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economic downturn. International education has a key role to play in a return to prosperity. Students return
from their host countries with new research, business and language skills that will greatly benefit their home
nations. In addition, the host country greatly benefits from the spread of new ideas brought by students from
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WELCOME TO THE
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Forward from Minister for
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Ireland is recognised internationally for our
quality of teaching and learning and the
calibre of our graduates.
Successive Irish governments have placed
education at the heart of economic and social
development with major public investment.
We have achieved an unprecedented
expansion in educational opportunities over
the past four decades.
Over 87 percent of 20 to 24 year-olds in
Ireland have completed at least higher
secondary level education - almost 10pc more
than the EU average.
In 1980, one in five school-leavers went on to
higher education.
This year, three out of five school-leavers
arrived on college campuses transformed
by huge capital investment in new buildings
and modern facilities that fit the needs of a
new age.
By 2020, our target is to have three-quarters
of the school-leaving student cohort going on
to higher education.
The World Economic Forum’s 2009-2010
Global Competitiveness Report ranked the
quality of Ireland’s secondary and tertiary
educational system, as assessed by the
business community, as eight out of 133
economies.
Ireland is strongly linked with North America
and we are part of the European Union family
of nations.
We are home to over 1,000 global companies
and our higher education institutions have
formed close research and business alliances
with world-leading corporations in a range
of areas including pharmaceuticals and
medical technology, software development,
manufacturing, internationally traded
services and many more.
Ireland is one of the safest countries in the
developed world and our people have a well-
deserved reputation for friendliness.
Our rich unspoilt landscape and opportunities
for outdoor activities make Ireland a sought-
after break location.
Our society is diverse and multi-cultural and
we greatly value the fresh ideas and new
thinking you will bring.
So take the opportunity to study in Ireland.
You will never forget your experience here.
MARY COUGHLAN T.D.
MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND SKILLS
MARCH 2010
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CONTENTS
WELCOME
Introduction 4
Foreward from Minister for Education and
Skills, Mary Couglan T.D. 5
Contents 6

IRELAND - AN INTRODUCTION
Ireland - an Introduction 7
Why Study in Ireland? 9
New Friends - the Irish People 11
What to see and do in Ireland 13

GETTING HERE
The Application Process 15
Immigration 18
Funding, Fees and Costs 20
Getting to know - Hurling 21

LIVING HERE
Transport and Health 23
Legal Aspects and Employment in Ireland 24
Student Accommodation in Ireland 25
Getting to know - the Irish Language 26
Settling In 27
After Graduation - Career Opportunities
in Ireland 28

STUDYING HERE
Certification 29
Further or Higher? Making your Decision 30
Qualifications Cross Borders 32
Getting to know - Guiness 33
Short Term Stays 34

COLLEGE PROFILES
Universitites 37
Institutes of Technology 43
Colleges of Education 53
State/Other 57
Colleges of Further Education 65

ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOLS
Introducing English Language Schools
in Ireland 69
English Language Education in Ireland 72
Profiled English Language Schools 73

FURTHER RESOURCES
Tourist Resources 79
Driving Distance Chart 79
Maps 80
Contacts Directory 82
Notes 86
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LOCATION
North West Europe, at about the 50° and 60°
north latitude
TIME ZONE
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
CAPITAL
Dublin
POPULATION
4.4 million with one of the fastest growth
rates in Europe
Average Age: 35.6yrs
Foreign Nationals: 400,000
Density: 73 people per km²
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
English & Irish
ECONOMY
Currency: Euro (€)
GDP: €176 billion
POLITICAL STATUS
Neutral
HIGHEST POINT
Carrauntoohil (Co Kerry): 1,041m
WORLD HERITAGE SITES
Brú na Bóinne (Bend of the Boyne): A well-
preserved Neolithic site in County Meath which
predates the pyramids of Egypt.
Skellig Micheal: A 7th century monastery perched
on a rocky island off the southern coast of Ireland.
CLIMATE
Winters are mild and summers temperate due to the
prevailing south-westerly winds and the influence of
the warm waters of the North Atlantic Drift. Ireland
has a mild climate all year-averaging 35°-45°F in
winter and 65°-75°F in summer. May and June are
the sunniest months with an average of over 7 hours
of sunshine per day.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember
about the Irish weather is that it can be extremely
changeable. A day that starts bathed in sunshine
can easily finish drenched in a downpour, and vice
versa. So you would be well advised to invest in a
wide selection of clothing, especially a raincoat!
A BRIEF HISTORY
For a small island located on the north western tip of
Europe, Ireland certainly has a long and fascinating
history. The first people to settle in Ireland arrived
from Scotland about eight thousand years’ ago.
The country’s strong Celtic identity stems from the
Gaelic civilisation, which led a largely uninterrupted
existence from roughly 500BC to the ninth century
AD as the Romans limited their
northward expansion to Brit-
ain. The Gaels were a colourful
people who indulged in Mo-
hawk hairstyles, hurling (see
page 21) and the occasional
bout of headhunting. Much of
traditional Irish culture, includ-
ing language, dance and sport,
originate from this time.
The Gaels regularly raided the Western coast of Ro-
man Britain. On one such occasion, a sixteen year-
old boy was captured in Wales and sold into slavery
in Ireland. The youth escaped back to Britain six
years’ later, and having studied theology, returned
to Ireland in 432AD on a quest to convert the Irish
to Christianity. We know him today as St Patrick,
Ireland’s patron saint whose feast day is celebrated
around the world with much green-tinged merri-
ment every March 17th. Apart from being credited
with banishing snakes from Ireland (who have
since being readmitted by Dublin Zoo), St Patrick’s
success also led to the establishment of major mo-
nastic settlements in Ireland, which kept alight the
flame of learning during the Dark Ages.
The wealth of the monasteries attracted the atten
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tion of the fearsome Vikings, who attacked regularly
during the 9th and 10th centuries. Like most visitors
however, they decided they liked Ireland enough to
stay, and so settled and mixed with the local Irish –
founding Dublin City in the process.
Not many of you will know that the first chapter
Ireland’s long and troubled relationship with Britain
was brought about by an Irish king in 1169, who
sought the support of Britain’s King Henry II in
recapturing the kingdom of Leinster from local ad-
versaries. Hundreds of years of rebellion and repres-
sion, but also of cultural mixing (resulting in Ireland
being an English-speaking today for example) and
intermittently peaceful relations were to follow.
Independence was eventually achieved from the
United Kingdom in 1921, except for the six counties
of Northern Ireland - a partition that eventually led
to decades of unrest and violence. The last twenty
years however, have witnessed a robust peace
process nullify political violence in the North. This in
turn has allowed Ireland and the UK, for the first time
in their histories, to forge a fruitful and friendly rela-
tionship as equal members of the European Union.
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Ireland has an enduring tradition of
providing quality education, and a long
history of accommodating international
students in universities, colleges and English
language schools.
Ireland is an English speaking country – and
Irish too if you feel like learning something a
little different!
Like every other country Ireland has been
struck by the global economic downturn,
but there is an upside for the college
student. The cost of living is declining rapidly, in
particular with regard to accommodation, which was
much costlier during the economic boom years.
Ireland has a young, dynamic population
with 40 per cent of the population aged
under-25, which makes Ireland a top
international student destination.
Ireland is now a multicultural country;
around 400,000 foreign nationals
currently live here, about 10 per cent of the
population. International students are highly valued
contributors to the continuing development of this
exciting new society.
Ireland has a beautiful landscape and very
temperate weather that is ideal for outdoor
pursuits. Whether you want surf, hike, climb,
cycle or simply stand back and appreciate the
beautiful view, there’s something for everyone.
USEFUL LINKS
www.discoverireland.ie Discover Ireland
www.educationireland.ie Education Ireland
www.entertainment.ie Entertainment
www.failteireland.ie Failte Ireland
www.gov.ie Government Online
www.heritageireland.ie Heritage Ireland
www.tourismireland.com Tourism Ireland
www.visitdublin.ie Visit Dublin
www.meteireann.ie Met Eireann
www.cso.ie Central Statistics Office
www.cusai.ie Colleges and Universities Sports
Association of Ireland
www.irfu.ie Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU)
www.fai.ie Football Assoication of Ireland
www.gaa.ie Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)
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Ireland’s worldwide reputation for
friendliness is not a myth; a recent survey
by internationally known travel publishers
Lonely Planet’s named the Irish as the friendliest
people in the world.
Ireland is a highly developed democracy
within the EU, with a modern economy and a
free media, all of which helps ensure a lively
and innovative academic scene. Don’t be afraid
make your opinion known!
Ireland is one of the safest countries in the
world to live in; ranking 12th in the 2009
Global Peace Index. Of course this does not
mean that commonsense does not apply when it
comes to taking precautions.
Most international students seeking
an English language destination
decide upon the UK or the US. Ireland
represents something that’s a little different, so why
not come here? Variety is, after all, the spice of life!
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Ireland’s beautiful landscape
Here at The Guide to Educa-
tion in Ireland we speak
with lots of international
students about their experi-
ences in this country. Time
and again, they mention
the friendliness of the Irish
population – see for your-
self in our student profiles!
So if making friends with
people from another cul-
ture is one of your reasons
for studying abroad, then
Ireland should be first on
your list of destinations.
THE IRISH
EXPERIENCE
As a small country with a long
history of emigration, Irish
people are not as insular as some you may encounter
in the larger English-speaking nations. We have a natu-
ral and easygoing affinity for those seeking to settle
in a new country, and most people you encounter,
especially in the college, will be very forthcoming in
putting you at ease and with helpful advice.
The Irish experience of different cultures has not
just evolved from emigration, although this is on
the rise again with the economic downturn, but also
from immigration. The Celtic Tiger years, which saw
massive economic growth and development during
the period 1995-2007, witnessed thousands of im-
migrants from all continents of the world arriving on
these shores in search of work.
The ‘new Irish’ integrated with local communities
remarkably easily. Should you choose to stay in Ire-
land, you will find that the Irish are naturally curious
of other cultures and ways of life, so be prepared to
be at the centre of good-natured interest!
Contact us at www.itsIigo.ie
Major Study Areas
Business – Accounting, Administration, Computing,
Marketing, Recreation, Tourism
Humanities – Childhood Education, Design, Fine Art,
Performing Arts, Social Studies
We offer internationally
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from Higher Certificate
to Ph.D.
Engineering – Civil, Electronics, Mechanical, Mechatronics,
Quality Management, Quantity Surveying
Science – Archaeology, Biomedical, Environmental, Forensic,
Health, Pharmaceutical, Safety
The Institute of Technology,
Sligo, is located in one of the most
beautiful parts of Ireland
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TALKING ABOUT THE YOUNG FOLKS
So what can you expect from the young people of
Ireland? Well most of your new friends and many ac-
quaintances will ask you to be their Facebook friend
as social media is very popular. You will also receive
plenty of texts on your mobile phone. Ownership of
mobiles reached 100% in Ireland back in 2005, and
young people especially are highly attached to them.
Apart from technology, another Irish attribute is
a passion for sport. In most countries, people are
interested in one or maybe two sports. Here, your
average fan is likely to enjoy soccer and rugby
equally, as well as the hugely popular indigenous
games of hurling and Gaelic football. Other popular
recreations include golf, swimming and hiking in the
beautiful countryside – all of which are available
and organised by most colleges and many English
language schools.
OUT AND ABOUT
Another consuming passion of young Irish people is
music, especially when it’s live. The social life often
revolves around concerts, whether by bands from the
thriving local scene, or by international stars who visit
Ireland on a regular basis. On an average weekend
night in cities such as Dublin, Cork, Galway and Lim-
erick there will always be a number of music, comedy
and theatre events to choose from.
Not to mention Irish traditional music: famous across
the world for its ability to liven up any social gather-
ing. Informal ‘trad sessions’ regularly take place in
rural pubs, but are equally as popular in the cities.
The Irish pub is synonymous with relaxed socialising
in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and is central
to a lively nightlife. Ireland may have had a negative
image with regard to alcohol in the past, but thank-
fully things have changed and you are just as likely
to see someone nursing a coffee or fruit juice as a
Guinness. There are far more alternative, non-alco-
hol related venues for socialising in modern Ireland
also, from late night cafes to affordable restaurants.
You won’t have far to travel if you feel like socialising
either, as your college is sure to host a wide range
of recreational events, from concerts to film nights,
throughout the academic year.
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SOME TIPS ON
ENGAGING WITH THE IRISH
Ireland has a very high standard of spoken
English, but as with people all over the
world, there are a number of colloquial
expressions and sayings that you will not
necessarily find explained in your
dictionary.
For example, the word ‘grand’ is much used
and indicates ‘good’ or ‘fine’ (as in: how are
you? – I am grand thanks). Other examples
include ‘gas’, which means ‘fun’ or ‘strange’
(e.g. he is a gas man); and ‘craic’, which
indicates fun and excitement (e.g. I had a
great night – there was plenty of craic).
Other traits are not confined to the lan-
guage. For example, there is a commonly
played out ritual of accepting an offer of
something. If you are offered a cup of tea
or something to eat, be prepared to have
your initial response of ‘no thanks’ ignored.
You will almost certainly be asked ‘are you
sure?’ Irish people tend to be insistent
with their generosity. And conversely,
locals will often expect you to be just as
tenacious with any offers you make. Irish
people abroad can be baffled when their
initial reply of ‘no thanks’ to a kind offer of
a tasty ice cream or refreshing drink from
a local is accepted without question!
These are just some of the characteristics
and expressions you might come across
during your stay in Ireland. Learning to
understand and recognise them is all part
of the fun of studying abroad!
Dublin at night
Ireland is a hugely popular destination for tourists
from all over the world. As a student here, you will
have the time to explore and enjoy many of the fasci-
nating locations and exciting events. In addition, the
small size of the country means that everything is
within a short travelling distance. English language
schools and the international student societies
of universities and colleges often organise day- or
weekend-trips to attractions such as the following:
3 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN DUBLIN:
1. St Patrick’s Day Parade (www.stpatricksfestival.ie)
The whole world goes a little green on March 17th of ev-
ery year, and Dublin City plays host to the centrepiece
event of this global festival. Besides the hugely colour-
ful parade itself, the weeklong festival includes many
other attractions such as street theatre, Irish music
and dancing, and green Guinness!
2. Malahide Castle (www.malahidecastle.com)
Situated in 250 acres of scenic parkland in the pretty
seaside town of Malahide in North Co Dublin, this former
fortress was originally built in the 12th century. Tours are
available in a number of languages and the Castle also
features a restaurant, craft shop, and several ghosts!
3. Guinness Storehouse
(www.guinness-storehouse.com)
The Guinness Storehouse is located in St James’s
Gate Brewery, home since 1759 to Ireland’s most
famous export. A short walk from the city centre, the
Storehouse features six floors of fascinating exhibits,
a spectacular atrium, and the rooftop Gravity Bar,
which offers stunning views of Dublin City.
To read more about activities, attractions and
events in Dublin, go to www.visitdublin.ie.
3 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN THE
EAST & MIDLANDS:
1. Glendalough (www.glendalough.ie)
Situated in the heart of the beautiful Wicklow Moun-
tains, Glendalough, or ‘the valley of the two lakes’, is the
location of a world famous monastic site and round
tower, and an enchanting array of trails and walkways.
An information centre, refreshments, accommodation
and activities are also available.
2. Newgrange (www.newgrange.com)
Constructed over 5,000 years ago and older than the
Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, Newgrange is an ancient
temple that was a place of great astrological and
ceremonial importance in Neolithic Ireland. A nearby
Visitor Centre will enable you to learn the secrets of this
majestic, but mystifying, construction.
3. The Curragh Racecourse (www.curragh.ie)
The Curragh Racecourse in Co Kildare is the jewel in
the crown of Ireland’s proud horse racing tradition. The
venue features numerous restaurants and bars and
hosts about 20 races from March to October every
year. Have a ‘flutter’ (Irish term for bet), or just admire
the magnificent thoroughbreds in action.
To read more about activities, attractions and
events in the East & Midlands, go to
www.discoverireland.ie/eastcoast.
3 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN THE
SHANNON REGION:
1. Birr Castle Demesne (www.birrcastle.com)
Take a stroll around Ireland’s largest gardens, which
comprise of Winter, Formal, Terrace and River Garden
sections, or visit the Historic Science Centre. The De-
mesne is also home to many scientific exhibits, such as
the Great Telescope, which was built in the 1840s and
was the largest in the world for over 75 years.
2. The Burren (www.burrenbeo.com)
The Burren is the name given to the fascinating 500
square kilometres of limestone-layered fields in Coun-
ties Clare and Galway. Probably Irelands most interest-
ing natural environment, the otherworldly landscape of
the Burren is home to 70% of Ireland’s native plant life
and hundreds of ancient tombs and forts,.
3. Cliffs of Moher (www.cliffsofmoher.ie)
Close to one million visitors per year now come to this
iconic location. Looming over County Clare’s west
coast, the Cliffs stretch for 8 kilometres
and 214 metres over the waters of
the Atlantic Ocean. An ultra modern
interpretative centre is located
nearby.
To read more about activi-
ties, attractions and events
in the Shannon region, go to
www.discoverireland.ie/
shannon.
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3 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN THE
NORTH WEST:
1. Glenveagh National Park
(www.glenveaghnationalpark.ie)
Over 16,000 hectares of beautiful wilderness and
pristine lakes in the heart of the Derryveagh Moun-
tains. Beside the numerous walking and hiking trails
and abundant flora and fauna on view, the Glenveagh
National Park also features a fine Victorian castle sur-
rounded by gardens and a Visitors Centre.
2. Lissadell House (www.lissadellhouse.com)
This handsome 19th century mansion was once the
home of aristocratic Irish revolutionary and suffragette,
Constance Markievicz, who became Europe’s first
woman to hold a cabinet position.
3. Carrick Water Music Festival
(www.carrickwatermusic.com)
The charming riverside town of Carrick-On-Shannon in
Co Leitrim is the setting of this flourishing annual event.
The festival features a unique blend of classical music,
jazz and opera performances.
To read more about activities, attractions and
events in the North West, go to www.discoverire-
land.ie/northwest.
3 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN THE
SOUTH EAST:
1. Lismore Castle Arts (www.lismorecastlearts.ie)
An imaginative attempt at reinvigorating a derelict sec-
tion of the magnificent Lismore Castle in Co Waterford,
Lismore Castle Arts features one major contemporary
art exhibition every year.
2. Wexford Opera Festival (www.wexfordopera.com)
The Wexford Opera Festival has been running annually
since 1951, with tens of thousands attending perfor-
mances by rising and established opera stars from
around the world. The Festival takes place in charming
Wexford Town, where the influence of its 12th century
Norman founders is still easy to see.
3. Oak Park (www.carlowgardentrail.com)
Oak Park Forest Park is just one of a number of tranquil
garden and forest walks dotted across the small county
of Carlow. The 120-acre park boasts a rich diversity of
wildlife, with lakes, islands and a busy mixture of beech,
oak, Scots pine, silver fir, larch and sycamore trees.
To read more about activities, attractions and
events in the South East, go to
www.discoverireland.ie/southeast.
THREE THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN
THE SOUTH WEST:
1. Cork Jazz Festival (www.corkjazzfestival.com)
The Cork Jazz Festival is one of Ireland’s most success-
ful arts and cultural events and one of the top three
Jazz festivals in the world. It attracts over 40,000 visi-
tors to Cork City each October bank holiday weekend
to hear over 1,000 musicians perform in concerts,
clubs and pubs around the city.
2. Skellig Islands (www.heritageireland.ie)
The magnificent Skellig Islands lie 12 km off the coast
of Co Kerry. Skellig Michael towers majestically 714ft
(218 metres) above sea level.
3. Cork City (www.corkcity.ie)
Ireland’s second largest city is famous for its proud
independence. The many attractions include great
shopping, restaurants and pubs, as well as the 300
year-old tower of St Anne’s Church, the delicious food
stalls of the English Market, and a host of great art gal-
leries, museums and theatres.
To read more about activities, attractions and
events in the South West, go to
www.discoverireland.ie/southwest.
3 THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN THE WEST:
1. Connemara (www.connemara.ie)
With a national park of about 2,000 hectares featuring
scenic mountains, wild bogs, and windblown heaths
and grassland, Connemara is one of the best-preserved
natural environments in Ireland.
2. Galway Arts Festival (www.galwayartsfestival.com)
Galway Arts Festival is Ireland’s largest annual arts
festival, taking place each July in the city of Galway.
Founded in 1978, the Festival features Irish and inter-
national artists who provide a programme of theatre,
dance, visual arts, music, literature, and comedy.
3. Cruachan Aí Heritage Centre (www.cruachanai.com)
The fascinating royal site of Cruachan, the prehistoric
ritual capital of Connacht. It was here that the ancient
kings and queens of Connacht were inaugurated, and
where mythology dictates a doorway to the ‘Other
World’ is to be found - so take care when you’re looking
for the cloakroom!
To read more about activities, attractions and events
in the West, go to www.discoverireland.ie/west.
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Applying for a course can be a complicated
process for international students, so you
should be completely confident in your choice
before setting the process in motion. Familia-
rise yourself completely with the course and
the institution and ensure it is the one for you.
UNDERGRADUATE
Application for most full-time undergraduate
courses is made through the Central Applications
Office (CAO). An application pack and all relevant
information is available from:
Central Applications Office
Tower House
Eglington Street
Galway, Ireland
Tel: 00 353 (0)91 509 800
Fax: 00 353 (0)91 562 344
Website: www.cao.ie
Email: help@cao.ie
All the following information relates to the 2010 CAO
Handbook – please check the 2011 CAO Handbook
for any changes that may occur in 2011.
Applicants, international students in particular,
should avoid applying near to the Closing Date.
APPLICATION TYPE FEE CLOSING DATE
Paper Normal €45 1 Feb (5.15pm)
Late €90 1 May (5.15pm)
Online Normal €35 20 Jan (5.15pm)
Late €70 1 May (5.15pm)
Change of Mind -1 Jul (5.15pm)
International applicants for a course in one of the
institutions below and who are presenting school
leaver qualifications other than GCEs (UK) must
apply by February 1st, or at least have added the
course to their original application by March 1st.
Late applications in these cases will not be
considered.
Athlone Institute of Technology (IT) Limerick IT
IT Carlow IT Sligo
Dundalk IT IT Tallaght
IADT Dun Laoghaire IT Tralee
Galway-Mayo IT Waterford IT
Letterkenny IT Tipperary Institute
People who currently reside, or have resided in the
past, outside the EU and are interested in apply-
ing for a course in one of the following institutions
should contact the Admissions Office of the institute
in question. The office will inform you whether to ap-
ply through the CAO or directly to the college.
American College www.amcd.ie
Athlone IT www.ait.ie
Carlow College www.carlowcollege.ie
Cork Institute of Technology www.cit.ie
Dublin Business School www.dbs.ie
Dublin City University www.dcu.ie
Dublin Institute of Technology www.dit.ie
Galway-Mayo IT www.gmit.ie
Grafton College of Management Sciences
www.graftoncollege.ie
Griffith College www.griffith.ie
Independent Colleges Dublin
www.independentcolleges.ie
Institute of Business & Technology, Swords
www.ibat.ie
IT Carlow www.itcarlow.ie
IT Sligo www.itsligo.ie
IT Tralee www.ittralee.ie
National College of Ireland www.ncirl.ie
National Counselling Inst of Ireland www.ncii.ie
NUI Galway www.nuigalway.ie
NUI Maynooth www.nuim.ie
Royal College of Surgeons www.rcsi.ie
Shannon College of Hotel Management
www.shannoncollege.com
Tipperary Institute www.tippinst.ie
Trinity College Dublin www.tcd.ie
University College Cork www.ucc.ie
University College Dublin www.ucd.ie
University of Limerick www.ul.ie
Non-EU applicants should contact these colleges well
in advance of the Closing Date of 1st February, and
preferably not later than the previous 15th December.
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POSTGRADUATE
Applications for postgraduate courses in the fol-
lowing universities can be made online through the
Postgraduate Applications Centre (www.pac.ie):
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• University College Cork (except for non-EU research students)
• Dublin City University
• NUI Maynooth
• NUI Galway
• Trinity College Dublin
• Waterford Institute of Technology
A certain amount of courses in these universities are
applied for in the old-fashioned paper form fashion;
contact the institution in question to see what
method applies to your course.
The PAC also facilitates online applications for two
specific areas of fourth level study: Public Health
Nursing and the Postgraduate Diploma in Education
(second level teacher training).
For postgraduate courses in all other institutions,
applicants need to contact the college in question
directly.
There is no national deadline for applications to
postgraduate courses in Ireland, however most
taught programmes have a deadline in June/July,
while research degrees tend to be much more flex-
ible with year round student enrolment.
FURTHER EDUCATION
Applications to these courses are made directly to
the course provider. Academic requirements are
significantly lower than for undergraduate courses
and applicants are usually required to attend an in-
terview before they are accepted. Most PLC colleges
invite a first round of interviews in March, followed
by a second round in June.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
REQUIREMENTS
International applicants must demonstrate a profi-
ciency in English to the course provider in order to
be accepted on to a programme. Acceptance levels
can vary, so contact the college in question to see
what the exact requirements are. Students applying
for a visa must also display proof of English ability to
the Irish Dept of Justice. The following examinations
are among those accepted for this purpose:
CAMBRIDGE
• Minimum score – First Certificate in
English (FCE)
• IELTS (International English Language
Testing System)
• Minimum score - 5
• TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign
Language)
• Minimum score – 500 (paper), 173
(computer), 61 (internet)
• ETAPP (English Test for Academic and
Professional Purposes)
• Minimum score – B2
NB – Minimum scores refer to visa requirements
only. If a college’s requirements are higher, you must
still meet those scores in order to be accepted onto
the course.
USEFUL LINKS
www.cao.ie Central Applicaions Office
www.councilofdirectors.ie Institutes of Technology
www.dublinpass.ie The Dublin Pass
www.educationireland.ie Education Ireland
www.gaeilge.ie Gaeilge
www.heca.ie Higher Education CollegeAssociation
www.hetac.ie Higher Education & Training Awards
Council (HETAC)
www.fetac.ie Further Education and Training
Awards Council
www.icosirl.ie Irish Council for International Students
www.inis.gov.ie Irish Naturalisation and
Immigration Services
www.ioti.ie Institutes of Technology Ireland
www.iua.ie Irish Universities Association
www.mei.ie MEI
www.ielts.org International English Language
Testing System
www.toefl.org Test of English as a Foreign Language
www.acels.ie The Advisory Council for English
Language Schools
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I chose Ireland because it is one of the friendli-
est countries in the world and welcomes inter-
national students with open arms and warmth.
The living conditions and environment are very
comfortable, and I really love the flourishing
green of this beautiful island. Also, Ireland is
close to many European countries, you can
easily travel to other interesting places such as
London and Paris.
IT Carlow is known for its high quality academ-
ic reputation. The college conducts continuous
investment in both education and facilities.
Every year you can find something new and
improved in course material and assessment
design. Lecturers are very qualified and ap-
proachable, including outside class hours.
Assessments are well designed to engage
students in complex thinking. We also gained
much experience of group discussion, presen-
tations, survey interview, case analyses, etc. As
a graduate of the IT Carlow, I definitely recom-
mend this college to other students.
After graduating from IT Carlow, I success-
fully entered UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate
Business School for my Master of Science in
Supply Chain Management. Now I’m reading
the master course, I sudden realise the enor-
mous importance and value of my lectures at
undergraduate level.
Besides the excellent
standard of educa-
tion, IT Carlow also
maintain a high level
of student services.
Nice and friendly college staff, especially those
who work in the international office, are always
there to solve problems for you.
IT Carlow offer English classes to international
students. This was a good opportunity for us
to improve language skill and get an insight of
Irish culture. I would recommend other inter-
national students to join in. I think the most ef-
ficient way to overcome the language difficulty
is to keep communicating in English. There are
many people want to know about your mother
country, so don’t be shy, just express yourself
and share your stories with others. Moreover,
getting a part time job also brings great help
in improving your English - I’ve been working in
Carlow since I lived here.
Carlow is a pretty and peaceful town; I have re-
ally enjoyed my time here. The town is compact
and has everything available in close proximity.
It only takes me a few minutes to college, town
center and my working place. The kindness of
local people also helps me feel comfortable to
live in this town.
Independent travel has been one of
my most favourite activities every
summer. There are many places
of great interest around Ireland,
and all you need are just a detailed
route plan, a backpack and a sunny
day. During the college term, I can
also have a lot of fun by joining my
favorite sport club or society. Many
interesting clubs are organized by
the college. In addition, Eigse Carlow
Arts Festival (www.eigsecarlow.ie)
brings wonderful shows and exhibi-
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NATIONALITY: Chinese
COLLEGE: Institute of Technology Carlow
COURSE: Higher Certificate in Business
Studies; Honours Bachelor Degree in
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The immigration process can be long and
complicated, depending on your circumstances
and nationality. It is best to avoid delays
and difficulties by carefully identifying all
that is required of you and gathering all the
information (and funds!) that is relevant to your
case at the earliest stage of your application.
WHO REQUIRES A STUDENT VISA?
International students who are nationals of the
countries in the table below do not need to apply
for an Irish Student Visa. Students from a non-EEA
country in the table below will however need to bring
an acceptance letter from your Irish course provider,
and they may need to show this to immigration on
arrival in Ireland.
APPLYING FOR A STUDENT VISA
Applicants who do not come from a country listed
in the table above must obtain a student visa in
order to study in Ireland. Thanks to recent techni-
cal developments, it is now possible for students
from most visa required countries to apply online.
Visit www.inis.gov.ie - Visas for a full list of these
countries and a link to the online application form.
Visa applicants from countries where the online
facility is not yet available can download a printable
form on www.inis.gov.ie or obtain a paper applica-
tion form from the nearest Irish Embassy, Consul-
ate or Visa Office; contact details for all of which
can be found here: www.dfa.ie - About DFA – Irish
Embassies and Offices Abroad
STUDENT VISA GUIDELINES
In applying for a student visa you must be able to
prove the following with documentary evidence.
³ You are enrolled on a privately funded course
involving at least fifteen hours of organised
daytime tuition each week
³ You have paid the requisite fees to the college
³ You have the academic ability to follow your
chosen course
³ Andorra
³ Antigua &
Barbuda
³ Argentina
³ Australia
³ Austria
³ The Bahamas
³ Barbados
³ Belgium
³ Belize
³ Bolivia
³ Botswana
³ Brazil
³ Brunei
³ Bulgaria
³ Canada
³ Chile
³ Costa Rica
³ Croatia
³ Cyprus
³ Czech Republic
³ Denmark
³ Dominica
³ El Salvador
³ Estonia
³ Fiji
³ Finland
³ France
³ Germany
³ Greece
³ Grenada
³ Guatemala
³ Guyana
³ Honduras
³ Hong Kong
(Special Adminis
trative Region)
³ Hungary
³ Iceland
³ Israel
³ Italy
³ Japan
³ Kiribati
³ Latvia
³ Lesotho
³ Liechtenstein
³ Lithuania
³ Luxembourg
³ Macau (Special
Administrative
Region)
³ Malawi
³ Malaysia
³ Maldives
³ Malta
³ Mexico
³ Monaco
³ Nauru
³ Netherlands
³ New Zealand
³ Nicaragua
³ Norway
³ Panama
³ Paraguay
³ Poland
³ Portugal
³ Romania
³ Saint Kitts
& Nevis
³ Saint Lucia
³ Saint Vincent &
the Grenadines
³ Samoa
³ San Marino
³ Seychelles
³ Singapore
³ Slovak Republic
³ Slovenia
³ Solomon Islands
³ South Africa
³ South Korea
³ Spain
³ Swaziland
³ Sweden
³ Switzerland
³ Tonga
³ Trinidad & Tobago
³ Tuvalu
³ United Kingdom
& Colonies
³ United States
of America
³ Uruguay
³ Vanuatu
³ Vatican City
³ Venezuela
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IMMIGRATION
All non-EEA students from non-visa or visa
required countries are required to register soon
after arrival in Ireland with the GNIB (Garda
National Immigration Bureau) for a fee of €150.
Further details of this requirement are available
at www.garda.ie - National Support Services –
Specialist Units – Immigration (GNIB). A stamp
placed in your passport by the GNIB will indicate
whether or not you are permitted to engage in
³ You have a level of English language sufficient
to do so (except in the case of an application
that is solely for an English language course)
³ You have immediate access to at least €7,000.
This is the estimated cost of living in Ireland for
a student for one academic year.
³ You must also demonstrate that you or your
sponsor has ready access to an amount
of at least €7,000 for each subsequent year of
your studies, in addition to the course fees
for each of those years
³ You have private medical insurance
³ You can account for any gaps in your
educational history
³ Your intention is to return to your country of
permanent residence following
completion of your studies in Ireland
Examples of acceptable documentation that
prove you meet the requirements above and
further helpful information can be found at
www.inis.gov.ie - Visas - Student Visa Guidelines
AN UPDATE ON POTENTIAL
CHANGES TO CURRENT
REGULATIONS
The immigration rules for students
are currently being revised and new
regulations are likely to come into effect
later this year. The following are the main
changes that are being proposed:
A limit to the amount of time a student
can spend in Ireland for the purposes
of attending language and non-degree
programmes.
It is likely that the inspection regime will
become tougher so that students really
need to attend their classes. So stay in
class and there will be no problems with
the immigration authorities!
Keep in contact with the international
office of your college, as well as websites
such as www.learning.ie and www.inisgov.
ie for when these, or any other changes,
become law.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
³ For details of your application fee (if any), please
contact your local Irish Embassy or Consulate.
³ It is strongly recommended you apply for a Visa
at least two months before your planned arrival
in Ireland. You don’t want to be late for your first
day in college!
³ All documents you supply with your
application must be in English, or accompanied
by a notarised translation of same.
³ Your passport must be valid for at least six
months after the expected completion of your
studies in Ireland
³ A minimum of eight weeks should be allowed for
the decision on a visa application
³ Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)
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USEFUL LINKS
www.dfa.ie Department of Foreign Affairs
www.garda.ie An Garda Síochána
www.inis.gov.ie Irish Naturalisation and
Immigration Services
www.justice.ie Department of Justice,
Equality & Law Reform
Irish Visa Offices
www.embassyofireland.cn China Embassy of Ireland
www.embassyofireland.co.uk UK Embassy of Ireland
www.irelandinindia.com India Embassy of Ireland
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Click here to apply for a VISA online
Going to college is an expensive enough
process in your home country, let alone when
pursuing an education abroad. This is prob-
ably the one area of planning that requires the
most preparation, so examine carefully your
funding options and set yourself a realistic
budgetary target.
TUITION FEES
Course fees also vary considerably across the vari-
ous higher education providers in Ireland. The table
below is only an approximation of the tuition fees for
university undergraduate courses.
SUBJECT AREA ANNUAL FEE (EU) ANNUAL FEE (NON-EU)
Medicine €6,500 €25,000
- €8,000 - €42,000
Engineering €6,500 €14,500
- €20,000
Science & Technology €6,500 €14,500
- €20,000
Business €4,500 €11,000
- €5,000 - €15,000
Arts & Humanities €4,500 €11,000
- €5,000 - €15,000
Annual tuition fees are generally less in the case of in-
stitutes of technology: €2,250 to €3,000 for EU stu-
dents, and €7,000 to €11,000 for non-EU students.
These figures are only a guideline; it is essential in
every case that you contact the institution in ques-
tion to ascertain the exact fee for the course that is
of interest to you.
The huge differentiation in tuition fees for post-
graduate taught and research programmes means
that any attempt at estimating average is a pointless
exercise; again you need to contact the institution in
question for information regarding your course.
Course fees at PLC colleges are currently set at
€3,563 per annum.
FREE FEES
First time undergraduates in Ireland are entitled to
free fees; international students however, must pass
three tests – Nationality, Residency, Previous Stud-
ies – before they can avail of them.
THE NATIONALITY TEST: The applicant must be a
national of an EU member state.
THE RESIDENCY TEST: The applicant must have
resided in an EU member state for at least three of
the five years preceding entry to an undergraduate
course.
THE PREVIOUS STUDIES TEST: Free fees are
not available to students in the following circum-
stances: repeating a year, having failed their end of
year examinations as a result of changing courses;
undertaking a second undergraduate course; or any
student who has already attended but did not com-
plete a certificate, diploma or degree programme.
There are no tuition fees for approved PLC courses
for EU nationals – check with the college to see if
your chosen course has approved status.
The free fees scheme in Ireland does not apply to
postgraduate courses.
FUNDING
MAINTENANCE GRANTS are intended to help stu-
dents with their costs of living during full time study.
The local authorities in Ireland provide maintenance
grants to students who are
entering undergraduate or
postgraduate education for
the first time, while the local
VEC (Vocational Educa-
tional Committee) provides
grants for PLC courses.
Only EU nationals who have
resided in the relevant local
authority since the 1st of
October of the year previous
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FUNDING, FEES AND COSTS
USEFUL LINKS
www.education.ie Department of Education &
Science
www.educationireland.ie Education Ireland
www.studentfinance.ie Student Finance
BANKS
www.aib.ie Allied Irish Bank
www.bankofireland.ie Bank of Ireland
www.permanenttsb.ie Permanent TSB
www.ulsterbank.ie Ulster Bank
Click here to use our Budget Calculator
to starting the course may apply. Candidates for the
maintenance grant must also undergo a means test,
as your income must be below a certain level before
the grant is awarded. Application deadlines are usu-
ally in the August of your first year of studies.
Visit www.education.ie - Students & Trainees - Fi-
nancial Support Schemes for further details.
NB – The free fees and maintenance grant schemes
only apply to publically funded institutions and not
to private colleges.
International students may also utilise their
academic skills to pay the bills – scholarships are
another potential source of funding. A small number
of scholarships from Irish colleges and the Irish
government are available to international students
at undergraduate and postgraduate level; contact
the provider of the course in question and the Dept
of Education (www.education.ie) for details of any
possible funding opportunities. You should also
contact the Dept of Education in your home country
to enquire if there are any government exchange
scholarships for which you can apply.
LIVING COSTS
Ireland is unarguably an expensive country to live
in, however generations of wily Irish students have
managed to live comfortably on a small budget and
there is no reason an international student cannot
do the same. In addition, the current global eco-
nomic downturn will inevitably lead to a fall in prices
here. Student discounts are available in a wide range
of services, ranging from banks and cinemas to
hairdressers and buses.
A lot of the costs are dependent upon factors such
as your geographical location (Dublin City is gener-
ally seen as a lot more expensive than other re-
gions), your lifestyle and choice of accommodation.
The following is a rough estimate of the monthly
cost of living for students in Ireland:
Rent in shared house/flat (average) €450
Light/heat/power €36
Food €250
Travel (monthly bus/rail ticket) €82
Books and other academic costs €60
Clothes, laundry, medical, etc. €60
Social life €180
Total -€1,118
GETTING TO KNOW…
HURLING
To the uninitiated, hurling at first ap-
pears a fairly dangerous sport: thirty
men viciously swinging sticks, whack-
ing a small leather projectile about the
pitch at head height. In fact, the game
is played with such skill and concentra-
tion, that it is no more dangerous than
any other field game. But it as exciting
as it looks. Thought to predate Christi-
anity, hurling has been an Irish pastime
for over 2,000 years. The game involves
two teams of fifteen, each compris-
ing fourteen outfield players and one
goalkeeper. Each player uses a slightly
curved wooden stick made of ash, called
a ‘camán’, to control, pass and shoot a
small leather ball called a ‘sliotar’. Scor-
ing is achieved by goals, when the sliotar
is fired into the net (worth three points),
and points, when the sliotar is hit over
the crossbar for a single point.
The highest level of competition in
hurling is at inter county level, when tra-
ditional powers such as Kilkenny (or the
‘cats’ as they are fondly known) and Cork
battle it out for the All-Ireland trophy. A
trip to Croke Park, one of the finest sport-
ing arenas in Europe, to watch a thrilling
game of hurling is a memory that will stay
with you for ever. But who knows? Be-
sides being a spectator, you may even get
to practice a little hurling yourself during
your stay in Ireland! Visit www.gaa.ie for
further information.
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Luisa is an Erasmus student discovering that
for a small country, Ireland has a surprisingly
high number of regional accents. She initially
experienced a little difficulty understanding
some of her Irish lecturers, but sharing a house
with five Irish girls from all corners of the
country has really helped her to overcome this
minor linguistic problem.
Luisa was attracted to studying in Ireland
by comments made by friends at home
in Toulouse. They spoke of the beautiful
landscape, lively traditional Irish music in the
pubs, and the welcoming nature of the Irish
people.

