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Primary and secondary education in Ireland for international students

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EC Dublin English
EC Dublin English
Ireland
Dublin
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8
from 5325.00 € / 24 weeks
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from 5325.00 € / 24 weeks
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Palmerston Park Dublin Emerald Cultural Institute Language School
Good
7.7
from 5215.00 € / 25 weeks
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from 5215.00 € / 25 weeks
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Blackrock College Dublin Private School
Blackrock College Dublin Private School
Ireland
Dublin
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1 reviews
7.6
from 19700.00 € / year
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from 19700.00 € / year
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Midleton College School Cork
Midleton College School Cork
Ireland
Cork
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1 reviews
7.6
from 20450.00 € / year
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from 20450.00 € / year
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Waterford English Language Centers
Waterford English Language Centers
Ireland
Cork
Currently watching: 1
Good
7.6
from 165.00 € / week
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from 165.00 € / week
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Villiers School
Villiers School
Ireland
Limerick
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2 reviews
7.5
from 21500.00 € / year
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from 21500.00 € / year
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Monaghan Collegiate School
Monaghan Collegiate School
Ireland
Monaghan
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1 reviews
7.5
from 10000.00 € / semester
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from 10000.00 € / semester
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St Andrew's College
St Andrew's College
Ireland
Dublin
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Pleasant
4 reviews
7.5
from 7050.00 € / year
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from 7050.00 € / year
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ISI English Language School Dublin
ISI English Language School Dublin
Ireland
Dublin
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Pleasant
7.3
from 2960.00 € / 25 weeks
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from 2960.00 € / 25 weeks
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The Royal Cavan School
The Royal Cavan School
Ireland
Cavan
Currently watching: 2
Pleasant
7.3
from 10925.00 £ / term
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from 10925.00 £ / term
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Education information

Nowadays, TOP-15 Irish secondary schools accept international students from the age of 12, after grade 7,8,9,10. Foreign students can study in daytime private schools (with accommodation in a host family) and in private boarding schools and houses (with accommodation in the residence on campus). In addition, after graduating from the middle and high school, foreign students can enter prestigious universities in Ireland without entrance exams. 

Studying in one of TOP-15 secondary Irish schools

Today, 15 best Irish schools provide a wide range of courses and programs, students can get education in Ireland that fully corresponds to highest international standards. Foreign students often choose studying in Ireland as it's a great opportunity to combine effective studying with exciting cultural programs and tourism.

The country is covered with legends and is full of historical sights. Actually, it's impossible to find a region without ancient castles, ancient forts and fortresses, temple complexes. In addition, Ireland - it's velvet valleys and emerald green hills. Climate is quite mild.

Ireland is known for its social well-being, and the locals are one of the friendliest nations in Europe. Cities and towns of the country are safe and perfectly suited for foreign students and tourists. There is perfectly developed infrastructure, low expenses for housing, transport services and food.

In addition, many foreign students choose getting education in Ireland as there is a perfect mix of price and quality. The educational model in Ireland is virtually identical to the British one: in elementary school, children study up to 12 years, then go to the secondary school, which ends at the age of 17-18 and students receive the certificate.

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration, 
years
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

Advantages and disadvantages of English schools

Advantages Disadvantages
The opportunity to enter the best universities in England, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Europe, the world Expensive
High quality of education and academic standards Strong workload
Perfect English after graduation The need to change the social environment; it takes time to adapt
Useful contacts The difficulty of choosing the most suitable school for the child, requires a qualified specialist

Top 21 best boarding colleges in England 2022

1 Cardiff Sixth Form College
2 National Mathematics and Science College
3 Abbey College Cambridge
4 d'Overbroeck's College
5 MPW London
6 CATS Cambridge
7 Kensington Park
8 DLD London
9 King's College St Michael’s
10 Bellerbys Cambridge
11 Chelsea Independent College
12 MPW Cambridge
13 Bellerbys Brighton
14 CATS London
15 St Clare's Oxford
16 Bishopstrow College
17 CATS Canterbury
18 Bellerbys London
19 Ealing Independent College
20 Cambridge Tutors College
21 Abbey Manchester

