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.

Can I be exempt Irish?

Generally, a minimum grade of O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate Irish is required for all applicants born in Ireland.

You are automatically granted an exemption and do not need to apply for one, if you
  • are resident in Northern Ireland and are presenting GCE/GCSE qualifications for matriculation. OR
  • were born outside Ireland (32 Counties) and are permanently resident outside Ireland and are presenting qualifications other than the Leaving Certificate for matriculation
In the following situations, exemptions from the Irish requirement may also be possible but you must apply for an NUI exemption from Irish using the Exemption Application Form:
  • born outside the Republic of Ireland and  presenting the Irish leaving certificate.
  • educated for an extended period outside Ireland
  • with specific learning difficulties affecting language acquisition

NB: A Department of Education and Science exemption will not suffice; it must be an NUI exemption. This will show on your CAO statement as "IRS X".

Can I be exempt the language requirement?

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.

NB: A Department of Education and Science exemption will not suffice; it must be an NUI exemption.

How do I apply?

Generally, if you are an EU/EFTA applicant* for the first year of an undergraduate degree, you must apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO). It is best to apply online at The CAO handbook, which gives details of application procedures and closing dates, is available on the CAO website.

Central Applications Office
Tower House
Eglinton Street

Phone: 091 509800

* EU/EFTA status is based on fee assessment criteria.

Applicants not eligible for EU fees and transfer applicants (post-year 1) must apply directly to the University.

What documents are required?

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

  • Certified true copy of official transcripts of academic results.
    (If you are awaiting current year examination results you must send your results to CAO as soon as they become available. If they arrive later than 3 August, we cannot guarantee that they will be processed in time for inclusion in Round 1 offers).
  • A certified English translation of qualifications not issued originally in English, in addition to the certified copies of the documents themselves.
  • In some cases, the final school report is also required.
  • Proof of proficiency in English language if not through school-leaving qualifications.
  • In the absence of these documents and translations the application will not be processed.

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.

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 us 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 2020 will issue on 13 August with a reply date about a week later. 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.

How do I know if I am EU or non-EU?

  • Were you born outside the EU/EEA?
  • Have you, or your parents, lived outside the EU/EEA for 3 of the last 5 years?
  • Are you a non-EU/EEA National?
  • Have you previously attended a third–level institution (in Ireland or elsewhere)?

If you answered yes to any of these questions please see  for information on the fees which will apply to you.

How do non-EU applicants apply?

If you are deemed to be a non-EU candidate for fees purposes, you should apply directly to UCD - see for more details.

Terms & Conditions

All offers of a place are subject to UCD's Terms and Conditions of Offer.

General Regulations

All students must comply with the general regulations of the university.