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TOP-15 prestigious schools in Ireland where international students can get high-quality secondary education

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. 

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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, 
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
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Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
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.
Your comment/review/question:
Hello! Happy New Year! I would like to discuss the education of a child in Ireland after the 9th grade of the Russian school.
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
Good afternoon, Anna. Thank you very much for your kind feedback. Very nice! Always with you, the Smapse Education team.
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