University of Dublin

University Information, Campus and History
(Dublin, Ireland)

The University of Dublin is the largest and oldest university in Ireland. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, it is one of Ireland's leading historical sites and premier institutes of higher education. It is modeled after the Oxford and Cambridge Universities, although it has only one constituent college, the Trinity College.

The university has a long and fascinating history, dating back to the beginnings of the Tudor monarchy. It has stood through an interregnum and two civil wars, and once served as the barracks for the soldiers of James II. Its history is closely tied to that of Dublin, making it an integral part of the city's development.

Today, the University of Dublin is home to 12,000 students and a staff of 1,200, forming a small academic community. It is very research-oriented, earning €56.5 million in research income in the past academic year.

The university's Trinity Collage is the foremost research center in Ireland, specializing in key research areas across engineering, science, medicine, social science, and the arts. Working towards the goals set by the Irish National Development Plan, the university's 'Strategic Plan, Research and Innovation Services' helps advance the latest ideas that use the latest technologies available.


The University covers about 40 acres in the heart of Dublin and occupies some of the most historic buildings in the city. Easily the best-known structure on campus is the Trinity College Library, the largest library in Ireland. With a collection of four million volumes accumulated since the 16 th century, the library holds a wealth of information is the university's primary resource centre.

The University is also home to Trinity's Research and Innovation Centre, which makes available professional counselling on research funding, technology transfer, and innovation. The centre acts as an intermediary between funding agencies and researchers, assisting researchers in drafting research proposals and funding submissions to make certain that they comply with the requirements of funding agencies. The centre is also tasked to manage Trinity College Dublin's Intellectual Property, Commercialisation, Technology Transfer and Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.

Famous Students

The University has produced, among others, literary masters, politicians, philosophers, and Nobel Prize winners. Ernest Walton, late professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, won the Nobel Prize in 1951 for his discoveries on artificial atomic splitting. The first female president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, studied and served as Professor of Law in the university. Famous classic authors Bram Stoker (Dracula), Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels), and Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest) are products of the university as well.

Prospective undergraduate students can call the University's Admissions Office at +353 1 608 1039 or email their questions at For enquiries on postgraduate admissions, call +353 1 896 1166 for general information, +353 1 896 3354 for research programmes, and +353 1 896 2182 for taught courses.

A general prospectus for undergraduate admission is can be downloaded for free at the Prospective Students section of the university website. Specific prospectuses for postgraduate programmes and evening courses are also available. All contain a full list of courses offered in the coming term.

International applicants can contact the International Student Affairs (ISA) Office. The ISA handles independent applications and applications under the Socrates programme. For more information, call the ISA at these numbers:
  • +353-1-896 3150
  • +353-1-896 2011
  • +353-1-896 2683

You can also send a fax to +353-1-6771698 or email the office at The ISA is located at the East Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Contact University of Dublin:
Address: 2nd Floor West Theatre, Front Square, Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 896 1000
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