Why Ireland ?

  • One of the best education systems in the world
  • Education institutions are widely recognised for excellence in many disciplines
  • Over 5000 internationally recognized qualifications
  • Ireland hosts top 1% of research institutions in the world
  • One of the highest participation rates of students (over 60%) in higher education in the world
  • Career opportunities with leading global companies in Ireland
  • Irish people are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality
  • One of the safest countries in the world
  • Only English speaking country in Euro zone
  • Part time work permitted for international students
  • Post study pathways for international students under third level graduate scheme
  • Education bond supported by Irish government which is alternative to verifying  financial status


Education System

The Irish Education System consists of primary (first level), second level , third level,  further education and special need education for students with disabilities. In Ireland, education is compulsory for children aged six to sixteen or until students have completed three years of second-level education.

Third level education comprises of the university sector, technological sector, colleges of education and private independent colleges of which the first three groupings are autonomous and self-governing, but substantially state funded. Entry to third level education for Irish students is competitive and based upon performance in the final secondary school examination, the Leaving Certificate. Entry requirements for oversea students are determined individually by each institution and are generally based on national examination performance and English language aptitude.

Higher Education in Ireland is provided mainly by 7 Universities, 14 Institutes of Technology, including the Dublin Institute of Technology and 7 Colleges of Education which are autonomous and self- governing.  In addition, a number of other third level institutions provide specialist education in such fields as art and design, medicine, business studies, rural development, theology, music and law.

The Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) is authorised to make awards in the non-university sector. HETAC makes awards and sets and monitors standards at all levels of higher education and training up to doctorate level.

The qualifications system in Ireland has been modernised with the introduction of the National Framework of Qualifications. Students are encouraged to use the National Framework Qualifications to identify the qualification they will achieve before making decisions. The quality and standard of all Irish educational awards made by authorized institutions and HETAC are fully recognized globally.

The following academic awards can be achieved at Irish higher education institutions:

Higher Certificate:  2 years full-time

Bachelor Degree (Ordinary): 3 years full time

Bachelor Degree (Honors):  3 - 4 years full time

Graduate Diploma:  1 year full time

Master degree (research or coursework):  1- 2 years full time

Doctorate (PhD):  Minimum 3 years of original research

Doctorates are usually awarded pass or fail, with distinctions in rare cases.

The academic year typically runs from September to June and is divided into either two or three semesters with holidays in December (Christmas) and April (Easter).


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