With one of the most respected education systems in the world, welcoming and diverse culture, and beautiful surroundings, Ireland makes for a great study abroad destination. Dublin – the Republic of Ireland’s capital - is a thriving city, home to many world-leading multinational companies, meaning you’ll have plenty of opportunities to network as well as secure work placements and job roles after you graduate. Read on to learn more about major global businesses in Ireland and how to kick-start your career in Dublin with a university degree.
Multinational companies in Ireland: the facts
Ireland has lively, internationally focussed business groups in several key industries. These groups have harboured a high-level pool of leaders, qualified staff from all over the world. These include entrepreneurs, investors, advisors, and service providers, all with in-depth knowledge and experience in their fields. Living and studying in Ireland will allow you to network with professionals like these and gain work experience at large, influential multinational companies.
Did you know:
- Key international digital businesses such as Facebook, Google, PayPal and eBay – as well as many smaller specialist companies – have set up offices in Ireland from which to operate their global business.
- The life science industry in Ireland (including pharma and medical device organizations) also includes plenty of the top international names.
- Over 50% of the top financial services firms in the world operate in Ireland.
The biggest multinational companies in Ireland
There are many big international names with bases in Ireland. The lists below offer a selection of major players in each sector – there are many more.
IT and communication companies in Ireland
- Dell Ireland
- Apple Ireland
- Virgin Media
- Intel Ireland
- HP Ireland
Manufacturing companies in Ireland
- Eaton Corp
- Medtronic plc
- Kappa, MSD
- Bombardier Aerospace
- Cook Ireland
- Liberty Medical Services
Construction companies in Ireland
- Caterpillar Northern Ireland
- Jones Engineering Limited
- PM Group
- McLaughlin & Harvey
- Bennett Construction
- Walls Group
Pharma companies in Ireland
- Pfizer Global Supply
- Jazz Pharmaceuticals
- Liberty Medical Services
- Telesta Therapeutics
- Alexion Pharmaceuticals
- Lloyds Pharmacy
Retail companies in Ireland
- Amazon Data Services
- Volkswagen Group Ireland
- National Lottery
- Marks and Spencer
- Ford Ireland
- TK Maxx
- BMW Ireland
- PC World
Start your career in Ireland
Ireland is a popular country for international students looking to kick start their careers. Most Irish universities, including University College Dublin, encourage their students to take up internship opportunities. Internships will allow you to gain real-world work experience and make connections, both of which will be invaluable when you graduate and enter the job market.
Post-study work opportunities
Ireland offers up to two year post-study work visas to international graduates, which makes it the perfect place to launch your career. Once you have secured full time employment after completing your degree in Ireland, you will be eligible to apply for residency.
UCD is your pathway to working at a multinational company
University College Dublin is among the top-ranked universities in the world and is the most popular choice for international students who want to study in Ireland. UCD provides career-focused degrees that prepare students for their futures, whether they choose to stay and work in Ireland, or move to another part of the world. Studying at UCD and taking advantage of student internships will provide the perfect start to your career with a multinational company.
Kick start your career at UCD International Study Centre
The International Study Centre is located on UCD’s main campus. Our specialist staff will support you in all areas of university life and prepare you for your degree in Ireland. A major benefit to completing a pathway programme at the International Study Centre is that you’ll have time to integrate yourself into Irish culture and lifestyle. You’ll live and study with other international students, allowing you to make friends and share the study abroad experience with other ambitious people.
International Foundation Year
UCD International Study Centre’s International Foundation Year
is designed especially for international students like you. This pathway programme will prepare you with the skills, qualifications, and knowledge necessary to pursue an undergraduate programme at UCD. This programme takes place over an academic year includes a mixture of academic modules, study skills and English language classes. Once you’ve successfully completed the year, you can progress to your degree of choice at UCD.
Start your journey towards a career with a multinational company, and apply to UCD International Study Centre today.