The Irish Education System


  • Irish students have an exceptionally high level of participation in the education system.

  • Irish schools and colleges offer a safe and friendly environment for international students.

  • Education in Ireland is compulsory from ages 6 to 16.

  • Private tuition is also readily available for students at all levels of the education system.


The Irish education system is made up of 4 levels:

Pre-School* (3 to 4 Years of Age)

First Level* (4 to 12 Years of Age)

Second Level* (12 to 18 Years of Age)

Third Level (18 Years +)

*Free of cost to all Irish residents


Ireland hosts the most Chinese students per capita than any other European Union county.

Universities in Ireland


There are eight public universities in Ireland which rank impressively well at international level and the country as a whole is understandably a popular choice for international students. The varied selection of higher education institutions combines with historic cities, beautiful countryside and Ireland’s unique culture to make Ireland a highly attractive study destination. 


Public Universities in Ireland:

  • Trinity College Dublin 

  • University College Dublin 

  • NUI Galway 

  • University College Cork

  • Maynooth University

  • Dublin City University

  • University of Limerick

  • Technological University Dublin


Healthcare in Ireland


Healthcare in Ireland comprises of two sectors, namely public healthcare and private healthcare. For the purpose of the Immigrant Investment Program, beneficiaries must have private health insurance (which is relatively inexpensive) while they reside in Ireland.


Health Professionals

When dealing with health professional such as doctors at their private practices, patients pay the health professional directly and then claim the cost of the consultation from the private health insurance company.



When entering a hospital in Ireland, your private medical insurance details are taken and in most cases the private health insurance company will pay the hospital directly for their services.


Irish Social Welfare for Citizens


Jobseeker’s Benefit
Weekly payment to people who are out of work and are covered by social insurance (max. personal rate is €203.00 per week).


Jobseeker’s Allowance
For those who do not qualify for Jobseeker’s Benefit. Must be capable, available and actively seeking work (max. personal rate is €203.00 per week).

Self-Employed Unemployment 
Means tested on an individual basis.

State Contributory Pension 
Dependent on social insurance contributions (max. personal rate is €248.30 per week).

State Non-Contributory Pension 
Means tested and must be over 66 years old (max. personal rate is €237.00 per week).

Illness Benefit 
Given to people who are unable to work due to illness (max. personal rate is €203.00 per week).

Maternity Benefit 
Must be covered by social insurance (max. personal payment of €245.00 per week).

China / Ireland Relations

A strong relationship between China and Ireland from an economic, cultural and social perspective has emerged of late. Ireland’s Ex-Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in 2012 during a landmark visit to Ireland by Chinese officials.


A trade agreement between China and Ireland was signed during the visit. The agreement was designed to encourage cooperation between business sectors in both countries and to promote investment between Ireland and China. 


2019 marks a historic 40 years of diplomatic relations between China and Ireland.


Irish Heritage



Whether it is nature, wildlife, folklore or built heritage, Ireland is a land of historical enlightenment. Diverse events are regularly hosted nationwide and many are organised by local communities which lend great variety and authenticity. Examples of such occasions include medieval fairs, wild life walks, lectures, poetry recitals, traditional music sessions, storytelling, historical re-enactments, local history walks, theatrical shows and maritime events.




Ireland is a country passionate about sport and outdoor activities. Irish professional competitors regularly rank among the world’s elite in sports such as Golf, Equine Sports and Boxing. ‘Gaelic Games’ which include ‘Gaelic Hurling’ and ‘Gaelic Football’ are very popular in Ireland. Nearly every small village has ‘Gaelic Game’ teams which all are welcome to join. Sport in Ireland brings people and communities together to share a common passion. 

Information is correct at the time of printing. All information provided is subject to terms and conditions. The information set out in this publication in relation to immigration investment is intended as general guidance only. Before investing, independent legal advice should be obtained. 

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