Engineering Education in Ireland

Ireland has one of the most youthful populations in Europe with nearly 25% of the population between the ages of 16-25 years. There are almost 200,000 students in full time education and that coupled with Ireland’s location as home to over 1,000 multinational companies means that Ireland is a leading location for educating an international adaptable workforce.

All of the Universities and Dublin Institute of Technology are ranked in the top 5% globally.  There are nearly 24,000 international students from 180 countries studying in Ireland, most studying for honours bachelor or master level degrees. Engineering programmes covering a wide range of industry relevant disciplines are delivered through seven universities and fourteen Institutes of Technology that are located throughout the country. So why do many international students choose to study engineering programmes in Ireland?

Simply put Ireland has a range of strengths which provides unique advantages:

  • Programmes are delivered at many levels – certificate, bachelor and master degrees in English.
  • Almost all engineering programmes include work placements with globally recognised employers. This ensures that your learning is consolidated with real work experience - experience that can launch you on your future career as a graduate engineer.
  • Most engineering programmes are accredited to international standards by Engineers Ireland and are recognised under many international accords to support graduate engineers in the global marketplace.
  • Accredited engineering programmes ensure that graduates learn a wide range of skills that will form the basis of their engineering careers – not just in engineering topics. For example, working as part of teams, communication skills, social and ethical dimensions of engineering design and practice.
  • Ireland is a member of the European Union, and has extensive global links through our worldwide diaspora.
  • As Ireland is a small country you will be exposed to a wide range of engineering influences regardless of the specialisation you study in.
  • Many colleges include project work in multidisciplinary settings where students are exposed to the context of their engineering studies in social and commercial settings. This ensures that graduates have the skills and flexibility demanded by global employers.
  • Of course, studying in Ireland is not all about study.   All colleges have a range of clubs and societies which provide a busy social scene whatever your interest.

This all adds up to a student experience unrivalled in Europe.  Many international students stay on in Ireland to work or pursue further study.

Ireland is a small, safe and friendly country. The 2011 Global Peace Index, a measure of a range of safety and security indicators, placed Ireland as the eleventh safest country in the World.  In terms of quality of life, Ireland ranks 7th on the UN Human Development Index.  

Ireland is also a member of the European Union and the attractions of the rest of Europe are also close at hand.  Ireland is a hub for low cost airlines, which means that Paris, London and Berlin are at most a couple of hours away, and can often be reached for less than a hundred Euros. 

The costs of studying in Ireland also compare favourably with international options with tuition for many full-time undergraduate programmes in the range US$11,000 to US$16,000, rising for courses such as science or medicine.  Living and accommodation costs in Ireland are coming down again, which should benefit students.

Welcome to Ireland!

Damien Owens CEng FIEI, Registrar, Engineers Ireland

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