Application for courses outside Ireland

Australia and New Zealand

The academic year in Australia starts in February (not September). Semester 1 runs from February to June, semester 2 from July to November. Tuition fees and living costs vary considerably between different universities and locations, and depending on what subject you want to study. To get exact fees for any course, check out the university website. International student scholarships are awarded on academic merit. The majority of these are offered directly by the universities. In order to avail of a scholarship it is vital to apply as early as possible. See for more information.

International students need to apply for a student visa if applying for a course lasting four months or more. It is only possible to apply for a visa a maximum of 124 days before the course begins. It is permissible to arrive in Australia on a student visa up to 90 days before the start of the university course. A student on a visa is allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during term and full time in the holidays.

For most universities, applications close one month prior to the commencement of classes. For further information on application to Australian and New Zealand universities, visit the website Study Options is a free, expert, independent service for anyone looking to study in Australia or New Zealand. It is the official UK and Irish representative for many Australian and New Zealand universities. The service supports students with their applications and ensures that the application process is as straightforward and stress free as possible.

Central Europe

In recent years there is a significant rise in the number of Irish students applying to study Medicine, Dentistry and Vet Science in Central Europe – Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. This has arisen because the programmes are taught in English and entry requirements are realistic. Students may have to sit an entrance exam which is usually held in Ireland in April [or for late applicants, in July or August] but this should be checked with the relevant university, or their Irish representative. Annual fees at these universities are from 8,500 euros upwards. Irish Students who are eligible for a SUSI grant can use it for public programmes in all EU universities. In Central Europe, living costs are about half of that in Ireland. A student who is entitled to a maintenance grant in Ireland, can take it to the EU.

Continental Europe

The availability of places in continental Europe has seen a growing number of Irish students studying there. The most popular European destinations for Irish students are the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany. Programmes are taught through English. Entry requirements, at most of the universities in Continental Europe, are currently significantly lower than those being set by Irish and UK universities. Many of the continental european universities are higher ranked than most Irish universities and there are either no or very low tuition fees. Living costs are usually lower than living in Dublin.


For undergraduate studies, the admission deadline is 15 March for courses starting in August or September. A few institutions have additional intakes in January or February. For those courses, the deadline is 1 September. The application forms are available from the institutions approximately two months prior to the deadline. Online application forms can also be found at  Higher education in Denmark is free for students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland. Non-Danish citizens who do not have a Danish entrance examination are eligible for admission if they have qualifications recognised as being comparable to Danish entrance qualifications.


Studielink:  is the central application organisation for Dutch universities. Applications to Dutch universities should usually be made via Studielink. However, it is recommended that you let the university you are applying to know that you will be sending in an application. They may be able to help you because although Studielink is a central application process, each university can have slight differences in the information they want to collect from you. Standard tuition fees in 2019/20 will be €2,143 for most courses. There are some exceptions and private universities will almost always be more expensive. EU citizens are automatically eligible for a tuition fee loan from the Dutch government. This is called Collegegeldkrediet. Application deadlines vary per programme though usually they are in the period 01 February until 30 June. However some courses remain open until after the Leaving Certificate results are published. Accommodation in the Netherlands is expensive but if you qualify for an Irish Maintenance Grant, you can take it with you to public universities.


Applications for international students are processed through the central application portal There are two admission rounds available for students to apply to in each semester: the First and Second round. Check that you fulfill both the general requirements for studying at the University, and the special requirements for the programme/course you are interested in. Many Swedish universities require the submission of examination results by July at the latest, so an Irish student interested in studying in Sweden, may have to consider taking a gap year. Tuition is currently free in Sweden. Accommodation options for students vary considerably by city. Student accommodation assistance is also available through the Swedish Student Accommodation Association. On the website  there is information in Swedish and English about how university studies are organised in Sweden. Here you will find comprehensive information on subject studies, courses and programmes, where they are offered and links to the seats of learning respectively.

European University Central Application Support Service

EUNiCAS is the European Universities Central Application Support Service. It enables UK and Irish students to apply to up to eight degree programmes , taught through English, in universities across Europe.

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