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Intakes in Ireland-01

Intakes in Ireland

The academic year of Ireland lasts from September (Spring) to July (Autumn).


Most Irish universities begin their sessions in September, and some courses start in January and February, while others have intakes year-round.


Timeline for Admissions in Ireland Universities:


  • June/July: Application deadline for Autumn Intake
  • September: Semester 1 starts
  • September/October: Application Deadline for Spring Intake
  • January: Semester 2 starts


The deadlines for intake in universities are usually a few months before the start of the session. You can check the start date of your course on the official website of the chosen university. Apply as soon as possible to maximize your chances for admission.

*Given the current COVID-19 situation, there might be some changes in the 2021 intakes, so stay updated.

Application Process for Enrolling in Ireland Universities

Note: Before you start the application process, make sure you have a clear understanding of the following:

  1. Are you an EU resident or a non-EU resident?
  2. The study level you want to pursue: undergraduate, postgraduate, or other.
  3. The type of institution you want to get enrolled in University, Institute of Technology, or Private college.
  4. The suitable course for you.

The application process for Undergraduates in Ireland

As per the rules, the EU applicants looking for UG programs offered in Ireland can apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO), while non-EU applicants can directly apply through the university’s website. In some cases, both the applicants may have to submit their applications through CAO.

The application process for Postgraduates in Ireland

Students looking for PG programs offered in the universities of Ireland can submit their applications through the university/faculty website. Some institutions may ask you to apply through their Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) website as well. The application deadlines and related fees may vary on the program you select.

Requirements for Enrolling in Ireland Universities

Many of the universities in Ireland use English as a means of teaching. Thus, you are required to prove your English level proficiency through any recognized Language Proficiency Tests. Some of the proficiency tests you may appear in and their respective cut-offs:

  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT: 90
  • PTE: 36 (UG), 63 (PG)
  • Cambridge ESOL: C1 or C2


You may get exempted from submitting the test scores if you have appeared in GCSE or GCE exams as a part of your school syllabus. You can also appear in the Occupational English Test if going for programs in medicine and health sciences.

Study in Ireland Without IELTS

Having a strong command of English is a must to study in Ireland. Therefore, you may hardly find any university not accepting the IELTS or similar test scores. However, you can still choose to study in Ireland at English Language Teaching Organizations (ELTOS). Their training is recognized highly by the universities for language proficiency.


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