Universities in Ireland

Universities in Ireland

Universities in Ireland and the application process:

If you want to study at one of the Universities in Ireland you must apply online via the  CAO,  the Irish centralized admissions system, where you will upload documents such as your school reports, references, grades, transcripts and predicted scores . Online applications are normally accepted from 1 November in the year before you hope to start your course, until 1 February.

Application to the Universities in Ireland – Exceptions

Universities in Ireland – However, there are exceptions to this rule, with NUI Galway closing its slot on 1 February, UCD choosing different deadlines according to the course, and Trinity College, Dublin, accepting applications until 31 July. In addition, some courses are highly over-subscribed and close once they have been filled, so you would be well advised to apply at the very beginning of the application window-  and check course requirements, which differ slightly from course to course. For example, if you wish to study medicine then you will need to sit the HPAT.

This involves registering for the exam with your CAO number and preparing and revising for the exam ,which is normally scheduled for the end of February. As a general rule, EU student applicants should aim for the 1 February deadline. Remember that interviews and portfolios for restricted courses are  usually scheduled for March and April. At this point in time, it is very likely that your interviews will be conducted via Skype or Zoom.

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Most common asked questions:

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Universities in Ireland - video audition

When applying to Irish Universities, you may be asked to do a video audition, a remote test interview or fill in a short questionnaire etc. The following link from the CAO outlines additional requirements for courses at Irish universities. If you are still not sure about the dates and  course requirements, call or email us here at Elab and we will give you a definitive  answer!

You will need to pay a fee of 45 euros to upload your application to CAO .

Remember, unlike UCAS, which allows you to choose five courses, CAO lets you choose ten courses.

Before you go online, make sure that you have prepared your Personal Statement, a CV – if required – and have chosen referees.  Since virtually every course in Ireland is taught in English, you will also have to supply proof of English language proficiency -namely, IELTS with an overall score of 6, or TOEFL of 90. Many science programs demand a specific grade; most universities expect you to have English and mathematics knowledge, and some specify that students must have a foreign language.

Once again, this depends entirely on the course for which you are applying, and if you cannot find all the information you need on the university website, then call Elab and we will guide you.

Do EU students pay tuition fees at universities in Ireland?

The Irish government introduced the Free Fees Initiative, which covers both domestic and EU students. Under  its provisions, EU students will not pay tuition fees, which are covered by the Irish government as long as:

What are the rankings for universities in Ireland?

University
Global Rankings (QS 2021)
National Rankings
Trinity College, Dublin
101
1
University College, Dublin
177
2
National University of Ireland, Galway
238
3
University College, Cork
286
4
Dublin City University
439
5
University of Limerick
511
6
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
701
7
Technological University of Dublin
801
8
Munster Technological University
N/A Only opened in January 2021

Technological Irish universities are a recent innovation in Ireland and have only  been open for a matter of a few years (Technological University of Dublin, established 2019) or months (Munster Technological University) so the rankings are not indicative of the quality of education offered in these  young institutions of higher education.

Student numbers and location at Irish Universities

University
Student numbers
Location
Trinity College, Dublin
18,000
In the heart of the capital, Dublin
University College, Dublin
34,000
North of Dublin City
National University of Ireland, Galway
18,700
West coast of Ireland
University College, Cork
22,500
South-western Ireland
Dublin City University
17,400
Close to city centre, Dublin
University of Limerick
16,500
West coast of Ireland, on the River Shannon
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
13,000
25 km from the centre of Dublin
Technological University of Dublin
28,500
In and around Dublin (Tallaght and Blanchardstown )
Munster Technological University
18,000
Six campuses across the southwest of Ireland , in Cork and Kerry

How should I choose between the Universities in Ireland?

Undergraduate degrees at Universities in Ireland last for three to four years in Ireland, and wherever you decide to study will, of course, be your home for that time. One of the first things you need to consider, if you are torn between two or more locations that offer exactly the same course, is the environment you are looking to settle down in. Think about:

A brief overview of Universities in Ireland:

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Trinity College Dublin


was modelled on Oxbridge and established in 1592, and produced world-renowned literary figures such as Samuel Beckett, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde. Highly ranked globally and the leading university in Ireland, Trinity offers a huge range of courses from law to performing arts, engineering to social sciences and mathematics. You can also do a dual BA with Columbia University in New York if you choose to study history, English, European Studies, Middle Eastern and European languages and culture. Admission is competitive and teaching is interdisciplinary with an international focus. It has a strong reputation in the fields of Law, Humanities and Literature.

