You can find a full range of high quality undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes across the seven Irish universities. The Irish universities are all ranked in the World Top 600 for 2019, according to The Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

In order to help you make your choice, information regarding all programmes and courses available can be found through the website and through the websites of the individual universities.

Admission to Irish universities is through an open and competitive process, open to all interested applicants.

  • Undergraduate: Having identified your preferred courses of study, undergraduate applicants from Ireland and other EU countries should apply through the Central Applications Office ( For most courses, there is one annual intake, and applications should be made through the CAO by the end of January for admission in September that same year. Please see the CAO Handbook (available on the CAO website) for more details.
  • Non-EU: Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants from outside the European Union should click here for information.
  • Postgraduate: All applicants to postgraduate programmes should click here for information.
  • Mature students: Mature students are defined as those who are 23 years old on or before the 1st January of the year they seek admission. Please click here for information.
  • Details of how applicants with appropriate further education and training (QQI FET/FETAC) awards at Level 5 or Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications should apply are also included on the CAO website. Further information for QQI FET/FETAC applicants is available here.