Higher Education in Ireland

Ireland can boast of some impressively the best world class level universities which are undoubtedly a popular choice for international students around the globe. If you are among those students who dream to study in a good Irish University, then you will be happy to know that you are at the right page. WEN gives you the best possible information about all Irish Universities, application and admission process and lots more.

The Ireland Higher education comprises of  specialist colleges (which offer courses in a single subject area), universities and the technological institutes. The Institutes of Technology not only offers technology subjects, but has a wide variety of programs ranging from hospitality and health care to marketing and textile and many others. All the seven universities in Ireland (public) are comes in the list of world’s top 700 Universities according to the 2012/13 QS World University Rankings, as is one of the fourteen institutes of technology. Three colleges viz. Trinity College, Dublin at number 67, University College, Dublin at number 131 and the University Colleges ,and  Cork at number 190 even occupy a place at the top 200 colleges in the world.

Ireland can also boast of seven world class private-sector colleges, whose size ranges from the tiny Burren College of Art, that only has somewhere around 200 students, to the huge Dublin Business School, having a strong and a huge student community comprising of students around 9,000.

These varied selection of institutes for higher education are combined with beautiful countryside historic cities and Ireland’s unique culture which plays a vital role in making the country a highly sort after study destination for students across the world.

Students coming from Switzerland or within the EEA also gets an extra incentive if they qualify for the Free Fees Initiative. According to this initiative, any undergraduate courses are free at Ireland’s public institutes, apart from a very minor fees for the registration.

Universities and Institutions providing Higher Education:

There are mainly seven universities, 14 Institutes of Technology, which also includes the Dublin Institute of Technology and seven colleges of Education. Ireland also has a number of other third level institutions provide specialist education in such fields as medicine, art and design, business studies, theology, rural development, law and music. Most of Universities in Ireland are state-funded, but are again generally autonomous. The technological institutes offer programmes of training and education in variety of fields such as science, business, linguistics, engineering and music to degree, diploma and certificate levels. 

Colleges of Education

Ireland is home to many colleges providing primary school teacher's specialised training. The colleges of education in Ireland offer 3-year Bachelor degree in Education and also a postgraduate diploma course of 18-months. Teachers of Post-primary education generally opt for a primary degree which is again followed by a pg diploma course.

Higher Education Authority is the most important planning and development body in Ireland for research and higher education. The authority for higher education has vast advisory powers in the third-level education sector. It is also the authority for funding technological institutes, universities and many other designated institutions for higher education.

The National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030, was launched in Ireland in the year 2011, which will help in the transformation of higher education sector in Ireland over the next two decades.

Popular Fields of Study in Ireland

If you bring into account Ireland’s literary tradition, the country has always been a great destination for students interested in literature. The strength of Ireland's higher education is a big draw for many international students and a variety of interests are catered to. Students in Ireland will find programs in varied fields which include history, technology and communications, peace and conflict studies and environmental science. Ireland is always a great choice for students that are goal oriented, self-motivated and want to make the most out of their study time abroad. Both critical thinking and innovation are highly encouraged in Ireland.

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