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International students

Thank you for your interest in a place at The King's Hospital School. We are not just a school – we are a caring community – that champions inclusiveness and celebrates cultural diversity.

You will need to submit a registration form and other requested documents in order to be considered for a place. Prospective students will be asked to visit the school for an interview with the headmaster and to take an online English test.  Please see the downloads below for further information.

If you are emailing our Admissions Department with an enquiry, please include your student's name, date of birth and nationality, as well as the form/grade you are applying for and the year of entry. Students are accepted into Forms 1, 2, 4 & 5 only.

To apply, students must have reached the following ages by September 1st of the year of entry:

  • Age 12 - Form 1
  • Age 13 - Form 2
  • Age 15 - Form 4 
  • Age 16 - Form 5


For information on the fees and miscellaneous charges applicable for the 2018/19 academic year please review Fee Information or contact Mrs Carly Lynch at the Finance Department.
Tel: +353 1 6436534


Students wth a non-EU passport may be required to obtain a visa to study in Ireland. Please check this with the Irish Consulate or Embassy in your country. A visa letter from the school can be made available on request only and after you pay a year's fees in advance.


The school offers seven-day boarding and closes only for the two mid-term breaks - one week in October and February - and for two weeks at Christmas and Easter. Click here for the 2019/20 Main Dates School Calendar. 

Enquiry and registration procedure

For an initial enquiry please email the Admissions Department and include the following information for a quick response:

  • Child's Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Country on passport
  • School form/grade you are applying for
  • Mailing address if you require an admissions pack

If you are ready to apply for a school place, see the documents required below and the forms* to be returned, which you can download from this page. 

Documents can be scanned and emailed to the Admissions Department or posted to The King's Hospital School, Palmerstown, Dublin 20, D20 V256

Selection process

When you return the documentation, it is reviewed by the headmaster and admissions manager, and we will tell you if we are going to proceed with your application.

We will then arrange an appointment for the student to come to the school for an interview, English test and a tour. Following a review of the interview, test result and school documents, we will let you know within two weeks if we can offer you a place.

If a place is offered, you pay a deposit of €2,000 by bank transfer, and return the signed acceptance form by email, along with a record of payment.

Please note: You must also return the acceptance form by express post or courier, so that we have your original signature on file.

The deposit is non-refundable if the student does not take up the place, but will be refunded when they have finished at the school, and there are no bills outstanding.

We will consider a Skype interview for non-EU students, or for an EU student in exceptional circumstances only.

Selection summary

• Documents reviewed by the headmaster and admissions manager
• Invitation to interview
• English test
• Review of documents, interview and test
• Offer of place
• Acceptance & deposit of €2,000

Guardianship/host family

If an international student does not have relatives or close friends living in Ireland who will act as a guardian or host family, then you must engage the services of a guardian.

The cost of guardianship can range from €1,000-€3,000 a year, depending on the level of service you require (see airport transfers below). To assist parents in the selection of guardians, the school maintains a list with details of agencies and individuals who act as guardians to students already in the school, but we do not recommend any specific agency or individual.

Please click email to request the guardian contact list. Once you have engaged the services of a guardian, you and the guardian must sign the guardianship form and return it to the school by the end of June each year.

All international students must have a guardian during their time in the school, regardless of their age.

Students must travel to and from the airport with their guardian or with the school as part of the airport transfers scheme (see below). Students do not have permission to travel alone.

Airport Transfers

Overseas students have the option of participating in the school's Overseas Travel Scheme which offers supervised travel to/from the airport at the official school opening/closure dates, for an additional charge.