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Struggling to get the uni application done properly? Or not sure about how to apply to a PostGrad course? Fear not, we are here to save you! We have put together a bullet-pointed guide on how to apply to universities in Ireland as an EU/EAA Student.

The European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EAA) can easily provide people with the chance to study in one of its Member States. Ireland has recently improved its pioneer status and welcomes more than 20% of EU and EAA students to its Universities, Institutes of Technology and other third level courses. Enticing more international students looking to broaden their horizons, the country can boast some great courses where one can forge their minds. However, for some, the process can be tricky. Going abroad for university can be exciting, stressful, and sometimes even a bit confusing at first. There is a lot you have to deal with logistically and socially that you might not have to deal with as a local. But surely the most challenging of all these tasks is definitely the application form. Understanding these difficulties, and with application deadlines in Ireland getting closer, Babylon has decided to help you understand the application procedure: what do you need as an EU/EAA Student to apply to an Irish university? Language Certifications? Reference Letters? A huge pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? Here this guide for you.

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Undergraduate students

If you are an undergraduate student from the EU or the EAA and want to apply to courses in Ireland to your further education path, please bear in mind that you will be required to fulfil some criteria.

* Ordinarily resident in the EU/EAA means being resident in the EU/EEA/Swiss Confederation for a minimum of 183 days in any one calendar year, for a minimum of 3 years.

Academically, it is necessary to:

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In terms of fees, universities in Ireland are embracing a Free Fee Initiative. This means that most undergraduate students are exempt from paying tuition to attend university. Those exempted are people who already have an undergraduate or post graduate degree, and those who are repeating a year of study. However, a student contribution fee of approximately €3,000 applies to all students. In order to qualify for this fees, an applicant must have been living in the EEA or EU or Switzerland for at least three of the five years before starting the course. For more information please check the HEA (Higher Education Authority) web site here.

Postgraduate students

If you successfully completed your degree, and are now stuck in between postgraduate courses and choices, Ireland offers a great selection of PostGrad courses, Master Research or Taught options. Making a decision on which course pick after graduation is never easy, however, the application procedure is. These are the bare necessities required for EU/EAA Students who want to apply to a post-graduate course in Ireland.

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Documents required:
In terms of Academic Requirements, students are asked to:

The qualifications recognised by many universities are: 

  1. University of Cambridge – Use of English Examination
  2. TOEFL
  3. IELTS
  4. Cambridge Proficiency
  5. Cambridge Advanced
  6. ARELS oral examination
  7. ETAPP
  8. PTE Academic

Universities set their own standards for English language ability so please contact your university of choice for confirmation of how you can provide evidence and the minimum score you’ll need. NB: If applying to Graduate Entry Medicine Degree you’ll need to do the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). 

Some PostGrad programmes are using a platform called PAC. This platform was created to accept, process and assess applications, centrally, for the Professional Master of Education (P.M.E.) in the following universities:


Postgraduate fees at most Irish universities are calculated according to student nationality. EU and EEA students can expect the cost for a year of full-time study to be between €4,000 and €9,000. Fees for more expensive programmes in subjects such as business or medicine will be closer to €20,000-€35,000. However, it would be better to check the university website where you want to apply to have further info on costs. 

International students in Ireland: An application guide

All in all, is a very tricky procedure. It could require time, but surely well spent.  Ireland is a pioneer country, ready to welcome many international students. So, let us know if this helped you and break a leg with your application form!