From January of next year only colleges that are recognised by Irish awarding bodies will be allowed to operate.
There will be a limited number of exceptions to this.
A stronger inspection regime is also promised and changes will be made to the amount of time that international students are allowed to work here.
Minister for Education Jan O’ Sullivan said the international education sector was an extremely valuable one for Ireland – worth an estimated €800m.
She said it was clear that some operators had been abusing the regulatory system – providing low quality education and facilitating little more than access to the Irish Labour market.