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Universities in Dublin

University College Dublin

Ireland's largest university, University College Dublin (UCD) is a dynamic, modern university where cutting-edge research and scholarship provide a stimulating intellectual environment and ideal surroundings for learning and discovery. With five of Ireland's Taoisigh (Prime Ministers) among its alumni, the university has played a key role in the history of the modern Irish State and continues to play a leading part in shaping Ireland's future. University College Dublin is recognized by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland. UCD's Quinn School of Business is AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited. ISA participants studying at UCD have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses with local and international students. Of particular note are UCD's Introduction to Scientific Research course and Service Learning course.

Popular areas of study at UCD include:

  • Business
  • English
  • History
  • Agriculture
  • Engineering
The main campus is at Belfield, an easy 2.5 miles bus ride south of Dublin's city center. It is a beautifully landscaped 300-acre campus with strikingly modern arts, commerce, law, agriculture and administration buildings, as well as the library, restaurant, sports center, and student residences.

UCD was ranked 30th by Financial Times European Business School Rankings in 2010, was ranked 161st globally and 88th in Europe by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2013-2014, and was ranked 139th by the QS World University Rankings in 2013. Seán MacBride, the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1974, and James Joyce, a famous Irish author, are just a few of UCD's notable alumni.

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) was founded in 1592 when Queen Elizabeth I issued a charter for Trinity College, thereby making it Ireland's oldest operating university. In 1999 it became the first Irish program to receive international accreditation from the International Association of MBAs (AMBA). Its reputation for excellence in teaching and research attracts outstanding professors and students from all over the world. While Trinity has a long and proud tradition in the arts, humanities and social sciences, it is also at the center of cutting edge research in neuroscience and is home to the key national research center for nanoscience. Trinity College is recognized by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland. ISA participants studying at Trinity have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses with local and international students.

Popular areas of study at TCD include:

  • English
  • History
  • Irish Studies
  • Nursing
Trinity is located on a small, beautiful campus in the heart of Dublin. State-of-the-art libraries, laboratories and IT facilities stand alongside historic buildings. One of Trinity's most famous and historic buildings is Trinity's Old Library. This library is the largest research library in Ireland and is home to the Book of Kells.

Trinity College Dublin was ranked 110th globally and 1st in Ireland by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2013, was ranked 28th globally and 1st in Ireland by the Eduniversal Global Top 100 Business Schools, and was ranked 61st globally, 18th in Europe and 1st in Ireland by the QS World University Rankings in 2013. Douglas Hyde, the first President of the Republic of Ireland, and Oscar Wilde, a famous Irish author and poet, are just a few of Trinity's notable alumni.

Maynooth University

Maynooth University is the second oldest university in Ireland, having been established in 1795 as St. Patrick's College, Maynooth. While Maynooth is one of the oldest universities in Ireland, it is also Ireland's fastest growing university. In last twenty years, the university has gone through a major expansion and has constructed some of Ireland's most state of the art teaching, research, accommodation, and support facilities. The university is recognized by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland. ISA participants studying at Maynooth for a semester or academic-year have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses with local and international students. Of particular note are Maynooth's certificate courses: Certificate in Irish Cultural Heritage, Certificate in Irish Studies, or the Certificate in Peace & Conflict Studies. ISA particpants studying at Maynooth for a summer have the opportunity to take a wide range of Irish Studies, International Business and Computer Science courses with international students.

Popular areas of study at Maynooth University include:

  • Theology
  • English
  • History
  • Irish Studies
Located in Ireland's only university town just 40 minutes west of Dublin, Maynooth makes for an ideal setting for students who desire a impressive yet close-knit university. The university's original buildings were designed by the same architect of London's Palace of Westminster and the Big Ben.

Maynooth University became the first and only institution outside of the US to be included in the Princeton Review of Best Colleges in 2011. Maynooth University is also the only university in the Republic of Ireland with an Anthropology department. Éamon de Valera, the third President of the Republic of Ireland, and Bertie Ahern, a former Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland, are just a few of Maynooth's notable lecturers.