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Rathdown School

International Admissions

We welcome international students and encourage diversity among nationalities.

Approximately 30%- of our students come from a wide variety of overseas nations giving students a global outlook in a primarily Irish school.

We are happy to liaise with overseas agents, schools and parents/guardians.

An assessment of a student's English standard is carried out at the beginning of the term. A schedule of additional English classes to improve oral, aural and written skills are taught by experienced ESL teachers ensuring the seamless integration of each student into all aspects of school life.

International students will study for the Irish state exams, namely the Junior Cycle and the Leaving Certificate whilst in Rathdown School. Students sit the Junior Cycle at the end of Third Year and the Leaving Certificate at the end of Sixth Year. The Junior Cycle typically consists of 10 broad-ranging subjects whilst the Leaving Certificate allows for specialisation across 7 subjects. The Irish Leaving Certificate is widely accepted for entry to universities around the world.

Ideally, Students must have reached the following ages by September 1st of the year of entry:

Age in Years

Rathdown School Year Group


1st Year


2nd Year


3rd Year


4th Year (TY/Transition Year)


5th Year


Irish families living abroad and those from E.U. member states do not require a visa to study in Ireland.

If you are not a citizen of the E.U. you should check the visa regulations for your country here.


All students whose home is overseas or whose parents currently live abroad must have a guardian, regardless of the duration of their stay at the school.

The guardian must be resident in Ireland and, ideally, within a one-hour journey of the school, in order for them to be called upon easily in the event of sickness etc. The role of the guardian is mainly to take charge of your child and be your representative during your absence. It is the responsibility of the student’s family to arrange and inform the school of the guardian’s contact details. The school can assist you by informing you of a number of guardians (please note that these are not recommendations). Family friends and relatives based in Ireland are also acceptable guardians once they are over the age of 25.


You are responsible for arranging all travel to and from Ireland. You can arrange a transfer to and from Dublin Airport as required via your guardian or direct with a taxi company.

Access to school accommodation can be accommodated from 7am in the morning until 11pm at night but should flights be booked outside of these hours, the child will have to stay with their guardian. For additional information please contact Ms. Burke, Head of Boarding on 



For information on the fees and charges applicable for the academic year please review Fee Information or e-mail the Registrar or call +353 (0)1 285 3133.