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Ireland’s education system has a primary, secondary, further and higher education system. Children aged four/five to twelve/thirteen attend primary school before progressing to secondary school. All children legal to reside in Ireland are entitled to attend school.

The children of non-EEA students however do not have an automatic right to enrol in a State funded school. Please consult the ‘New immigration regime for full-time non-EEA students: guidelines for degree programme students’ for more information.

Access to education based on immigration status


Children residing in Ireland are entitled to attend primary and post-primary school. However, there are specific guidelines for children of non-EEA students. For further information go to:


Anyone non EEA national on an immigrtion Stamp: 1, 2, 3, or 4 can access education but may have to pay full tuition fees. However, if there is a paid work placement element to the course then this may require a change of immigration status to enable the person to work.

You can find lots more useful information about the Education system in Ireland here


Undergraduate & Postgraduate Applicants Information

It is important to distinguish between EU and non EU fees - this scheme applies to non EU fees and represents the only source of detailed info on the qualification criteria for non EU people who  what  to study in Ireland.


You can also find useful information about third-level education in Ireland on the Citizens Information Website