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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.

Virtual Open Day

You can take a virtual tour of our school and hear from our School Leaders and students on what makes our school so special and a true community, here -

Even through Covid restrictions there is lots happening at the weekend. See some of the activities from this past term here

Registration Process

You can now apply directly online and we will then contact you to discuss the application further and arrange a video interview with the Head of Admissions.  The school buildings are not open to visitors due to Covid-19, but you may be able to visit the grounds accompanied by a member of staff. We will have virtual tours and messages from key staff members over the coming months for you to view online.

International Student Enrolment Form 2021

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

International students can only be enrolled into Forms 1, 2, 4 or 5. Students can apply for one year of study into Forms 1, 2 & 4. Students who apply for Form 5 are expected to stay for 2 years to complete the Leaving Certificate state exam.

Once you have submitted the online form please email a copy of the child's birth certificate and passport/identity card to We cannot process the application without those documents. We operate a waiting list for boarding places so you must complete the form and send in the documents before your child can be placed on the waiting list. The Admissions Department will be in contact with you to request other information relevant to the application and arrange an online English test for the student.

Summary of registration process

  • Fill out online registration form
  • Email birth certificate & passport
  • The Admissions Department will contact you for further information.
  • The student sits an online English proficiency test.
  • An online interview is arranged with the Head of Admissions

Summary of selection process

  • Application reviewed by the Headmaster and Head of Admissions
  • Online English test
  • Invitation to interview
  • Review of documents, interview and English test
  • Offer of place
  • Acceptance form signed & returned
  • Deposit of €2,000 paid to school*

*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.


For information on the fees and miscellaneous charges applicable for the 2020/21 academic year please visit our Fee Information page or contact Mrs Carly Lynch at the Finance Department. 2021 fees are not published until the Spring of 2021

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. If there are other one day school clsoures for state holidays, the boarders will remain cared for in school. DRAFT TERM DATES_2020-2021 4-10-20 .pdf These dates are all subject to change due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the rescheduling of State Exams.

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.

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 2020/21

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.  For non-participants in the scheme, the guardian is responsible for all travel arrangements and must accompany the student to and from the airport.  Students are not permitted to travel unaccompanied under any circumstances. 

The school is not responsible for travel activities outside of authorised school activities and/or travel to the airport at the official school opening/closure dates.  These items cannot be charged to the student fee account. Our school calendar may change due to Covid-19 so full information on the scheme will be provided at a later date. Last year's travel scheme can be viewed here for illustrative purposes only Overseas Travel Scheme 2019/20.