The Irish Education system is split into a number of tiers. The Department of Education and Skills, under the control of the Minister for Education and Skills, is in overall control of policy, funding and direction, while other important organisations are the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority, and on a local level the Education and Training Boards are the only comprehensive system of government organisation. There are many other statutory and non-statutory bodies that have a function in the education system.

Primary & Post-Primary

Most children enter primary education at the age of four although it’s not compulsory until age six. Having completed primary education at the age of twelve, children then move on to post-primary. Here’s an overview of both levels: Primary The primary education sector includes state-funded primary schools, special schools and private primary schools. The state funded schools include religious schools, non-denominational schools, multi-denominational schools and Gaelscoileanna (Irish-medium schools). Primary education consists of an eight year cycle: junior infants, senior infants, and first to sixth classes. Pupils then normally transfer to post-prima

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Universities & Colleges

Dublin has always had a long tradition of learning and academia, our oldest university Trinity College dates as far back as the 16th Century. Today, we boast a large and diverse range of both State and privately funded third level institutions. Providing an environment which caters for all who wish to further their education, studying in Dublin will give you access to a varied academic landscape. Our third level institutions provide opportunities to learn in such areas as Business, Finance, Science, Arts, ICT, Media, Education, Law and Medicine amongst others. If you are thinking about attending college in Dublin, you can search

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Third Level Fees & Grants

Attending a third level institution in Dublin will involve fees or a contribution of some kind. You’ll find links and advice on the types of fees and grant eligibility below. Undergraduate Fees For undergraduates attending state funded third level institutions, tuition fees are paid by the Higher Education Authority. However, there will be an annual student contribution charge also known as a registration fee, which covers student services and examinations within the college. This charge varies from institution, but the maximum charge is €3,000. There are a number of requirements that must be fulfilled under three criteria of residence, nationality/immigration

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Department of Education and Skills

The Department of Education and Skills is a department of the Irish state with responsibility for education and training. The mission of the Department is to facilitate individuals through learning, to achieve their full potential and contribute to Ireland's social, cultural and economic development.


Education in Ireland

Education in Ireland promotes Ireland as a great destination to get a high quality education and study in Ireland providing funding and supports for companies - from entrepreneurs with plans for a high potential start-up through to large companies expanding their activities, improving efficiency and growing export sales. We also provide funding and supports for college based researchers to assist in the development, protection and transfer of technologies into industry via licensing or spin-out companies.


Higher Education Authority

The HEA has a statutory responsibility, at central government level, for the effective governance and regulation of higher education institutions and the higher education system. Objectives span the enhancement of teaching and learning, the promotion of equity of access to higher education, the enhancement of institutions’ responsiveness to the needs of wider society, research capacity-building, and the internationalisation of Irish higher education.