Practical Information

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.

Visa Information

If you are a non-EU citizen please contact your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate to find out whether or not you require an entry visa or you may enquire from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Those who do not have an Irish diplomatic mission in their home country should download a visa application form well in advance of their departure The Department of Justice and Equality.

Please note that, it is possible for international students who require a visa and are residing in certain countries to apply directly to the Department of Foreign Affairs online. A full list of these countries and the link to the online application form is available at The Department of Justice and Equality.

Please note that, although applications may be made through the Department of Foreign Affairs, the decision on visa applications will be made by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

Important: Apply for your visa well in advance and allow six to eight weeks for your application to be processed if you are applying from abroad. Please consult The Department of Justice and Equality for Information on what is required to complete their visa application.

Entry Requirements

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.

Accommodation & Cost of Living

Organising accommodation before you depart for Ireland is essential. Some universities may pre-book accommodation for you, or you might need to organise this yourself.

The Universities will ensure that they can offer accommodation for international students for at least their first year, but this isn’t guaranteed. When you are accepted on a course, you will be sent an accommodation pack and details of an accommodation office with staff that can help you find housing. The universities strongly advise students to take advantage of this resource, as accommodation officers will have the information and contacts to help you find affordable and well-located student accommodation easily and quickly.

When researching your accommodation choices, you may wish to consider:

  • How close is it to the institution?
  • What public transport links are there?
  • How close is it to shops and services?
  • How big is your room?
  • How many people are sharing your bathroom/kitchen?
  • How much is the rent and bills? Visit for tips about money and budgeting in Ireland.

For more information, view the profiles of the 7 universities or contact the university international offices directly:

Dublin City University

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Maynooth University

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NUI Galway

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Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

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TU Dublin

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University College Cork

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University College Dublin

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University of Limerick

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