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Top Five Universities to Study in Ireland

We bring to you the five best universities to study in Ireland, as per the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019.

14 Nov 2018 772 Book icon 2 mins Share
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Ahhh- the island of Ireland. Off the top of our heads- here is a list of things that came to mind when we thought of this beautiful destination…

  • Literature
  • The rock band-U2 *humming ‘It’s a beautiful day*
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Irish Rugby
  • The buzzing city life of Dublin
  • The Titanic (apparently it was built in Northern Ireland)
  • Muckanaghederdauhaulia (Ireland’s longest place name- go ahead, we dare you to pronounce it)  

And-now that we have your attention- the most important point of all- the reasons why you should study in Ireland. 

Reason 1-Their educational system and the value they place on it. The country invests more than 782 million per year in research in its higher education institutions- because they take education quite seriously. And this is why international students benefit from an abundance of research opportunities that are world-class.

Reason 2-Ireland is home to 35,000 international students of 161 nationalities- so you will not feel out of place.

Reason 3- It is the most entrepreneurial country in Europe- which translates to good employment options for students on graduation.

Reason 4- It is one of the world’s safest and friendliest countries. Student safety should be a top factor while considering your future study destination. 

Reason 5- Plus, the options are quite vast- you can choose from more than 5,000 internationally accredited study programs.  

Reason – oh-so-many- These are some of the many maaaaany reasons why Ireland as a study destination is – what they would say- as sound as a pound. 

A High Five for the Top Five in Ireland! 

So now- here’s a peek into the list of top five universities in Ireland that have topped the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019. 

1. Trinity College Dublin 

This is Ireland’s oldest university, having been founded in the year 1952, and is the Irish equivalent of the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. This is a research based university and is situated in the central part of the city of Dublin. It offers students a range of study options to choose from and also provides international students various support and career services for an overall good student experience.

Some of its notable alumni include Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula; Mairead Maguire, a Nobel prize winner; among many more.

2. University College Dublin (UCD)

This is Ireland’s largest university and offers students excellent accommodation options on campus.It also has an excellent reputation in research in the areas of humanities and sciences and is among the best internationally in clinical and health fields.

The University is home to a large number of international students and has partnerships with numerous universities across the globe and is known as “Ireland’s Global University.”  Some of its notable alumni are Seán MacBride- the founder of Amnesty International; James Joyce- the author; and Dara O’Briain- the comedian. 

3. Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland 

This is a popular surgical  college and the country’s largest medical school. It offers international students numerous scholarships for its masters and PHD programmes.

4. University College Cork

University College Cork is Ireland’s first 5-Star university. It is based in Cork and is National University of Ireland’s constituent university. 

The University offers students a range of study options to choose from. And students can also enjoy an active student life outside of classrooms, given its 80+ student societies and 50 sports clubs. Some of the University’s notable alumni include George Boole, the mathematician known for inventing Boolean logic and Mary MacSwiney, a famous feminist and politician. 

5. National University of Ireland, Galway 

This University is among Ireland's best universities for graduate employability and among top 1% of universities on a global scale. From its inception, over the last 170 years, the University has grown massively in reputation and size. It has recently invested in its facilities and has a new student centre.

So- we believe – you must now be all set to start your study in Ireland? That’s great- reach out to us and we can take it from here. We are well equipped with years of experience in the industry to give you the kind of guidance you need to hit the ground running. 

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