The establishment of the Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) in January 2019 has made it the largest third level institution in the Republic of Ireland with 28,000 students across three campuses. It has also meant the number of universities in Ireland has increased by one from seven to eight. By contrast, the amalgamation of the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the Institute of Technology, Tallaght (ITT Dublin) and the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (ITB) means that there are three fewer institutes of technology for a current total of 11. However, it should be noted that the ITB and ITT Dublin campuses will both be operational as the full transition to the TU Dublin takes place in 2019 and beyond.
Despite the reduction in the number of institute of technology in Ireland, their importance in tertiary level education in Ireland remains very strong. There are more institutes of technology than universities in Ireland, and the wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses provides thousands of skilled and employable graduates for the Irish economy every year. In addition, the location of institutes of technology in provincial towns and regional centres means that they are often more accessible than the predominantly urban-based universities, NUI colleges, and private third level institutions.
Many of these graduates are international students looking to get themselves a highly valuable degree through English in one of Europe’s fastest growing economies. If you think that studying in one of Ireland’s institutes of technology is for you, then read on for a detailed guide on the subject.
Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT)
Located approximately halfway between Dublin on the east coast and Galway on the west coast, Athlone is often defined as Ireland’s centre point. However, it isn’t just its central location that makes AIT one of the most attractive institutes of technology for third level students, including a growing number from outside of Ireland.
AIT won the Institute of Technology award for 2018, and with expertise in a wide range of courses from sports science to graphic design and much more in between, it is easy to see why. Factor in a graduate employment level of 93% in 2016 and a state of the art campus that is a home away from home for many international students, and it should come as no surprise that AIT is home to international students from over 60 countries. If you are interested in studying in AIT as an international student, especially from a non-EU/EEA country, then you should visit this helpful page for further information.
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)
Situated in Bishopstown on the western edge of Cork City, Ireland’s second largest city, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is widely regarded as one of the most research-focussed institutes of technology in Ireland. Founded in 1974, and possessing a particular focus on scientific research and lab work, CIT is widely regarded as a hub of scientific innovation and learning among Ireland’s third level institutions.
If you are an international student and interested in pursuing your third level studies in CIT, then visit their international office for further details.
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
As of January 2019, DIT along with ITB and ITT Dublin amalgamated to form the TU Dublin, thereby removing these third level institutions from the pool of institutes of technology in Ireland.
Nonetheless, the broad multitude of courses offered by DIT, which will now become part of the TU Dublin prospective, allied with its city-centre location including the main TU Dublin campus in Grangegorman, means that it will continue to play a key role in Ireland’s third level education sector moving forward.
As well as offering one of the most extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, DIT maximized its reach within Dublin city centre by incorporating many of the city’s cultural, research and innovative opportunities into its courses. This modern approach to learning is what made DIT such an attractive third level option for many students, particularly those from abroad, and it is envisaged that the TU Dublin will continue in this vain. If you want a multicultural student experience in Ireland’s newest third level institution with students from over 85 different countries, then you should visit their international office to learn more.
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT)
Located in the town of Dundalk, approximately halfway between Dublin and Belfast, Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) was established in 1971 and is home to a state of the art campus offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a wide variety of disciplines.
If you are looking for an exciting educational experience in a growing Irish third level institution, then DKIT might just be the perfect place for you. The IT currently has 600 international students from over 30 countries, and if you want to learn more about adding to this total, then you need can do so here.
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
Similar to DIT, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) is a multi-campus higher education third level institution that spans locations in both Galway and Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. As well as offering a comprehensive number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, GMIT also has the unique distinction of being the only IT in Ireland to have won the prestigious ‘Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year’ on three occasions; in 2004, 2007 and 2015.
In addition, with campus locations in areas as beautiful and remote as Letterfrack, Co. Galway, and courses as diverse as Marine Biodiversity and Software Development, it is no surprise that there are students from over 70 different countries currently enrolled at GMIT.
GMIT also offers Ireland’s only accredited Medical Science Degree that admits international students. Finally, if you are a non-EU/EEA international student, then you may be able to avail of a third level scholarship (you can learn more about that here), while more detailed info on studying at GMIT as an international student can be viewed here.
