International students applying to UK medicine programs might want to consider applying to Ireland as well. Why? Ireland is constantly ranked top 10 for best countries to live in, Ireland’s education system is highly recognized worldwide, and the medicine applications typically open in December. Since the applications open in December, students have around two months to prepare their Ireland application after submitting their UCAS. If students want to apply to the 4 prestigious medical institutions in Ireland, they would apply through the Ireland Universities and Medical School Consortium (IUMC). IUMC consists of University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and National University of Ireland – Galway.
University College Cork (UCC) was established in 1845. It is located at the southwest of Ireland and is within walking distance to the city. UCC houses over 20,000 students with over 3,000 international students that represent over 100 nationalities. With over 120 degree and professional programs, UCC is Ireland’s leading research institution. The university has four colleges, which are: College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences, College of Business & Law, College of Science, Engineering & Food Science, and College of Medicine & Health.
Trinity College Dublin is the oldest higher education institution in Ireland and was founded in 1592. The institution is located right in the heart of Dublin. The total student population is 17,000 and the international student body comes from over 118 countries. Trinity is the top university in Ireland and has over 400 courses in three faculties: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics & Science, and Faculty of Health Sciences.
University College Dublin (UCD) was established in 1854 and is also located in the heart of Dublin. It houses over 30,000 students and has over 7,500 international students that represent 131 nations. UCD is comprised of six colleges: College of Arts & Humanities, College of Business, College of Engineering & Architecture, College of Health & Agricultural Sciences, College of Social Sciences & Law, and College of Science. Since UCD is one of the largest institutions in Ireland, it has strong research partnerships and has the highest number of publications for all Irish universities.
National University of Ireland – Galway (NUI Galway) was established in 1845 and is located in the city. There are over 18,000 students and over 3,000 international students that represent 115 countries at NUI Galway. It boasts the highest student completion rate in Ireland at 86%. There are over 50 programs across five colleges: College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies, College of Business, Public Policy & Law, College of Engineering & Informatics, College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, and College of Science.
For students in Singapore who want to apply to any or all of the four Irish institutions, they should contact the IUMC office and ask for the application.