Ireland is known for its Academic excellence and internationally-recognized qualifications. It not only provides vibrant campus life, and abundant growth in research, but also immense employment opportunities.

Study levels in Ireland

  • Primary education including pre-primary
  • Post primary education
  • Further education and training
  • Higher education

Ireland Education office is assisting international students to get their degree in Higher Education level. 

National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)

The NFQ specifies the standards of Irish education qualifications. It measure and compares the learning standards and achievements of qualifications and also facilitates the transfer between institutions i.e. it allows students to move from one study level to another as long as their student visa requirements are fulfilled. Since the qualifications under NFQ correspond with that of European Qualification Framework, your degree is recognised and accepted globally.

Note that the both Irish universities, Institutes of Technology and HECA private colleges provide third-level qualifications on the NFQ.

Learn more about the Ireland Education Framework: 

Qualifications Recognition

You need this recognition to assess any qualification received outside Ireland in order to pursue further studies in Ireland.

What does the Qualifications Recognition do?

  • It provides academic recognition of foreign qualifications.
  • Assesses school and vocational qualifications.
  • Assesses higher education qualifications and compares, if possible, a foreign qualification at a certain NFQ level.
  • It provides information on the Irish education and training system.

Fee structure

Ireland Education Office will assist you in finding a relevant degree that matched your budget. While the tuition fee in Ireland is reasonable, it is best to plan and get connected with IEO to manage your expenses well.
Tuition fees for international students vary according to the type and duration of the course. Each university in Ireland sets its own tuition fees, depending on the subject and level of study. The average degree costs between €6,000 and €25,000 a year.

Tuition fee range per annumStarting from 20,000 AUD Starting from 20,000 CADStarting from 10,000-12,000 GBPStarting from 6000-10,000 Euro

Teaching and Delivery method in Ireland

Universities and colleges in Ireland provide an interactive and innovative learning approach. You will be expected to engage with your classmates and your instructor alike while understanding the topic/concept of discussion. Irish system reaches out to support international students, both in the classroom and outside of it.

You’ll be expected to do a lot of independent learning which can include working on assignments, reading a lot of academic lists and making notes during your lectures. In addition to lectures, tutorials are also conducted to helps students understand the concepts in a better manner. The classroom size is smaller, which provides more devotion. English is the medium of instruction.

Higher (or third-level) education

Higher education comprises universities, colleges, and institutes of technology

Degree programs:


Level 7


Bachelor’s degree
Duration: 3 years (medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, and architecture programs may be for 5-6 years)

Level 8

Honours bachelor’s degree
Duration: 3-4 years

Level 9

Master’s degree
Duration: Mostly 1 years with the exception to certain courses that may extend to 16-24 months

Level 10

Doctoral degree
Duration: 3 years of research followed by a dissertation

Pathway Programs

International students aiming for higher education can apply for Pathway programs if they are unable to fulfill the requirements for direct entry.

Students applying for masters can also apply to pre-master pathway programs if they’re unable to fulfill the requirements for direct entry.

Irish Institutions also provide pathway programs to higher education for international students including foundation studies mostly in business, social sciences, engineering, or pure/applied sciences. Irish universities have arrangements with private pathway providers that helps students receive the extra support and assistance they need to succeed.

Degree programs:

Higher education is usually divided into two semesters.

First semester: Starts in September and runs till December
One-month Christmas break: December/January
Second semester: Starts late January and runs till May
Summer break: May till early September

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