Ireland has a high standard of education and most schools are free up to the age of 18 years. The government provides free pre-school education for two years, as well as a subsidy to help parents pay for childcare. There are a range of options for Primary and Secondary level education, including State-run, multi-denominational schools; schools run by various religious orders; and private, fee-paying schools.
The Third Level education sector consists of universities, institutes of technology, and colleges of education. Most undergraduate students attending publicly funded Third Level courses do not have to pay tuition fees.