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More than 2,000 Irish students are currently studying in some of Europe’s premier universities. Photograph: iStock

A few short years ago, thousands of Irish school-leavers were applying for UK-based courses. These numbers have tumbled in more recent times. Higher c(...)

Consider the evidence - decide what criteria you should factor into your decision. Photograph: iStockphoto.

Life is a journey of exploration and discovery. Any adult reflecting on their own career journey since leaving school realises that expecting a young (...)

The only way to evaluate whether a college is right for you is to explore all aspects of its life as fully as you can on its open day. Above, the  UCD Sutherland School of Law in UCD, Belfield. Photograph: David Sleator

The realisation that the world of schooling is about to come to an end is often crystallised for sixth-year students when they find themselves walking(...)

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(...)

With more than 40 per cent of undergrads going on to postgrad, careers offices in colleges are crucial in advising undergraduates of their options. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

More than 35 per cent of undergraduates go on to study at postgrad level and there is a vast range of programmes to choose from in Ireland, abroad and(...)

Don’t have a clue what to do after the Leaving? Don’t panic, you don’t have to decide on the rest of your life, just what you will do for the next few years. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Life is a journey of exploration and discovery. Any adult reflecting on their own career journey since school realises that expecting a young person a(...)

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 (...)

Guidance counsellors Brian Howard and Deirdre Garrett answer questions about the Leaving Cert and CAO process. Photograph: Getty Images
Leaving Cert helpdesk: FAQs

What if my daughter does not receive any offers from the Cao, because she doesn’t have enough points for the chosen courses. What can she apply for? (...)

Prospective postgraduate students have a vast range of programmes to choose from in Ireland, abroad and online. Differentiating between what’s on offe(...)

Global college: The costs of moving abroad are not as high as some  might think. If students qualify for an Irish maintenance grant, they  can take it with them to an EU university

The numbers of students from the Republic choosing to study in the UK has fallen to about 2,000 in the past three years. The reason? Massive fees inc(...)

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