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How to choose the right university in Dublin?

Ireland is becoming the destination of choice for many international students, whether they are motivated by the study of a new language, such as English, or in the most diverse subjects available from the academic training provided by quality universities, highly rated in international rankings.

If Ireland has renowned universities in the most important cities of the island, we will focus today on the universities of Dublin, its capital.

Study in Dublin

Indeed, Dublin or ‘The Big Smoke’ as it is sometimes called by the locals has acquired in recent years a growing attractiveness to students from Europe and beyond, not only because of the quality of its academic establishments but also by the quality of life found there. The Irish capital is indeed an attractive city with its vibrant cultural scene, its nightlife and of course the legendary friendliness of the Irish! Victim of its success, finding student accommodation in Dublin is becoming more and more complicated.

Dublin City has four universities: University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and Dublin Institute of Technology, all of which feature in the QS World University Rankings 2019.

Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

The oldest and considered by many to be the best university in Dublin, Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1592 in the heart of the capital and had as students illustrious Irish authors, poets, philosophers such as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, Samuel Beckett and Jonathan Swift, among others!

Ranked first in Ireland and 98th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2023), Trinity College Dublin offers 5 undergraduate and 17 postgraduate programs to over 18,000 students across three faculties – Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. ; Engineering, Mathematics and Science; and health sciences.

Trinity College

Trinity is ranked as the 8th most international university in the world (Times Higher Education Rankings 2021) and has students and staff from over 120 countries, making it a truly diverse and international campus.

Trinity College

University College Dublin (UCD)

UCD’s main campus is based on a 130 hectare parkland estate named Belfield in the southern part of the City.

Whether for short-cycle studies or a program leading to a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, UCD represents a choice of excellence.

According to the QS World University Rankings, University College Dublin is among the top 1% of higher education institutions in the world. In the 2021 edition of the QS World University Subject Rankings, UCD was named among the best universities in the world in the study of 38 subjects.

According to the university’s website, its best performance was in veterinary science, which was Ireland’s highest-ranked program in this year’s lists.

Additionally, the University had eight fields ranked in the QS top 100. These were: agriculture and forestry, archaeology, English language and literature, history, nursing, law, politics, philosophy and international studies.

Dublin City University (DCU)

The youngest of Dublin’s universities, Dublin City University for its part, it stands out in the field of communication business and journalistic studies.

With approximately 20% of international students, DCU offers excellent value for money and its campus offers quality facilities with numerous cafes, restaurants and bars, which offers even more opportunities to socialize!


Founded in 1989, DCU has approximately 11,500 students. Dublin City University offers an international scholarship program for international undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The university has developed its own research specialties and created a number of national centers of excellence. The campus is thus home to leading research centers in areas such as cellular biotechnology, neurotherapy, chemical sensors and biosensors, and plasma technology.

Technological University Dublin (TUD)

Dublin University of Technology or TU Dublin is Ireland’s first university of technology, founded in 2019, and with a history that begins in 1887 through the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

With 29,000 students across its three Dublin campuses, TU Dublin is the university where arts, science, business and technology converge.

Extra: Maynooth University (Co. Kildare)

Another university close to Dublin that should not be forgotten is theMaynooth University. About 30km from Dublin, Maynooth University in County Kildare is part of the National University Ireland network and was officially established as a university in 1997.

Maynooth University traces its origins to the founding of the Royal College of St. Patrick in 1795, drawing on a legacy that includes over 200 years of education.

Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland

The humanities, social sciences and natural sciences form the academic and intellectual core of the University, complemented by strong departments and programs in teacher training, computer science and electronic engineering, business and law.

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