The Irish Universities

Graduating Students

The quest for excellence is the bedrock of the seven Irish universities. They are internationally recognised for quality in education, research and the overall student experience – a recognition they relentlessly strive to enhance. International students are fundamental to this objective.

There are seven universities in the Republic of Ireland – from the oldest, Trinity College Dublin, founded in 1592, to the newest, Dublin City University DCU, established in 1989. All seven are ranked in the top 500 universities worldwide. For information on each of our member universities visit their individual university profiles.

Irish universities offer a diverse range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and a top quality education recognised internationally. Over the next few years the universities will be strengthening their offer, aligning existing activities and implementing new strategies in reference to the government’s National Higher Education Strategy.


Irish universities have always been very international in their activities, through many pioneering undergraduate programmes involving international exchanges and their growing international postgraduate student population.

Additionally, Irish universities provide opportunities to study in more than one European country through programmes including Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus and Marie Curie. These opportunities are available at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, at no additional cost to students.

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Graduate Education & Research

Alongside the traditional postgraduate offering there is also a diverse range of postgraduate courses from Meteorology to Contemporary Migration/Diaspora Studies, to Creative Writing or Biomedical Engineering, available to international students.
Postgraduate research at Irish universities crosses the traditional boundaries between academic disciplines and involves collaboration with national and international partners as well as interaction with a broad range of funding agencies, institutions, non-governmental agencies and private companies.

Irish universities’ major research centres and institutes are exceptionally successful in securing European Union funding, enabling students the opportunity to research at other leading European and International universities.

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Undergraduate Education

Irish universities offer internships and work placements at undergraduate level to allow students to apply their learning in a practical context, while continuing to excel academically.

The Student Experience

Irish universities have on-campus accommodation and excellent sports and recreation facilities that encourage international students to fully participate in Irish university life. Between them, the seven universities have circa 570 societies and 290 sports clubs, so whatever your interests, you’ll find them reflected in the ever-changing kaleidoscope of ideas, people and learning that is Irish universities.

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