International Students

The seven universities are taking great care of their international students during the Covid-19 pandemic. See how in the infographic below.

The universities are working with the Central Applications Office (CAO) and other stakeholders in Ireland and overseas to ensure that new university students can begin their studies as soon as possible in the 2020-21 academic year.

For each of the seven universities, planning for the 2020-21 academic year will continue to be guided by the latest public health advice.


IUA member universities have attracted increasing numbers of international students in recent years with more than 100 countries represented across the seven universities.They represent the largest destination for international students in Ireland, accounting for 73% of all international students studying in Ireland.

To find out more about individual universities, read their profiles. To listen to one of our students talking about their experiences at an Irish university visit our International YouTube channel.

The experience of an Irish University education truly enriches your life. Our universities, with their dedicated and highly qualified staff, have a long history of educating students to the highest internationally recognised standards.  From energy filled lecture theatres to the state of the art laboratories, well-resourced libraries and exciting campuses the Irish University experience is something to savour. There is a magnetic energy around the Irish Universities that draws students from all over the world. There are currently over 32,000 international students studying in Ireland availing of the extensive range of courses available.

Nurturing international students and helping them adapt to a new culture is what the Irish Universities do best with a dedicated International office to cater for your needs and an exciting range of clubs, societies and support structures to help you settle into university life.

All 7 Irish Universities are ranked in the top 3% of institutions worldwide with many research fields in the top 1% in the world.

Many international students have such a positive undergraduate experience they return again to study Masters, PhD’s or continue with their research. Inspired by the talented pool of Irish university graduates many multinational companies (e.g. Google, Facebook, Intel, HP, Boston Scientific) have internships for students and a range of job opportunities upon graduation. The Irish universities work very closely with industry to ensure their graduates are workforce ready. A dedicated careers officer in each university guides International students through the recruitment process.

In this section you will find:

  • practical information for international students who are interested in coming to study in Ireland. The guide will provide you with information on about courses, visas, cost of living and the range of activities you can get involved in as an International student in Ireland.
  • You will also find information on Government funded scholarships and IUA member university scholarships.
International Students Charts — Source: 2017 data from Indecon Report 2018