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 cities’. Three Dublin universities currently appear in THE Young Universities listing. For opportunities to meet representatives from Irish colleges and universities, it’s worth checking out Education in Ireland’s website for events in your country.
Approximately 120,000 students in total attend the Dublin region’s five universities. The oldest, Trinity, is in the heart of the city. Four of the others have campuses in the suburbs and one is located in the town of Maynooth, about 25km from the city centre. While each have their particular strengths, between them they offer courses in everything from astrophysics to zoology. Business, tech, law and the humanities are all popular choices. The Irish Universities website has more facts.
Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
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:
Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE)
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In addition to Dublin’s publicly funded colleges there are a number of private institutions which also provide higher level education. Dublin is also a popular choice for students who want to learn English; Ireland as a whole hosted almost 125,000 English-language students in 2016.
Dublin Business School (DBS)
Dublin Business School is the largest independent college in Ireland. It provides courses in business, law, accounting, event management, IT, the arts, media studies and psychology. It offers support for international students, including immigration requireme