There are a variety of application procedures for course entry. For many courses it will be necessary to complete an application form and return it to the education provider by a specified deadline, which may be anything up to nine months in advance! As soon as you know which course you want to do it is essential to find out immediately the application procedures and deadline so that you do not miss out on attending the next course available.

Application is made directly to each of these centres individually. They vary hugely in their application deadlines, the complexity of the application form, the existence of interviews or other assessments for entry, the demand for the courses and the flexibility of last minute entry. It is essential that you check out the application procedure, not only for the centre, but for the individual course you are interested in as the above factors can vary between courses. It is ideal to attend the Open Days for these centres.

Undergraduate Courses

Application to most undergraduate courses in the Republic of Ireland is done through a national system at the Central Applications Office in Galway.  The equivalent system in the UK is the UCAS system.

These systems provide detailed instructions on how to make an application correctly.  If you do not follow these instructions exactly, you may find yourself not being considered for a place on the course of your choice.

Please refer to our factsheets on this website at the following links:

To apply for postgraduate courses in University College Cork, Dublin City University, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, Waterford Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Carlow, Cork Institute of Technology and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and for the Professional Master of Education (Post Primary Teaching) courses in NUI colleges, you must apply through the Postgraduate Applications Centre in Galway

Applications for financial supports (there can be more than one) are usually made separately to course applications and usually to a totally different organisation.  Do not assume that the offer of a course place also includes the offer of any financial supports you are eligible for.  Please refer to the section on financial supports for more information.