Higher Options is the foremost annual education expo for second level students in Ireland run by The Irish Times with support from the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. The event provides all the information second level students will need to make informed decisions about their further and higher level studies. Students can meet directly with representatives from universities, colleges and education institutions from Ireland, the UK, Europe and beyond. A full programme of talks with live Q&A sessions, offering students a unique opportunity to ask questions and retain intensive information, enabling them to begin making informed decisions for later in the year.
Information regarding a list of exhibitors, talk schedules and a map of the venue will be provided closer to the event on The Irish Times website here.
This event is of most interest to senior cycle students in Ireland, their parents, guidance counsellors and those interested in finding out about study, training and further education options after the Leaving Cert exams.
The event will run over three days – September 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2023. There will be two sessions on Wednesday & Thursday. They run from 9am to 12 noon and from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. The Friday session will run from 10.30am-1.30pm.
Over 150 universities, colleges and educational providers will be at Higher Options this year. The full list will be made available here in September.
A preparation sheet will be distributed in September to be sure you get the best out of your time at Higher Options. Information regarding a list of exhibitors, talk schedules and a map of the venue will be provided closer to the event on The Irish Times website here.
Popular days or sessions of Higher Options are often sold out. Please only book for the number of students you think will be in your group. This helps ensure tickets are available for everyone who wishes to attend. If necessary, additional tickets can be made available to schools for the sessions they have booked if they need to add to their booking at a later date. Any cancellations must be requested before 4pm on Wednesday, September 13th, 2023, via the contact form. Any cancellations requested before that time will be refunded – a cancellation fee will be charged for this. We cannot issue a refund for any tickets cancelled after that date/time. As sales are online, tickets can be ordered right up to the event dates. If a student has missed buying a ticket with the school group they can go online and order one, subject to availability.
Exhibitor bookings for Higher Options 2023 will be open in late April, 2023. Check back here for more information at that time.
Attendee bookings for Higher Options 2023 will be open in late April, 2023. You will be able to book here at that time. If you are having trouble making a booking, use this step by step booking guide to guide you through the booking process
Book your tickets here now. Tickets will be available once the new school year begins. We will provide you with information about how to distribute tickets at that time.