A Guide to Studying Abroad in Ireland

If you are thinking about studying abroad in Europe you should definately think about Ireland as your destination! View our guide to studying in Ireland including popular destinations, featured study abroad programs, recommended universities, information about scholarships and helpful advice and reviews.


Best Universities in Ireland for International Students

  • Dublin City University
  • Trinity College of Dublin
  • University College of Dublin
  • Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, , Dubin
  • Dublin Business School
  • Institute of Technology, Carlow
  • Institute of Technology, Athlone
  • Institute of Technology, Tralee
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology Sligo
  • University College of Cork
  • Maynooth University
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • University of Limerick
  • Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
  • Griffith College, Limerick


Popular Places to Study in Ireland

Choosing where to study in Ireland can be a difficult choice, below we provide a run down the of the most popular locations:


  • Population: 20,100
  • Universities: Institute of Technology

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life? Thinking about heading to Athlone which is perfect for nature and sports lovers. Be sure to check out Shannon Banks Nature Trail, Athlone Castle and also the spectacular local surrounding.



  • Population: 55,000
  • Universities: Institute of Technology 

Carlow is located in close proximity to Dublin (around one hour) but is a lot smaller and more relaxed. There is still a lot to see and do here though include the famous Carlow Castle, Duckett's Grove and Browneshill Dolmen.



  • Population: 120,000
  • Universities: University College of Cork

Cork is one of the most popular destinations for international students due to the vibrant atmopshere and spectacular location. Most people know Cork because it was the last port RMS Titanic stopped off at. Places you will want to see include Blarney Castle, Cork City Gaol, the Church of St. Anne and also the south coast. 



  • Population: 530,000
  • Universities: University College of Dublin, Trinity College of Dublin, Uversity, Dublin Business School, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Dublin City University, 

Dublin is most peoples first choice and it is easy to see why. Expect history, nightlife, friendly locals and also great travel and excursions depart from here.



  • Population: 75,000
  • Universities: National University of Ireland 

Galway is a small city to study in, but one of our top recommendations if you are looking for an authentic experience. There are lots of local pubs and sights like the Galway Cathedral, and St. Nicholas's Collegiate Church. In your spare time you can also venture to see Limerick, Wild Atlantic Way, and the Cliffs of Moher.



  • Population: 190,000
  • Universities: University of Limerick, Griffith College, Mary Immaculate College

Limerick is a fantastic city to study, perfect if the a large city like Dubin doesn't appeal. The city is very relaxed and there is beautiful nature everywhere, be sure to visit lake Lough Gur. Popular places to check out when studying in Limerick include St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle and also a day trip to see the Cliffs of Moher and the Connemara National Park, .



  • Population: 12,000
  • Universities: Maynooth University

Maynooth? Where is that we hear you say. This is a tiny place but perfect for making new friends with other students due to the size. Located in County Kildare, Maynooth University is the newest uni in the whole of Ireland!



  • Population: 20,000
  • Universities: Institute of Technology Sligo

If you want to experience the real rural Ireland, then Sligo is a good choice. Sligo is famous due to Westlife's Shane Filan who used to live here and places you will want to see include the Sligo Abbey, Benbulbin, Knocknarea, and Lough Gill.



  • Population: 24,000
  • Universities: Institute of Technology Tralee
  • Tralee is a small city to study in which offers a true Irish country experience. There are a lot of places you can explore on your weekends include the Ring of Kerry, Banana Strand Beach, Slieve Mish Mountains and Killarney.



  • Population: 48,000
  • Universities: Institute of Technology

Waterford is a lesser known place to visit and study but we recommend you check it out if you are seeking a traditional experience and a much more relaxing smaller location. Top places you should see include the Medieval Museum, Reginald's Tower and the Irish National Heritage Park.



Scholarships for Studying in Ireland

The following organisations offer scholarships and financial support for international students seeking to study in Ireland:

  • AIFS Abroad offers 40 $1000 scholarships to students
  • API offers a range of scholarships
  • US-Ireland Alliance provides up to 12 George J. Mitchell Scholarships every year


Help / Advice

If you need any help arranging a study abroad program in Ireland please get in touch.


Ireland Study Abroad Reviews & Testimonials

If you have ever been to study in Ireland and would like to add a review, write about your experience or share any recommendations please contact us.

"I went to study at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin in the fall of 2009 which I arranged through IES Abroad. Studying in Ireland had a profoundly positive effect on me.  I got to travel and see more of Ireland and Europe which was amazing. The experience was incredible, I learned so much especially as it was my first independent trip abroad and I really hope to visit again in the future." - George, USA


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