Study Abroad Ireland


Admission to non university higher education studies

Name of secondary school credential required: Leaving Certificate (Ardteistmeireacht)

Minimum score/requirement: Grade C3 in 2 Higher (or Common) Level papers, together with Grade  D3 in 4 other subjects of the Leaving Certificate. Examinations include a language and often Mathematics.


Admission to university-level studies

Name of secondary school credential required: Leaving Certificate (Ardteistmeireacht)

For entry to: All higher education institutions.

Numerus clausus/restrictions: Places are allocated in order of merit depending on the Leaving Certificate grades, on the basis of points score.

Other admission requirements: Applicants for postgraduate courses must make direct applications to the college of their choice.


Foreign students admission

Admission requirements: Foreign students must have, as a minimum, qualifications equivalent to GCE with at least 2 subjects at Advanced level with high grades (at least Grade C) plus 4 other subjects at Ordinary level.

Entry regulations: Entry and residence regulations in Ireland vary according to the person's country of origin. Students who are nationals of another EU Member State and who enter the Republic from any place (other than the UK) must present themselves to the Immigration Officer at the port or airport of entry with the following documents: valid passport; evidence of acceptance as a student at a college or higher education institution; evidence of the ability to meet their needs for the period of study.

Health requirements: Health visa required


Application procedures:

Apply to national body for entry to: Undergraduate degree or Diploma courses at all university colleges and colleges.

Apply to:

Central Applications Office

Tower House, Eglinton Street


Application closing dates:

For university level studies: 1 Feb

For advanced/doctoral studies: 1 Feb


Recognition of studies & qualifications:

Studies pursued in home country (System of recognition/accreditation): The Higher Education and Training Awards Council  validates courses in non-university higher education institutions and grants and confers awards on those who successfully take approved courses.


Studies pursued in foreign countries (bodies dealing with recognition of foreign credentials):

NARIC, Higher Education Authority

Head: Mary Donoghue

Marine House, Third Floor Clanwilliam Court
Dublin 2

Tel: +353(1) 661-2748

Fax: +353(1) 661-0492


Services provided & students dealt with: The Centre acts as an information point supplying general information to foreign students. It is the contact point for the EU Directive 89/48/EEC.


References to further information on foreign student admissions and recognition of studies

Title: A Guide for Overseas Students

Author: Irish Council for Overseas Students

Title: NCEA Directory of Approved courses in Higher Education

Author: NCEA, Dublin


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