Entry Requirements

  • Secondary school leaving diploma
  • Good school results
  • Good  English language skills

The entry requirements for international students to higher education are determined individually by each institution and are generally based on national examination performance and English language aptitude. Entry requirements may vary between different universities and degree programmes so it is best to contact the international office of your chosen university to find out what grades you will need for your course.

Central Applications Office -CAO-

Unless otherwise stated by the university, applications are submitted online to the Central Applications Office. The normal application deadline is 1 February. You choose by course code and are able to include a maximum of 10 choices. Find out the course code using the CAO course search facility.

If you do not receive an offer from the CAO, you can check out the list of vacant places on the CAO website under the heading “Available/Vacant Places”.

Application Dates & Fees

Please try to  submit your application as early as possible. Don't leave it too near the closing date as exceptions will not be allowed.

All fees are Non-refundable Fee Closing Date
Normal application €40 1 February (5.15pm)
Online discounted rate €30 20 January
Online Application Fee Closing Date
Late Online Application €40 1 February (5.15pm)
Late Paper Application €80 1 May (5.15pm)
Change of Mind Nil 1 July (5.15pm)

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