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 requirements and accommodation.

Griffith College

Griffith College welcomes more than 7,000 students each year, including international students of 77 different nationalities. 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, dedicated to exonerating wrongly convicted people and reforming the criminal justice system.

National College of Ireland (NCI)

The National College of Ireland is at the heart of Irish business culture. It was founded in 1951 and developed deep links with both the trade union movement and business managers. It allowed both to create a harmonious atmosphere where business excellence was achieved through collaboration. Today the College boasts 5,000 students on a Dublin campus close to the European headquarters for many tech giants and Fortune 500 companies.

English Language Colleges

Students come to Dublin to study English from over a hundred countries; the largest numbers are from Italy, Spain and France. The city is home to ten English language teaching organisations which are accredited by ACELS – the Accreditation and Coordination of English Language Services.

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 in Dublin city centre. CCT is attended by students from over 40 different countries and aims to provide a progressive, innovative and state-of-the-art learning environment.

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.

International College Dublin (ICD) Business School

International College Dublin Business School dubs itself a ‘boutique college’, delivering tailored courses to small groups of students. Each course is designed to cater to specific professional examinations. The school emphasises strong links between the academic staff and students and its teaching faculty includes several Fulbright Scholars.

Independent College Dublin

Independent College Dublin is a vibrant law and business college in the heart of Dublin City. The college focuses on preparing students for a working life in the real world, with industry-experienced lecturers and tutors. It boasts a vibrant campus life, close to the cafes, restaurants, and leisure facilities of Dublin’s centre. It welcomes students from all over the world.

Dorset College

Dorset College is a private institution in the north of Dublin, offering courses in computing, business, accounting, IT, law, and the English language, among others. It excels in preparing students for life in the business world, and offers a recruitment service to help graduates begin their working life. Dorset welcomes students from all over the world – 40 different nationalities are currently represented in the student body.


IBAT College Dublin is a leading industry-focused third level institution. It provides a blend of high quality undergraduate, postgraduate and professional education in a state-of-the-art learning environment.Its range of subject areas including Business, Digital Marketing, Computing and ICT, Sports Management, Tourism and English Language.

Rathmines College of Further Education

Rathmines College of Further Education offers a range of courses on a flexible basis in subjects including business, computer programming, journalism and English language. It is in a central and vibrant Dublin suburb and welcomes students from all over the world. The college has a proven track record of nurturing students into successful careers or further study.