She is taking modules in History, Linguistics,
Translation and Literature, all areas relating
to her English Studies course back in Le Mirail
(Toulouse University). For Luisa, NUI Maynooth
represents a refreshing change of scene.

’It’s not too big and not too small; there is a
good student size,’ she says. ‘It’s much more
spacious than Le Mirail, and the campus is
just amazing – full of all these beautiful old
buildings.’
Luisa’s comments come as no surprise – NUI
Maynooth has been a place of learning for over
two centuries.

As a member of the international student
society, Luisa meets with fellow international
students every Sunday for an evening of
movies and chat. The well-organised society
also regularly arranges day and weekend trips
to locations all over Ireland. The beautiful
western town of Westport, Co Mayo has been
her favourite destination so far.

Luisa recommends her fellow French students
overcome any stereotypes that they may have
about Ireland (rainy, etc), and make it their
Erasmus destination. One gets the distinct
feeling that the girl who hopes to work as a
translator one day, will be a regular visitor to
Ireland in the future.
NAME: Luisa Kabala
NATIONALITY: French
COLLEGE: NUI Maynooth
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USEFUL LINKS
TRANSPORT
www.ahead.ie Association for Higher Education
Access & Disability
www.buseireann.ie Bus Eireann
www.dublinbus.ie Dublin Bus
www.ehic.ie European & Health Insurance Card
www.irishrail.ie Irish Rail
www.luas.ie Luas
www.nda.ie National Disability Authority
www.rulesoftheroad.ie Road Safety Authority
HEALTH CARE
www.dohc.ie Department of Health and Children
www.hibernianavivahealth.ie Aviva Health
www.hse.ie Health Services Executive
www.quinn-healthcare.com Quinn Healthcare
www.vhi.ie Voluntary Health Insurance
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DRIVING
Driving licences from the EEA are valid for use in Ire-
land, while drivers from Australia, Gibraltar, Guern-
sey, Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, South Africa, South
Korea and Switzerland can surrender their licence in
exchange for an Irish driving licence. Anyone arriving
from a country with which Ireland has no exchange
agreement must apply for a provisional licence. You
may use your own licence for up to a year, before
you have to apply for an Irish licence.
Please note that you are required to carry your
driving licence with you at all times when motoring
in Ireland and that we drive on the left-hand side of
the road – be careful! Check out the link below for a
guide to the rules of the road in Ireland:
www.rulesoftheroad.ie
PUBLIC TRANSPORT
For those without a car, the public
transport system in the cities,
towns and suburbs is very student-
friendly, as colleges tend to be well
serviced. In the capital you will
find Dublin Bus (www.dublinbus.
ie); Luas (www.luas.ie), the light
rail system; and the DART (Dublin
Area Rapid Transit) train network.
Bus Éireann (www.buseireann.ie)
provide national routes, and town
and city services outside Dublin.
The website www.irishrail.ie sup-
plies information on both national
rail routes and the DART service.
Students can avail of reduced rates
on all these services.
MEDICAL INSURANCE AND HEALTH
Non-EEA students are required to hold private
medical insurance when applying for a student visa
to Ireland. Policies from your home country may be
extended for the purposes of your stay here, or you
may purchase a policy from one of the following
Irish insurance providers –
• Voluntary Health Insurance Board - www.vhi.ie
• Quinn Healthcare – www.quinn-healthcare.com
• Hibernian Aviva Health -
www.hibernianavivahealth.ie
Some educational institutions will have pre-ar-
ranged discounts available to foreign students with
an insurance company. Contact your chosen course
provider to see if they can provide you with this
cheaper option.
In terms of public health services, the eligibility
of non-EEA students depends on their country of
origin, duration of stay and financial situation. While
with regard to hospital services, non-EEA students
who are enrolled in a full time course of at least one
year’s duration are deemed ‘ordinarily resident’ in
Ireland and therefore entitled to the same public
patient service as an Irish citizen.
EEA students may avail of free public medical
services in Ireland provided they carry documenta-
tion from their home country that validates this
entitlement. The EHIC (Europe-
an Health Insurance Card) card
ensures you receive whatever
treatment you require in the
Irish public health system in the
event of accident or illness. Visit
www.ehic.ie for more informa-
tion.
The health system in Ireland is
advanced and accessible, and
there are GPs (general practitio-
ners) widely available who will
charge about €50 for a consul-
tation. Most students how-
ever, can avail of free medical
services, as all major universi-
ties and institutes of technology
provide a medical and counsel-
ling services on campus. Other
colleges will often have an agreement with a nearby
GP, who will see students for a reduced rate.
DISABLED STUDENTS
The Irish education system has a good record
with regard to facilities, services and supports for
disabled students, with most colleges employing
a dedicated access officer. Disabled international
students should contact the course provider to see
what supports are available. Services and facilities
outside the campus however, are not as accessible
as some other Western European countries but the
situation is definitely improving. Two very helpful or-
ganisations include the National Disability Authority
(www.nda.ie) and the Association for Higher Educa-
tion Access and Disability (www.ahead.ie)

