Decision Time: Choosing Your Study Abroad City in Ireland

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Brittany Clark is the ISA Site Specialist for Ireland.  Brittany works with students studying abroad in Cork, Dublin and Galway.

Students wanting to study abroad in Ireland have three unique cities to choose from. But how do you choose? Here’s some info that might help you narrow down your options:

Cork

What’s great about this city: Cork is the 2nd largest city in Ireland & hosts over 20 different festivals throughout the year.

Perfect for students: Who don’t want to go to one of Ireland’s most mainstream cities but who still want all the amenities of a large Irish city.

What’s unique about this city’s university? University College Cork has been selected as the Sunday Times Ireland’s University of the Year three times over the past decade, making it the only university in Ireland to have done so.

Great for students hoping to take courses in:
Social Sciences, Food Sciences, Literature, Environmental Studies, & Biology

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Photo cc by Travis Crawford

Dublin

What’s great about this city: Dublin is the largest city in Ireland & is the capital city of Ireland

Perfect for students: Who want to be in a big city and have access to all the best Ireland has to offer

What’s unique about this city’s university? University College Dublin has a top-notch Business school that is AACSB accredited, Trinity College Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland, and National University of Ireland- Maynooth has the largest Music department in Ireland, amongst 30 other academic departments

Great for students hoping to take courses in:
Arts, Humanities, Theology, Music, Computer Science, & Business

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Photo by ISA student Jessica Fox in Dublin, Ireland

Galway

What’s great about this city: Galway is known as “Ireland’s Cultural Heart” because of its large involvement in the traditional Irish music scene.

Perfect for students: Who want an authentic Irish experience in one of Ireland’s most authentic Irish cities.

What’s unique about this city’s university? National University of Ireland- Galway has a brand new, state of the art Engineering building on campus, which won the Public Choice award in the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards in 2012.

Great for students hoping to take courses in: Arts, Humanities, & Engineering

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Photo by ISA student George Flattery in Galway, Ireland