How to Apply in Ireland


In Ireland there is a central institution for all Bachelor and Master applications.

The Central Applications Office (CAO) is responsible for the Bachelor applications, and the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) is for Master applications.

There are special deadlines that have to be kept in mind. As the study year begins in autumn the last possible date for an application is February 1st. Those students who want to spend only an exchange semester or a part of their study in Ireland should apply a year in advance. In these cases the application can also be sent directly to the respective university.

The first step is to fill out the application form that can be found on the university┬┤s website.

The following documents are also obligatory:

  • accredited certificate of birth
  • accredited certificate of secondary education
  • if applicable: accredited transcript of record of the Home-University/ previously attended university
  • Proof of English language proficiency (mostly by TOEFL oder IELTS)
  • Sometimes: Proof that all financial expenses for the study abroad are covered (e.g. access to accounts)

All documents must be handed in on time and accompanied by an English translation. Thus, it is very important to plan the study abroad well in advance.

Admission requirements

For a study in Ireland a certificate of secondary education must be handed in as well as a proof of English language proficiency. The well recognized tests like TOEFL and IELTS are accepted almost everywhere. A minimum number of points is required, the exact number can, however, differ from university to university.

As the university can decide independently about the admission requirements it can be the case with some universities that a special proof of the English language has to be taken in Ireland. For detailed information on the application process it is therefore advisable to check with the respective university well in advance.