Where to Study in Ireland
Many Irish universities and colleges have ranked impressively at the international level and the country is undeniably a popular study abroad for international students. The diversified range of universities and colleges combines with beautiful countryside, historic cities along with the unique culture of the country make this place an attractive destination for higher studies. If you are planning to study in Ireland, then you can choose one of the universities that we are going to discuss in this post.
Top Universities in Ireland
Higher education in the country includes universities, specialized colleges, and technology institutes. They not only offer full-time courses but provide students with an extensive range of vocational programs in subjects such as healthcare, pharmacy, hospitality, marketing, media, textiles, etc.
Seven public universities of Ireland are also positioned in the list of top 700 universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings 2019. The country is home to various universities, ranging from a small Burren College of Art which has around 200 students to the huge Dublin Business School (DBS) which has over 9,000 students.
Based on the rankings, the following are the top 5 highest-ranked universities in the country that you can consider:
- Trinity College Dublin
Founded in 1592, the Trinity College Dublin is one of the oldest universities in the country and one of the seven ‘ancient universities’ in the territories of the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is the only college of the University of Dublin and was modelled after Oxford and Cambridge. Presently, it is one of the most prominent universities in the country and ranked 104 in the world. More than 17,000 students are presently enrolled in the three faculties of the University – Health Sciences, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and Engineering, Mathematics, and Sciences.
- University College Dublin
Situated in the dynamic capital city, the University College Dublin is also known as UCD. This university has its roots in the ‘Catholic University of Ireland’ which was established in 1854. The university is ranked at 193 in the list of the QS World University Rankings 2019 after Trinity College Dublin. With 5 colleges, 18 research centres, and 34 schools, currently, around 34,000 students are enrolled here. The university is associated with many famous alumni such as actor Gabriel Byrne, writer James Joyce, Oscar-winning producer, and director Neil Jordan, and so on.
- National University of Ireland, Galway
This university continues to improve its position in the ranking of the QS World University Rankings and now it is placed at 260. The university has received a 5-star rating in the ‘QS Stars Assessments System’ as well. Over 18,700 students are currently enrolled in different programs at this university. The campus of this university is also undergoing a redevelopment program of €400 million. The university is better known for providing students with less-typical courses such as BE or MEng in Sport and Exercise Engineering and BSc. in Podiatry.
- University College Cork
Standing at the number 338 in the world, the University College Cork was initially known as the National University of Ireland, Cork but renamed in 1998. This was the first university of the world that received the ‘International Green Flag’ for environmental sustainability in 2010 and a 5-star rating by the QS Stars Assessments System for its overall performance. Based in the city of Cork, the university is highly appreciated for its high-quality education system.
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- Dublin City University
It is a much younger university compared to the other 4 listed above. Established in 1975, Dublin City University has gained its status in 1989. Even though it is not as historic as others, it has gained a strong position in such as short span and its current ranking – 422 is the whole world is clear evidence. Around 17,000 students are enrolled presently. The university possesses an outstanding selection of on-campus facilities such as the Helix – the largest arts venues.
Apart from these popular options to where to study in Ireland, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, the University of Limerick, and Dublin Institute of Technology are also featured in the list of the QS World University Rankings 2019. If Ireland is your dream destination and you are targeting any of these universities or any other, you can count on AEC. We have a team of dedicated professionals to help you make the right decisions for your career.
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