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.

Please note: the definition of EU/Non-EU applicants is based on fee assessment criteria. If you are unsure whether you are an non-EU or EU applicant, please visit the fee assessment page.

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 the Agreed entry requirements criteria 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.

In the case of high demand programmes such as Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, a numerus clausus may operate i.e. if there is a significant imbalance in the proportions of eligible applicants for a course between Leaving Certificate and other EU qualifications, places are offered to eligible applicants from each examination system group on the basis of ranking within their group.

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

I am an EU applicant but my exams are non-EU, how will I be assessed?

Your qualifications will be compared to the Irish School-leaving examinations and an appropriate score arrived at. There is no formal agreement between the HEIs on non-EU qualifications. However, the relevant Admissions Officers for any course you have applied for will aim to arrive at an agreed score. If you wish to contact we will be able to give you an indication of your score. However this will not be a final decision.

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 2018 will issue on 20 August with a reply date of 24 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.