Ireland Glossary

Where a course is not necessarily a class

Academic terminology in Ireland is quite similar to that of the United Kingdom, not surprisingly because Irish higher education is based on the British model. Below are a few examples you can expect to see as you research study abroad in Ireland

Irish Term US Translation
Tertiary Education Higher Education (UG and Graduate)
Course Degree program or major
Module Class
Modularized Semesterized
Joint Honors Degree Bachelor’s degree (UG degree)
Marks Grades
Term or Teaching Block Semester
Academics Faculty
Faculty Department
Postgraduate Graduate
Accommodation Housing
School K-12 school
Blarney Blarney

Marking system

First (70% and above)
Upper Second (60%)
Lower Second (50%)
Third (45%)
Pass (40%)
Fail (< 40%)