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 providers;
  • confirm the quality of providers and their programmes/awards.

The mark and its application processes are currently being developed by QQI. 

The application process will open to English language education and higher education providers in early 2023.

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.

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.