The Irish Education system is split into a number of tiers and is administered by the Department of Education and Skills. We’ve given an overview of the primary, post primary and university/college tiers and we link to information relevant to all tiers too.

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 Qualifax

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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 site for the government department responsible for education in Ireland.

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Education in Ireland

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