What is the International Education Mark?

The International Education Mark (IEM) will be a quality mark awarded to higher education and English language education providers who have demonstrated that they meet national standards to ensure a high-quality experience for international students, from enrolment to completion of their programme of education and training. 

The IEM is intended to promote public confidence, nationally and internationally, in the quality of the Irish educational system.  It will ensure that international learners enrolled with higher education and English language education providers are protected and receive a quality, consistent learning experience.  

The International Education Mark will:

  • indicate that a provider is in compliance with the associated codes of practice for international education in higher education and English language education;
  • confirm the quality of providers and their programmes/awards.

We are currently holding a public consultation in relation to the codes of practice, quality assurance guidelines and policies.  Find out more on how you can contribute your views here.  

Expression of interest

Expression of interest for the International Education Mark has now opened. Providers who wish to apply for authorisation to use the International Education Mark must complete this Expression of Interest form. Only providers who complete the Expression of Interest form will be contacted once the International Education Mark application is open in early 2023.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 16 December 2022.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the International Education Unit at international.education@qqi.ie

English language education providers who wish to recruit international learners to their programmes must apply for the International Education Mark for English Language Education (IEM ELE). Providers who apply for the IEM ELE must satisfy a number of conditions.

You must:

  • meet due diligence criteria in relation to corporate governance, financial resources and other legal obligations
  • meet the requirements of the Code of Practice for English Language Education, including quality assurance of English language programmes
  • participate in the statutory fund providing protection for learners

QQI is currently developing the quality assurance approach and a code of practice for the IEM as it relates to the English language sector.

Recordings from a recent Roadmap to the IEM briefing for English language education providers will provide useful information about policies and procedures to be developed by QQI. This FAQ document will provide you with the answers to questions raised by English language education providers at the session.

Expression of interest

Expression of interest for the International Education Mark has now opened. Providers who wish to apply for authorisation to use the International Education Mark must complete this Expression of Interest form. Only providers who complete the Expression of Interest form will be contacted once the International Education Mark application is open in early 2023.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 16 December 2022.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the International Education Unit at international.education@qqi.ie

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact international.education@qqi.ie.

Higher education providers who wish to recruit international learners to their programmes must apply for the international education mark.

If you are a private higher education provider, you must:

If you are a publicly-funded higher education provider, you must:

  • meet the requirements of the Code of Practice for Higher Education.

QQI is currently developing a code of practice for the IEM as it relates to the higher education sector.

Expression of interest

Expression of interest for the International Education Mark has now opened. Providers who wish to apply for authorisation to use the International Education Mark must complete this Expression of Interest form. Only providers who complete the Expression of Interest form will be contacted once the International Education Mark application is open in early 2023.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 16 December 2022.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the International Education Unit at international.education@qqi.ie