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International Students

The King’s Hospital has long been a sought-after destination for International Students wishing to immerse themselves in an Irish school setting. Overall, International Students constitute about 20% of boarding school enrolment in the school. The school community today is truly a mosaic of cultures and traditions, brought together under the common rubric of delivering a world-class education that will open doors the world over. Incoming International Students benefit greatly from immersion in the language and culture of The King’s Hospital school, and  will often find themselves in a position of real strength when applying to universities in Ireland, Great Britain and throughout the world.

International Students are accepted into Forms 1, 2, 4 (TY) and 5. Please refer to our Academics section and particularly the Transition Year (TY) Programme that takes place during Form 4, for more information. A student wishing to enter Form 5 must commit to staying for two years and completing their Leaving Certificate exam.

In our  Admissions UK section you will also find favourable comparisons to the UK Independent School system and more information about our curriculum.

As part of our International Student Programme, The King's Hospital provides English as a Second Language (ESL) classes during the week and as part of the Weekend Programme and each student is given personalized attention and individual learning advice. A student may also opt to take classes, at an additional cost, to prepare for the Cambridge English test and they will be brought to sit the examination at the beginning of May.

We also offer a variety of activities to engage and connect with our students, and promote an atmosphere of diversity and acceptance. Every one of our students represents a different culture and background and we encourage this diversity in our classrooms, in our sports and in our Staff.


International Student Fees are determined by the students' current passport; EU, Non-EU and Irish. The fees for the current academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

  • 7-Day Boarding EU Passport  €19,194.00
  • 7-Day Boarding Non-EU Passport €19,994.00
  • 7-Day Boarding Irish Passport €15,995.00

See the Fees download for more information.


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


The school offers 7-day boarding and closes only for the two mid-term breaks which is one week in October and February and for two weeks at Christmas and Easter. Some years it may be necessary to close for a bank holiday weekend. There are no bank holiday closures for the 2017/2018 school year. Click here for the current school calendar. For 2017/18 School Year Boarders return on Monday August 28th & Classes begin Tuesday August 29th. See the downloads section for the 2017-2018 calendar showing the main closures.

Registration Procedure

Please email the Admissions Department for an admissions pack which includes a Prospectus and Registration Form. The Registration Form must be signed and the original hard copy posted to the Admissions Office in order to fully process an application but the documents listed below may be scanned and emailed in advance. Late applicants, after March 2017, may download the Registration Form and return it by email but the signed copy must also be posted to the school by express post (not registered). All information contained on this webpage is also available as a download. No applicant will be considered and invited for an interview until all documents are received and reviewed.

  • Registration Form Add-On for Special Education Needs
  • Registration Form Add-On Subject and Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Fact File for student to compete and return
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Passport
  • Recent school grade, effort and behaviour report
  • School reference

Once all the correct documentation is received it is reviewed by the Headmaster and Admissions Manager. You will then be advised if we are to proceed with the application.  An appointment will be arranged for the student to come to the school for an interview, English test and a tour. After the interview assessment, English Test result and school documents are reviewed we will advise if we are able to offer a place to the student within two weeks. Once a place has been offered a deposit of €2,000 must be paid by bank transfer and the signed acceptance form emailed along with a record of payment. The signed acceptance form must also be sent by express post or courier in order to have the original signature on file. The deposit is non-refundable but will be refunded when the student has completed their education at the school if it is determined that there are no bills outstanding.

We will consider a SKYPE interview for an International Student living outside the EU, or an EU student in exceptional circumstances only.

Guardianship/Host Family

If an International Student does not have relatives or close friends living in Ireland that are prepared to act as a Guardian or Host Family, then the family must engage the services of a Guardian. The cost of Guardianship can range from approximately €1,500 - €3,000 per year, depending on the level of service you require. The school can provide names of Guardians that have students currently in the school, on request.

Airport Transfers

The school can arrange airport transfers for students and will assist them with check-in and meet them on the return journey if the Guardian does not include that as part of their service. Please click here for more information. It is important to check with airlines for the minimum age a student can travel unaccompanied before you book any flights.

  • King's Hospital International Students