International Student Applications

Thank you for your interest in The King’s Hospital School for your child’s secondary school education, whether as an existing member of the school community or first-time enquirer.


At any time please contact the Admissions Team on  or +353 1 643-6564 and we will be happy to help you.

Any applicant who is resident abroad must fill out the International Student Registration Form below. Applications are considered for Forms 1, 2, 4, and 5 only.

Minimum One Year Stay

An international student will only be considered for 7-day boarding for one full academic school year, August to June (3 terms).


Non-EU students must pay the full year’s fees in advance by August 1st, or earlier, and will only then receive a VISA letter from the school.

EU students, that do not have an Irish passport, must pay fees in one or two instalments – August 1st & January 1st.

2024/2025 Fee information. For 2024 enrolment a non-refundable deposit of €3,000 must be paid at time of offer, if accepting the place.


Students must have reached the following age by September 1st on the year of enrolment:

Form 1 – 12yrs
Form 2 – 13yrs
Form 3 – we do not enroll international students
Form 4 – 15yrs –TY Brochure 2023-2024
Form 5 – 16yrs must enroll for 2-years & complete Leaving Certificate Exams
Form 6 – we do not enroll international students


Summary of registration process

  • Fill out online registration form.
  • Email birth certificate, passport and most recent school report.
  • The Admissions Department will contact you for further information.
  • Ask your child’s school to fill out this Applicant student school reference template 2022
  • The student must take an online English proficiency test.
  • An online interview is arranged with the Head of Admissions.

Due to the large number of enquiries on-campus visits will only be arranged once the student application has been processed and the online English test taken.

Please email accompanying documents to

Summary of selection process

  • Application reviewed by the Headmaster and Head of Admissions.
  • Online English test – minimum grade required to progress.
  • If all criteria are met, an invitation to interview online is offered.
  • Review of documents, interview, and English test by School Leadership Team.
  • Offer of place.
  • Acceptance form signed & returned.
  • Deposit of €3,000 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. 

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 professional guardian.
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. The guardian must attend an on campus Guardian Information Session, at the beginning of term.

International Student Travel Arrangements

If a student is travelling directly from the Airport to the School, or School to Airport, at any time throughout the school year, they must travel on the school transportation.

EXCEPTION: The student cannot enter or leave the school  between the hours of 22:00 and 07:00.  Instead the guardian must arrange for them to stay with a host family and return them to school between the hours of 07:00 & 22:00.

If a student is arriving into Ireland before the start of any term or half term, and going to a friend, relative, host family, or accommodation with a family member, then they must show proof of travel, where they are staying and who with.

International Travel Arrangements 2023

EAL – English as a second language

International students must have a minimum level of English proficiency in order to access the curriculum at the high standard taught in the school. Once enrolled students are expected to continuously improve their Academic English in order to progress their learning and achieve their personal best. Students will be further assessed at the start of term and parents will be notified of the course and cost of English study that is required, based on their level and year group.