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PART TIME WORK AND PPS NUMBER
Part-time employment is a good way to lessen the
financial burden of studying abroad, improve your
English in real life work situations, and build upon
your academic experience if the work is related to
your course subject. Student visa holders however,
must ensure that they are legally entitled to hold
down a casual job.
Students from the EEA (European Economic Area)
are free to take up employment in Ireland.
Non-EEA students who are enrolled in a one-year
(minimum) and full time course that is recognised
by the Dept of Education can work for 20 hours’
a week, or 40 during holiday periods. To avail of
part time work, non-EEA students need to have
their passports stamped when registering with the
GNIB - Garda National Immigration Bureau (see
Immigration on page 19 for further information).
Casual work must not interfere with your course
attendance, and entitlement to work will cease as
soon as your course is completed.
All employees in Ireland are required to have a PPS
(Personal Public Service) number. You must be living
in Ireland before applying for your PPS number and
applications should be made to the nearest Social
Welfare office with the following documentation.
Applicants should bring a photo id (e.g. passport,
national identity card, or immigration card) and
evidence of your Irish address, such as a household
bill (ESB, telephone, gas, etc).
SETTING UP A BANK ACCOUNT
It is strongly recommended that you open a bank
account upon arriving in Ireland. This service
allows you to receive payment, save money, make
transactions and is much safer than hiding your
money under the bed!
Banks in Ireland provide a very modern and
convenient service, with ATM machines readily
available in big cities and small towns. It may prove
beneficial however, especially if you intend to study
outside Dublin, to investigate which banks have a
branch in your new hometown. Banking costs vary,
but many, if not all, banks offer special rates to
student customers.
*NB – As international students often rely on
transferred monies for their initial expenses, it
is important to remember that it can take up to
two weeks for the international transfer of money
through the banking system.
RELEVANT LEGAL AGE LIMITS
Learning Ireland is making no judgment on lifestyle
choices in providing this information; we do so only
in the interest of promoting awareness amongst
visiting students.
Age of sexual consent in Ireland is 17
Minimum age for purchasing alcohol is 18
Minimum age for purchasing cigarettes is 18
Smokers should be aware that a workplace ban
is in place in Ireland, which of course applies to
bars, restaurants, etc. So get ready to cut back,
or better yet, give cigarettes the boot!
LEGAL ASPECTS
AND EMPLOYMENT
Part time work helps
ease the financial
burden
USEFUL LINKS
www.entemp.ie Department of Enterprise,
Trade & Employment
www.garda.ie An Garda Síochána - Ireland’s
National Police Service
www.icosirl.ie Irish Council for International
Students (ICOS)
www.justice.ie Department of Justice, Equality
& Law Reform
www.usi.ie Union of Students in Ireland
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Full time education is a challenging environ-
ment that can be physically and mentally
draining; ensuring a good quality of life away
from the lecture halls and classrooms al-
lows you to devote your maximum energy to
achieving the best possible academic results.
Where you decide to live while studying in Ire-
land is obviously a key aspect of a comfort-
able home life; living in an apartment over
a 24-hour bowling alley for instance, is not
conducive to productive revision!
Once you have been accepted on to a course, you
should immediately contact the accommodation
office of the college in question for valuable advice
on living options on- and off-campus. Most institu-
tions profiled in the *XLGHprovide a dedicated
staff whose job it is to help international students
find somewhere to stay.
ON-CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION
All universities and many other higher education
institutions provide on-campus student resi-
dences, in effect ‘student villages’ with their own
services such as shops, laundry, security, Internet
coverage and parking.
Living among many other international students
may help to offset loneliness and homesickness. If
you wish to be right in the middle of things during
your time in college, then on-campus is the place
for you. However, you should also bear in mind the
potential disadvantages, such as the prohibition of
friends staying over.
Rent for this type of accommodation ranges
typically from €550 to €600 a month, depend-
ing on the college and accommodation type in
question. Payment is usually made in two lump
sum instalments (September and January) and
deposit of month’s rent is often required
in advance.
HOST-FAMILY ACCOMMODATION
Often referred to in Ireland as ‘digs’, staying with
a host-family is a good option for international
students who are young or living away from home
for the first time. Besides having their own room,
students are normally provided with morning
and evening meals, and are generally treated as a
member of the family.
Many young students who come to learn English in
Ireland stay in this type of accommodation. There
are strict guidelines that maintain high standards
(regarding meals, cleanliness, access, etc) in host-
family accommodation facilitated by accredited
schools.
Host-family accommodation costs about €100 to
€150 per week.
RENTED ACCOMMODATION
For the international students with an independent
streak who want to ‘do their own thing’; there is always
the option of finding rented private accommodation.
There are three main types of rented accommo-
dation: bed sits - a one-room facility that usually
combines a kitchen with a bedroom; two and three-
bedroom apartments; and house-sharing, which is
the most economical option for students. Plus you
will usually have the added luxury of a garden!
One of the (very) few good aspects of the eco-
nomic downturn in Ireland has been the fall in rent
prices. For example, average rents for a double
room in Dublin or a two-bedroom property in
Galway or Limerick fell by €1,000 between 2008
and 2009. Rents will, at worse, have stabilised
since then, but more likely they have continued to
fall as the recession continues. So you should be
able to find good quality accommodation for a very
reasonable price.
Students opting for this kind of accommodation
are advised to arrive in the country two or three
weeks prior to the start of the academic year, in
order to secure a place in a house/apartment.
You should also note it is usually not possible to
reserve long-term accommodation in advance, as
landlords will not hold rooms without payment of
rent. The normal length of a lease is 9 or 12 months
and it can be difficult to find anything shorter.
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Yanjie has certainly enjoyed her time in
the West of Ireland, so much so that she is
currently pursuing her second qualification
at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
(GMIT). She originally arrived in 2006 as part
of an exchange agreement with Nanchang
University. After completing the final year
of her Honours Bachelor of Business, she
decided to stay on and is currently half
way through the BA in Hotel and Catering
Management.
Why the second degree? Yanjie admits to
having found the topic of her first degree
‘kind of boring’ – well
she did specialise
in accountancy!
Nevertheless, she knows
those financial skills
will certainly be useful
when she graduates
from her current course
and achieves her aim
of working in hotel
management.
Aside from mental skills such as finance
and strategy however, running a hotel also
requires a lot of practical skills. Luckily Yanjie
enjoys the ‘hands-on’ side of things, and
particularly likes the practical aspects of the
course such as her kitchen-based classes.
Away from college, the native of Inner
Mongolia is taken with the very relaxed
pace of life in the famously student-friendly
Galway City. She finds the people ‘friendly
and lovely’ and particularly enjoys the
‘quietness’ afforded by the laidback lifestyle.
She has also taken trips to the cities of
Limerick, Belfast and Dublin, and also to the
spectacular Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s
top attractions.
So what advice does Yanjie have for fellow
Chinese thinking of coming to Ireland? Well
she lives in the GMIT student village and
believes that the ‘very clean and convenient’
accommodation is ideal for foreign students,
and although the many Chinese restaurants
may not quite recapture the flavours of home,
they are still pretty good!
NAME: Yanjie Ba
NATIONALITY: China
COLLEGE: Galway-Mayo
Institute of Technology
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GETTING TO KNOW…
THE IRISH LANGUAGE
Cén chaoi a bhfuil tú? That’s
‘how are you?’ in Irish. We
don’t have the space to
explore pronunciation here,
but if you want to learn
something uniquely Irish
during your stay here, a few
phrases ‘as Gaeilge’ (‘in Irish’)
might be just the thing. Many
readers will not even be aware
that an Irish language exists,
yet it was spoken by the
majority up until about 200
years’ ago.
Nowadays of course, English
is the everyday language
Ireland, and famous literary
figures such as James Joyce
and Oscar Wilde sealed
our reputation for English-
speaking in the eyes of the
world. Most people you come
across will know a few Irish
words and phrases, as it
is a compulsory subject in
our school system. And in
a few isolated areas, called
‘Gaeltachts’, it is still the
predominant language. Irish
has undergone a bit of a
renaissance in recent years
with its own TV station – TG4,
and more people, the young in
particular, proud to use it. So
you are sure to impress if you
can manage a few words! So
let’s get you started:
Pedrito is ainm dom
Pedrito is my name
Tagann mé ó an Fhrainc/an
Ghearmáin/an tSín I come
from France/Germany/China
Tá brón orm. Ní rinne mé mo
obair bhaile I’m sorry.
I didn’t do my homework.
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SETTLING IN
Research has shown that 50%-70% of all university
students suffer from a degree of homesickness. If
international students alone are considered, this
percentage surely rises due to the culture shock of
living in an entirely new country. Thankfully there
are many tried and tested steps that will help you
overcome any anxiety that you may experience.
MAKE NEW FRIENDS
Staying in regular contact with friends and family at
home is an important emotional support for any in-
ternational student, but it should not be relied upon
as your main source of human contact. An over
reliance on familial contact can lead to intensified
feelings of loneliness and homesickness.
Therefore, the sooner you make friends, the easier
your transition to living in Ireland will be. Anxieties
regarding living in a new environment can grow if
they are not shared with others. Talking and spend-
ing time with friends will allow you to express your
concerns and, more importantly, enjoy yourself.
Try and avoid confining your social life to people
from your home country. Firstly, because people
from the same country can tend to spend all their
time talking about home rather than exploring their
new surroundings, and secondly because your Eng-
lish will not improve if you do not use it as frequently
as possible.
MAKE PLANS
The daunting prospect of a long period away from
home stretching out before you, can lead to home-
sickness in the initial days and weeks of your time in
Ireland. It makes good sense therefore, to develop
in the early stages a habit of making plans for your
spare time.
Ireland is famous for its pubs, and years ago they
were the only social outlet available to many people.
Nowadays thankfully, you will find an abundance of
alternative venues for socialising at the weekends:
cafes, restaurants of every type and price range,
sporting occasions, concert venues, cinemas, etc.
But if you do wish to sample the famous Guinness,
there are still plenty of traditional Irish pubs with a
warm and pleasant atmosphere to be found.
Many colleges feature student bars that provide
the setting for comedy shows, concerts and more.
Non-smokers (and smokers in all likelihood) will be
relieved to hear that smoking is banned in all busi-
ness and public premises in Ireland.
Travel for students around Ireland is also quite
cheap and due its small size, journeys tend to be
short. So there are no excuses for not organising
day or weekend trips to some of the country’s many
tourist attractions.
GET ACTIVE
Irish colleges generally provide excellent sports and
exercise facilities, from gyms to sports clubs of a wide
variety: soccer, rugby, Gaelic football and hurling (tra-
ditional Irish field sports – not for the faint hearted!),
athletics, racquet sports, and many more. If you’re
sport of choice is not catered for by the college, you
will not have trouble finding local facilities such as
swimming pools available at a student discount.
The great outdoors are easily accessible no matter
where you are located in Ireland. Every town and city
is only a short distance from cycling routes, hiking
trails, and water sports facilities.
Keeping the mind active is just as important. Irish
colleges are home to a huge choice of student soci-
eties dedicated to everything from poetry to science
fiction. These societies organise lots of activities
and are also an excellent opportunity to make new
friends with similar interests.
Studies permitting, it might also be a good idea to
find part time work – whether you need the money or
not. Working can be a good way to make friends, im-
prove your English, and prepare for your future career.
GET HELP
No matter what your problem - be it personal,
academic or financial - there will be someone in your
college who can listen and offer advice. As is borne
out by the numerous student case studies in the
surrounding pages, teaching staff in Irish colleges
are very accommodating toward international stu-
dents and more than happy to help with any issues
that arise.
Besides lecturers and tutors however, other staff
that can help include the student welfare officer, staff
in the college international office, and medical staff
such as the college nurse and counsellor. No stu-
dent, be they Irish or foreign, is required to face their
problems alone, so do not hesitate to access any or
all of these services during your stay in Ireland.
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While studying in Ireland you may come to the
same conclusion that many others have arrived
at, and decide to start your career here. With the
second highest wages in the EU and a UN report
that found Ireland to be the world’s fifth most
desirable country to live in, it is definitely worth
your consideration.
The current global economic downturn is affecting
Ireland as much as anywhere else, and significant
job losses have occurred over the past year. How-
ever, most of these redundancies have been in the
lower-skilled sector, and Ireland is still a great place
for well-qualified graduates of any nationality to find
highly paid and secure jobs.
The following is a guide to the main schemes
that enable international graduates to secure
work in Ireland:
*Please note that these schemes are for non-EEA
nationals only, as EU nationals (except Bulgarian
and Romanian nationals, who receive preferential
treatment to non-EAA nationals) and graduates
from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland
are free to work in Ireland.
THIRD LEVEL GRADUATE SCHEME
The scheme is in effect an extension to a student’s
visa, allowing graduates of a primary, masters or
doctorate degree (level 7-10 on the NFQ) to remain
in Ireland for six months from the day upon which
they receive their exam results. Graduates are free
during this time to work for up to 40 hours a week
and/or seek employment, and apply for further
permission to remain in the state.
GREEN CARD SCHEME
This scheme is designed to allow employers in specific
sectors that are suffering from skills shortages to
employ highly skilled non-EEA graduates or workers.
Graduates in economically important sectors such as
Information Communications Technology (ICT), Health-
care, Financial Services and Scientific Research may
be able to benefit. The Green Card is available to nearly
all occupations with an annual salary of €60,000 or
more, and to a restricted list of occupations with annual
salaries between €30,000 and €59,999 - visit www.
entemp.ie for the current list of applicable occupations.
The Green Card features a named employer and the
specific role held by the employee, and either party
can make the application. It entitles the holder to
an initial stay of two years and to apply for family
reunification. The Green Card is renewable and often
serves as a gateway to permanent residency status
after the initial two-year period.
WORK PERMIT SCHEME
Not too dissimilar from the Green Card, the Work
Permit Scheme enables non-EEA graduates to work
in occupations with an annual salary of €30,000
or more (a lower income is sometimes accepted in
exceptional cases), and which are suffering from
labour shortages. The Work Permit Scheme does
not apply to certain occupations, a list of which can
be found on www.entemp.ie. Like the Green Card,
the Work Permit is allocated on a job-by-job basis.
EMPLOYMENT SCHEME FOR
RESEARCHERS
Under this scheme, contracted researchers can
work for publicly funded research organisations (in-
cluding in industry). As with the previous schemes,
permission is linked to a specific research role in a
named organisation, but there is no obligation for
the employer to seek an EEA candidate.
The researcher must be earning a minimum of
€25,000, or €30,000 if there are dependants. Hold-
ers and their dependants will be eligible to apply for
long-term residence after a period of two years. Visit
www.researchcareersireland.com to view the lat-
est research positions available in Ireland.
EMPLOYMENT OF STUDENTS
PURSUING A PROFESSIONAL
ACCOUNTANCY QUALIFICATION
If you are a student pursuing an accountancy
qualification, you may be able to work full time in
an accountancy/finance role with an approved
employer without the requirement to obtain a work
permit. ACA, ACCA, CIMA and CIPA have an agree-
ment with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration
Service (INIS) to facilitate the full-time training in
an accountancy/finance role, of non-EEA students.
Such students are granted a renewable stamp for
up to twelve months at a time.
Visit www.employmentrights.ie for information
regarding the legal rights and entitlements of em-
ployees in Ireland.
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Understanding the certification system of your
study destination is crucial. You need to be
sure that the award provided by your chosen
course meets your academic and career goals.
Three years studying in a foreign country
is a long time if the qualification at the end
of it is not what you were looking for! Irish
qualifications meet the highest international
standards, and are well received by employers
and colleges around the globe.
Ireland has a transparent and easy to understand
certification system called the National Framework
of Qualifications (NFQ) – see image below. The
vast majority of further and higher education
courses in Ireland are recognised by the Irish Dept of
Education (make sure yours is too!), thus ensuring
the quality of the award and transparency regarding
your learning path.
The following is a brief description of awards, based
on the ‘one’ to ‘ten’ levels of certification that are
outlined in the National Framework of Qualifications
(NFQ):

Certificate (level 5) – Awarded by FETAC
The certificate gives the student a solid grounding
in a specific occupation; he/she learns to use the
instruments and techniques that come with the
job. This award enables the graduate to take a job
where he/she works independently, but not in a
management or supervisory role.
Higher Certificate (level 6) – Awarded by HETAC
and Institutes of technology Advanced Certificate
(level 6) - Awarded by FETAC
The Higher or Advanced Certificate equips the
graduate with supervisory/management and
administrative skills in a specific occupation. There
is a particular focus on the ability to learn new skills
within a job. Occupations at this level would include
supervisor, junior technician, and upper end of
craft industry (e.g. textiles, furniture).
Ordinary Bachelor Degree (level
7) – Awarded by HETAC, Institutes of
Technology and Universities
The student learns the laws and
principles within a field of study,
and how they are critically applied
in a job scenario. This award is suitable for the
upper end of technical occupations (e.g. electronic
engineering), limited roles within the professions
(e.g. accountancy) and junior management.
Honours Bachelor Degree & Higher Diploma
(level 8) - Awarded by HETAC, Institutes of
Technology and Universities
This qualification incorporates a full knowledge
of the field of study, with a focus on adaptability,
innovation and problem solving. In terms of work,
the graduate is suitably prepared for a role as an
independent knowledge-based professional (e.g.
teacher, solicitor) and positions in management.
Masters Degree & Postgraduate Diploma
(level 9) - Awarded by HETAC, Institutes of
Technology and Universities
These courses require students to demonstrate
their expertise on the subject by researching
an area that is related to their course material.
Suitable for the senior professions (e.g. actuary)
and management with responsibility for worker
performance.
Doctoral Degree (level 10) - Awarded by HETAC,
Institutes of Technology and Universities
Through intensive research, the graduate will have
uncovered and interpreted new findings relating to
his/her field of knowledge. The Doctoral Degree is
related to occupations requiring specialist skills (e.g.
psychologist) and high-level research work.
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of the NFQ Fan
Post secondary school education in Ireland is
divided into two main areas: further and higher
education. There are significant differences
in terms of fees, academic requirements and
course duration; so understanding the purpose
and characteristics of the two sectors is
certainly worth your while.
FURTHER EDUCATION
Further education, or ‘PLC’ (Post Leaving Certificate)
courses, are vocational (i.e. they prepare you for a
specific career) and usually one year or two years
in duration. The courses focus on the technical
knowledge and core skills and always include work
experience.

FETAC (Further Education and Training Awards
Council – www.fetac.ie) is the national award
body for a wide range of vocational and technical
training programmes in public and private colleges.
FETAC courses occupy levels one to six on the NFQ
fan (see page …), with the completion of levels five
or six providing the opportunity to pursue higher
education in dozens of institutes of technology,
universities and private colleges across Ireland.
Alternatively, graduates of further education
are suitably qualified to progress directly into
employment.

Some of the vocational areas covered by further
education include: Business and Secretarial
Skills, Computer Studies, Computer Animation,
Construction, Art Craft and Design, Multi-Media
Production, Theatre and Stage Production,
Performing Arts,
Child-care and Community Care, Sport and
Leisure, Tourism and Hotel and Catering, Sport and
Leisure, Equestrian Studies, Horticulture, Applied
Languages, and Information Technology.

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PRE-NURSING
A highly popular course, and widely available across
Ireland, Pre-Nursing programmes prepare students
for careers such as care assistance, while also
facilitating entry into nursing degree programmes
in Irish universities and institutes of technology,
as well as colleges in the UK. During this one-year
programme students tackle subjects such as
Introduction to Nursing, Anatomy & Physiology,
and Human Growth and Development. All in all, an
excellent choice for those with a caring nature!
HIGHER EDUCATION
For those with bigger academic goals, higher
education in Ireland comprises undergraduate (third
level) and postgraduate (fourth level) courses. The
latter typically take three to four years complete
and are available in a huge range of subjects,
from agriculture to IT. Postgraduate courses are
usually one year in length and available in taught or
research-based formats.
It ought to be remembered that while third and
fourth level programmes provide a greater level
of knowledge and skill, they are also significantly
more expensive than further education courses. The
following are the awarding bodies involved:
HETAC (Higher Education and Training Awards
Council) – www.hetac.ie
The qualifications awarding body for third-level
educational and training institutions that are outside
the university sector. Qualifications from level 6
(Higher Certificate) to level 10 (Doctoral Degree) in
the NFQ are awarded by the Institutes of Technology
and a number of independent colleges.
FOCUS ON THIRD LEVEL…
SOFTWARE & COMPUTER GAME
DEVELOPMENT
Despite the economic downturn, Ireland remains
one of the world’s largest exporters of software;
and a major reason for this is the quality of
software graduates produced by our institutes of
technology and universities. Courses are available
in a number of specialised areas, including
software development, web development, and
computer networking. One area of study that is
particularly popular at the moment is computer
game development. Graduates will readily find
employment in one of the world’s fastest growing
industries. For the gaming enthusiasts among you,
the words ‘dream’ and ‘job’ spring to mind!
Institutes of Technology –
www.councilofdirectors.ie
Fourteen institutes, located nationwide, produce
graduates for Ireland’s booming technological
sector (the second largest exporter of software
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MAKING YOUR DECISION
in the world). Qualifications from level 6 (Higher
Certificate) to level 10 (Doctoral Degree) in the NFQ
are awarded by either HETAC, or the institutes of
technology themselves.
Universities – www.iua.ie
The large amounts of graduates who progress to
employment in the numerous multinationals that
operate in Ireland are testament to the quality of
Ireland’s seven universities. University degrees
are conferred from level seven (Ordinary Bachelor
Degree) to level 10 (Doctoral Degree) in the NFQ.
FOCUS ON FOURTH LEVEL…
GOING GREEN
The ‘Green Economy’, based on environmentally
sustainable and technologically innovative solutions,
has been a stated goal of the Irish Government for
some years now, and this is reflected by the increasing
variety of state-of-the-art , ‘green’ postgraduate
courses that are available. From sustainable
engineering to renewable energies, and waste
management to environmental protection, a host of
cutting edge taught and research options await you in
Ireland. So why not join the green revolution!
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USEFUL LINKS
www.inab.ie Irish National Accreditation Board
www.nfq.ie National Framework of Qualifications
www.nsai.ie National Standards Authority of Ireland
www.qualifax.ie The National Learners’ Database
www.cao.ie Central Applicaions Office
www.councilofdirectors.ie Institutes of Technology
www.fetac.ie Further Education and Training
Awards Council
www.gamedevelopers.ie Software & Computer
Game development Poece
www.hetac.ie Higher Education and Training
Awards Council
www.ioti.ie Institutes of Technology Ireland
www.iua.ie Irish Universities Association
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Ireland is well known for its
history of emigration, and to
North America in particular.
Forty million people from
across the US and Canada
profess Irish ethnicity, which is nearly ten
times the current population of Ireland. It is
no surprise therefore that many American and
Canadian students cite a curiosity about their
ancestral roots as a motivation for choosing
Ireland as their exchange destination.
Darryl, an English undergraduate from Nipiss-
ing University in Ontario, is one such student.

’I wanted to delve into my historical roots,’ he
explains. On my mother’s side they emigrated
from Ireland to Canada, and my father’s side
is strictly English - I’m planning on visiting
England as well. All my family history is right in
these islands, so it’s quite easy to get around
and find that history.’

Limerick and its location in the rural West was
an ideal base for this journey of self-discovery:
‘I’m more interested in the grass roots than
the urbanised cities,’ says Darryl, whose many
trips about the region have
helped him ‘to get a good
taste of what it means to be
from Ireland.’
A course in Irish Cultural Studies has
provided Darryl’s investigations with an aca-
demic backbone, and he’s full of praise for the
University of Limerick.

Besides the staff; ‘they made my transition
here extremely easy’; he was pleasantly sur-
prised by the Irish tradition of student societ-
ies formed specifically for students of certain
courses. Thus Darryl has found it easy to get to
know and mix with his new classmates through
the English Students Society.
Darryl is particularly impressed with UL’s
green campus. Having at one time studied in
a downtown university back in Canada, which
he and friends nicknamed the ‘concrete jungle’,
the pleasant nature and river walks of his new
campus are particularly welcome.
A peaceful atmosphere perfectly suited for a
laid back and thoughtful student like Darryl.
NAME: Darryl Oliver COUNTRY: Canada
COLLEGE: University of Limerick
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Remarkable progress has been made in recent
years in the area of international recognition of
qualifications. It is now possible for people from
all over the globe to identify the equivalent of
their award in any other country.

It is highly advisable that an international student
should find out the Irish equivalent of any
qualification he/she was awarded already before
applying for a course in Ireland. This way you
can assure yourself that you meet the minimum
academic entry requirements for a course.

The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland
(NQAI) provides a service whereby the equivalent
level from the National Framework of Qualifications
(please see the NFQ table on page 29) of an
international award may be made known to the
applicant.
The NQAI is in the process of compiling a database
of the second and third level educational awards
in other countries. Prospective students, from the
countries listed at www.qualificationsrecognition.
ie - International Qualifications Database, can work
out their current educational level in an Irish context
at this web location.