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1      North Broward Preparatory School
2 Phillips Academy Andover
3 The Storm King School New York
4 Red Bank Catholic High School
5 Windermere Preparatory School
6 Shattuck St Mary's School
7 Cheshire Academy
8 Cate School
9 Ross School
10 Deerfield Academy
11 The Village School
12 Amerigo Los Angeles – Bishop Montgomery High School
13 Webb Schools
14 Kent School USA
15 The Winchendon School
16 Darlington School
17 Marian Catholic High School Amerigo Education
18 Grier School
19 The MacDuffie School
20 CATS Academy Boston
21 The Cambridge School of Weston
22 Milton Academy
23 Amerigo Education Napa Valley
24 American Hebrew Academy
25 Northfield Mount Hermon School
26 Mater Dei Catholic High School San Diego Amerigo Education
27 American University Preparatory School Los Angeles
28 Webb Schools
29 Kent School USA
30 Groton School
31 Maine Central Institute
32 The Lawrenceville School
33 Grand River Academy Оhio
34 Saint John Paul II Academy
35 Chicago North Shore

Top 14 best schools in Switzerland 2022

1 College Du Leman
2 St. Georges School Montreux
3 Institut Monte Rosa
4 Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz
5 Saint-Charles Collège et Lycée
6 Leysin American School
7 Hochalpines Institut Ftan AG High Alpine
8 Aiglon College Switzerland
9 Institut Le Rosey School
10 Institut Montana Zugerberg
11 Champittet College
12 Brillantmont International School
13 Surval Montreux
14 Ecole Pre Fleuri

Top 12 best schools in Canada 2022

1 Brookes Shawnigan Lake
2 Rosseau Lake College
3 Albert College
4     Columbia International College
5 Ridley College
6 St Andrew's College
7 Brentwood College School
8 Pickering College
9 Bodwell High School
10 Trafalgar Castle School
11 Fulford Academy
12 Shawnigan Lake School

Best boarding schools in England - 2022 Smapse rankings

1 Cardiff Sixth Form College
2 Sevenoaks School
3 Queen Ethelburga's College
4 Brighton College
5 The National Mathematics and Science College NMSC
6 Concord College
7 Westbourne School
8 Wellington College
9 Rossall School
10 d'Overbroeck's College
11 Dulwich College
12 Fettes College
13 Stonar School
14 Wycliffe College
15 Lucton School
16 King's School Canterbury
17 ACS School Cobham
18 Hurtwood House
19 Uppingham School
20 Scarborough College
21 King's College St Michael’s
22 Mill Hill School
23 Windermere School
24 Clifton College
25 Badminton School
26 Oakham School
27 Oundle School
28 Stowe School
29 Cheltenham College
30 Bromsgrove School
31 Sidcot School
32 Prior Park College
33 Millfield School
34 Oswestry School
35 Caterham School
36 City of London Freemen’s School
37 Buckswood School
38 Brooke House College
39 Taunton School
40                   St Clare's Oxford
41 Repton School
42 Royal Russell School
43 King's Ely
44 Leys Cambridge
45 Leighton Park
46 Bedford School
47 Fyling Hall
48 Royal Hospital School
Reviews/Comments/Questions
Michael
(31.12.2016)
Hello! Happy New Year! I would like to discuss the education of a child in Ireland after the 9th grade of the Russian school.
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Aleksandra
Thank you for your comment! We ask you to send the current estimates of the child, as well as the first page of a foreign passport, our specialist will consult you. Our mail is mail@smapse.com.
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SMAPSE
Good afternoon, Anna. Thank you very much for your kind feedback. Very nice! Always with you, the Smapse Education team.
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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