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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 2016/17 are as follows:

  • 7-Day Boarding EU Passport  €18,696.00
  • 7-Day Boarding Non-EU Passport €19,475.00
  • 7-Day Boarding Irish Passport €15,580.00

See the Fees download for more information.


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 2016/2017 school year. Click here for the current school calendar.

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 followiing documents may be scanned and emailed in advance.

  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Passport
  • Recent school grade, effort and behaviour report
  • School reference

We will then arrange an appointment for the student to come to the school for an interview with the Headmaster and Admissions Manager, an English test and a tour of the school. After the interview assessment, English Test result and school documents review we will advise whether or not 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 accompany the acceptance form. This is refunded when the student has completed their education at the school.

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

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 it is imperative that the family 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.

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