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Quality and Qualifications Ireland (Dearbhú Cáilíochta agus Cáilíochtaí Éireann)
NARIC Ireland at Quality and Qualifications Ireland

26-27 Denzille Lane

D02 P266


Phone: +353 1 905 8100
Web Site:
Contact person: Angela Lambkin, NARIC Ireland

National education bodies

Department of Education and Science
An Roinn Oideachais Agus Eolaíochta

System of education

Education System in Ireland

Education is compulsory for children in Ireland from the ages of six to sixteen or until students have completed three years of second-level education.

The Irish education system is made up of:

State-funded education is available at all levels, unless you choose to send your child to a private institution

Link(s): English

University education

Link(s): English
Universities in Ireland


University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin
University College Cork,
National University of Ireland,
National University of Ireland,
University of Limerick,
Trinity College,
Dublin City

Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Post-secondary non-university education

Further Education and Training Ireland
Link(s): English, Irish, EN

Recognised higher education institutions

Recognised Providers of Higher Education Ireland

National University of Ireland Recognised Colleges

Institute of Public
Milltown Institute of Theology &
National College of Art and
Royal College of Surgeons
Shannon College of Hotel

Institutes Of Technology

Dublin Institute of
Athlone Institute of
Cork Institute of
Dundalk Institute of
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and
Galway-Mayo Institute of
Institute of Technology,
Institute of Technology,
Institute of Technology,
Institute of Technology,
Institute of Technology,
Letterkenny Institute of
Limerick Institute of
Limerick Institute of Technology
Waterford Institute of

Colleges of Education

The Church of Ireland College of
Froebel College of
Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of
St. Angela’s
St. Patrick’s College of
Mary Immaculate
Mater Dei

Other State-Aided Institutions

All Hallows
Dublin Insitute for Advanced
National College of
Pontifical University of
Royal Irish Academy of
St Patrick’s, Carlow

Other State-Aided Institutions

Honorable Society of Kings
Law Society of

Link(s): English
Privately funded higher education colleges

Privately funded higher education colleges offering validated programmes leading to awards of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) can be identified using this link:

Link(s): EN

Policies and procedures for the recognition of qualifications

QQI Policy and Criteria for the Academic Recognition of Foreign Qualificaitons

NARIC Ireland advice on the academic recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland

Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees

Qualifications Framework


The National Framework of Qualifications (NQF)

Interactive Framework -

Link(s): English, Irish

Self Evaluation Report

Report of Steering Committee for National Consultation

Verification of Compatibility of Irish National Framework of Qualifications with the Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area, November 2006

Link(s): English

Diploma Supplement (DS) Information

Responsible organisation

Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority of Ireland
Údarás na hÉireann um Cháilíochtaí agus Dearbhú Cáilíochta

26-27 Denzille Lane, D02 P266, Ireland


Information on DS (legislation, template, chart, etc)

Process of Implementation of the Diploma Supplement

Example of a completed Irish Diploma Supplement which each institution will provide to their graduates.

Link(s): English
Chart of national higher education structure

Chart of the Irish Higher Education Structure
(from, page 183).

Link(s): English