It is also important to know what the Irish
qualification you are applying for is worth in your
home country, particularly if you plan to return home
and work on completing your course in Ireland.
Contact the relevant qualifications authority in
your own country in order to do this. Visit www.
enic-naric.net for an extensive directory of national
qualification bodies from around the world.
The following guidelines are for those students
with an award NOT from a country listed in the
NQAI’s database.
SECOND LEVEL
QUALIFICATION HOLDERS
The Central Applications Office (CAO) is the
body responsible for processing school-leavers’
applications to undergraduate courses in Ireland.
International students applying to any of Ireland’s
Institutes of Technology (EXCEPT DIT - Dublin
Institute of Technology) can avail of a scoring
system on the CAO’s website that compares the
various international second level qualifications with
Ireland’s Leaving Certificate.
This information can be found at www.cao.
ie - Applicant Scoring - Other School-Leaving
Examinations (Institutes of Technology ONLY).
International students, applying for a course not
provided by the Institutes of Technology, need
to contact the college in question directly. The
admissions office will inform the student as to the
value they attach to the student’s second level award.
THIRD LEVEL
QUALIFICATION HOLDERS
International students, who are seeking the
value that is attached to their third level
qualifications in Ireland, need to send the
following information to the NQAI:
³ Completed application form (application
forms can be downloaded from www.
qualificationsrecognition.ie - Recognition of
Foreign Qualifications in Ireland)
³ Certified photocopy of the qualification in its
original language
³ An official English translation of the qualification
³ Certified photocopy of transcript/mark sheets/
list of subjects passed in original language
³ An official translation of transcript/mark sheets/
list of subjects passed
NQAI contact details:
Qualifications Recognition - Ireland,
The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland,
5th Floor Jervis House, Jervis Street,
Dublin 1, Ireland.
This service is free of charge and applications take 8
to 12 weeks to process.

Holders of UK awards can find the Irish
equivalent of their qualification by downloading
the document Qualifications Can Cross
Boundaries in the Publications section of www.
qualificationsrecognition.ie.

NB Exam Scores – It is important to remember that
although you may have a qualification that meets
the minimum entry requirements of an Irish college,
entrance to courses is competitive so it is often
necessary for you to have achieved a good score in
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CROSS BORDERS
GETTING TO KNOW…
GUINNESS
The social life of Irish people is thankfully
not as reliant on alcohol as it once was, but
for many of you the famously black stout
(a type of beer made from roasted malt
or barley) Guinness is still synonymous
with Ireland. It is something of an acquired
taste, and perhaps not best suited to
the taste buds of a young international
student, but as an occasional drinker this
writer would describe the experience as a
slightly burned (from the roasted barley)
and bitter taste underlying a creamy head,
with a hint of coffee in the aftertaste.
The drink has a long history that is closely
entwined with the famous brewery in
Dublin City’s St James’s Gate, which
opened for business in 1759 and is today
a very popular tourist attraction (www.
guinness-storehouse.com). Guinness is one
of Ireland’s most successful exports, and
is today popular in countries all over the
world, such as the UK and Nigeria. It’s not
the only ‘black stuff’ you will come across
in Ireland however; other stouts include
Beamish and Murphy’s - a competitor to
Guinness from Cork City (which competes
fiercely with Dublin on most fronts!) that
has a slightly sweeter taste.
your exams for your application to be successful.
For example, enrolling in a degree course in
Medicine in Ireland will require a very high score in
your public (school) examinations and successful
completion by EU applicants of the HPAT-Ireland
(Health Professions Admission Test-Ireland). Non-EU
applicants must fulfil other additional criteria.

A Master’s degree programme usually requires a
good second class honours degree.
Some courses will require supplementary work in
the form of interviews, research proposals, portfolios
of previous work, etc. It is highly recommended
that you contact the college to inquire about these
various aspects of your chosen course.
EUROPASS
Students coming from within Europe can avail of
Europass, a relatively new, and free, service that
enables people to make their skills and qualifications
clearly and easily understood in Europe. The Europass
documents have been designed in such a way as to
help people chronicle their skills and competences
in a coherent manner, whether they are planning to
enrol in an education or training programme, looking
for a job, or getting experience abroad. Visit www.
europass.ie for further information.
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ERASMUS
Students from the EU have a marvellous opportunity
to live, study and work for up to a year in Ireland
under the Erasmus scheme. Over 1.7 million students
have made use of this excellent and easily accessible
programme since its inception in 1987.
The Erasmus Programme has been in existence
since 1987 offering students and teachers the op-
portunity to spend periods studying and teaching
in higher education institutions in 30 other eligible
member states.
The Erasmus programme presents a golden op-
portunity to spend between three and 12 months
in a European higher education institution (HEI) or
enterprise, broadening your cultural and educational
experiences.
In order to apply for and investigate Erasmus, stu-
dents should contact the International Office of
their college.
Students who are enrolled on programmes equiva-
lent to level 6 and higher on the Irish National
Qualifications Framework are eligible to apply. In the
case of study visits, applicants must be on at least
the second year of their course of studies. For work
placements, students of all years are eligible to apply.
There are 31 eligible countries: the 27 EU countries;
3 EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway);
and Turkey.
Three major benefits of the Erasmus scheme are:
³ You may apply for an Erasmus grant, which are
provided to many thousands of student partici-
pants every year.
³ You are not required to pay any university fees to
the institution you are visiting.
³ Full academic recognition will be given by your
‘home’ university to the courses you pursue while
abroad.
WORK PLACEMENT
In addition to study visits, Erasmus now supports stu-
dents who want to spend periods on work placement.
The work placement must form an integral part of
the student’s educational programme, and will be
part of a Training Agreement that has been agreed
between the home HEI and the host organisation.
Applicants need to check with their International
Office regarding whether their HEI is a participant of
this programme.
ERASMUS GRANT
The Erasmus grant is not intended to cover all
expenses, but to help the student with the costs of
studying/working abroad such as travel expenses,
language preparation costs and the cost of living in
the host country.
Application procedures vary from country to coun-
try; students should contact the International Office
of their college for further details.
The Erasmus grant does not affect the status of
any grants a student is already receiving for his/her
education at home.
EUROPEAN CREDIT
TRANSFER SYSTEM (ECTS)
The majority of European universities have adopted
the ECTS; it facilitates the recognition of cred-
its earned by an Erasmus student while study-
ing abroad, e.g. one full year of studies generally
amounts to 60 credits.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
The Erasmus programme is strongly focused on
the principle of the mobility of European students,
including students with severe disabilities. Particular
attention is therefore given to the guidance, recep-
tion, physical accessibility, pedagogical/technical
support services and extra financial costs for dis-
abled students. Further information is available from
the International Office of your HEI.
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FURTHER INFORMATION
www.esn.org - The Erasmus Student Network
provides plenty of helpful advice to students at all
stages of the Erasmus programme: applying, study-
ing abroad and after the trip.
www.studyabroadwithoutlimits.eu - Lots of
information for EU students with a disability who are
seeking to study in Ireland.
The Erasmus programme provides an incredible
scope of opportunities for students to work and study
abroad and Ireland is a leading economic, educational
and cultural performer within the EU. The Guide to
Education in Ireland recommends you use Erasmus to
pay us a visit; we promise you won’t regret it!
NON EU EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES
Some international students prefer not to commit
to the full three or four-year duration of a higher
education course in a foreign country. Exchange
programmes provide the opportunity for non-EU
students to enhance their educational experience by
spending a semester or full academic year living and
studying in Ireland
Students who are not attending university in a coun-
try signed up to the Erasmus scheme may study
in Ireland for a semester as part of a short-term
international exchange programme.
When investigating this option, you should first con-
tact the international office of your college. They will
give you all the relevant information regarding any
current exchange agreements your college has with
institutions in Ireland, or put you in contact with one
of the many private companies around the world that
run this type of programme.

An exchange programme represents an excellent
opportunity to expand your academic horizons; stu-
dents often take the opportunity to select a module
in a course outside of their normal area of study in
order to experience interesting new subjects. Im-
portantly, the credits you accumulate in Ireland will
count toward your overall score in your home college.

However, it’s not all about hitting the books of
course; a six or 12-month stint in Ireland is a great
chance to make new friends, see new places, and
gain memories that will stay with you for the rest of
your life.
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USEFUL LINKS
www.cao.ie Central Applications Office
www.enic.naric.net
www.esn.org International Exchange Erasmus
Student Network
www.europass.ie Europass
www.qualificationsrecognition.ie International
Qualifications Database
www.studyabroadwithoutlimits.eu Study Abroad
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• Languages
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• Engineering
• Law
• Music
• Computing
• Humanities
• Mathematics
• Science
ireland
International Education Division
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Tel: +353 61 202414 • Fax: +353 61 213062
Email: amanda.glennon@ul.ie
Website www.ul.ie/internationaleducation
Applicants can apply directly to the International Education Division
and the closing date for receipt of application forms is the 1st July.
• Information Technology •
‘Ireland’s most dynamic university’
Former Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern
(Prime Minister of Ireland)
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Universities are the biggest institutes of higher
education in Ireland and traditionally sit at the
top of the Irish education system. They are third
level educational institutions, granting academ-
ic and technical degrees in a variety of subjects.
They are also the largest hubs of research activ-
ity and providers of postgraduate courses.
The Republic of Ireland contains seven universi-
ties, three in Dublin: Trinity College Dublin (TCD),
University College Dublin (UCD), and Dublin City
University (DCU); and four more to the west and
south: University College Cork (UCC), NUI Galway
(NUIG), University of Limerick (UL), and NUI May-
nooth (NUIM).
Irish universities are financed by a mixture of state
and private funding and Irish or EU undergraduate
students do not have to pay tuition fees. The univer-
sities are self-governing and largely independent.
They interact with their local and national commu-
nities and have many links with businesses, social
groups and other educational institutions both in
Ireland and abroad. Strategic agreements, particu-
larly with regard to research activity, are increasingly
common among the universities, with UL and NUIG
for example recently having formed a comprehen-
sive alliance.
FACILITIES
Ireland’s universities offer a wide range of modern
facilities to their students. These include state of
the art lecture halls, libraries, laboratories and IT
services to ensure that students are provided with
an environment in which they can learn, both suc-
cessfully and comfortably. Universities also have
sporting, social, religious, crèche and health ameni-
ties to ensure that time spent at third level is a fully
rounded experience.
Recent years have seen massive investment in
facilities at many of Ireland’s third level institutions.
Universities have benefited both from government
funding and from the gifts of private businessmen
or alumni giving something back to their old place
of study. New facilities include study, social and cul-
tural buildings. Examples of structural development
last few years include the Ussher library in Trinity,
the Lewis Glucksman Gallery at UCC, the Helix arts
venue in DCU, and the UL Sports Arena.
LEARNING
Classroom and lecture hall facilities at Irish universities
range from huge theatre style rooms with tiered seat-
ing for nearly a thousand students, to smaller, more
basic rooms which are fairly similar to your average
post-primary school classroom. Blackboards are still
important but, these days, lecturers employ a wide
range of IT, audio-visual and presentation technology.
Library facilities are very important to students
and staff at a university. Modern university libraries
house much more than books and photocopiers,
with web terminals or wireless internet access, DVD
and video viewing spaces, online study resources
and private group study rooms all available. Most
third level students spend a lot of time at the library,
and Irish universities aim to provide a comfortable
and relaxed atmosphere with enough space for
students to study at their ease.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Students taking some courses (e.g. science, engi-
neering etc.) will probably spend as much time in
the laboratory as in a lecture hall or the library. Irish
universities laboratories are high tech and of the
highest international standard.
Irish universities have developed dedicated facilities
for different subjects. For example, sports science
students at UL can use the ‘University
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Arena’, which houses the National Strength and
Conditioning Centre and the Cardio-Fitness Centre;
IT students at NUIG have the use of the Irish Centre
for High End Computing, and the Music Technology
Laboratory at NUI Maynooth is a centre of study
and research in Sonic Arts and Computer Music.
Students studying architecture, medicine, veteri-
nary, language, or other subjects also have their own
facility requirements, which are catered for by the
universities offering the courses.

All university students need computer facilities
and all Irish universities have dedicated computer
labs where students can work. High-speed Internet
access is now standard at Irish universities, with
some offering wireless access at places around the
campus and in the student residences.
SPORTS & SOCIAL
We shouldn’t forget the non-course related facilities
at Irish universities, which are very important for
the student to consider. All Irish universities offer
sports, social, health, crèche and religious services
to their students.
Irish universities take
sports very seriously, with
many offering scholar-
ships and incentives to
attract leading athletes.
Each university boasts a
mixture of outdoor play-
ing fields, indoor courts,
gyms, and tracks and
field facilities for athlet-
ics. Students compete at
university level in Gaelic
football, hurling, soccer, rugby,
basketball, tennis, hockey, ath-
letics and other sports. Saunas,
climbing walls, aerobics, yoga,
swimming, squash facilities and
basically everything barring an
egg-and-spoon racing course
are also part of the sports cen-
tres at most universities.
While the social side of university
life is often a big attraction for
students, Irish universities have
always been very aware of their
responsibility to develop and
promote Irish art and culture.
Social and cultural facilities
available at different Irish universities include
student bars and cafes, theatres, exhibition spaces
- and there is even an opera house at the University
of Limerick. All universities have restaurants and
canteens that offer food and meals at relatively low
prices.

YOUR WELFARE
University staff understands that students, and
international students in particular, need help from
time to time and that everybody’s personal circum-
stances are different. Irish universities are kitted out
to help students with health, counselling and crèche
facilities. Many have a doctor or nurse on call at the
campus medical centre, and all have professionals
who can help when students run into personal prob-
lems or are having trouble with their studies. Crèche
facilities for students are a relatively new but very
welcome addition to Irish university campuses.

The particular needs of international students
are met by well-staffed and experienced interna-
tional student offices. Irish university campuses
also have religious or inter-faith centres where
students can practice
their faiths or just get a
bit of peace and quiet.
All Irish universities
offer purpose-built stu-
dent accommodation
on or near the campus.
There has been a
building boom lately,
with lots of modern and
comfortable student
housing being built.
Hockey is a popular sport
DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY (DCU)
Address: Dublin City University, Dublin 9.
Phone: + 353 (0)1 7005000
Fax: + 353 (0)1 8360830
Email: registry@dcu.ie Web: www.dcu.ie
International Office: international.office@dcu.ie
Year Established: 1980
Faculties: DCU Business School; Faculty of
Engineering & Computing; Faculty of Science &
Health; Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences;
Oscail – Distance Education
No. of students: Over 10,000
No. of international students: 1,200
Student Accommodation: Yes
DCU is located on an extensive 85-acre campus just
three miles north of Dublin city centre. It is one of
Ireland’s youngest universities, opening its doors in
1980. Its introduction of work placements (INTRA) as
part of degree programmes is one example of how it
has achieved this. There are over 80 programmes to
choose from, split almost equally between degrees
and postgraduates, with over 10,000 students.
DCU has developed its own research specialisms,
creating a number of national centres of excellence
that collaborate with other universities and industry
internationally. These research centres have
transcended traditional boundaries and have been
extended to include combinations of academic
disciplines such as biotechnology, electronic
engineering, physics and chemistry.
Academic importance is combined with an emphasis
on sports and recreation with the presence of the
University Sports Hall. There are over 40 sporting
clubs to get involved with.
‘The Hub’ is home to great student activity; the
students’ union and recreational areas make it a
lively social centre for all students. Information
about accommodation (over 2,000 students can
be accommodated on-campus) and the numerous
student societies (upwards of 60) can be found here.
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF
IRELAND, GALWAY
Address: University Road, Galway
Phone: + 353 (0)91 524411
Web: www.nuigalway.ie
Email: admissions@nuigalway.ie
International Office: international@nuigalway.ie
Year Established: 1845
Faculties: College of Arts, Social Sciences &
Celtic Studies; Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta
Gaeilge; College of Business, Public Policy & Law;
College of Engineering & Informatics; College of
Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences; Science
No. of students: Over 16,000
No. of international students: Over 2,000
Student Accommodation: Yes
NUI Galway provides an extensive choice of
programmes across five Colleges and also
offers a range of part-time and distance learning
programmes. The University focuses hugely on
continually developing and enhancing available
options for potential applicants.
World leading research drives teaching forward at
NUI Galway; the learning environment is enhanced
as students are taught by academics working at
the forefront of their subject area. However, NUI
Galway places great emphasis on student life as
well as on education.
A €400 million investment programme was
undertaken recently, the single largest capital
development plan ever undertaken by the
University. This included an impressive new
Sports Centre and Swimming Pool, a Cultural
Centre and a stunning new Engineering Building
to bring the Engineering Departments together
under one roof. The University’s location in the
heart of Galway City means NUI students will
benefit from all the facilities that a modern city
has to offer. Galway has always had a reputation
as a young and student-friendly city, with students
accounting for 20% of the population.
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NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
OF IRELAND, MAYNOOTH
Address: International
Office, Humanity House,
NUI Maynooth, Maynooth,
Co. Kildare, Ireland.
Phone: + 353 (0)1 708
3868
Fax: + 353 (0)1 708 6113
Web: http://international.nuim.ie/
Email: international.office@nuim.ie
International Office: Facebook: NUIM Study Abroad
Year Established: 1975
Faculties: 3 faculties with 26 departments and 9
institutes
No. of students: Over 8,000 students
No. of international students: more than 500
international students from 50 different countries.
Student Accommodation: Yes.
International students are guaranteed on campus
accommodation for the first year of their study at
NUI Maynooth.
Maynooth is the only university town in Ireland. The
campus is the home of 8,000 students from more
than 50 different countries. Building on a tradition
of scholarship and excellence in all aspects of its
teaching, learning and research activities within the
liberal arts and sciences tradition, NUI Maynooth
is committed to being a first class research-led
centre of learning and academic discovery.
A wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate
and research programmes are provided by 26
academic departments and research institutes.
Popular courses include science, social science,
humanities, as well as cutting edge new courses
like biomedical sciences, immunology, global
health, and renewable energy systems.
International students are also welcome to study
at NUI Maynooth for one semester or one year
under the study abroad scheme. A wonderful
Maynooth experience with top quality teaching
and learning facilities, friendly staff, a beautiful
campus, and a very fun and social time are
promised to all our students.
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TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
Address: College Green, Dublin 2
Phone: + 353 (0)1 8961000
Web: www.tcd.ie Email: admissions@tcd.ie
International Office: international@tcd.ie
Year Established: 1592
Faculties: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social
Sciences; Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics
and Science; Faculty of Health Sciences
No. of students: Over 15,000
No. of international students: 2,300
Student Accommodation: Yes
Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s oldest university
(founded in 1592), and is ranked as the 25th best
university in Europe. The college is situated in
Dublin’s city centre, and its campus combines
beautiful old buildings with modern laboratories
and lecture theatres. Trinity’s main library enjoys the
privilege of receiving a copy of every book published
in Ireland and the UK, a right it has held since 1801.
Trinity is one of the world’s leading research-
intensive universities, ranked 13th in Europe and
43rd in the World. Research is conducted across all
major academic disciplines, with a strategic focus
on the following areas: European & International
Integration, Culture & Creative Arts, Materials &
Intelligent Systems, Biosciences & Translational
Research and Transport, and Energy & Environment.
In each of these areas Trinity has significant research
activities with national and international links.
There are 50 sports clubs at Trinity and
approximately 100 student societies. There
are many facilities such as bars, restaurants
and a Students’ Union on the campus. Recent
developments include the new Sports Centre.
Introduced this year was www.tcdlife.ie - a website
that seeks to provide information for students
about societies and services. The TCD student
residences are located on and off campus. On-
campus apartments are usually reserved for final-
year students, while there are a large number of
off-campus rooms reserved for non-EU students.
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK
Address: Western Road, Cork
Phone: + 353 (0)21 490 3000
Web: www.ucc.ie Email: admissions@ucc.ie
International Office: + 353 (0)21 4904734
Year Established: 1845
Faculties: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social
Sciences; Business and Law; Medicine and
Health; Science, Engineering and Food Science
No. of students: Over 16,000
No. of international students: Over 2,000
Student Accommodation: Yes
University College Cork (UCC) was founded in
1845. The campus is home to a diverse population
of over 16,000 students, including over 2,400
international students representing around 80
countries worldwide. The International Education
Office is the ‘one stop shop’ that will guide you
through your application procedure, answer your
questions and offer practical support during your
time in UCC.
UCC has seven faculties: Arts & Celtic Studies,
Commerce, Engineering, Food Science &
Technology, Law, Medicine & Health, and Science.
UCC has established itself as a leading research
institution and is the highest research income
earner in Ireland.
There are over 110 student societies and two
student bars on campus. UCC is also home to
the Mardyke Arena, a sports centre that contains
swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms, gyms,
soccer and hockey pitches, tennis courts and
tracks. Students can also get involved with the
UCC’s Students’ Union with its radio station,
Campus Radio, and newspaper.
The University is also home to the Lewis
Glucksman Gallery, which promotes the
visual arts.
UCC Campus Accommodation consists of five
complexes: Castlewhite Apartments, Farranlea
Hall, Victoria Lodge, The Spires and the brand new
rooms available in University Hall, which opened
in 2006.
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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
DUBLIN (UCD)
Address: Belfield, Dublin 4.
Phone: + 353 (0)1 7167777
Web: www.ucd.ie Email: admissions@ucd.ie
International Office: international@ucd.ie
Year Established: 1854
No. of students: Over 23,000
No. of international students: Over 3,500
Student Accommodation: Yes
UCD is a sprawling and leafy campus located
four kilometres south of Dublin city centre. It was
founded over 150 years ago and today upwards of
22,000 students attend the college in Belfield.

There are over 70 degree courses to choose
from and are all available through the following
faculties: Agri-Food, Nutrition & Environmental
Science; Architecture & Landscape Architecture;
Arts; Business; Engineering; Law; Medicine &
Health Sciences; Nursing & Mid-Wifery; Science;
Social Sciences; and Veterinary Medicine.

More than 25% of the current student population
is engaged in graduate research and scholarship.
Each of the five colleges at the university has its
own dedicated graduate school with the explicit
task of enhancing postgraduate training to match
the national strategy of establishing Ireland as a
premier source of 4th level education and research.

Courses aside, UCD offers an impressive range of
other amenities. Facilities on the campus include a
sports centre, which consists of a number of sports
halls, a gym, a sauna and a squash court. Around 60
Sports clubs benefit greatly from the vast amount of
rugby, soccer and GAA pitches on campus.

For the less sporty and more social there are a
huge number of societies on offer; everything
from comedy to chess is catered for.

