International Students

Information and opportunities for International Students in Irish universities

IUA member universities have attracted increasing numbers of international students in recent years with more than 100 countries represented across the seven universities.

IUA member universities represent the largest destination for international students in Ireland, accounting for 73% of all international students studying in Ireland.

International Students Charts — Source: 2017 data from Indecon Report 2018

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.

Apart from the fees generated from these students, they also bring spending power to the local economy and are, in effect, regarded as export earnings for Ireland, estimated at €386 million.

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.

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.