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Dublin City University


was founded in 1975 and focusses on entrepreneurship, innovation and global engagement. Its main focus is on technology, business, science, health and communications Its highly popular electronic engineering and computer applications course is highly oversubscribed. DCU has a strong research record and the largest research income of any Irish university. Its partnership with Princess Noura bint Abdul Rahman University in Saudi Arabia offers degrees in International Finance and Marketing, Innovation and Technology - areas where DCU is building a global reputation for excellence. Dublin City University students can also go on to do an MBA in Poland, where DCU partners with Lodz University, or take advantage of many national and international collaborations established with countries as far away as Australia and Georgia, USA.

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University College, Dublin


Some 20 per cent of the student body at UCD come from abroad, making it the most international of Ireland's universities. The university is rated extremely highly for its teaching quality .A research-intensive university , it has strong links with business and major global companies .Eight subjects - archaeology, agriculture and forestry, English language and literature, history, nursing, law, politics and international studies and philosophy -were ranked in the QS top 100 , 2021.

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National University of Ireland, Galway


The NUI Galway was established in 1845, and offers courses which are not widely available, such as a BSc in podiatry and a BE in sport and exercise engineering. Its 17,000 students are taught in four colleges -Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; Science and Engineering; Business, Public Policy and Law and Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic studies The university research work is concentrated in five areas: biomedical science, engineering, applied social sciences, and public policy. The university has been consistently rising through the QS rankings over the last five years .

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University College, Cork


Established in 1845, this was the first university in the world to get a Green Flag for environmental sustainability.UCC is ranked in the top 50 globally for the course it offers in nursing, and in the top 100 for agriculture and forestry and law. Medicine is ranked in the global top 200, while pharmacy and pharmacology and English language feature in the top 150.Research is central to UCC's work, and it was the first institution in Ireland to undertake embryonic stem cell research . Other areas of research include nanoelectronics and environment science.

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University of Limerick


Founded in 1972, the University of Limerick has an employment rate which is 18 per cent higher than the national average, and an excellent reputation for the quality of the programmes it provides . Its student community has 13 per cent international students who have consistently voted the university No 1 for Best Student Experience, Best Student Support and the best overall Living Experience in Ireland - and 5th in the world. Its programmes focus on industry needs and there is a strong link between the university and the community/ The University of Limerick's Cooperative Education initiative offers students paid and semi-paid work placements.

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National University of Ireland, Maynooth


Maynooth University was founded in 1795 and provides a flexible curriculum across the arts, social sciences, communication and computation ,mathematics and accounting. Maynooth University prides itself on the number of international partnerships it has established in China, Mexico, Japan, Canada ,Brazil and the US, and students have the opportunity to take part of their degree in a partner university.BA students go abroad for one academic year and therefore add an extra year to their course, whereas students on a four-year BSc course can either study abroad for one term, or choose to do an optional extra year. The university has an international outlook and receives glowing reviews from its alumni for its outstanding teaching.

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Technological University of Dublin


Established in 2019 across three campuses in the capital, the Technological University of Dublin has an approach which resembles that found in the Netherlands in the Universities of Applied Sciences: practical, hands-on ,practice-based learning. The university focusses on bio- and nano technologies , houses a state of the art laboratory space and is involved in a number of research centres such as the Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology, Radiation and Environmental Science, and Industrial and Engineering Optics. At undergraduate level, there is a broad choice of courses, from food technology and sports, to build environment and creative arts, tourism marketing and human nutrition. Work placements and problem-focussed learning complement project and theory work in this go-ahead and creative environment.

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University of Limerick


Established on 1 January 2021, Munster Technological University is spread across the Cork and Kerry campuses and includes the Crawford College of Art and Design, the Cork School of Music, the National Maritime College of Ireland and the more traditional schools of business, computing, science, technology and engineering etc. It partners with industry , start-ups and leading national and global companies , runs six research centres and has established 120 links with leading educational institutions all across the globe. Research is industry-focussed and MTU works with stakeholders to drive enterprise and innovation and attract investment. Since the university has only been open for an extremely short period of time, it is in its infancy, but it arose from the merger between two well-respected institutions and promises to have a bright future, judging by the fact 18,000 students have already enrolled.

Going to university in Ireland - the next step

Ireland was traditionally referred to as “The Land of Saints and Scholars” and little has changed over the years. These days, Ireland is seen as the home of Guinness, rugby,U2, and leprechauns , and its spectacular scenery, warm welcome and lively sociability continue to attract students from all over the world , with 32,000 international applicants having made Ireland their home in 2020. If you have decided to join them, to take advantage of the low costs and excellent teaching available in the Emerald Isle, then call us, or drop us an email, here at Elab, so we can work together and ensure you get a place on the course of your dreams at an Irish university.

 

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