Choosing a further- or higher-education college is not as straightforward as choosing where to go on holiday. Photograph: iStock

Going to college isn’t cheap. First, there’s the cost of registration fees, currently capped at €3,000. Then students need to shell out for books, acc(...)

Careers counselors report that more students are looking at study options for courses taught through English in countries like the Netherlands, Denmark, Poland and Germany. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

If you didn’t do as well as you’d hoped in your Leaving Certificate but still want to get to third-level education, there are more options out there t(...)

Before you commit to any course, be sure to enquire about what protection is in place in case  it ceases to operate. Photo: iStock

Question: I am considering taking up an offer of a place in a private college. Given the well-publicised closure of some private colleges in recent ye(...)

There are plenty of options available to students who didn’t get the results they wanted. Photograph: Getty Images

While the idea of repeating the Leaving Certificate may seem like the only option if you are determined to get the points for a place on a particular (...)

Ford Fiesta

Opponents of income-contingent student loans invariably argue that their introduction will result in crippling lifetime debt. Yet they don’t see home(...)

Griffith College in Dublin

Even for the hardest-working student who achieves brilliant results, the CAO is a gamble. What can you do, at this late stage, if you had your hear(...)

More than 2,000 international students were affected by the closure of a number of language schools earlier this year after visa irregularities were discovered. Pictured are students from Eden College: Patrick Kashanga, Malawi; Bruno Francio, Brazil; Neo Odirile, Botswana; Innocent Kwerani, Malawi; Eduardo Cardoso, Brazil. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A tighter regime for the issuing of student visas is the cornerstone of the Government’s new plan for regulation of the international education sector(...)

Equal status: QQI-accredited courses at private colleges Griffith College (above) or Dublin Business School are equivalent to those at public colleges
Where reputation is everything

Private education colleges – especially those offering English-language course – have come in for a hammering recently. Images of hundreds of devas(...)

Ábout 25,000 students are enrolled in private colleges, many because they could not access their desired course in a state-funded institution

Last year, a new lobby group called the Independent Providers of Higher Education (IPHE) was assembled to put the case for 19 private colleges to the (...)