Tertiary Education Institution

There are 7 public universities, 5 technological universities and 2 Institutes of Technology in Ireland. As we mentioned before, Irish culture has had a significant influence on their cultures, especially in the fields of literature, science and education. It has continually influenced the world in these fields. Not only has Ireland been ranked first in the world in the “Arts & Culture” category, it has also been known as the Silicon Valley of Europe. Therefore, arts, science, and technology subjects are famous and well designed for students. These are the most popular Areas of study in Ireland:

Nursing, Performing Arts, Computer Science, Languages, Communications, Engineering, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Architecture, Culinary Arts, Geography, Teaching, Physiotherapy, Art and Design


Trinity College Dublin
College Type: University
Area: Dublin
Trinity College Dublin (TCD), established in 1592 at the heart of Dublin, is the leading university in Ireland. It has a strong reputation on academic research and graduates’ employability. The diverse and inclusive global community makes it a very good college for international students and it has over 21000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across three faculties. TCD also has more than 500 industry partners including Facebook, Google, IBM and Pfizer, etc.

University College Dublin
College Type: University
Area: Dublin
University College Dublin (UCD), established in 1854, is one of the top ranked universities in Ireland. It has a strong reputation on employability and diversity. The college has 35000 students and more than 9500 are international students from 152 different countries. It is also one of the largest urban campuses in Europe.The alumni network of UCD holds positions in organisations across 169 countries.

University of Galway
College Type: University
Area: Galway
University of Galway (UG), established in 1845 in Galway where it is the most diverse city in Ireland. It has a strong reputation on employability with more than 93% of their students employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating. UG has over 19000 students including 4000 students hailing from 110 different countries.

University College Cork
College Type: University
Area: Cork
University College Cork (UCC), established in 1845, is one of the most energetic universities in Ireland and it has a high reputation for their academy and research. It has over 24000 students with more than 2400 international students from over 100 countries. The vibrant and diverse community UCC provides makes it an international and active university that students enjoy most.

University of Limerick
College Type: University
Area: Limerick
University of Limerick (UL), established in 1972, is a young, energetic and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship.It has more than 70 undergraduate programmes and more than 100 taught postgraduate programmes. UL has more than 18200 students, 20% of them are international students coming from more than 100 countries.

Dublin City University
College Type: University
Area: Dublin
Dublin City University (DCU), established in 1975, is a friendly and vibrant university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship. It has over 18000 students and 20% of them are international students. It has a strong reputation on employability with more than 92% of DCU students employed or engaged in further study within 6 months of graduating.

Maynooth University
College Type: University
Area: Maynooth
Maynooth University (MU), formally established in 1997, yet traces its origins to the foundation of the Royal College of St. Patrick in 1795. MU is Ireland’s fastest growing university and is home to one of the fastest-growing business schools in Europe. It has over 15000 students from more than 100 countries.

Technological Universities

Technological University Dublin
College Type: Technological University
Area: Dublin
Embarking on its academic journey in 2019, TU Dublin is Ireland’s first technological university amalgamating the rich legacies of the Dublin Institute of Technology, the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, and the Institute of Technology Tallaght. Together, they form a formidable nexus of knowledge and innovation. TU Dublin has distinguished itself in areas like engineering, science, marketing, pharma, journalism and sport related subjects.

Atlantic Technological University
College Type: Technological University
Atlantic Technological University (ATU) stands tall as one of the largest multi-campus universities on the island. On April 1, 2022, it officially emerged as a unified powerhouse, born from the merger of three established institutes of technology – Galway-Mayo IT, IT Sligo, and Letterkenny IT. This transformation brings forth a compelling blend of academic and research excellence, enhanced quality of life, and boundless opportunities. At ATU, students become part of a thriving community, joining over 20,000 eager learners, with more than 1300 international students coming from 93 different countries who are enrolled in a vast array of 600+ academic programs, ranging from pre-degree to doctoral levels. The future of learning and growth is right here.

Munster Technological University

College Type: Technological University
Munster Technological University (MTU) is a dynamic public institution with a presence spanning six vibrant campuses in Cork and Kerry. Born in January 2021 from the merger of two institutes of technology—Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology, Tralee—it proudly claims its spot as Ireland’s second technological university. With an enrollment of more than 18,000 students including 1000+ international students coming from 125 different countries. Also, MTU has over 2000 dedicated staff members. MTU is a thriving hub of learning and innovation. It’s where possibilities ignite and education thrives.

South East Technological University

College Type: Technological University
Area: Waterford and Carlow
South East Technological University (SETU) emerges as a dynamic public institution located within Ireland’s vibrant South East region. Its inception on May 1, 2022, marked the harmonious amalgamation of two renowned institutes of technology in the vicinity—Waterford IT and IT Carlow. Over 19,000 students and 1800 academic staff comprising the SETU community radiate a lively celebration of diversity. Within its ranks, students and faculty weave together a vivid tapestry of perspectives and life experiences, elevating SETU to a prominent global presence. With partnerships extending to 100 universities throughout the EU, including tailored programs for Erasmus exchange students, SETU unveils a world brimming with boundless opportunities.

Technological University of the Shannon – Midlands Midwest

College Type: Technological University
Area: Athlone and Limerick
The Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS) is a vibrant public university in Ireland. It proudly wears the title of being the third technological university in Ireland, and it was officially formed in October 2021. This remarkable institution was born from the harmonious merger of two esteemed institutes of technology: the Athlone Institute of Technology and the Limerick Institute of Technology. TUS has more than 15000 students. Currently, it boasts an impressive presence with six dynamic campuses scattered across four counties and three provinces within Ireland. You can find them in Limerick, Athlone, Thurles, Clonmel, and Ennis. Discover boundless opportunities at TUS.

Institutes of Technology

Dundalk Institute of Technology
College Type: Institute of Technology
Area: Dundalk
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) is an innovative institute of technology, located in the heart of Dundalk, Ireland. DkIT takes immense pride in its welcoming and diverse campus that radiates a friendly atmosphere. Every year, they extend a warm invitation to over 600 international students hailing from more than 50 countries, fostering a global learning community. DkIT boasts an extensive network of Global Partnerships, enriching students’ educational journeys with exciting opportunities to study abroad. Their courses are crafted with well-defined career pathways, ensuring graduates step confidently into their chosen fields. 92% of DkIT’s recent graduates were either employed or engaged in full-time study within a mere 9 months of graduation. Affordability is a key focus at DkIT. College life can be financially daunting, but DkIT is committed to keeping costs within reach for its students. In fact, a recent report underlines that living in Dundalk and the North East is a staggering 54% more affordable compared to Dublin. Moreover, DkIT offers a range of exclusive scholarships, some even including free accommodation for students from select countries. Discover a world of opportunities at DkIT.

Institute of Art and Design & Technology
College Type: Publicly Funded College
Area: Dun Laoghaire
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) holds the distinctive honour of being Ireland’s sole institute of technology dedicated to only the realms of music and the arts. Renowned for its excellence, IADT boasts top-tier programs in visual arts, digital media, and technology, placing it firmly among the country’s educational leaders in these fields.
IADT warmly embraces students from across the globe, fostering a rich and diverse international community that enhances the overall learning experience.