Everything you need to know about the Education System in Ireland

Ireland has one of the best education systems in the whole world. Ireland provides an impressive quality of education for the students and has thus emerged as one of the most chosen international destination for overseas education.

The universities and institutes in Ireland offers all major programs and is well known for their research capabilities therefore chances are high that your credentials will be well recognised anywhere in the world. Ireland excels in pharmaceuticals, chemistry and technology fields at a global scale so these might be the best fields for you to pursue in Ireland.

Education system levels in Ireland

Education in Ireland is primarily classified to four levels.

  1. Basic Level of Education (Level 1 to 3)
  2. Diplomas and Certificates (Levels 4 to 7)
  3. Bachelor’s Degrees (Levels 7 and 8)
  4. Masters Degrees (Levels 9 and 10)

Traditionally, Ireland’s education system has been divided into three basic levels listed below

  1. Primary Education 

It covers the initial 8 years of education.

2. Secondary Education 

It begins at the age of twelve years and lasts for six years.

3. Higher Education 

It begins at NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications) level 6 onwards. This level consists of a lot of universities and institutes and colleges which offer bachelor, master and doctorate degree programs. The NFQ specifies the standards of Irish education qualifications. Qualifications under NFQ correspond with that of European Qualification Framework, therefore your degree will be universally recognized and accepted.

Academic Year

Higher education is divided into two semesters.

  1. The first semester begins in September and ends in December.
  2. The one-month break for Christmas: From mid-December to mid-January.
  3. The second semester begins in mid-January and ends in May.
  4. Summer vacation starts from mid-May to early September.

Tuition Fees

Ireland’s tuition fee is budget friendly but it’s better if you manage your expenses well. Tuition costs for international students entirely depends on the type and duration of the course you have chosen. In Ireland, all universities set their own tuition fees, depending on the subject and study level. The total degree costs from €10,000 to €25,000 per annum.

After you graduate, Ireland provides students up to 2 years of stay back for jobs as per the updated Third Level Graduate Scheme authorization.

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