Ireland's worldwide reputation for high quality education is built on the solid foundation of commitment to excellence. Ireland is a beautiful island, combining contemporary modern cities with an unspoilt countryside, cityscapes steeped in history and a rich natural habitat. Renowned for friendliness, our safe, English speaking country offers the warmest of welcomes to students from all over the world.
The Irish Education System was traditionally divided into three basis levels: Primary (8 years), Secondary (5 or 6 years) and Higher Education which offers a wide range of opportunities from post-secondary courses, to vocational and technical training, to full degree and the highest post-graduate levels. Irish secondary education consists of 3 cycles: 1) Junior Cycle (years 1-3)
2) Transition Year (year 4)
3) Senior Cycle (years 5-6)
The higher education system in Ireland is broad in scope and encompasses the university sector, thetechnological sector, the colleges of education and private, independent colleges.The institutions which fall within the first three groupings are autonomous and self governing, but substantially state funded.
Irish university degrees are fully recognised internationally, ensuring graduates from Irish universities can make full use of their qualifications across Europe and Worldwide. Recent official reports show that Ireland is at the top of the league in implementing major European higher education and research policies, and the universities are full participants in many European and international teaching networks.