With all the amenities and activities a student could wish for – plus a fantastic location – Dublin is the perfect place to study. Approximately 25,000 students from outside Ireland attend publicly-funded colleges and more than 100,000 students a year come to learn English at the city’s many English-language schools.

Where you can study

Dublin’s higher-education offering is amongst the best in Europe. The city’s heritage as a place of learning stretches back to the 16th century; since then Dublin’s students and teachers have pioneered advances in disciplines as diverse as medicine, atomic physics and literature. More recently the city’s educators have also excelled in the area of business, technology and digital innovation. Top Universities includes four Dublin universities in its world ranking – the city itself features in its list of ‘best student cit

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Plan your study

Everything you should consider before moving to Dublin to study. Visas, fees, travel, accommodation, course entry requirements... there's plenty to think about before you make your study trip. But don't panic - with a little bit of preparation you won't have to deal with any surprises. This is your guide to all the various things you'll need to deal with - both before you leave for Dublin and when you arrive.

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Future job prospects

It’s difficult to overestimate the opportunities that Dublin offers new graduates. The world’s largest and most dynamic companies have made a home here, thanks to our business-friendly environment, proximity to Europe, and rich cultural heritage.

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Student Life

The appeal of studying in Dublin – apart from the world-class universities – is this vibrant and storied city itself. Few other places can boast such a dense constellation of cultural attractions, social activities, sporting facilities, and options for retail therapy. It’s a safe place to live too. Read on for everything you need to know about making the most of Dublin while you’re here.

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What's On

Dublin Podcast Festival

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Dublin Podcast Festival 2019 - Back by popular demand, Dublin will host headliner shows and live podcasts across multiple venues this November. The rise of the podcast as a form of both entertainment and education has been phenomenal. See your favourite podcast come to life as we celebrate the podcasting world and connect fans with the people who make them. The Guilty Feminist - Vicar Street, 6th November | €30. A Gay and a NonGay - The Sugar Club, 10th November | €20. The 2 Johnnies - Vicar Street, 14th November | €27. IT GALZ LIVE! - Vicar Street, 16th November | €25. The Blin

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The Jonathan Swift Festival

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The Jonathan Swift Festival 2019 - Georgian Dublin, Behind the Facade. This year's festival explores Jonathan Swift's Dublin! Take a tour of the city themed around the Georgian period, taste food from the period or have a go at singing Handel's Messiah in Saint Patrick's Cathedral. There are a huge variety of events for all interests and ages, including: Talks Swift's Dublin Tour with Pat Liddy - explore the city of Swift's birth, unearthing an intriguing journey through the streets of this Fair City. Thursday-Sunday, 2.00pm. Tickets: €13 | €15. "Dr Cope's Rampant Daughter":

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NCAD Open Day


NCAD Open Day - Meet staff and students, tour the campus, visit studios and workshops and view current students' work in progress. Anyone interested in studying at NCAD is welcome - applicants, teachers, family and friends.

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DCU ranked 19th in the world for graduate employment rate

Dublin City University has been ranked 19th in the world and first in Ireland for its graduate employment rate, according to the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. The graduate employment rate measures the proportion of graduates in full or part-time employment within 12 months of graduation. It is one of five indicators measured by the QS rankings, which place DCU in the 301-500 band overall. Welcoming this result, President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith said, "Dublin City University has been recognised nationally as a leading university for graduate employment for some time so we are very encouraged to receive this global acknowledgement today. Being ranked in the world Top 20 for our graduate employment rate reflects the quality of the educational experience at DCU and the strong reputation we have with employers. It also demonstrates that DCU is developing highly sought-after, rounded graduates who are ready for the workforce and eager to apply their knowledge and skills in a broad range of settings." The 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings seek to compare the employability outcomes of higher education institutions across the world by considering Employer Reputation, Alumni Outcomes, Partnerships with Employers, Employer-Student Connections, and Graduate Employment Rate. A total of 758 institutions were included in this year's rankings.


Trinity scientists among world’s elite

Numerous scientists from Trinity are among the world's elite according to a new citation metrics database that systematically and objectively ranks 100,000 of the most-cited scientists across the globe based on their research output. Compiled by an independent team of researchers and recently published in leading international journal PLOS Biology, the database features 81 scientists from Trinity, whose research is conducted across a huge range of scientific fields and sub-fields. Those 81 feature among a total of 312 scientists affiliated with Irish institutions, with the highest ranked trio in Trinity also the highest ranked trio from Ireland. Professor of Biochemistry, Luke O'Neill - a global pioneer in inflammation and immunology research, sits at 477th in the most recent list. Professor O'Neill said, "I am indeed honoured to see our research being recognised, which is a testament to the impact of the discoveries made by my team members over the years."


The Emergence of Technological Universities in Ireland

Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) and the Higher Education Authority (HEA), invited leading figures in Higher Education to share their vision of the future of technological education in Ireland. Irish and European Higher Education experts, policy-makers, and a range of industry and community stakeholders attended the symposium - The Emergence of Technological Universities in Ireland. In his opening remarks, Professor David FitzPatrick, President of TU Dublin, said, "Finally, we have arrived! After many years of discussion and debate, Technological Universities are now a part of the Irish higher education landscape and today's discussion is about the contribution that this new kind of institution will make." Addressing the audience of Higher Education experts and stakeholders, Professor FitzPatrick, said, "TU Dublin is the first to launch, and already we would claim to be unique in many respects. We are now the only University in this country that can offer students opportunities from Apprenticeship to PhD level and every level in between. TU Dublin has the largest student body, with an intake of over 5000 students for this academic year, but also the most diverse and inclusive in socio-economic terms and in terms of students with diverse abilities, with nearly 20% of new entrants coming through specific routes such as HEAR, DARE and Access programmes. Our academic staff and researchers engage very directly with industry, translating their work into innovative applications, products and services, and communicating their findings widely."