On-campus accommodation is provided in
Belfield and Blackrock for approximately
2,500 students. 630 on-campus rooms are set
aside for international students.
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Address:
Limerick, Ireland.
Phone: + 353 (0)61
202414
Fax: + 353 (0)61
213062
Web: www.ul.ie
Email: int.ed@ul.ie
International Office: As above
Year Established: 1972
Faculties: Kemmy Business School, Faculty of
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty
of Education and Health Sciences and the
Faculty of Science and Engineering
No. of students: 10500
No. of international students: 1100
Student Accommodation: Yes. 5 residential
villages on campus offering 2,400 rooms
The University of Limerick is an independent
university established by the Government of
Ireland in 1972 as the National Institute for
Higher Education, Limerick and classified as
the University of Limerick in 1989.
UL is an independent, internationally
focused university with over 10,500 students
and 1,200 staff. It is a young, energetic and
enterprising university with a proud record
of innovation in education and excellence
in research and scholarship. Its mission
is to promote and advance learning and
knowledge through teaching, research
and scholarship in an environment which
encourages innovation and upholds the
principles of free enquiry and expression.
Particular attention is paid to the
generation of knowledge which is relevant to
the needs of Ireland’s continuing
socio-economic development.
UL offers a range of programmes up to
doctorate and postdoctorate levels in
the disciplines of Business, Education,
Engineering, Humanities, Informatics &
Electronics, and Science. It has
academic links with Mary Immaculate
College, Limerick.
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The Institutes of Technology offer a very
attractive option to international students
looking to study at third level, and a growing
number of Irish school leavers choose to further
their education at an IT every year. There are
fourteen Institutes of Technology (ITs) in
Ireland:
• Athlone Institute of Technology
(Co Westmeath)
• Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
(Co Dublin)
• Institute of Technology, Carlow
• Cork Institute of Technology
• Dundalk Institute of Technology
(Co Louth)
• Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design
and Technology (Co Dublin)
• Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
• Letterkenny Institute of Technology (Co Donegal)
• Limerick Institute of Technology
• Institute of Technology, Sligo
• Institute of Technology Tallaght, Dublin
• Institute of Technology Tralee (Co Kerry)
• Waterford Institute of Technology
They offer qualifications of a vocational nature that
tend to be less academic than university degree
programmes. Originally established to focus on
producing science, technology and engineering
graduates, the scope of the courses supplied has
widened considerably. Students can now choose
from a range of courses in areas such as business
studies, humanities, languages, healthcare, art &
design, tourism and leisure. ITs also run both taught
and research postgraduate programmes.
ITs are more easily accessed than universities with a
qualification system that allows students to initially
take certain higher certificate courses (NFQ Level
6), which normally last for two years, and then
gain entry on to ordinary degree and subsequent
honours degree courses.
FACILITIES
Facilities at Irish ITs meet the highest European and
international standards.
Classroom and lecture hall facilities are modern and
comfortable. Institute of Technology classrooms
range from tiered theatres fitting in hundreds of
students to smaller seminar rooms.
Given their traditional emphasis on technology and
practical subjects, it is no surprise that Ireland’s ITs
boast excellent laboratory facilities. Many of these
have been built or overhauled in the last decade
to meet the highest international standards. For
example, Sligo IT, Cork IT, and Athlone IT have
all opened Engineering blocks, while IT Tallaght
recently unveiled a Pharmaceutical Training Centre.
Information technology and computing facilities
are vital to Institutes and all have excellent IT
infrastructure and networks. Projects and essays
have to be typed up and printed out, and there
are dedicated computer labs on all campuses.
Broadband Internet access for students is standard
on all Ireland’s third level campuses.
Many Institutes of Technology specialise in particular
areas of study. For example, Dundalk IT hosts a
Nursing, Midwifery and Health-Studies Centre; there
is a Learning Resource Centre including a Radio/TV
studio and Multimedia Development Laboratory at IT
Carlow; Dun Laoghaire IADT has a dedicated Centre
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Tralee has a Hotel, Catering and Tourism facility.
Other Institutes of Technology have purpose-built
facilities on campus.
Library facilities have improved in recent years,
as authorities recognise the importance of a
technologically up to date, comfortable and relaxed
study environment for students. The Luke Wadding
Library at Waterford IT is 6,000 sq. metres in
size, has over 1,200 reader spaces and boasts a
collection in the region of 200,000 items. Other
ITs around the country boast similarly impressive
libraries, with Internet access and considerable
video, language and multi-media collections as
standard.
SPORTS & SOCIAL
Non-course related facilities are also very important
for the student to consider. Each IT campus
provides a range of sports, social, health, crèche and
religious services to their students.
ITs take sports seriously and compete on a regular
basis both amongst each other and against
universities in Gaelic football, hurling, soccer, rugby,
basketball, tennis, hockey, athletics, and other
sports. Most have modern flood-lit, all-weather
pitches and courts to host competitions.

Casual players and beginners are also welcome and
most campuses have dedicated sports centres and
gyms with trained staff to provide advice
and training.
The recent building boom on Ireland’s IT campuses
also extended to new cultural and social facilities.
All ITs have restaurants and canteens that offer food
and meals at relatively low prices, as well as student
bars and cafes, exhibition spaces, and theatres -
such as the Millennium Theatre at Limerick IT.
Students occasionally need help with matters
outside their studies. All of the ITs have a range of
student services available to help students with
personal, health and counselling needs. Many have
a doctor or nurse on call, inter-faith or religious
centres, and crèche facilities for students who
have small children. Similarly to universities, all
ITs have dedicated international student officers
and services.
There is purpose built student accommodation
on or near to all campuses. Lots of modern and
comfortable student housing has been built recently
to compensate for the extra numbers attending ITs.

Students attending the Institutes of Technology
benefit from the full spectrum of on-campus
facilities and amenities. The classroom, laboratory
and library facilities give excellent career
preparation, while the equally important sports
and social amenities help make student life at IT a
fulfilling and rewarding experience.
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Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) is a
multi-campus Institute with a community of over
9,000 students spread over hve campuses in Galway
and Mayo.
The Institute offers a range of programmes including
Taught Masters in Computing, Environmental Systems
and Business, and honours degree programmes in
Hospitality, Business, Life & Physical Sciences,
Computing, Civil, Energy, Electronic and Mechanical
Engineering.
For more information on GMIT programmes,
see www.gmit.ie, email: international@gmit.ie
or phone 00353 91 742456 or 742149.

GALWAY-MAYO INSTITUTE
OF TECHNOLOGY
Address: Dublin Road,
Galway, Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)91 742456/742149
Fax: +353 (0)91 751107
Email: international@gmit.ie Web: www.gmit.ie
Year Established: 1972
Faculties: Engineering (Mechanical, Energy, Civil,
Electronic), Science (Life & Physical Science,
Maths & Computing), Tourism & Hospitality,
Humanities, Business, Health Sciences.
Number of Students: 9,000 (5,200 ft and 4,000 pt)
Number of International Students: 225
Student Accommodation: Yes Other: Yes
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) is
proud of the achievements of its graduates. All of our
programmes are internationally recognised and have a
professional orientation.
GMIT offers undergraduate degrees in Computing,
Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Chemical
and Biopharmaceutical Science, Physics and
Instrumentation, Hospitality and Tourism
Management, Heritage Studies, Business and
Accountancy. Taught Masters are offered in
Computing, Business and Environmental Systems.
Research programmes at Masters and Doctorate
level are also offered with notable specialisms in
mechanical engineering and aquatic science.

The wide range of social, cultural and sporting clubs and
societies of GMIT will give you the opportunity to build
skills, competencies and friendships which will enhance
and enrich your personal and professional development.
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ATHLONE INSTITUTE OF
TECHNOLOGY
Address: Dublin Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Phone: +353 (0)90 6468000
Fax: +353 (0)90 6468148
Web: www.ait.ie Email: info@ait.ie
International Office: international@ait.ie
Year Established: 1970
Faculties: Business School; School of
Engineering; School of Humanities;
School of Science
No. of students: Over 6,000
No. of international students: Over 600
Student Accommodation: No
Athlone Institute of Technology is a thriving,
vibrant college located in the heart of Ireland.
Home to over 6,000 students, AIT has four
schools of business, humanities, engineering
and science. Ten per cent of the institute’s
full-time students come from overseas, and in
fact, AIT has partnership agreements with 220
universities and colleges worldwide.
Many courses feature work placement
opportunities, where students get to apply what
they are learning in lectures to the real world.
This is of enormous benefit when it comes to
looking for work in today’s competitive jobs
market. Three-quarters of AIT’s honours degree
graduates were in full-time employment a mere
six months after completing their course in
2008. AIT is also home to three focused research
institutes in Materials, Biosciences and Software.
Students can avail of world-class sporting
facilities that include an IAAF-approved athletics
track, a FIFA 2-star astro-turf pitch, as well as
GAA and rugby grounds, indoor sports arena
and gym. An attractive sports scholarship
scheme worth €6,000 over four years is also
available. Finally, with so much focus on money-
saving measures at present, students should be
aware that Daft.ie has reported that Athlone has
some of the most competitively priced student
accommodation in the country.
CORK INSTITUTE OF
TECHNOLOGY (CIT)
Address: Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork
Phone: +353 (0)21 4326100
Fax: +353 (0)21 4545343
Web: www.cit.ie
Email: admissions@cit.ie
Year Established: 1974
Faculties: Faculty of Business and Humanities;
Faculty of Engineering and Science; CIT Crawford
College of Art and Design; CIT Cork School of
Music; National Maritime College of Ireland
No. of students: 17,000
Student Accommodation: No
Cork IT is comprised of two constituent Faculties
and three constituent Colleges. The constituent
Faculties are Engineering and Science; and
Business and Humanities. The constituent
Colleges are the CIT Crawford College of Art and
Design, the CIT Cork School of Music and the
National Maritime College of Ireland.
The college encompasses four campuses,
of which Bishopstown is the largest. It
concentrates on business and science and is
also home to the CIT Student Centre, which
harbours a variety of services, such as the
Students’ Union and a supermarket.
The 200 year-old Crawford College, located in
Cork City, has a proud tradition in the fields of
fine art, ceramic design, art teacher training,
and art therapy. Another of the CIT campuses
is the recently redeveloped Cork Music School.
It includes a library, over 50 studios, an
auditorium, a theatre, a recording studio, and an
electronic music studio.
The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI)
is located in Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour, and
boasts training facilities that are on par with
international standards. Specialist areas include
survival techniques, fire fighting, and jetty and
lifeboat facilities. Between all separate campuses
there are 42 student societies. Sports facilities,
situated at Bishopstown, include a sports hall,
gym, playing pitches, and tennis courts.
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DUBLIN INSTITUTE OF
TECHNOLOGY (DIT)
Address: Admissions Office, 143-149 Rathmines
Road, Dublin 6
Phone: +353 (0)1 4027501
Fax: +353 (0)1 4027533
Web: www.dit.ie E-mail: admissions@dit.ie
International Office: international@dit.ie
Year Established: 1992
Faculties: Faculty of Applied Arts; Faculty of the
Built Environment; Faculty of Business; Faculty
of Engineering; Faculty of Science; Faculty of
Tourism and Food
No. of students: 22,000
Student Accommodation: Yes
The DIT Act of 1992 formed DIT, bringing
together six colleges of higher education to
create the largest third level institution in
Ireland today. There are now eight DIT venues
scattered around Dublin city centre at the
locations of Mountjoy Square, Bolton Street,
Cathal Brugha Street, Aungier Street, Kevin
Street, Adelaide Road, Rathmines, Portland
Row, Temple Bar, Chatham Row, Grangegorman
and Pembroke Street.
It’d be difficult for someone not to find a course
of interest to them considering the vast number
of options available at each of these colleges.
Six main areas of education are provided for:
Applied Arts, Built Environment, Business,
Engineering, Science and Tourism & Food. These
are all divisible into more specific subjects.
DIT is home to very impressive sporting facilities.
DIT Bolton Street plays host to a fully furbished
gym and sports hall while DIT Kevin Street is the
site of a 18m swimming pool and a gym. There
are over 40 sports clubs in existence in DIT.
The Students’ Union (DITSU) is the largest in the
country and encompasses over 150 societies
ranging in theme from the political to the
performing arts.
DUN LAOGHAIRE INSTITUTE
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TECHNOLOGY (IADT)
Address: Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Phone: +353 (0)1 2394000
Fax: +353 (0)1 2394700
Web: www.iadt.ie Email: info@iadt.ie
Year Established: 1997
Faculties: School of Business & Humanities;
School of Creative Arts; School of Creative
Technologies
No. of students: 2,000
Student Accommodation: No
IADT offers innovative programmes focusing
on visual and media arts, digital media and
technology, and business and cultural sectors.
It consists of three schools: Business and
Humanities, Creative Arts, and the School of
Creative Technologies. IADT is also home to the
National Film School.
There is a wide range of specialist and exciting
courses available. For instance: Animation,
Entrepreneurship, Applied Psychology, Film &
Television Production, Design for Stage & Screen,
Audio Visual Media Technology, Arts Management
and Photography. IADT also offers a range of
extra-mural courses in its summer and autumn
schools, such as portfolio preparation courses.
Students attending IADT enjoy excellent library,
computing, studio, and other specialist facilities.
Student services offered include a health centre,
counsellor, access officer, careers officer, writing
and research tutors, and a sports and recreation
officer. A number of clubs and societies cater
for all interests from rugby and martial arts, to
music and acting.
There is no on-campus accommodation at IADT;
however, college and Students’ Union officials
provide assistance to students seeking digs or
private rental accommodation in the locality.
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DUNDALK INSTITUTE OF
TECHNOLOGY (DKIT)
Address: Dublin Road, Co. Louth
Phone: +353 (0)42 9370200
Fax: +353 (0)42 9333505
Web: www.dkit.ie
Email: info@dkit.ie
International Office: international@dkit.ie
Year Established: 1970
Faculties: School of Business and Humanities;
School of Engineering; School of Informatics,
Music and Creative Media; School of Health
and Science
No. of students: 4,500
No. of international students: 450
Student Accommodation: Yes
DkIT has over 4,000 full-time students undertaking
programmes such as Music Technology,
Nursing, Health & Physical Activity, International
Management, PR, and Early Childhood Studies. The
Institute is currently the only Institute of Technology
offering a Level 8 Midwifery Degree in Ireland. With
a recently completed 250-seater Performing Arts
Theatre, the Institute is now offering a new three-
year Degree in Performing Arts. And in response
to the economic downturn, the Institute is offering
Higher Diplomas in Business and in Computing.
Student supports on campus include an extensive
Library and Information Resource Centre, a gym,
jogging track, new restaurant, sports hall, shop,
Access Office and health centre. A new Nursing and
Health Studies Building is equipped with hi-tech,
simulated hospital wards, an interactive A&E unit and
a sensory garden. Key areas of research in DkIT are
Ageing and Health, Informatics and the Environment,
Creative Media, Music, and Entrepreneurship.
Facilities in Dundalk Town include retail parks,
shopping centres, a sports bowl and soccer dome,
cinemas, theatre and restaurants. Purpose-built
student apartments, with spaces for 192 students
are a short walk from the main campus. There is
also a large supply of newly built apartments and
houses, which are suitable for renting, beside the
campus. Apartments are priced at approximately
€75 a week, per person sharing.
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY,
SLIGO
Address: Ash Lane, Sligo
Phone: +353 (0)71 9155222
Fax No: +353 (0)71 9160475
Web: www.itsligo.ie Email: admissions@itsligo.ie
International office contact details: +353 (0) 71
9155222

Year Established: 1970
Faculties: Business and Humanities, Engineering
and Science
Number of Students: 3914 FT, 1395 PT
Number of International Students: 80
International Students
Student Accommodation: Yes
IT Sligo, founded in 1970, is one of Ireland’s
premier third level institutions. In 2010, over 6,000
students are studying one of the comprehensive
range of full time and part time programmes at IT
Sligo. International students make up 8% of the
student population, coming from Austria, Belgium,
Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands,
Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden,
the UK, China, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Kuwait,
Belarus, Ukraine, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast,
Zambia and Somalia.

All IT Sligo qualifications are Bologna compatible
and internationally recognised through the
European Qualifications Framework. The institute
confers awards at Higher Certificate (2 years);
Bachelor Degree (3 years); and Honours Bachelor
Degree (4 years) including designated Masters
and Doctorate degrees. There is a state-of-the-
art learning environment with lecture theatres,
laboratories, studios and workshops equipped
with advanced technology; where students gain
training on sophisticated scientific, engineering
and business equipment. Many programmes
are delivered on-line. There are superb sports
and recreational facilities, including floodlit
championship playing fields and training pitches,
a brand new athletics track and a large indoor
sports hall with gym. There is also a dedicated
student centre, health, counselling, careers and
graduates services and an international officer.
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INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY,
TRALEE (ITT)
Address: Clash, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Phone: +353 (0)66 7145638
Fax: +353 (0)66 7125711
Web: www.ittralee.ie
Email: info@staff.ittralee.ie
International Office: 066 7191718
Year Established: 1977
Faculties: School of Business and Social
Studies; School of Engineering & Construction
Studies; School of Science and Computing
No. of students: Over 3,500
No. of international students: 300
Student Accommodation: No
ITT is at the forefront of educational providers in the
southwest, possessing a student population of over
3,500 students. It’s based on two campuses, both of
which offer easy access to the town of Tralee.
There are three schools in ITT. The School of
Business & Social Studies is divided into the
Business Informatics Department, the Business
Studies & Humanities Department, and the Hotel,
Catering & Tourism Department.

The School of Engineering & Construction consists
of the Agricultural and Manufacturing Engineering
Department, the Civil Engineering and Construction
Studies Department, the Apprentice Section, and
the Accelerated Technician Section.
The School of Science & Computing is made up of
the Computing and Mathematics Department, the
Chemical and Life Sciences Department, the Health
and Leisure Studies Department, and the Nursing
and Health Care Studies Department.
College facilities include an aerobics studio and a
fully equipped gym, and a sport and leisure Complex
adjacent to the campus features a swimming
pool and other amenities. The success of the GAA
football team reflects the importance of sport: they
won the Sigerson Cup three years in a row.
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
TALLAGHT, DUBLIN (ITT DUBLIN)
Address: Tallaght, Dublin 24
Phone: +353 (0)1 4042000
Fax: +353 (0)1 4042700
Web: www.ittdublin.ie
Email: info@ittdublin.ie
International Office: internationaloffice@
ittdublin.ie
Year Established: 1992
Faculties: School of Business & Humanities;
School of Engineering; School of Science &
Computing
No. of students: Over 2,500
Student Accommodation: No
ITT Dublin began as an educational institution in 1992
and is currently providing programmes for upwards
of 2,500 students. Awards given include higher
certificates, ordinary degrees and honours degrees
in each of the Institute’s three schools: Business &
Humanities, Engineering and Science & Computing.
The National Certificate in Professional Cooking
might be of interest to the budding Jamie Olivers
out there; this two-year course includes a 10-month
paid work placement and gives great insight and
experience of the chaotic world of gastronomy.
ITT Dublin is in possession of the most ultra modern
computing facilities. Students can freely access
industry standard hardware: personal computers,
printers, scanners, etc. Other beneficial services
include the Disability and Access Office, in addition to
the health, chaplaincy and library facilities provided.
A huge range of societies and clubs are available,
catering for everything from adventure clubs to
volleyball, and provision is also made for the more
mainstream sports such as swimming and soccer.
There is no on campus accommodation in place for
the students; however, a register is in place that lists
all of the different housing available in the vicinity.
This is provided by the Accommodation Service in
the college.
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INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
BLANCHARDSTOWN
Address:
Blanchardstown Road
North, Dublin 15
Phone: +353 (0)1
8851000
Fax: +353 (0)8851001
Web: www.itb.ie
Email: info@itb.ie
Year Established: 1999
Faculties: Computing, Engineering, Humanities,
Business, Interdisciplinary Studies
Number of Students: 1556 Full-time
Student Accommodation: No
At the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown,
we know that learning is an evolving and ongoing
process and so we are creating a suitably vibrant,
innovative and flexible learning environment.

Our mission at ITB is to enhance educational
opportunity and access. We want to make a
significant contribution to the ongoing prosperity
and economic development in the immediate
locality and the Kildare, Fingal and Meath areas.
The ITB campus is on the M50 Corridor,
and so our catchment area encompasses
Blanchardstown and the neighbouring suburbs
of North West Dublin as well as the counties of
Fingal, Meath and Kildare. These are areas with
a diverse range of communities and academic
activity. Some of Ireland’s traditionally finest
agricultural and horticultural lands are here.

At ITB we welcome and support our students,
and strive to provide an environment of learning
that is inclusive and accommodates all ages and
backgrounds. The bricks and mortar of a campus
are important. Having state of the art technology
and facilities are important.
At ITB we feel that what is equally important is
creating an environment that is stimulating; that
develops and nurtures its students and staff.
If it’s time for you to take the next step, why not
take it at ITB?
LETTERKENNY INSTITUTE OF
TECHNOLOGY (LYIT)
Address: Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Phone: +353 (0)74 9186000
Fax: +353 (0)74 9186005
Web: www.lyit.ie
Email: info@lyit.ie
Year Established: 1971
Faculties: School of Business; School of
Engineering; School of Science; School of
Tourism
No. of students: Over 3,000
No. of international students: 100
Student Accommodation: No
The Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT)
is home to over 3,000 students. The college offers
courses in the areas of Business, Engineering,
Science, Nursing, Computing and Design.
In 2007 the Tourism College of Killybegs (TCK)
became a school of LYIT, combining the food and
hospitality sectors with those of technology and
science. There is a strong demand for courses in
the region. Recently added programmes include
Creative Digital Media, Architectural Technology,
Early Childhood Care, Biomedical Engineering,
Computer Security and Digital Forensics,
International Tourism, and International Culinary
Expertise. LYIT is also home to applied research
centres in the areas of marine biotechnology,
wireless sensors, and electronics production.
Sports and recreation facilities are provided for
in a new, multi-purpose centre, which houses the
Students’ Union and the offices of the Institute’s
clubs and societies, including those for diving, hill
walking, canoeing, basketball and law. In addition,
the nearby town of Letterkenny provides plenty of
opportunities for socialising.
A free health service is available to all students,
and other facilities include a two-floor library with
seating for 377 and 93 networked PCs. The Institute
is central and so there are lots of accommodation
types within a 20-minute walk of the campus. The
Students’ Union compiles and updates a list of
available accommodation each year.
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LIMERICK INSTITUTE OF
TECHNOLOGY (LIT)
Address: Moylish Park, Limerick
Phone: +353 (0)61 208208
Fax: +353 (0)61 208209
Web: www.lit.ie
Email: information@lit.ie
Year Established: 1975
Faculties: Limerick School of Art & Design;
School of the Built Environment; School of
Business & Humanities; School of Science,
Engineering & Information Technology
No. of students: Over 4,000
Student Accommodation: Yes
Over 4,000 full-time students attend the Limerick
Institute of Technology (LIT) in one of its four
schools: Art & Design, Engineering & IT, Business &
Humanities, and the Built Environment.
LIT is an evolving institution of education with a €9.5
million refurbishment of the Limerick Arts & Design
and a further development of €12.9 million for a
new Learning and Information Resource Centre. The
Millennium Theatre facilitates over 350 people for
events such as recitals and other live entertainment.
Research activities in LIT include Biotechnology,
Renewable Energy, Construction Technology,
International Business, and Art & Design.
Insofar as sports and recreation are concerned,
LIT doesn’t hold back. It encourages activities
such as hurling, camogie, golf and Tae Kwon Do.
The Institute also prides itself on its clubs with
GAA, soccer and rugby being just a handful of
examples. Sporting interests are catered for with
the existence of three full size pitches and one
all-weather pitch.
On the more social side, activities like taking part
in the running of the student radio station are
popular. The Student Union building at the Moylish
Park campus is also a centre of activity, as are
the two restaurant facilities. An accommodation
service is also available to students.
WATERFORD INSTITUTE OF
TECHNOLOGY (WIT)
Address: Cork Road, Waterford
Phone: +353 (0)51 302000
Web: www.wit.ie
Email: info@wit.ie
International Office: international@wit.ie
Year Established: 1970
Faculties: School of Business; School of
Education; School of Engineering; School of
Health Sciences; School of Humanities; School
of Science
No. of students: 10,000
No. of international students: Over 600
Student Accommodation: Yes
Nearly 10,000 people are enrolled in the Waterford
Institute of Technology (WIT) on a part-time and
full-time basis, making it the leading educational
provider in the Southeast and the largest Institute
of Technology outside of Dublin. Programmes are
developed in the areas of Business, Engineering,
Health Sciences, Humanities, and Science. WIT
is based in four locations across the city. The
recently introduced Strategic Plan of 2007-2010
will aim to establish and implement further
developments to meet the demands of the
increasing amount of entrants to the Institute.
There are over 30 sports clubs flourishing at WIT,
popular examples include the kayaking, judo and
sailing clubs. All students enjoy access to the
Waterford Crystal Sports Centre, as well as free
entry to the Waterford Regional Sports Centre.
With regard to the all-important social aspect of
the college, there are a vast number of choices
with 25 societies providing ample opportunity for
participation. Some of the more active societies
such as the Business and Social Care groups
organise balls throughout the year.
There are three accommodation options in the guise
of College Fields, Manor Village and Balcea & Calder,
and students are also in close proximity to the lively
Waterford city, the fifth largest city in Ireland.
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The Institute of Technology Carlow
World Class Facilities
Dedicated International Office
Degree programmes in Business, Sport,
Engineering, Science and Computing
Located just 1 hour from Dublin
Dedicated to Excellence
For further information please contact:
The International Coordinator (Non-EU), Institute of Technology, Kilkenny Road, Carlow
Office: 00353 (0) 59 917 5205 Email: int.cord@itcarlow.ie
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INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY,
CARLOW
College Name: Institute
of Technology, Carlow
Address: Kilkenny Road,
Carlow
Phone No: +353 (0)59 9175205
Fax No: +353 (0)59 9175201
Email address: int.cord@itcarlow.ie
Web URL: www.itcarlow.op-ireland.com
Year Established: 1970
Faculties: Business & Humanities, Science &
Computing, Engineering & Build Environment
Number of Students: 4,000
Number of International Students: 400
Student Accommodation: No
Other: Yes
The Institute of Technology, Carlow welcomes
you to join our student population on one of
our broad range of undergraduate programs.
The Institute has 40 years’ experience in
delivering and developing programs that lead
to internationally recognised awards relevant
to international industrial and commercial
sectors. The Institute benefits from continuous
investment by the Government in the student
learning environment and boasts excellent
computing, multimedia and library facilities in
our state-of-the-art Learning Resource Centre.
The Institute is also internationally renowned
for research in the areas of Science, Engineering
and Business.

