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10 Reasons to study at National College of Ireland

Posted by Gerard McQuillan on 05 November 2015


For many prospective students, choosing a third-level institute that is right for them can be a harrowing task. To make life a little easier, we've put together ten reasons why you should choose NCI to further your education.

Reason #1: Student Services

National College of Ireland goes the extra mile to ensure that every student's time spent here is enjoyable as possible. Guided by the wellness concept which values a student’s social, physical, psychological and spiritual well-being, NCI offers its students a wide range of free services to ensure they get a rewarding and fulfilling college experience, both personally and academically.

Reason #2: Small Class Sizes

Many students that attend larger institutions struggle to build a unique personal relationship with their lecturer or classmates. National College of Ireland's teaching practice of smaller class numbers allows the students to form a more personal and approachable relationship with their tutors and fellow students. 

Reason #3: Dedicated Staff

Our lecturers here at National College of Ireland are not only industry professionals, but dedicated tutors and educators who go the extra mile, to ensure you receive the best third-level education possible. From day one right through to your final exam, our lecturers and staff are committed to ensuring you get the most out of your college course.

Reason #4: Location

Attending third-level education isn’t all about lecture halls and presentations. One vital aspect of college is the social life - and what better city to spend your days off and nights out in than Dublin? One of the most friendliest and vibrant cities in Europe, Dublin offers an array of activities and events to enjoy, and with National College of Ireland situated in the heart of the capital you will never be too far from the fun. We're smack bang in the middle of the action - check out our Instagram account for pictures of our surrounding area. 

Reason #5: Graduate Employment

National College of Ireland has one of the most consistent and best graduate employment records in Ireland. Over the last number of years the college has consistently featured in the “Best for Jobs” section of the Sunday Times good university guide. The Irish Times recently said this in their guide to college open days: "Classes are small, and NCI graduates do well in the job market: the college has a post-graduation employment record of 96 per cent". 

Reason #6: Transport

National College of Ireland’s prime location means our campus is one of the most easily accessible in the city. Situated in the IFSC our campus is only a few minutes’ walk from Bus Aras and Connolly train station, with the LUAS passing by our doors every six minutes. We have our own LUAS stop right (Mayor Street - NCI) right on the doorstep! 

Reason #7: Global Connections

National College of Ireland has numerous links with leading universities throughout the world including Stanford, UC Berkeley and Cornell University. These links have cemented NCI as one of the top third-level education institutions in the country.

Reason #8: Highly Relevant Courses

Through our schools of business and computing, we offer internationally recognised full and part-time programmes accredited through QQI. We work closely with industry and professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Institute of Commercial Management, Irish Institute of Pensions Management, the Sales Institute of Ireland and others to ensure courses closely aligned to industry needs.

Reason #9: Industry Professionals

All our courses are designed and delivered by professionals who are experts in their fields, and combine the highest academic standards with industry experience to ensure our graduates are ready to hit the ground running.

Reason #10: Clubs and Societies

NCI boasts a wide variety of exciting student friendly clubs and societies which cater for a broad range of interests and hobbies. This allows our students to try new things, meet new friends and most importantly have fun. Check out this post for some advice from our Students' Union! 


Find out more about National College of Ireland, and get a feel for our campus and courses, by coming to our next open day. You might also be interested in our top tips for applying to college through the CAO

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