Institute of Art and Design Technology (IADT)
Established in 1997 and located in the picturesque seaside town of Dun Laoghaire, on the south coast of County Dublin, IADT is one of the newest and most creative ITs in Ireland. With a clear and deliberative focus on art and design technology, IADT attracts students from across Ireland and all over the world.
As well as range of undergraduate courses in the creative arts realm, IADT also offers a number has a School of Business and Humanities, as well as a School of Creative Technologies. In addition, the IT has a range of encompassing postgraduate and research positions that may appeal to you. If you would like to learn more about studying at IADT as an international student, then we recommend you paying a visit to their dedicated webpage for international students.
Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (ITB)
Despite the fact that ITB has recently come under the umbrella of TU Dublin, the reality is that the campus, located in the Dublin suburb of Blanchardstown, and the reputation it has garnered as being one of the most innovative third level institutions in Ireland is likely to strengthen not reduce.
ITB was formed in 1999 but in the almost two decades since it was established, it has forged a reputation for being a hub of excellence in areas such as computer, network and digital forensics, it is expected that this expertise will be brought to the fore in the TU Dublin. In addition, its campus in Blanchardstown will remain operational as part of TU Dublin. If you are an international student looking for an innovative learning experience in Ireland’s capital city, then TU Dublin may be for you. Learn more about the opportunity to study at TU Dublin here.
Institute of Technology, Carlow (IT Carlow)
Located in the small town of Carlow in the south-east of Ireland, IT Carlow has offered students from near and far a first-class academic experience combined with all the perks of relaxed small-town living since 1970. And, when it comes to attracting international students, the proof is most certainly in the pudding.
At present, IT Carlow is home to students from over 80 countries globally on of the IT’s multi-campus environment. This total means that the IT Carlow student body of approximately 7,000 students has a diverse composition. If you would like to learn more about studying at IT Carlow as an international student, then you should visit their dedicated international section today
Institute of Technology, Sligo (IT Sligo)
Much like its counterpart IT Carlow, IT Sligo was also founded in 1970 and is also located in a scenic small town far from any major Irish city. However, in the case of IT Sligo, the location is in the north-west rather than the south-east of the country.
Sligo is most famous for being the the home of renowned Irish poet, W.B Yeats. However, aside from Yeats’ rich legacy, there are many reasons why choosing to pursue your third level studies at IT Sligo might be a great decision. From small class-sizes and a reputation for being a hub of online learning to the opportunity to live in an affordable location with some of Europe’s best surfing and scenery on your doorstep, IT Sligo has a lot to offer. If you feel like you would like to be part of their international student population, then why not visit their website to learn more?
Institute of Technology, Tallaght (ITT Dublin)
If you are looking for a modern campus close to the heart of Dublin city, then you really should consider the Tallaght Campus of TU Dublin. Again, like DIT and ITB, ITT Dublin has come under the umbrella of the TU Dublin as of January 2019. However, the state of the art campus in Tallaght, and the innovative learning experiences created at ITT Dublin, will play an integral role in Ireland’s newest third level institution.
If you are an international student who likes the sound of studying in one of Europe’s most thriving capitals, then you need to check out what makes life as an international student at TU Dublin so special.
Institute of Technology, Tralee (IT Tralee)
Much like scenic Sligo, IT Tralee’s location in the heart of County Kerry gives it a real appeal for those looking to study in one of the most stunningly beautiful parts of Ireland. Tralee’s central location in Kerry means that the beautiful Lakes of Killarney, the rugged Dingle Peninsula and the jaw-dropping beauty of Conor Pass are all nearby. However, to describe IT Tralee exclusively in terms of the natural beauty that it is surrounded by would be doing the IT a massive disservice.
Offering a diverse range of courses, IT Tralee also guarantees work placement on all of its programmes, meaning that its students are work-ready upon graduation. Finally, IT Tralee has a very diverse, multicultural student body, with over 15 percent of the student body coming from outside Ireland. If you would like to learn more about studying at IT Tralee as an international student, then you should visit their dedicated page here.