We have a dedicated International Office and
have developed long standing cooperation links
with universities around the world, including
the United States, China, Malaysia, South
Korea and throughout the EU. Undergraduate
and Postgraduate students from all over the
world are welcome to experience study in the
safe and supportive environment of Carlow.
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If you want to become a primary school teacher
in Ireland, you must train at one of the eight Col-
leges of Education around the country.
³Church of Ireland College of Education
(Co Dublin)
³Coláiste Mhuire, Marino (Co Dublin)
³Froebel College of Education (Co Dublin)
³Mary Immaculate College (Co Limerick)
³Mater Dei Institute of Education (Co Dublin)
³St Angela’s College (Co Sligo)
³St Patrick’s College (Co Dublin)
³St Patrick’s College (Co Tipperary)
All colleges provide students with a Bachelors
Degree in Education (BEd) and prepare students to
teach subjects at primary level. They also provide
teaching skills to look after a class of children.
The courses are generally full-time in duration and
take three years. The core courses study the Irish
and English languages, as well as language develop-
ment and mathematics. Other areas taught within
the primary curriculum include music, art, physical
education and environmental studies.
Some Colleges of Education offer full-time degree
courses, which provide full training and preparation
for a career as a post-primary Home Economics or
Religion teacher..
The Colleges of Education are either attached to, or
have links with, a university. The university oversees
standards and officially sanctions the degrees.
Historically, religion has played a huge role in the
Irish education sector, and the Colleges of Education
have traditionally had very close links with the major
churches. As Irish society becomes more ethni-
cally diverse, teacher training is adapting to these
changes in society.
As the Irish language is very important in Irish pri-
mary schools, a good standard of Irish is currently
an entry requirement for courses in primary teacher
education. In certain cases, allowances can be made
to get around this restriction.
Colleges of Education can offer the opportunity to
study for an honours degree, which entails a fourth
year of study. Students may work as full-time teach-
ers while taking this fourth year of study.
Not all courses are directly related to teacher
training. Some Colleges of Education provide other
courses besides Education degrees – these alterna-
tive fields of study include the Arts & Humanities,
Religious Studies and Nursing (St Angela’s College).
FACILITIES
The range of facilities available at a College of Edu-
cation is designed to specifically cater to the needs
of students. They include well-stocked libraries,
comfortable study areas and IT facilities at each
college. Colleges that offer specialised training (e.g.
in Home Economics) will have modern laboratories
and facilities to aid learning.
Sports and recreational activities are highly sup-
ported, with pitches, gyms and social amenities
provided for students to use. Colleges of Education
enter sports teams in the inter-varsity competi-
tions, and there are also links with other third level
colleges through clubs and societies such as drama
and music.
Most colleges have purpose-built student accom-
modation on or near their campuses. Students
usually have their own rooms and share both cook-
ing and living room space with three or four others.
Many of these residences are newly built and pro-
vide a modern and comfortable living environment.
As Colleges of Education are more specialised than
larger university size institutions, they don’t offer
quite the range and scope of facilities, but if the col-
lege has links with a university, its students can take
advantage of facilities (e.g. library, gym, student bar)
on the campus of their nearby sister institution.
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CHURCH OF IRELAND
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (CICE)
Address: 96 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
Phone: +353 (0)1 4970033
Fax: +353 (0)1 4971932
Web: www.cice.ie Email: info@cice.ie
Year Established: 1811
No. of students: 200
Student Accommodation: Yes
The Church of Ireland College of Education (CICE)
concentrates on accommodating the training of
primary school teachers for Church of Ireland
and other Protestant denominational schools. It
is one of the five Irish colleges that can provide
a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree; the
qualification that is necessary to teach in Irish
primary schools.
The primary focus of CICE is to provide a
proficient supply of teachers to these schools;
the B.Ed programme is taught jointly with the
Department of Teaching Education in Trinity
College (TCD). The ordinary degree runs over
three years, with a further option of applying
for an honours degree that would be achieved
upon completion of a fourth year of study within
TCD. The subjects developed over the three-year
programme include childhood education, drama
and music, religious and social education, and
personal and health education (SPHE).
CICE is located in Rathmines, a popular student
area. The campus boasts a library, resource centre
and sports facilities for a number of interests.
Accommodation is also available. Each student
has an individual study-bedroom, while meals and
food preparation areas are also available.
The college’s affiliation with TCD means that CICE
students are permitted to take advantage of the
amenities on offer, including participation in TCD’s
50 sports clubs and 80 student societies.
COLÁISTE MHUIRE /
MARINO INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION
Address: Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9
Phone: +353 (0)1 8057700
Fax: +353 (0)1 8335290
Email: info@mie.ie Web: www.mie.ie
Year Established: 1904
Faculties: Teaching Practice; The Arts, Religion
and Physical Education; Teaching, Learning and
Research (plus Mathematics); English, Early
Childhood and CPD; Gaeilge; Inclusive Education,
SESE and External Links
No. of students: 400
No. of international students:
50 (International Summer School)
Student Accommodation: Yes
The Marino Institute of Education is a Catholic col-
lege that seeks to encourage and support the teach-
ing and learning community of Ireland. It is a primary
teaching training college with Catholic affiliations.
There are approximately 400 students enrolled in
the college studying under the B.Ed degree course
or the postgraduate diploma in primary teaching.
St. Mary’s (Coláiste Mhuire) is the central build-
ing on campus. A new education and catering
complex is under construction; upon its comple-
tion it is planned that it will consist of five lecture
rooms, a gym, and modern catering facilities. A
library and restaurant are already components of
the campus at Griffith Avenue.
The building of the student apartment complex
was finished in 2005 and is now open for ap-
plications; it consists of 320 rooms, in addition to
various common rooms.
Various interests are catered for in the extracur-
ricular aspects of life at the Marino Institute.
There is provision for participation in Gaelic
football, camogie, basketball and soccer.
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FROEBEL COLLEGE
OF EDUCATION
Address: Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Phone: +353 (0)1 2888520
Fax: +353 (0)1 2880618
Web: www.froebel.ie
Email: admin@froebel.ie
International Office: 01 2888520
Year Established: 1943
Student Accommodation: No
The Froebel College of Education, along with
Coláiste Mhuire and the Church of Ireland
College of Education, is associated with Trinity
College in awarding the Bachelor of Education
(B.Ed) and Higher Diploma in Education (for
primary teaching).
The name of the college transpires from the 19th
century German educator and founder of Kinder-
garten: Friedrich Froebel, who advocated methods
like learning through activity, the importance of
exploration of environment, and acceptance of
the individual. The college teaches students the
benefits of creating a progressive child-centred
educational environment and an atmosphere in
which work and play are treated as complemen-
tary rather than opposites. Froebel College is a
member of the College of Education Research
Committee (CERC).
The extensive library on campus encompasses
a collection of over 15,000 items; any further
resources can be attained at the Trinity library that
is, along with all other Trinity facilities, available for
the use of Froebel College students.
The undergraduate B.Ed degree lasts three years
and allows graduates to teach in any Republic of
Ireland school; applications are made through CAO.
Another option to consider is the Socrates-Erasmus
programme, which involves exchange agreements
with 17 teacher education schools across Europe.
ST. ANGELA’S COLLEGE
Address: Lough Gill, Sligo
Phone: +353 (0)71 9143580
Fax: +353 (0)71 9144585
Web: www.stangelas.com
Email: admin@stacs.edu.ie
Year Established: 1952
Faculties: Nursing & Health Studies; Education;
Home Economics; Arts
No. of students: 900
Student Accommodation: Yes
St. Angela’s College is a college of the National
University of Ireland (NUI), Galway. This
partnership is in place to expand the provision
of university level education and research in
the North-West of Ireland.
In 1952, St. Angela’s College was founded as
a College of Education for Home Economics
Teachers and it is now the sole provider of the
Bachelor of Education in Home Economics in the
country. In recent years the College has expanded
its profile of academic programmes in other
areas and now includes the following: Nursing
& Health Studies, Education, Special Needs
Education, Theology, Food & Consumer Studies,
Irish, Science, Economics and Social Studies.
St. Angela’s has introduced a Bachelor of
Applied Science in Food and Consumer Studies
in order to cater for the increasing demand
in Ireland for information relating to food and
how it is consumed. The provision of such a
broad range of programmes attracts students
from all over Ireland and has lead to a dramatic
increase of student numbers on campus.
There is on-campus accommodation available
and other facilities include a convenience
store, a cafeteria, a fitness centre and a late
night bus service that runs to and from the
nearby Sligo town.
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ST. PATRICK’S COLLEGE
OF EDUCATION
Address: Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Phone: +353 (0)1 8842000
Fax: +353 (0)1 8376197
Web: www.spd.dcu.ie
Email: admissions.office@spd.dcu.ie
International Office: 01 8842214
Year Established: 1875
Faculties: Faculty of Education;
Faculty of Humanities
No. of students: Over 2,000
Student Accommodation: Yes
St. Patrick’s College of Education was first
established in 1875 as a teacher training
institution for denominational primary schools,
and it retains a Catholic affiliation. Dublin City
University (DCU) accredits all courses and so
students can benefit from the universities facilities
while retaining its sense of independence.
There are a number of different centres on the
campus: the Drumcondra Education Centre,
the Educational Research Centre, the Centre
for Early Development & Education, and the
Educational Disadvantage Centre. Also available
is a new Pilot Project on Induction. This has been
undertaken on behalf of a national collaboration
with UCD, the Department of Education and
Science (DES) and the primary and secondary
teacher unions.
The three undergraduate programmes on
offer are a Bachelor of Education, a BA in
Humanities, and a Certificate in Religious
Studies. Programmes available to international
exchange students include courses in
Education, Humanities, and specially designed
courses on Irish Culture and Society, and Irish
Landscapes and Culture. Facilities on campus
include a library, gym, language labs, art room
and IT equipment. The Students Union has an
abundance of clubs and societies on offer to
students, and accommodation information/
advice can be obtained at the administration
office. The College recommends that
international students stay in the on-campus
accommodation during their studies in Ireland.
ST. PATRICK’S COLLEGE, THURLES
Address: Cathedral Street,
Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Phone: +353 (0)504 21201
Web: www.stpats.ie
Email: office@stpats.ie
Located in Thurles, County Tipperary, St. Patrick’s
College has a rich history of learning dating back to
1837. In recent times it has established itself as one
of the newest Colleges of Education in the country.
The College offers a winning combination of state-
of-the-art facilities, dedicated staff and a unique
and friendly atmosphere. Students benefit from a
stimulating and inclusive learning environment in a
picturesque setting steeped in history and culture.
The College now offers two full-time BA (honours)
in Education programmes in collaboration with
Tipperary Institute, which fully qualifies graduates
as second level teachers. The College’s popular
BA (honours) in Education, Business Studies
and Religious Studies trains graduates to teach
Business Studies, Accountancy and Religious
Education to honours Leaving Certificate level.
A new programme has recently been added to the
prospectus – a BA (honours) in Education, Irish
and Religious Studies, which will train students
to become second level teachers of Irish and
Religious Education.
The College is extremely accessible due to its
central location just off the Dublin to Cork motorway
(M8) and under a mile from Thurles train station
which is also on the main Dublin to Cork route.
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ALL HALLOWS COLLEGE
Address: Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Phone: +353 (0)1 8373745
Web: www.allhallows.ie
Email: info@allhallows.ie
Year Established: 1842
No. of students: 700
Student Accommodation: Yes
All Hallows College is a college of Dublin City
University and all degrees are accredited by
DCU. The college specialises at undergraduate
level in the teaching of Theology, Philosophy,
Psychology, and English Literature. The
postgraduate range of programmes focuses
on leadership and management in the pastoral
arena and the community and voluntary sector.
The college also offers research opportunities at
Masters and PhD level.
All Hallows College is proud of its international
links and welcomes students of all countries
and nationalities. Students from over 35
countries world-wide have come in recent
years to study at All Hallows. Such a diversity of
people provides students with an opportunity
to study in an environment, which is multi-
cultural and international. Among the countries
participants come from are: England, France,
Germany, Malta, Scotland, Africa, Korea,
Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, the United
States, Singapore, India, Brazil, Spain, China,
Kenya, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Recent infrastructural development has seen the
College Library double in size, with 90 generously
sized study desks and increased access to
information technology. Among the various
leisure amenities and services provided are
sports, concerts, excursions and student societies
(including debating, film and drama societies).
All Hallows combines a commitment to the
achievement of academic excellence with all the
advantages of a small campus, and is committed
to the individual development of its students.
NATIONAL COLLEGE
OF ART & DESIGN
Address: 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8
Phone: +353 (0)1 6364200
Fax: +353 (0)1 6364207
Web: www.ncad.ie Email: fios@ncad.ie
Year Established: 1746
Faculties: Faculty of Design; Faculty of
Education; Faculty of Fine Art; Faculty of
Visual Culture
No. of students: 1,500
Student Accommodation: No
The National College of Art and Design has been
a recognised college of the National University of
Ireland since 1996 and is the foremost provider
of art and design degrees in Ireland at both
undergraduate and postgraduate levels; over 1,500
students are in attendance.
A tutorial system is in operation throughout the
College, and many of the courses on offer are
project based. A student’s progress is monitored
on project completion and at the end of the year
with examinations.
Current research priorities within the College
include user-centred design practice; creative and
critical pedagogies; participatory culture; modern
Irish design history and material culture; and
contemporary art and philosophy.
NCAD has no student residences. However,
medical services, a student counsellor, a careers
advisory service, a canteen and a Students’
Union are all available to NCAD students. The
NCAD Library houses a collection of over 81,000
books and exhibition catalogues, the issues of
300 journals, and also the National Irish Visual
Arts Library (NIVAL) - a major collection of
material relating to Irish art and design.
NCAD students mount regular exhibitions where
they can show the work they have produced during
the year. In the past, many of the most successful
Irish artists, designers and art teachers have
studied or taught at the College.
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PONTIFICAL UNIVERSITY,
ST PATRICK’S COLLEGE
Address: St Patrick’s College,
Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)1 7084772;
+353 (0)1 7083391; +353 (0)1 7083892
Fax: +353 (0)1 7083441
Web: www.maynoothcollege.ie
Email: theology.office@may.ie
Year Established: 1795
Faculties: Theology; Canon Law; Philosophy
No. of students: 400 approximately
Student Accommodation: Yes
St Patrick’s College, Maynooth opened its doors
as an educational institution in 1795 and, over the
intervening two centuries, it has established for
itself an impressive reputation for scholarship
and learning.
The Pontifical University has close links with the
National University of Ireland, Maynooth. The two
universities share the same campus and co-operate
in a number of important academic programmes.
The College seeks to provide its students with
a solid academic foundation, a strong spiritual
base and a value-added research and recreational
environment, capable of generating graduates who
are equipped with the requisite knowledge and
leadership skills to excel in their career fields.
Maynooth Town
The town of Maynooth is situated in north County
Kildare. It is 15 miles/25 km west of Dublin city
centre. Maynooth preserves much of its rural
ambience and provides easy access to large tracts
of peaceful countryside. At the same time, it is
within easy reach of Dublin and is close to the high-
technology industrial parks on the western edge of
the city. It is home to a vibrant local community and
offers students and others abundant opportunities
to enjoy a busy and varied social life.
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NATIONAL COLLEGE
OF IRELAND (NCI)
Address: Mayor Street, Dublin 1
Phone: +353 (0)1 4498500
Fax: +353 (0)1 4972200
Web: www.ncirl.ie Email: info@ncirl.ie
International Office: +353 (0)1 4498653
Year Established: 1951
No. of students: 5,000
No. of international students: 50
Student Accommodation: Yes
The modern campus of the National College of
Ireland (NCI) is situated in Dublin’s IFSC, and has
40 other centres located around Ireland.
The college was established in 1951 and now
consists of three schools: the School of Business, the
School of Computing and the School of Community
Studies. Over 5,000 students are pursuing full-time
and part-time programmes at certificate, diploma,
degree and postgraduate levels. Subject areas
include Business, Management, Human Resource
Management, Financial Services, Technology,
Computing, Informatics, and Humanities.
The National College of Ireland extends a
warm welcome to International students
and is delighted to receive applications from
interested candidates. While the number of
college places is limited, the NCI will consider
applications from qualified candidates who meet
the appropriate requirements. Small class sizes
and approachable staff help students from 56
countries feel at home.
All of the programmes provided are accredited by
the Higher Education and Training Awards Council
(HETAC). NCI recognises the changing face of
education by running distance learning and online
courses that cater for a more diverse range of
demands.
NCI’s five-storey campus features lecture
theatres, IT laboratories and library facilities, as
well as excellent social and recreation amenities
including a fully equipped gym and childcare
facilities. There is on-campus accommodation in
purpose-built student apartments.
ROYAL COLLEGE
OF SURGEONS IN IRELAND
Address: 123 St. Stephen’s Green Dublin 2
Phone: +353 (0)1 4022100
Web: www.rcsi.ie Email: info@rcsi.ie
Year Established: 1784
Faculties: Dentistry; Nursing; Radiology; Sports
& Exercise Medicine; Medicine; Physiotherapy;
Pharmacy; Healthcare Management
No. of students: 1,500
No. of international students: Over 1,200
Student Accommodation: Yes
For over 200 years the Royal College of
Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has played a key
role in the provision of Irish surgical and
medical education. There are over 60 different
countries represented in its student population
of over 1,500. The RCSI is now a recognised
college of the National University of Ireland and
is generally recognised as one of Ireland’s most
important medical research centres.
There are four faculties: Dentistry, Nursing,
Radiology and Sports & Exercise Medicine;
and five schools: Medicine, Physiotherapy,
Pharmacy, Nursing and Health
care Management. There is also an open
recognition of specialities with subjects like
anaesthesia to ophthalmology covered. The
RCSI also has a considerable international
presence with schools in Malaysia
and Bahrain.
The campus is situated in the very centre
of Dublin City on St Stephen’s Green and
features modern facilities, including well-
equipped lecture theatres, seminar rooms
and laboratories, and an extensive medical
library. Close links with Beaumont Hospital
were also implemented when its Smurfit
Clinical Sciences Building was opened
in 2000.
Student accommodation is available in either
an apartment-style complex or a hall of
residence, while various sports facilities are
available both on the main campus and at
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TIPPERARY INSTITUTE (TI)
Address: Nenagh Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
OR
Cashel Court, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Phone: +353 (0)504 28000
Fax: +353 (0)504 28001
Web: www.tippinst.ie Email: info@tippinst.ie
Year Established: 1998
Faculties: Rural Development; Information
and Communications Technology (ICT);
Business
No. of students: Over 950
Student Accommodation: Yes
Tipperary Institute first opened its doors in
1999, and in this relatively short period of
time it has achieved the admirable task of
becoming an important education provider.
It consists of two campuses in Clonmel and
Thurles, which both offer courses within the
three departments of the college: Business,
Information Communication and Technology
(ICT) and Rural Development. Full time and
part time programmes are available.
Subjects include Business, Rural Development,
Software Development, IT Support and
Multimedia & Communications; this list is
expanded on a regular basis. Work placements
are actively encouraged and assisted at TI,
recognising the need for practical experience
in ensuring future success in employment.
Facilities available for students at the Institute
include the Library and Knowledge Resource
Centre, and computer facilities including
multimedia packages and specialised
language laboratories.
Student services include careers, childcare,
medical and accommodation assistance, along
with a Students’ Union. The Thurles campus
has two purpose built student villages, while
there is a plentiful supply of accommodation
available at very reasonable rates in Clonmel.
Sporting success is common at TI with the
male and female GAA teams winning the All-
Ireland titles in 2006/07 season.
SHANNON COLLEGE
OF HOTEL MANAGEMENT
Address: Shannon Airport, Co. Clare
Phone: +353 (0)61 712210
Fax: +353 (0)61 475160
Web: www.shannoncollege.com
Email: admin@shannoncollege.com
Year Established: 1951
No. of students: 360
No. of international students: 180
Student Accommodation: Yes
The Shannon College of Hotel Management
provides courses for those wishing to enter the
Irish hotel industry. Since its conception in 1952, it
has developed into a leading centre for the training
of hotel managers with an international reputation
for excellence. It is a college of the National
University of Ireland.
Shannon College offers two degree routes to an
international business and hotel management
career. The first, the Bachelor of Business Studies
Degree in International Hotel Management, is a
four-year programme that includes professional
work placements. The Bachelor of Commerce
Degree is varied in that students spend two
years in Shannon, one year on professional
placement, and a year attending NUI Galway. Both
are recognised by The International Hotel and
Restaurant Association and The Irish Hotel and
Catering Institute.
English language education is also available in
the Shannon College of Hotel Management.
The course caters specifically for the English
language needs of students who intend to
enrol on the BBS programme in Shannon
College of Hotel Management. It is ideally suited
to students who have attained the academic
requirements for their chosen degree but who
need to improve their spoken and written English.
The college is residential and provides
accommodation for students as well as advice on
private rental. Various sports and social facilities
are also provided and a leisure complex and
swimming pool is within walking distance.
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College website
Click here to visit the Tipperary
Institute website
KIMMAGE DEVELOPMENT
STUDIES CENTRE
Address: Kimmage Manor, Whitehall Road,
Dublin 12
Phone: + 353 (0)1 4064380 / 4064386
Fax: + 353 (0)1 4064388
Email: info@kimmagedsc.ie
Web: info@kimmagedsc.ie
Year Established: 1974
Faculties: Development Studies
No. of students: 71
No. of international students: 38
Since its foundation in 1974, Kimmage DSC has
facilitated education and training for international
development professionals working in a range
of occupations from over sixty five countries.
Programmes are offered at undergraduate (BA
Degree) and postgraduate (MA and PG Diploma)
levels, with options to study on a full-time or part-
time basis.

