Study Abroad: Top 4 universities in Ireland

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The Republic of Ireland is a scenic country off the coasts of England and Wales. The universities in Ireland are known for providing world-class higher education to international students. If you want to experience a fulfilling academic life, the birthplace of Guinness beer and St. Patrick’s Day is where you should be headed.  

We, at M-J Global, have been successfully sending aspiring international students to the world’s “Emerald Isle” to pursue their dream courses. There are quite a few institutions you can choose from for your study in Ireland. We’ve shortlisted four of the best universities in Ireland that you should know about.

  1. Trinity College Dublin
  2. University College Dublin
  3. University College Cork
  4. University of Limerick

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1592. It admits students to over 500 disciplines and has  24 academic institutions. Students of over 100 nationalities pursue their education here. Trinity College Dublin is almost 430 years old and has a vast and long history that keeps growing while keeping up with the times. For your study in Ireland, you could choose from the various schools that are a part of the Trinity College Dublin, some of which are- 

  • School of business
  • School of confederal
  • School of religions 
  • School of creative arts
  • School of education
  • School of English
  • School of History and Humanities

Once you have decided on the course of your choice, you can easily apply online. If you have trouble making up your mind, we have expert counselors who can help you find the course that will suit your choice and budget. 

There are certain criteria that you must meet to be eligible to apply, like an English language proficiency score or the Pearson Test of English. Here are some of the admission requirements-  

PTE 59


English Proficiency Test Average Score


University College Dublin

Established in 1854, the University College Dublin is one of the most prestigious public research universities in Ireland. Over 400 undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in the streams of engineering and technology, law, education, business, economics, and so on at University College Dublin. It admits more than 30,000 students every year, of whom almost 10,000 are international students. 

There are eight different categories of University College Dublin scholarships. Among them, the  V.V. Giri Global Excellence Scholarship is the most sought after, as it provides a complete tuition waiver to international students as well as local students. 

international studentsTheir application fee is about 50 EUR, and you can easily apply to study in Ireland online by choosing the category that suits you best. Also, take a look at the tests and exams you need to clear to be eligible for admission at this university in Ireland as an international student. 

Exams Minimum Requirements
GMAT 600
PTE 65
GRE 300
SAT 1380
ACT 29


English Proficiency Test-

Test Minimum Requirements
Duolingo 110


University College Cork

study in Ireland

In the most recent edition of Times Higher Education’s global impact rating, which included 1,406 universities, UCC came in at number 62. But what makes this university outstanding are the efforts it has made towards becoming an environmentally conscious and friendly campus. It has achieved high rankings in some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN. 

It is renowned for its research and innovation and offers various programs in nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, and pharmacology. You can look at the courses they offer on their website and see the wide variety of options they offer. Once done, you can apply by creating a profile on their portal

Before that, take a look at some of the important exams that are accepted at this university to determine your eligibility. 

MASTER’S DEGREE 6.5 score (post-baccalaureate degree, GRE/ MAT/ GMAT)
DOCTORAL DEGREE Bachelor’s degree program – GPA 3.0 +, Master’s degree program – GPA 3.5 +


English Proficiency AVERAGE SCORE
Duolingo English Test 115+


University of Limerick

The University of Limerick (UL),  that stands right next to river Shannon on Ireland’s west coast was established in 1972. It is a young university compared to the others, but has become quite the favorite among aspiring students and scholars from around the world. 

The highlights of its campus is its unspoiled natural setting that combines with its cutting-edge teaching and research facilities.Home to over 70 undergraduate programmes in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, as well as in education and health sciences, science and engineering, and the Kemmy business school, the university sees close to 16,500 students joining each year, including more than 2,000 international students. 

With more than 100 taught postgraduate programmes up to the doctoral and post-doctoral levels, UL also offers an extensive postgraduate offering. Here are details of some of the tests and their scores, you would need to clear before you can study here.

Exams Minimum Requirements
GMAT 580
ACT 25
SAT 1240


English Proficiency Average Score


How to get into Universities in Ireland?

The autumn and spring intake seasons are the two primary admission periods in Ireland. The autumn intake begins in September, whereas the spring session begins in February. When selecting the ideal intake, take into account factors such as programme availability,  your academic success, admission score requirements for the preferred course, acceptance rates, etc.

There are multiple ways you can apply for admission; most institutions prefer that you apply directly. Admission to most undergraduate, graduate, and other courses follows a standard process. Although there could be minor differences between universities, the fundamental procedure is the same. Some courses may require you to apply through the Central Application Office (for UG courses) or the Postgraduate Application Office. 

Once you have cracked your English Proficiency Test with the required score, you will need to follow the next few steps to complete your admission process. The first and most obvious thing to do it get your documents ready, but let us see what else you need to do- 

  • Prepare your Letter of Recommendation and Statement of Purpose (SOP) (LOR)
  • Register at the Central Applications Office (if applicable)
  • Submit applications to the universities you have shortlisted
  • Prepare for the college or university interview.
  • Apply for the Ireland Student Visa, as soon as your admissions application is accepted, hurry to apply for an Ireland student visa.

In the last decade or so, the universities in Ireland have been slowly gaining recognition for being welcoming towards international students. Especially in terms of the quality of education, it fares almost equally with its neighbor, the UK, and at the same time, the country itself offers a few more benefits, such as a lower cost of living and access to the EU since Ireland is a part of it. 

What more? You can easily spend a pleasant time in Ireland; the people are friendly and warm, and the culture is lively and fun. Add great infrastructure and great weather to this, and you have the perfect concoction for an amazing student life! Are you ready to pursue your higher education in this beautiful country? Then it is time that you get in touch with us!
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