EU Applicants

University College Dublin (UCD) welcomes applications from EU and EFTA students and most of these countries are represented in our student body both as degree students and via links such as ERASMUS.


What are the entry requirements?

EU applicants must meet the same minimum entry requirements as Irish school-leavers. As the number of applicants generally exceeds the number of places available, admission is competitive based on a points system.

For information about how the entry requirements equate to the school-leaving qualifications from your country, please see Guideline entry requirements for EU/EFTA applicants.

English is the teaching language of the university so all applicants must show proficiency in English.


Do I have to take Irish?

If either of the following applies to you, you are automatically exempt from the Irish requirement and it is not necessary for you to apply for exemption.

  • your permanent residence is in Northern Ireland and you are presenting GCE/GCSE qualifications .
  • you were born outside Ireland (32 Counties) and
  • your permanent residence is outside Ireland and
  • you are presenting qualifications other than the Leaving Certificate for matriculation.

If these aren't appropriate you can, apply for an NUI exemption from Irish. To apply for an exemption, it is necessary to send a completed Exemption Application Form and other relevant material.

Language Exemptions

Applicants with specific learning difficulties affecting language acquisition (dyslexia) may apply for exemption from the requirement of presenting another language. To apply for an NUI exemption, it is necessary to send a completed Exemption Application Form and other relevant material.


How do I apply?

Application is made through the Central Applications Office.


What documents are required?

The the following documentation must be submitted within 10 days of applying to CAO

If you accept a place in UCD, we will need to see the original documents at registration. Offers of places are provisional until such time as all Registration formalities have been completed within the University.


How are applications assessed?

When EU applicants’ results are being evaluated it will be on the basis of the results of any one examination taken in a single sitting (insofar as it is possible with the relevant examination system).

The first stage of the evaluation process requires you meet the minimum matriculation and specific programme requirements of a programme.
The second stage of the evaluation process involves ranking your results relative to other EU applicants using the equivalences shown in the Entry Requirements Criteria for EU/EFTA Applicants.


Please note, for very high demand courses, such as Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, a numerus clausus for EU applicants may apply.

EU applicants can contact UCD Registry – Admissions prior to application to check their eligibility.
Applicants for Medicine please see details of additional requirements here.


When will I know if I've got a place?

It is anticipated that offers to applicants being assessed on the basis of school-leaving qualifications in 2017 will issue on 22 August with a reply date of 29 August. If you expect to be away from home at that time please make sure to check the CAO website regularly.


Please note: bookings for accommodation are taken in advance of offers. Please see the Residences website for details.