Why study in Ireland?

The high quality of an Irish education is recognised across the globe. Degrees from UCD are accredited by the world’s leading professional organisations in medicine, architecture, engineering and more. The University’s College of Business is one of only 102 triple-accredited (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA) schools in the world (MBA Today 2020).

Academic excellence

Irish universities have a reputation for academic excellence. UCD is among the top 200 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021) and is within the top 1% of higher education institutes worlwide. It is one of Europe’s top research-intensive universities and a member of Universitas 21, the leading global network of research. 

Career opportunities

A variety of leading multinational companies have chosen Ireland as the location of their European headquarters. Many UCD students have taken up the chance to do an internship or placement with companies such as KPMG, L’Oréal, IBM, eBay, Skype, Deloitte, and Microsoft. Ireland also offers post-study work visas to international graduates, making it the ideal place to launch your career.

Welcoming culture

Ireland offers all of its visitors a warm welcome. The Global Peace Index 2020 ranks Ireland in the top 15 safest countries in the world. Exploring the countryside, you will find lush, green landscapes, historic castles and stunning beaches. World-famous music, great works of literature and traditional Irish dancing are some of the things you will enjoy getting to know about Ireland’s unique culture.

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Irish education system

The Irish education system is respected throughout the world. Find out about teaching and learning styles, career support and types of assessment at Irish universities. Read more about education in Ireland.

Life in Ireland

International students receive a warm welcome in Ireland. When you need a break from study, you will find beautiful mountains, dramatic coastline and lush, green countryside within easy reach of Dublin and UCD's campus. Read more about life in Ireland.