KDSC offers a unique combination of studies
which aim to combine the practical and the
theoretical, the academic and the skill based.
Traditional development studies courses
such as Development Economics, Sociology
of Development, and Anthropology are
complemented by subjects which have a
large training, active learning and skills based
component, such as Adult Education, Leadership
Skills, and Project Planning and Management.
KDSC offers courses at different levels, facilitating
people already holding higher level qualifications
as well as those without. The KDSC is particularly
keen to provide an opportunity to mature learners
with some prior work experience to acquire new
skills and to obtain an internationally recognised
higher level qualification. Vacancies also exist for
postgraduate level students interested in pursuing
a career in some aspect of development work
either in Ireland or abroad.
All programmes run in KDSC are accredited by the
Higher Education and Training Awards Council of
Ireland (HETAC).
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Colleges of Further Education, or PLC Colleges
as they are sometimes known, are noteworthy
for their sheer numbers, with well over one
hundred located in the towns and cities of
Ireland. Designed to meet the education
and training needs of local communities,
their accessibility is a real advantage to the
international student who is relocating
to Ireland.
Further education courses provide education and
training for specific occupations. Over the last
twenty years or so the post leaving certificate sector
has introduced excellent courses in areas such
as business studies, arts and crafts, information
technology, construction and electronics. Lately
there have been more courses offered in new
subject areas including childcare, community care,
teleservices, e-commerce, tourism, sports, and
leisure. These are only a few examples from the
huge variety of options available.

The facilities may not meet the same standard
as universities and institutes of technology, but
the lower fees, guarantee of work experience,
and provision of access to higher education are
real bonuses. Plus the communal atmosphere
of a College of Further Education, where a high
proportion of students come from the same locality,
can be a less unsettling environment than the
crowded campus of a large university or institute
of technology.
FACILITIES
Adequate facilities and a suitable learning
environment are just as important to students in
further education as undergraduates. Each further
education college has a well-stocked library,
comfortable study and classroom space and up to
date IT facilities.
The range of facilities available at a College of
Further Education is obviously linked to the
courses offered. Some subjects such as science,
engineering, IT or media courses require specialised
up to date laboratories or studios and Colleges of
Further Education endeavour to provide the best
learning environment for their students. In common
with the investment ongoing in other third level
institutions in Ireland, the last few years have seen
a substantial improvement in the facilities and
services available to students.
Education in many subjects requires the use of
specialist facilities. Advanced equipment and
resources are in place for students taking a wide
range of subjects at Colleges of Further Education
around the country. For example the Ballyfermot
College of Further Education’s facilities for its
music technology students include Analog and
Digital Recording Studios, a Multi-Media Computer
Room, Sound Programming Room, 24 Individual
Midi Terminals, and 8 Recording Booths.

Other colleges provide similarly impressive
facilities for their students. Sports and recreational
activities are also highly supported, with pitches,
gyms and social amenities available for students
to use at many Colleges of Further Education.
Some Colleges of Education also have theatre
or exhibition spaces for students to perform or
display their work. There is generally an ample
canteen and social space for students to relax
between classes.
Everyone realises that from time to time students
may have problems not directly related to their
studies. Colleges of Further Education also provide
facilities and services to help students with
personal, health and counselling matters. There
are also many links between local employers and
industry and the careers services at the Colleges of
Further Education.
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INTRODUCING THE COLLEGES
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Colleges of Further Education
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BRAY INSTITUTE
OF FURTHER EDUCATION
Address: Novara
Avenue, Bray, County
Wicklow.
Phone: +353 (0)1
2829668
Fax: +353 (0)1
2760653
Email: enquiries@bife.ie Web: www.bife.ie
Year Established: 1980
No. of students: 1350
No. of international students: 100
Student Accommodation: Yes
Bray Institute of Further Education is one of
Ireland’s most prestigious Colleges of Further
Education. It has 1,200 full-time students
studying at Degree, Diploma and Certificate level.
Over the past few years, graduates of Bray
Institute have achieved honours degrees
in Graphic Design, Animation & Interactive
Media, Fashion Design, TV & Film (Moving
Image), Performing Arts Theatre, Performing
Arts Dance, Fine Arts, Psychology, Social
Science, Health & Social Care, Interior Design,
Psychology, Social Science and Health & Social
Care. This year, for the first time, students also
have the opportunity to complete an Honour
Degree programme in Architectural Technology
or Music Production.
Full-time Degree, Diploma and Certificate programmes available
approved by Department of Education for non EU learners
DEGREE PROGRAMMES IN:
Art O Design O Business O TV O Sound O Animation
O Psychology Acting O Dance
Bray
Institute
of Further
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Tel: (+353)12829668 Email: enquiries@bife.ie Web: www.bife.ie
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COLLEGE OF FURTHER
EDUCATION PROFILES
Bray beach
LIMERICK COLLEGE
OF FURTHER EDUCATION (LCFE)
Address: Mulgrave Street, Limerick
Phone: +353 (0)61 414344
Fax: +353 (0)61 414186
Email: hilary.mccann@lcfe.ie
Web: www.lcfe.ie
Year Established: 1963
Faculties: Business,IT& Media; Childcare &
Healthcare; Hairdressing & Beauty; Visual Arts;
Adult Education
No. of students: 1200
Student Accommodation: No
LCFE specialises in further education courses,
validated by fetac. Entry level is level 5. Some
level 6 courses are available, with more planned.
There has been a significant increase in demand
for programmes in the past 2 years. Most of this
is due to the progression opportunities. Holders
of a fetac level 5 award can score up to 400 cao
points, thus affording them the opportunity
to take a course up to a level 8 degree level.
Entry requirements for fetac level 5 are leaving
certificate, lca or mature students without
either. All applicants are interviewed. Early
application is essential, as spring interviews are
held. There are no tuition fees. Means-tested
maintenance grants are available, up to €7,400
per annum.
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English Language Schools provide the perfect
opportunity for foreign students who wish
to combine learning English with a holiday in
Ireland. Situated in attractive locations all over
the country, they make learning English for
practical purposes a highly enjoyable experience.
Dept of Education approved English language
schools are a very popular option for international
students seeking to take a short intensive course
in English that does not interrupt their academic
career at home. Courses are available to the young
and old, and at levels of difficulty suitable to the
beginner, intermediate and advanced speaker. One
thing to remember when considering this option
is that you are not going to miss out on having
an enjoyable and relaxing summer by enrolling in
an English language school. Apart from the basic
language classes, which are designed to be fun and
interesting in their own right, the schools provide
many sporting, social and cultural activities.
LOCATION
A very important aspect to consider when selecting
an English language school is location. Some
schools are in remote but stunning rural areas.
But if ‘city-living’, and all the urban conveniences
that go with that, such as shopping in the trendiest
boutiques, is the student’s preference, then an
English language school in the cities of Cork,
Galway, Limerick or Dublin would be more suitable.
For the best of both worlds, a student may choose
a school that is located in a mid-sized town, e.g.
Sligo or Newbridge. No matter where the school
is located however, some pleasant surprises await
the international student. Rural locations do not
necessarily lack the opportunities for lively social
occasions that exist in the cities. Irish villages and
towns are world-famous for the ‘craic’ (Irish term
for slightly rowdy good fun). While English language
schools located in the cities often provide weekend
trips to beautiful rural locations of cultural or
historical value.
TEACHING PROGRAMME
Many forms of English language programmes are
taught in the various English language schools. In
terms of the teaching method, besides the standard
classroom format, many schools offer ‘one-to-one’
(one teacher, one pupil) teaching. This method may be
more expensive, but is a great way to make dramatic
improvements to your English capability in a short
amount of time. Students enrolling in English language
schools are usually placed in classes according to their
standard of English, from elementary to advanced,
so that everyone’s educational needs are catered for.
Many schools, which cater for adults (usually defined
as 19+) and junior students, divide their classrooms
according to these two categories also. For specific
details on the teaching programmes, students are
advised to contact the English language school in
question.
SPECIALISATION
Some of the English language schools specialise
in specific aspects of teaching English. These
include learning English in a business context; this
is extremely useful for business students, students
who wish to work in an English-speaking country
in the future, and people who currently work in the
international finance industry.
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LANGUAGE SCHOOLS IN IRELAND
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For details contact: The Language Centre (English as a Foreign Language), University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.
Tel.: +353 21 4902043/4902898 • Fax: +353 21 4903223 • Email: info@langcent.ucc.ie • Web: www.ucc.ie/esol
The Language Centre, University College Cork, an excellent place to learn!
³Full-time and part-time English language
programmes year-round. Flexible stays.
³Courses for general, academic and professional
purposes.
³ONLY Examination Centre in the south of
Ireland for IELTS & Cambridge Examinations.
³English Language Summer School includes
a social programme. One-to-one tuition can be
arranged.
³Pre-sessional/Foundation courses for
international students intending to study at an
Irish or UK University.
³Group enquiries (for adult and junior learners)
very welcome.
³Teacher Training Programmes: CELTA and
DELTA together with teaching skills courses
and workshops.
³Lonely Planet has selected Cork as one of the
top 10 cities (in the world) to visit in 2010 and
the University is referred to in the Guide.
Language Centre
(English as a Foreign Language)
University College Cork
Recognised by the Department of
Education & Science for the Teaching of
English as a Foreign Language.
Other special interest schools provide
English language exam preparation and
pre-university courses. These options are
of great value to an international student
who is considering pursuing a full-time
higher education course in Ireland. Career
specific English courses available in
English language schools include Law,
Medicine, Aviation, Tourism and Teacher
Training. Check out the profiles in this
section to find an English language school
with a specialisation that meets your
needs.
ACTIVITIES
English language schools offer a huge
range of activities to their students. A list of the
sporting activities on offer includes: canoeing, golf,
horse riding, hurling and Gaelic football (traditional,
action-packed Irish field sports), kayaking, tennis
and soccer. Among many other pursuits provided
are: art classes, hill walking, Irish dancing, music and
theatre. Many schools also organise weekend and
day-trips to places of cultural and historical interest
(e.g. Kilkenny Castle) and to areas of great scenic
beauty (e.g. the Aran Irelands). Contact the English
language school directly to find out what activities
they provide for students.
ACCOMMODATION
There are different types of accommodation on
offer: host-family, school residence and others such
as hotels, B&Bs and cottages.

Younger students may prefer the ‘home comforts’
(meals cooked, clothes washed, etc. in a
reassuringly familial environment) that come with
staying in host- family accommodation. English
language school residential facilities often involve
students staying in single or shared twin bedrooms
in a well-facilitated student residence block with
large shared living, studying and kitchen areas,
Please see the Student Accommodation in Ireland
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USEFUL LINKS
www.acels.ie The Advisory Council for English
Language Schools
www.cambridgeesol.org University of Cambridge
ESOL
www.ets.org ETS
www.ielts.org International English Language
Testing System
www.tie.ie Test of Interactive English
www.toefl.org Test of English as a
Foreign Language
www.coe.int/T/DG4/Linguistic/CADRE_EN.asp
Common European Framework of Reference for
Languages (CEFR)
The Joyce School is a premier English language school situated near
Dublin city centre overlooking the River Liffey. We offer General English
classes and exam classes. The tuition is of a very high quality and
you will have fun and meet other students from different
nationalities. Our prices are also very competitive.
The Joyce English
Language School
3 Ellis Quay,
Dublin 7
E: joycecollege@eircom.net
W: www.thejoyce.com
T: (01) 6337947
F: (01) 6337948
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Students come to Ireland to learn English for
many reasons: to improve their level of English
for a course or career in their home country, to
gain entry to a college in Ireland, or as is the
case with Xia, to start a career in Ireland.

A practising nurse back in China, Xia is cur-
rently undergoing a preparation course for the
IELTS exam in Dublin’s Joyce English Language
School. She requires an overall score of 7.0 in
order to register with An Bord Altranais (the
Irish professional nursing body) and begin her
exciting new career and life in Ireland. And judg-
ing by the clarity with which she spoke to this
interviewer, things are going very well indeed.
Xia finds the course to be challenging, but
useful. The various sections that make up the
IELTS exam – reading, writing, speaking, listen-
ing – all combine to help her engage in ‘real’
conversations; an essential skill for nursing,
where clear communication with every patient
is vital.
Aside from the course itself, Xia is full of praise
for her school, which allows her the freedom on
any given day to attend a morning or evening
class. ‘This is suitable for our jobs,’ she explains.
‘As part time students we need the flexibility in
order to work part time and support our lives.’

Xia also appreciates the opportunity to so-
cialise with other nationalities, of which there
are many in her school – Mauritian, Italian, and
Russian to name just a few. And they surely ap-
preciate her too, as one of Xia’s favourite pas-
times is to cook for her friends and classmates.
She finds the cost of living and rent in Dublin
City Centre quite high, but one of the few ad-
vantages of the current recession is that these
costs, and rent in particular, have begun to fall
at a steady rate.

So what advice does Xia have for fellow English
language students thinking of making their
way to Ireland? ‘I recommend living with other
foreign students,’ she says, ‘because you get
to practice your English all the time and learn
about other cultures.’
NAME: Xia Chen
NATIONALITY: Chinese
COLLEGE: The Joyce English Language School
COURSE: English (IELTS exam
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EDUCATION IN IRELAND
English is the world’s pre-eminent language of
politics and trade. Many thousands of interna-
tional students visit Ireland every year to enrol
in top quality English language schools, which
offer a wide range of internationally recognised
qualifications to suit every academic, personal or
professional need.
Ireland has one of the youngest populations in Europe
and an impressive tradition of learning, and has become
an important destination for international students
looking to improve their English language skills. The
combination of a regulated high-quality education sys-
tem, stable economy, beautiful landscape and vibrant
cultural scene, means that almost 100,000 international
students each year come to Ireland to take English
language classes.

There are many course options: from absolute begin-
ners’ programmes to classes designed to improve the
English language skills of those who already posses a
good level of proficiency. Specialised English courses
are also available that teach the specific vocabulary of
particular professions such as Healthcare and Busi-
ness. Courses are available for young and old learners,
and through group or one-to-one formats.
International students generally learn English for two
reasons: on the one hand to gain admittance to a
university or college programme at an Irish or other
English speaking institution; and on the other, to
develop English language skills that will improve career
prospects.
Many students come to Ireland and enrol in an English
language course prior to an undergraduate or post-
graduate programme whilst other students join the
Irish school system at Leaving Certificate level, with the
aim of entering university afterwards. Irish universities
have stringent admission requirements for internation-
al students. Candidates must be able to demonstrate
in advance that they have the necessary proficiency in
English to play a full part in their college programme.
Requirements and accepted English language
qualifications can vary a good deal from one course to
another, so it is highly recommended you contacting
the International Office or Admissions Office of the
institution in question for further information.
Irish English language schools offer preparation
programmes for the major international English
language examinations such as the International
English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Test
of English for International Communication (TOIEC),
the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),
and the Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of
Other Languages) examinations; and for two awards
recently developed in Ireland: the Test of Interactive
English (TIE) and the English Test for Academic and
Professional Purposes (ETAPP). Schools will usually
register the student with the examining body auto-
matically, but individual candidates can also apply to
take an exam independently.
These qualifications all relate to the Common Euro-
pean Framework of Reference (CEFR). Valid all over
Europe, the CEFR provides a basis for the mutual
recognition of language competence, thus facili-
tating educational and occupational mobility. It is
increasingly used in the reform of national curricula
and by international consortia for the comparison of
language certificates.
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I was in Ireland before in 2000 for a summer
course and really liked it. The people are really
kind and helpful. Living here helps my English,
as the Irish accent is very clear. I am currently
doing an exam preparation course as I require a
score of six in my IELTS exam in order to be ac-
cepted for a Commercial Pilot License course.
I’ve really enjoyed the study and seeing
improvements in my English day-by-day. The
school is in a good location and I like being able
to walk around the city and feeling safe.
I can compare the practice tests I did when I
arrived with my scores now, and I am happy
to see the improvements in my English. The
teachers put in a lot of hard work. They give us
all the information and preparation we need to
pass the exam.

I find picking up new vocabulary and reading to
be a challenge, but it’s all about practice. Our
teachers give us different methods to help us.
I like visiting places of interest in the city with
the school in the afternoons. It’s more interest-
ing than going on our own. You feel it’s more
valued. And you learn about the city and
its history.
There are differences between Ireland and
Oman. The food and religion for example, are
very different but what is similar is the friendli-
ness and helpfulness of the people.
NAME: Ahmed
NATIONALITY: Omani
COLLEGE: Kenilworth Language Institute
COURSE: General English plus IELTS
Exam Preparation
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Atlas Language School, 67 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
Tel: 01 478 2845 Email: info@atlaslanguageschool.com Web: www.atlaslanguageschool.com
• Fun, vibrant school in a great city centre location
• Part-time and full-time courses
• Junior Summer courses
• Teacher training courses
ALPHA COLLEGE OF ENGLISH
Address: 4 North Great
George’s Street,
Dublin 1, Ireland
Phone: + 353 (0)1 8747 024
Fax: + 353 (0)1 8747 031
Email: admin@alphacollege.com
Web: www.alphacollege.com
Year Established: 1989
Courses: General English, Business English,
Examination Preparation, Professional Work
Experience, Executive English, English for Special
Purposes, Junior Summer Courses
(Host Family & Residential)
No. of students: 100 - 250
Alpha College offers General English; General
Business English; Examination Preparation;
Executive English Programmes; Internship (Work
Experience) programmes (for EU students only);
courses for overseas teachers of English; and
Junior Residential and Host Family Programmes.
Opportunities to extend the learning experience
are provided through extra-curricular activities
such as our weekly video club and regular
evening activities.
ATLAS LANGUAGE SCHOOL
Address: 67 Harcourt Street,
Dublin 2
Phone: + 353 (0)1 4782845
Fax: + 353 (0)1 4781490
Email: info@
atlaslanguageschool.com
Web: www.atlaslanguageschool.com
Year Established: 2003
Certification: Recognised by ACELS, MEI-RELSA
Courses: General Englsih courses, Exam
Preperation Courses (Cambridge, IELTS, TOIEC),
Business English Courses, Junior
Programme Courses
No. of students: 200
Atlas Language School in Dublin was established
in 2003 and has grown quickly in size and
reputation in that time. We are a young, vibrant
and professional language school committed
to providing a unique learning experience and
excellent English courses in a friendly and
motivating environment. Our teachers and
academic support staff all work to create a
school ethos and atmosphere that encourage
the highest standards of work and learning.
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PROFILED ENGLISH
LANGUAGE SCHOOLS
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
SCHOOL IRELAND/ DUBLIN
TUTORIAL CENTRE
Address: 19 Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2
Phone: + 353 (0)1 6612209
Fax: + 353 (0)1 6618362
Email: admin@dublintutorialcentre.com
Web: www.dublintutorialcentre.com
Year Established: 1978
Certification: GCE A & O Levels, GCSEs, IGCSEs
Courses: A Levels, O Levels, GCSES - one & two
year courses
No. of students: 130
Centrally located in historic Georgian Dublin, IBSI/
DTC was established in 1978 and is the only officially
accredited A Level Centre in Ireland for all the Exam-
ining Boards in the UK. A wide range of subject op-
tions are available, in the sciences, arts and humani-
ties. A Levels are accepted for University entrance in
Ireland, the UK, the US and elsewhere overseas.
GALWAY LANGUAGE CENTRE
Address: The Bridge Mills, Bridge Street, Galway
Phone: + 353 (0)91 566468
Fax: + 353 (0)91 564122
Email: info@galwaylanguage.com
Web: www.galwaylanguage.com
Year Established: 1987
Certification: IELTS, Cambridge ESOL, TIE,
ETAPP, TOEIC, TOEFL
Courses: General English, Exam preparation, Busi-
ness English, Teacher Training (CELT Comenius/
Grundvig)
No. of students: Max 150. Max 10 per classroom
Established in 1987 we are the oldest family run
language school in Galway. We offer courses to
students from 16 years upwards. We are located
in Galway city centre. All students get free student
cards, welcome packs and free WIFI in school.
JOYCE SCHOOL
Address: 3 Ellis Quay, Dublin 7
Phone: + 353 (0)1 6337947
Fax: + 353 (0)1 6337948
Email: joycecollege@eircom.net
Web: www.thejoyce.com
Year Established: 2004
Courses: General English, Exam English
No. of students: 200
The school is a high-quality institution offering
classes at a good price. We are situated near the
center of Dublin, overlooking the river Liffey. We
have students from many different countries and
we offer exam classes and General English classes
KENILWORTH LANGUAGE
INSTITUTE
Address: 4, Kenilworth Square,
Rathgar, Dublin 6
Phone: + 353 (0)1 4971499 Fax: + 353
(0)1 4971499
Email: info@kenilworthinstitute.ie
Web: www.kenilworthinstitute.ie
Year Established: 1996
Certification: ACELS/NQAI, MEI, TIE
Courses: General English, English for Specific
Purposes, Young Learners, Exam Preparation,
Teacher Development
No. of students: Maximum number of students
year round: 80. In Summer: 180 approx.
Kenilworth is a lively, friendly school just 15
minutes from Dublin City centre. We have high
quality English Programmes. Students can sit for
international exams or improve their language
skills for work, further studies or leisure. We
organise excursions and activities, so that
learning continues outside the classroom in a fun,
cross-cultural environment.
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Address: 6 Gardiner Place, Dublin 1
Phone: + 353 (0)1 87 87 339
Fax: + 353 (0)1 87 87 334
Email: info@u-learn.ie
Web: www.u-learn.ie
Year Established: 1988
Certification: ACELS, MEI Relsa Member, TiE, IEAI
Courses: General English (morning, afternoon
& evening), Individual Classes, Business English,
THE LANGUAGE CENTRE
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK
Address: O’Rahilly Building,
University College Cork,
Cork. Ireland.
Phone: 353(0)21 4902043
Fax: 353(0)21 4903223
Email: info@langcent.ucc.ie
Web: www.ucc.ie/esol
Certification: ELTS, Cambridge ESOL
(FCE, CAE, CPE & BEC)
Courses: Full and part-time General,
Business, Exam preparation (Cam-
bridge and IELTS), ESP, one-to-one and
small group English classes together
with teacher training programmes.
On offer year-round from the Language
Centre (EFL), University College Cork,
are general, academic and professional
courses (full and part time) together
with teacher training programmes. The
Centre is the only exam centre for Cambridge
and IELTS examinations in southern Ireland. It
offers a warm and welcoming learning environ-
ment set on a beautiful campus, with excellent
facilities and extremely highly qualified and
experienced teaching staff.
Exam Preparation (CAE, FCE, IELTS), 1 year visa
courses (non-EU students)
No. of students: 150
Established in 1988, U-Learn is based in
Dublin city centre. We are close to public
transport, bars, restaurants, shops, and tour-
ist attractions. U-Learn has courses to suit all
students at all levels; experienced, certified
teachers; and great fun; all at a very competi-
tive price! Contact us or visit our website for
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COLLEGE IRELAND
Address: 10 - 14 Quinsboro Road,
Bray, Co Wicklow
Phone: + 353 (0)202 1896/2865627
Fax: + 353 (0)2765806
Email: info@languagecollegeireland.com
Web: www.languagecollegeireland.com
Year Established: 2006
Certification: Exam Preperation for TIE, TOEFL,
Cambridge and IELTS
Courses: ILM, General English , TEFL Hospitality
and Tourism
No. of students: 300
Language and Business College Ireland is a highly
regarded institute of excellence for further
education. The college is keen to provide
opportunities for our students to network, share
ideas and develop as they further their education
both in the English language and in Business studies in
a comfortable, effective and professional atmosphere.
We are situated in the centre of Bray, Co Wicklow.
The general post office is next door to the college
and we are just a few minutes’ walk away from
banks, restaurants and shops. A picturesque
seaside town on the edge of Dublin, Bray (below)
boasts a wonderful Victorian promenade along
the coast, a quaint harbour, and a swan sanctuary.
Transport services to and from Bray are excellent.
Bray is a vibrant town that hosts a range of indoor
and outdoor sports centres and is surrounded by
beautiful walks.
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I decided to come to Ireland to improve my
English. I have always wanted to go to Ireland
as I have some family here and have heard
a lot about Irish culture. My interests are in
music and theatre and as Ireland has such a
great history in these areas, Ireland was the
perfect place for me to improve my English.
I have made so many friends in Language
College Ireland from many different cultures
who I will stay in contact with for the rest
of my life. At the beginning it was scary as
my level of English was quite low but once I
started classes my English improved quickly.
My teachers and the staff in the college have
been so helpful to me. I worked as an au-pair
for a couple of months with an Irish Family
which helped improve my English and to see
Irish culture and humour.
I have travelled many parts of Ireland and
seen some of the most beautiful places such
as, the cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, the
Connemara lakes and the Giant’s Causeway
in Northern Ireland. Wicklow the county
where I live is known as the Garden of
Ireland and it is full of stunning landscapes,
mountains and waterfalls, as well as nice
cafes and restaurants. I like Ireland because I
feel safe here compared to my home country
and would recommend it to anybody that
wants to have an enjoyable experience while
learning English.
NAME: Susana Garcia Madrigal
NATIONALITY: Mexican
COLLEGE: Language College Ireland
COURSE: English Language course to
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My stay in Ireland is going very well and I’m
really enjoying it. The Irish people I’ve met,
including the teaching staff, are all really nice
and helpful. I also got on very well with my host
family and, even though I’ve since moved into
rented accommodation, I still keep in contact
with them. My English is progressing very
well. The classes are very well organized and I
find the interactive nature of the teaching in
particular very useful. Our teachers’ patience
knows no boundaries! They give clear explana-
tions, help us when we have letters to write,
and offer to stay after class if we need any
additional explanation.
Every Friday morning students take a test to
brush up what they learnt during the week and
we are regularly given homework. I believe the
combination of the two is essential to improve
one’s English. The College also organise excur-
sions around Dublin City and surroundings; I
plan to see more when I do a tour of Ireland. My
English is improving by the day and I would not
hesitate to recommend Ireland, and Alpha Col-
lege as a learning destination. My future plans?
I would like use my English by starting a career
in Ireland.
NAME: Élodie Silva
NATIONALITY: French
COLLEGE: Alpha College
of English
COURSE: General English
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The links provided in this section provide
all the information a visitor to Ireland could
possibly need. They also provide information
regarding activity options and upcoming cul-
tural events for international students coming
to live in Ireland.
www.discoverireland.ie A comprehensive online
guide to accommodation, festivals and events, ac-
tivities, visitor attractions, and travel. The following
are region-specific sections of the site:

