When applying to an Irish university you must first determine your status as EU or Non EU.
The assessment of EU and NON-EU status is determined at the point of the application and this status cannot be changed subsequent to first year registration.
The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, working on behalf of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, has prepared guidelines for students which can be found on their website.
Children of Emigrants
Children of emigrants can be assessed as EU applicants if they can provide documentary evidence of having completed 5+ years of primary and/or secondary education in the EU/EEA/Swiss Confederation. All other applications are considered to be Non-EU applications.
A candidate will qualify for EU status where they meet the following criteria:
- They are a national of an EU member state and are residing in an EU member state for three of the five years prior to the commencement of the programme.
- They are a national of an EU member state and have received all their post-primary education within an EU member state.
- They have been in full-time employment in an EU member state for three of the last five years prior to the commencement of the first year of the course. This applies to candidates over the age of 23.
- They have been ordinarily resident in an EU member state for three of the five years prior to the commencement of the programme and their parents have been in full – time employment in an EU member state for three of the five years prior to the commencement of the programme. This applies to candidates under the age of 23.
All other applications are considered to be non-EU applications.
Students from outside the European Union (EU) apply directly to their chosen university. Such applicants should contact the Admissions Office or International Office of the relevant university for information on the application process, as each university has their own application procedures and closing dates.
Entry requirements will 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.
While all 7 university have similar application procedures, for detailed information on how to apply to your chosen university click on one of the university logos below: