Academic Year in Ireland 

Types of schools in Ireland

Public  Schools 

Public schools consist of voluntary, vocational and community/comprehensive schools. Most schools are publicly funded. Students are co-educated with a good variety of classes to choose from. Non EU students may not study in these schools. 

Private Schools 

These are fee paying schools under the inspection of the department of Education. Non EU students that require a visa are eligible to study in private schools.  

Boarding

Schools 

Boarding schools are generally private schools with accommodation facilities onsite. Non EU students may apply to study in boarding schools. Accommodation arrangements vary according to each school. Many include homestay requirement every weekend or fortnightly. 

Irish Education System

Primary 

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Post Primary 

In Ireland, secondary education (sometimes referred to as post-primary) caters students in the 12 to 18 years old group. Students start with the 3-year junior cycle study, followed by the 2-year senior cycle study. They can take an optional 1-year transitional study to bridge the two cycles, which leads to 5 years or 6 years in total for the secondary education.  An evaluation test takes place at the end of each of the two major cycles (i.e. junior and senior cycles). The results obtained on the Leaving Certificate Examinations at the end of senior cycle year are important criteria for admission at universities.

Junior Cycle

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Transition Year

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Senior Cycle

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