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Higher education in Ireland

  • Number of higher education institutions: 34
  • Number of international students in higher education: 10,518 (2012, UNESCO)
  • Language of instruction: All higher education courses in Ireland are taught in English language
  • Typical tuition fees:
  • Average length of a full-time higher education programme in Ireland:
    • Bachelor’s degree programme: 3 years
    • Master’s degree programme: 1 year
    • Doctorate/PhD: 4 years

Quick facts

  • Population: 4,724,720 (2016)
  • Capital: Dublin
  • Geographical size: 69,797 km2
  • GDP: € 265,835 billion (2016)
  • Official EU language(s): English, Irish
  • Currency: Euro


Ireland is a beautiful island, combining contemporary modern cities with unspoilt countryside, cityscapes steeped in history, and a rich natural habitat.

Renowned for friendliness, our safe, English-speaking country offers the warmest of welcomes to students from all over the world.

Ireland’s longstanding reputation for high quality education is built on the solid foundation of commitment to excellence.

Today we have one of the best education systems in the world and an internationally renowned reputation for academic quality. 34 higher education institutions offer an extensive range of over 5000 programmes leading to internationally recognised, quality assured qualifications.

International students can choose to meet their education needs in highly respected business schools, centres of scientific and technology excellence as well as renowned language, humanities and arts faculties.