For a definition of what "Recognized Higher Education Institution" means in Ireland:
Traditionally, the higher education and training sector in Ireland has comprised the university sector, the institute of technology sector and the colleges of education. In addition a number of independent private colleges have developed, offering a diverse range of education and training programmes and professional qualifications. In some instances these colleges offer recognised higher education awards.
1. Higher education institutions recognized by competent authorities:
- List of recognized higher education institutions in Ireland
A list of recognised higher education institutions can be accessed on the NQAI website as part of the information provided on the Irish education and training system.
2. Higher education programmes recognized by competent authorities
- National Qualifications Authority of Ireland
Recognised programmes are those accredited by recognised higher education awarding bodies. English
3. Information for students planning to study in the country
- Qualifications Recognition at the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland
- QualifaX – Ireland’s National Learners’ Database
- Higher Education Authority - Students
4. Information on higher education system
- Description of the education system
Chart of the Irish Higher Education Structure
Irish Education and Training System
- Competent bodies
Universities, Higher Education and Training Awards Council, Institutes of Technology, Private Colleges
- Ministries/departments responsible for education
Department of Education and Skills
The mission of the Department of Education and Skills is to provide high-quality education which will enable individuals to achieve their full potential and to participate fully as members of society; and contribute to Ireland's social, cultural and economic development.
An Roinn Oideachais Agus Scileanna (Gaelic)
The Higher Education Authority
The Higher Education Authority is the statutory planning and development body for higher education and research in Ireland. The HEA has wide advisory powers and is a funding authority.
- Quality assurance mechanisms
Universities, institutes of technology and colleges each have responsibility for their quality assurance systems.
Irish Universities Quality Board
Higher Education and Training Awards Council
Dublin Institute of Technology
5. Information on foreign credential assessment and recognition
- Description (procedures)
The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland is the Irish centre for the recognition of international qualifications.
Recognition of a foreign qualification in Ireland
- Competent bodies
The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland
The NQAI facilitates the academic recognition of completed foreign awards and in doing so endeavours to compare such awards to a level on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.
The Department of Education and Skills
Access to regulated professions is regulated by law and in order to work in that profession in Ireland, you need the approval of a designated competent authority.
6. Information on financial assistance opportunities
- For national students planning to study abroad
The maintenance grant is the main source of financial help available from the Irish State for students in full-time Post Leaving Certificate Courses (PLCs) and full-time higher education undergraduate/postgraduate courses.
- For international students planning to study in the country
7. Cross-border higher education
8. National information centre
9. Other information sources