www.discoverireland.ie/southwest Take a mo-
ment out and savour the variety and subtlety of
Cork & Kerry.

www.visitdublin.ie -Dublin offers an eclectic mix
of city, countryside and coastline. Explore, relax
and delight in the beautiful surroundings of Dublin
City, Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown, Fingal and South
Dublin County!

www.discoverireland.ie/eastcoast From the first
tee to the 19th hole, it’s a golfers dream, but for
those who may like to relax and unwind you will
be spoilt for choice: from relaxing spa breaks, to
waterside and woodlands walks with breathtaking
scenery.

www.discoverireland.ie/northwest Ireland’s North
West offers endless opportunities to immerse your-
self in nature, culture and history.

www.discoverireland.ie/west From the buzzing
streets of Galway City to the lonely hills in Connema-
ra, you’ll find a pace that suits you in Ireland’s West.

www.discoverireland.ie/shannon Dotted with
lakes and criss-crossed with rivers, the Shannon
Region has over 400km of Atlantic coastline.

www.discoverireland.ie/southeast Experience a
wonderful holiday you’ll never forget with the sunni-
est climate in Ireland, unique heritage, vibrant cities
and towns, and a scenic landscape.

www.discoverireland.ie/lakelands Discover what
relaxation really means on the rivers and lakes of
Ireland’s Lakelands.
www.discoverireland.ie/islands Ireland’s islands
are steeped in history, with beautiful beaches, an
abundance of wildlife and wide-open spaces.
ACTIVITY SPECIFIC
TOURISM RESOURCES
www.discoverireland.ie/golf
www.discoverireland.ie/equestrian
www.discoverireland.ie/walking
www.discoverireland.ie/volvooceanrace
www.discoverireland.ie/spa
www.discoverireland.ie/cruising
www.discoverireland.ie/familyfun
www.discoverireland.ie/adventure
www.irelandsislands.com
TOURIST RESOURCES
Athlone
Belfast 227
Cork 425 219
Derry 428 118 209
Donegal 69 402 180 183
Dublin 222 237 257 167 126
Dundalk 86 158 158 350 84 145
Galway 238 219 204 272 209 306 93
Kilkenny 172 198 117 309 335 148 285 126
Killarney 198 193 352 309 407 441 87 436 232
Limerick 111 113 105 241 198 296 328 105 323 121
Portlaoise 114 225 52 150 151 84 257 282 174 253 74
Roscommon 106 151 264 158 82 151 146 151 211 251 224 32
Rosslare 241 135 211 275 98 274 246 163 391 397 208 330 209
Shannon Airport 234 155 138 24 135 137 92 266 222 283 351 129 346 134
Sligo 219 327 85 191 232 343 245 138 167 217 66 135 335 206 118
Waterford 293 153 82 208 100 128 193 48 221 243 158 357 383 130 333 174
Wexford 63 307 214 19 222 114 190 253 80 253 227 142 372 378 187 309 188
Wicklow 90 142 162 261 116 123 198 227 335 124 270 138 51 275 288 187 219 177
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cities and towns. The distances are
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Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown
Institute of Technology, Carlow
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CONTACTS DIRECTORY
UNIVERSITIES
Dublin City University +353 (0)1 7005000 registry@dcu.ie / international.office@dcu.ie
www.dcu.ie
NUIG +353 (0)91 524411 admissions@nuigalway.ie / international@nuigalway.ie www.nuigalway.ie
National University +353 (0)1 7083868 international.office@nuim.ie www.nuim.ie/international
of Ireland, Maynooth
Trinity College +353 (0)1 8961000 admissions@tcd.ie / international@tcd.ie www.tcd.ie
University College Cork +353 (0)21 490 3000 admissions@ucc.ie www.ucc.ie
International Office: +353 (0)21 4904734
University College Dublin +353 (0)1 7167777 admissions@ucd.ie / international@ucd.ie www.ucd.ie
University of Limerick +353 (0)61 202414 amanda.glennon@ul.ie www.ul.ie/internationaleducation

INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Athlone Institute of Technology +353 (0)90 6468000 info@ait.ie / international@ait.ie www.ait.ie
Cork Institute of Technology +353 (0)21 4326100 admissions@cit.ie www.cit.ie
Dublin Institute of Technology +353 (0)1 4027501 admissions@dit.ie / international@dit.ie www.dit.ie
IADT +353 (0)1 2394000 info@iadt.ie www.iadt.ie
Dundalk Institute of Technology +353 (0)42 9370200 info@dkit.ie / international@dkit.ie www.dkit.ie
GMIT - International Dept +353 (0)91 742456 / 742149 international@gmit.ie www.gmit.ie
Institute of Technology, +353 (0)1 8851000 international@itb.ie www.itb.ie
Blanchardstown

Institute of Technology, Carlow +353 (0)59 9175205 int.cord@itcarlow.ie www.itcarlow.ie /
E-Brouchure www.itcarlow.op-ireland.com
Institute of Technology, Sligo +353 (0)71 9155222 admissions@itsligo.ie www.itsligo.ie
IT Tralee +353 (0)66 7145638 / info@staff.ittralee.ie www.ittralee.ie

International Office: +353 (0)66 7191718
ITT Dublin +353 (0)1 4042000 info@ittdublin.ie / internationaloffice@ittdublin.ie www.ittdublin.ie
Letterkenny Institute of Technology +353 (0)74 9186000 info@lyit.ie www.lyit.ie
Limerick Institute of Technology +353 (0)61 208208 information@lit.ie www.lit.ie
Waterford Institute of Technology +353 (0)51 302000 info@wit.ie / international@wit.ie www.wit.ie

COLLEGES OF EDUCATION
Church of Ireland College +353 (0)1 4970033 info@cice.ie www.cice.ie www.mie.ie
of Education (CICE)
Froebel College of Education +353 (0)1 2888520 admin@froebel.ie www.froebel.ie
St. Angela’s College +353 (0)71 9143580 admin@stacs.edu.ie www.stangelas.com
St. Patrick’s College, Thurles +353 (0)504 21201 office@stpats.ie www.stpats.ie
St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra +353 (0)1 8842000 admissions.office@spd.dcu.ie www.spd.dcu.ie
International Office: +353 (0)1 8842214

STATE & OTHER COLLEGES
All Hallows College +353 (0)1 8373745 info@allhallows.ie www.allhallows.ie
Kimmage Development +353 (0)1 4064386 / 4064380 info@kimmagedsc.ie www.kimmagedsc.ie
Studies Centre
National College of Art & Design +353 (0)1 6364200 fios@ncad.ie www.ncad.ie
National College of Ireland, IFSC +353 (0)1 4498500 info@ncirl.ie www.ncirl.ie
Pontifical University +353 (0)1 7084772 theology.office@may.ie www.maynoothcollege.ie
St Patrick’s College, Maynooth
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland +353 (0)1 4022100 info@rcsi.ie www.rcsi.ie
Shannon College of +353 (0)61 712210 admin@shannoncollege.com www.shannoncollege.com
Hotel Management

Tipperary Institute +353 (0)504 28000 info@tippinst.ie www.tippinst.ie

COLLEGES OF FURTHER ED
Bray Institute of Further Education +353 (0)1 2829668 enquiries@bife.ie www.bife.ie
Limerick College of +353 (0)61 414344 apply@lcfe.ie www.lcfe.ie
Further Education (LCFE)

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address to communicate with
the Institution of your choice
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOLS
COUNTY CARLOW
Carlow International English +353 (0)59 9142066 ciels@esatclear.ie
Language School (CIELS)

Dolmen English Language School +353 (0)59 9182536 delscarlow@hotmail.com www.dels.ie
English Language Ireland +353 (0)59 9140227 ruth@englishlanguage.ie www.englishlanguage.ie

COUNTY CLARE
Clare Language Centre +353 (0)65 6841681 info@clarelc.ie www.clarelc.ie

COUNTY CORK
ATC Language & Travel +353 (0)1 2845512 info@atcireland.ie www.atcireland.ie
Atlantic School of English +353 (0)28 28943 info@atlantic-english.com www.atlantic-english.com
& Active Leisure

Carraig Linguistic Services +353 (0)21 4300722 carraigls@eircom.net www.carraigls.ie
Cork English College International +353 (0)21 4551522 info@lah.ie www.corkenglishcollege.ie
/ Language & Activity Holidays
Cork International Language +353 (0)21 4251765 info@cilagroup.com www.cila.ie
Academy Ltd
Cork Language Centre International +353 (0)21 4551661 info@corklanguagecentre.ie www.corklanguagecentre.ie
Eden Hill +353 (0)22 21143 info@edenhillireland.com www.edenhillireland.com
Executive Language +353 (0)23 44730 info@elti.net www.elti.net
Training Ireland (ELTI)
Interconnection Ltd Unit +353 (0)21 4551320 fiona@i4s.eu www.i4s.eu
The Language Centre University +353 (0)21 4902043 info@langcent.ucc.ie www.ucc.ie/esol
College Cork +353

(0)21 4902898

Language Learning International (LLI) +353 (0)1 2143314 eugene@lli.ie www.lli.ie
Midleton Camp International +353 (0)21 4505836 jil@iol.ie www.jonikireland.com
North Mon Language Institute Trust +353 (0)21 4394458 info@nmli.ie www.nmli.ie
Sunfort English Language College +353 (0)22 48116 info@sunfort.com www.sunfort.com
Travel Ireland +353 (0)21 4275911 mary@travire.iol.ie
/ Summer Educational Courses
Youghal International College +353 (0)24 93939 bristol@afuera.com www.afuera.com

COUNTY DONEGAL
Atlanticside College +353 (0)71 9833959 info@atlanticsidecollege.ie www.atlanticsidecollege.ie
Donegal Language School +353 (0)71 9841288 info@donegallanguageschool.com www.donegallanguageschool.com
LLI - Language Learning International +353 (0)1 2143314 eugene@lli.ie www.lli.ie

COUNTY DUBLIN
Abbey College +353 (0)1 6791352 dos@abbeycollege.ie www.abbeycollege.ie
Active English +353 (0)1 6219039 info@active-english.com / activeng@indigo.ie www.active-english.com
Active Language Learning +353 (0)1 2843420 info@all.ie www.all.ie
Alpha College of English +353 (0) 1 8747024 admin@alphacollege.com www.alphacollege.com
Annalivia School Of Languages +353 (0)1 2301100 info@annaliviaschool.com www.annaliviaschool.com
Applied Language Centre, +353 (0)1 7167900 info@alc.ucd.ie www.ucd.ie/alc
Asociación Colegio P. Altabella +353 (0)1 6762240 info@altabella.org

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ATC Language & Travel +353 (0)1 2845512 info@atcireland.ie www.atcireland.ie
Atlas Language School +353 (0)1 4782845 info@atlaslanguageschool.com www.atlaslanguageschool.com
Berlitz Language Centre +353 (0)1 6449742 dublin@berlitz.ie www.berlitz.ie
CELT +353 (0)1 2107639 info@celtltd.ie
Centre of English Studies +353 (0)1 6714233 info@ces-schools.com www.ces-schools.com
D4E +353 (0)1 2755798 info@dublin4english.ie www.dublin4english.ie
Dalmac Language Institute +353 (0)1 8431697 jose@dalmaclanguage.ie www.dalmaclanguage.ie
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Delfin English School +353 (0)1 8722037 info@delfin.ie www.delfin.ie
Dorset College +353 (0)1 8611111 eleanor.ocarroll@dorset-college.ie www.dorset-college.ie
Dublin City University +353 (0)1 7005678 english@dcu.ie www.english.dcu.ie
Language Services DCU-LS
Dublin Cultural Institute +353 (0)1 8728470 info@dublinci.com www.dublinci.com
Dublin International +353 (0)1 4738120 info@difc.ie www.difc.ie
Foundation College

Dublin School of English +353 (0)1 6773322 admin@dse.ie www.dse.ie
Dublin Summer Language School +353 (0)1 2870656 DSLS@Eircom.net

+353 (0)85 7076594
Eden School of English +353 (0)1 8783684 info@edenschool.org www.edenschool.org
Eden College +353 (0)1 8792359 English@edencollege.ie www.edencollege.ie
EF International Language Schools +353 (0)1 6114220 aine.magennis@ef.com www.ef.com
ELTA (English Language) +353 (0)1 6799715 hello@elta.ie www.elta.ie
Tutorial Academy
Emerald Cultural Institute +353 (0)1 4973361 emerald@eci.ie www.eci.ie
English Academy, The +353 (0)1 8726600 admissions@theenglishacademy.ie www.theenglishacademy.ie
English in Dublin +353 (0)1 6613788 info@englishindublin.ie www.eidschool.ie
English Language Academy +353 (0)1 8054909 info@elaireland.com www.elaireland.com
English Language Institute Ltd +353 (0)1 4752965 info@englishlanguage.com www.englishlanguage.com
GEOS English Academy Dublin +353 (0)1 4789897 info@geos-dublin.com www.geos-dublin.com
Grafton College +353 (0)1 8726597 nicholaskelly@graftoncollege.ie www.graftoncollege.ie
Griffith College Dublin +353 (0)1 4150453 diarmuid@gcd.ie www.gcd.ie
Griffith Institute of Language
High Schools International +353 (0)1 6784800 dmillar@hsinet.org www.hsinet.org
Infinity Business College +353 (0)1 6796464 info@ibcollege.com www.ibcollege.com
International House Dublin +353 (0)1 4759277 marketing@ihdublin.com www.ihdublin.com
International Language Services +353 (0)1 4574837 moyllang@iol.ie www.marist-brothers.ie
International Business School +353 (0)1 6612209 info@intbusschoolirl.com www.intbusschoolirl.com
Ireland (Dublin Tutorial Centre)

Irish College of English +353 (0)1 8453744 info@iceireland.com www.iceireland.com
iStudy International (ISI) +353 (0)1 8727888 brianburns@isi-ireland.ie www.isi-ireland.ie
The Joyce English Language School +353 (0)1 6337947 joycecollege@eircom.net www.thejoyce.com
Kaplan International Colleges +353 (0)1 6727122 jonathan.duignan@kaplan.com www.kaplanaspect.com
Kenilworth Language Institute +353 (0)1 4971499 info@kenilworthinstitute.ie www.kenilworthinstitute.ie
Language and Leisure +353 (0)1 2804586 info@lal.ie www.lal.ie
Language Centre of Ireland (LCI) Ltd +353 (0)1 6716266 info@lci.ie www.lci.ie
LLI - Language Learning International +353 (0)1 2143314 eugene@lli.ie www.lli.ie
London College Dublin +353 (0)1 6612474 gocallaghan@londoncollegedublin.com www.londoncollegedublin.com
MLI International School +353 (0)1 6627677 info@mli-group.com www.mli-group.com
Success College +353 (0)1 8828885 info@successcollege.ie www.successcollege.ie
Swan Training Institute +353 (0)1 6775252 oliver@sti.ie / dos@sti.ie www.sti.ie

+353 (0)87 7991893
The Bristow School of English +353 (0)46 9242657 markbristowschool07@gmail.com
The Horner School of English +353 (0)1 6622911 admin@hornerschool.ie www.hornerschool.ie
The International Study Centre +353 (0)1 4782845 office@iscdublin.com www.iscdublin.com

+353 (0)1 4782766
The Language House School of English +353 (0)1 6614460 info@the-language-house.com www.the-language-house.com
The Linguaviva Centre +353 (0)1 6789384 info@linguaviva.com www.linguaviva.com
U-Learn Language School +353 (0)1 8787339 info@u-learn.ie www.u-learn.ie

COUNTY GALWAY
Atlantic Language Galway +353 (0)91 566053 info@atlanticlanguage.com www.atlanticlanguage.com
Bridge Mills Galway Language +353 (0)91 566468 info@galwaylanguage.com www.galwaylanguage.com
Centre

City of Galway VEC +353 (0)91 549400 kieran.harrington@cgvec.ie
English Language Centre +353 (0)91 492264 englishlanguage@nuigalway.ie www.nuigalway.ie/englishlanguage
Galway Cultural Institute +353 (0)91 863100 info@gci.ie www.gci.ie
MLI International School +353 (0)1 6627677 info@mli-group.com www.mli-group.com
Shannonside Language Centre +353 (0)67 22300 slcenglish@eircom.net www.shannonside.org

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COUNTY KERRY
Celtic School of English +353 (0)66 7180088 celticschoolofenglish@hotmail.com www.celticschoolofenglish.com
Killarney School of English +353 (0)64 6636630 ksoe@eircom.net www.ksoe.com
Asana School Of English +353 (0)66 9472458 info@asanaireland.com www.asanaireland.com

COUNTY KILDARE
ATC Language & Travel +353 (0)1 2845512 info@atcireland.ie www.atcireland.ie
Divine Word School Of English +353 (0)1 6289512 dwes_irl@eircom.net www.dwes.or

COUNTY KILKENNY
ATC Language and Travel +353 (0)1 2845512 info@atcireland.ie www.atcireland.ie

COUNTY LIMERICK
ATC Language & Travel +353 (0)1 2845512 info@atcireland.ie www.atcireland.ie
HIS Limerick Business School +353 (0)61 317822 kdonnelly@hsi.ie www.hsi.ie
/ HSI English Language School
Kilfinane Education Centre +353 (0)63 91161 info@kilfinaneoec.com www.kilfinanelanguage.com
Limerick Language Centre +353 (0)61 415292 langctr@iol.ie www.english-in-limerick.com
LLI - Language Learning +353 (0)1 2143314 eugene@lli.ie www.lli.ie
International

MLI International School +353 (0)1 6627677 info@mli-group.com www.mli-group.com
Travel Ireland - Summer 353(0)21 4275911 mary@travire.iol.ie
Educational Courses
University of Limerick +353 (0)61 202777 language.centre@ul.ie www.ul.ie/languagecentre
Language Centre

COUNTY LOUTH
Dundalk School of English +353 (0)42 9323025 info@dsoe.ie www.dsoe.ie

+353

(0)87 1272702
Edgewater College at EPTI +353 (0)41 9846500 admin@edgewater.ie www.edgewater.ie

COUNTY MAYO
Killala School Of English +353 (0)96 32308 healym@iol.ie www.kseirl.com
Parlez Pronto Langauge School +353 (0)94 9024565 parlezp@iol.ie www.parlezpronto.com

COUNTY MEATH
Centre of English Studies +353 (0)1 6714233 info@ces-schools.com www.ces-schools.com

COUNTY SLIGO
Native Speaker +353 (0)71 9147728 info@nativespeaker.ie www.nativespeaker.ie

COUNTY WATERFORD
EFL Ireland +353 (0)51 385483 info@efl-ireland.com www.efl-ireland.com
Travel Ireland +353 (0)21 4275911 mary@travire.iol.ie
/ Summer Educational Courses

Waterford English Language Centres +353 (0)51 877288 welc@iol.ie www.welc.ie

COUNTY WESTMEATH
Belvedere Institute of Education, +353 (0)44 9329777 info@belvedereinstitute.com www.belvedereinstitute.com
Mullingar

Shannon Academy of English +353 (0)906 493457 sslanguages@hotmail.com www.shannonacademy.com

COUNTY WEXFORD
Einstein 2 +353 (0)404 25890 lizq@eircom.net www.einstein2.ie
The Slaney Language Centre +353 (0)53 9120881 info@wexford-language.com www.wexford-language.com

COUNTY WICKLOW
ATC Language & Travel +353 (0)1 2845512 info@atcireland.ie www.atcireland.ie
Brook House School +353 (0)1 2862686 brookhouseschool@eircom.net
Language & Business +353 (0)1 2865627 info@languagecollegeireland.com www.languagecollegeireland.com
College Ireland +353 (0)1 2869524

Pace Language Institute Ltd +353 (0)1 2760922 info@paceinstitute.ie www.paceinstitute.ie
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