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City and Academic Overview

Study Abroad in Dublin

API students may choose to study abroad in Dublin at three elite universities in the area – Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD), and Maynooth University.

Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, and is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the most prestigious in all of Europe. The campus has hosted some of the top Irish intellectuals for 400 years, and is located in the heart of bustling Dublin, near the River Liffey, the main shopping and club districts, and many Irish government buildings.

University College Dublin is a dynamic, modern university where cutting-edge research and scholarship provide a stimulating intellectual environment – the ideal surroundings for learning and discovery. For over 150 years, UCD has produced graduates of remarkable distinction including famous surgeons, architects, entrepreneurs and five of Ireland’s Taoisigh (Prime Ministers). Perhaps the best known of all its graduates is the writer James Joyce, who completed his Bachelor of Arts at the university in 1902.

Maynooth University (formerly known as the National University of Ireland, Maynooth) offers students the best of both worlds – a small-town experience located within an easy commute of Dublin city. The school prides itself on being Ireland’s only “university town,” and the beautiful, historic campus is closely integrated within the vibrant County Kildare town of Maynooth. Maynooth University traces its origins directly to the foundation in 1795 of St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and it is Ireland’s second oldest university. Maynooth University has a long-standing international reputation for learning and academic excellence in the sciences and humanities.

City Information

As the capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is one of the liveliest cities in Europe. With one of the youngest populations comprising people from many different parts of Europe and the globe, the city has a full and varied cultural and intellectual life, which brings together the best of traditional Ireland and of modern Europe.

Dublin is particularly fortunate to have many theaters, museums and galleries throughout the city. Famous for its literary and musical tradition, Ireland’s capital has been home to well known writers, playwrights, actors, and musicians for many years. A particular feature is the tradition of live music in every conceivable venue, from street artists to the National Concert Hall to the many pubs where traditional Irish music still flourishes. In the literary field, the contribution of native sons has been outstanding, with Jonathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, and Samuel Beckett amongst the most prominent.

Why Dublin?

  • Capital of Ireland
  • A city that feels more like a large village
  • Strong artistic, literary, and musical traditions
  • Top tier universities
  • Semester, year, summer, and graduate programs
  • Hub for European travel
  • Famous pubs and restaurants
  • Charming Irish hospitality
  • Vast course selection across many majors