Sutherland School of Law, UCD Lochlan Quinn School of Business and UCD Student Centre.





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University College Cork

Originally named Queen’s College, Cork, the university was established to provide access to higher education in the Irish province of Munster (Ireland's second city), and was named after Queen Victoria, along with two other Queen’s Colleges in Galway and Belfast..

The landscaped gardens and surrounds of UCC are known as ‘the quad’ and superstition holds that students crossing the quad before graduation risk bad luck and failure in exams. Alongside the quad, the university is centred around its Aula Maxima – the Great Hall, which acts as the ceremonial and symbolic heart of the university.

Since 1908, UCC has grown exponentially, offering a research-led curriculum across 120-degree programmes in Humanities, Business, Law, Architecture, Science, Medicine and more. With a student body of some 20,000, including 3,000 international students, UCC returned to being a university in its own right again in 1997, retaining its original name.


 
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National University of Ireland, Galway

The National University of Ireland, Galway was founded in 1845 as Queens College, Galway.

They offer a total of 70 taught programmes across Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing and DCU Business School faculties including 10 different degrees in teacher education.

The university boasts a number of Research and Enterprise Hubs that facilitate research partnerships between academics and external organisations.

DCU's other major focus is business and enterprise: the university estimates 50,000 of their graduates are employed in significant positions within the industry. It also prides itself on its USTART start-up accelerator programme, which supports students by lending them space and funding to launch their own businesses.


 
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Maynooth University

Maynooth University, formally established as an autonomous university in 1997, is an internationally recognised institution located 25 kilometres outside of Dublin, Ireland, and is the nation’s fastest-growing university.

It’s q place of lively contrasts: a modern institution, dynamic, rapidly-growing, research-led and engaged, yet grounded in historic academic strengths and scholarly traditions.

With more than 12,000 students from more than 90 countries, Maynooth offers a range of programmes at undergraduate, Master’s and PhD level in the humanities, science and engineering, and social sciences, including business, law, and education. The University also offers a range of international programmes and partnerships.


Dublin City University

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The university offers a total of 70 taught programmes across Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing and DCU Business School faculties including 10 different degrees in teacher education (DCU has established the first faculty of education in an Irish university).

DCU is home to over 12,000 registered students, including full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as students doing distance learning.

The university boasts a number of Research and Enterprise Hubs that facilitate research partnerships between academics and external organisations.

Its campus also includes restaurants, a theater and conference center, a crèche and a university sports complex. DCU's other major focus is business and enterprise: the university estimates 50,000 of their graduates are employed in significant positions within the industry. It also prides itself on its USTART start-up accelerator programme, which supports students by lending them space and funding to launch their own businesses.

UCL

University of Limerick

Based in the south of Ireland, the University of Limerick is home to more than 12,000 students.

A unique feature of the student experience is that all students are eligible for an 8-month work placement coordinated by the university as part of the Cooperative Education Programme.

The university has a network of more than 1,600 employers, making the Co-op programme one of the biggest in the European Union. Around 30% of students in the programme work internationally for their placement, across Europe, Asia and America. The alumni community has one of the highest employment rates out of graduates in Ireland.

Arts and sciences are both key to the university’s mission; there are a number of dedicated and specialised scientific research centres, alongside the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and collections of Fine Art.


Dublin Institute of Technology

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As a modern university, its focus is on delivering practical, hands-on teaching designed to meet the needs of industry. It offers approximately 150-degree programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels across faculties of Arts, Tourism, Business, Engineering & the Built Environment, and Sciences and Health.

In place of mass lectures, most learning at DIT takes place in small classes to provide students with one-on-one tuition and small group learning. DIT also offers support and facilities to students showing entrepreneurial spirit looking to and set up their own business.

About 20% of DIT’s 20,000-strong student population come from outside Ireland. With six campuses based in Dublin and plans to develop more, DIT is a growing institution that places diversity, innovation and critical inquiry central to its mission. It boasts subject strengths in food and health science, economic and business development; environmental sustainability, information and communication technologies, creative arts and media.



So, look around and see which university features programmes that fit better with your career goals. See which ones have the most dynamic and interesting networking conditions, while also enjoying all the great things Ireland has to offer you. Irish culture is incredibly rich and interesting, the people are incredibly welcoming and the country itself is beautiful. An opportunity that shouldn’t go to waste.




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