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Do you dream of studying in Ireland? But how to proceed? Find all information on enrolment and registration formalities in this article.

Applications for enrollment in Irish universities are managed by the C.A.O. (Central Admissions Office). You can find more information on the Central Admissions Office website.

The C.A.O. can provide you with application forms and relevant information about registration procedures. You must complete and return your application form by February 1st of the year of admission. Fees apply. However, you can complete your application later, before May 1st, but extra fees will apply. Note that you can register online on the Central Admissions Office website

Graduate or postgraduate students have to directly register with the universities of their choice.

Tuition fees in Ireland can turn out to be very expensive, especially for masters and doctoral studies. Students, regardless of their origin, have to pay for them. For more information about available scholarships, contact your school or university in Ireland. There may be partnerships between your home university and universities in Ireland. Government-sponsored programmes and scholarship may also be available through the Irish embassy or consulate in your home country. Contact them for more information. 

Good to know:

Foreign students can work up to 20 hours per week.

Formalities for EEA - EU citizens

Citizens of the EEA-EU can freely study in Ireland without much formalities to undertake. A valid passeport, a proof of registration in a school, university or training course and attestations of sufficient funds to maintain themselves in the country are necessary.

Citizens of the EEA-EU can also benefit from the ERASMUS programme in Ireland. The ERASMUS programme is designed for students of the EEA-EU plus Turkey wishing to study in an other EU country. Diplomas and degrees obtained abroad in the framework of the ERASMUS programme are valid in your home country via the European Credit Transfer and accumulation System (ECTS). ERASMUS grants are also available to students who carry out studies in another european state via the programme.

You can find more information about the ERASMUS programme and the ERASMUS grants available directly through your home university or by visiting the European Commission website.

Formalities for non EEA - EU citizens:

In order to study in Ireland, citizens from outside the EEA-EU have to apply for a student visa or an entry visa at the embassy or consulate of Ireland in their home country. A valid passeport, a valid address in Ireland, proofs of registration in a full-time course in a school or university and attestations of sufficient funds to maintain themselves in the country are be requested upon arrival as well as an attestation of private health insurance covering them during their stay.

There are two types of student visa: if you follow a course in Ireland for less than three months, you need to apply for a student visa type C. For a course of more than three months, you need to apply for a student visa type D. There is no possible extension for visa type C. Therefore, check the duration of your study course before you leave for Ireland!

For more information about student visas, visa exemption or further details about visas procedures, please visit the Public Service Information website

  Good to know: 

Foreign students can work up to 20 hours per week.

  Useful links:

Citizen Information – Student visa www.citizensinformation.ie
C.A.O. – Central Admissions Office cao.ie
H.E.A – Higher Education Authority www.hea.ie
Department of Education and Science www.education.ie

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