Every year hundreds of students opt to leave Ireland to study and they make this choice for a variety of reasons: it's an alternative to the CAO system; entry requirements may be easier; access to courses abroad that are not available in Ireland; they simply want the experience of studying outside Ireland.
Studying in the UK - UCAS
The UK includes Northern Ireland, England, Wales, and Scotland. It has been the main University destination for Irish students opting to leave home to study, as well as for thousands of students annually from a wide range of international countries.
UCAS is the admissions service for higher education in the UK. Like the CAO system here in Ireland, UCAS manages all of the applications for full-time undergraduate courses at over 350 UK universities and colleges. The application process is very different to the CAO.
The first deadline for applying to UCAS is in mid October each year. The deadline for the majority of UK courses is January 15 at 6pm. Exceptions to this are veterinary, medicine, dentistry and any Oxford and Cambridge applications, which close in October, and art courses, which close in March.
Also unlike the CAO system, UCAS applications involve completing a Personal Statement, providing an academic reference and providing information about work experience. As well as the extra work involved in preparing an application, UCAS also send the completed application to each college for which a student applies.
All UCAS applications are made online through ucas.com.
|It is important to consider the differences between systems in Ireland and other countries when considering studying abroad i.e. Application procedures, Duration of courses, College Fees and Living Expenses. Detailed information on Studying Abroad, including the UK, Europe, USA and Australia/New Zealand is available here.
Study Abroad - EUNiCAS
Degree programmes in Universities across Europe are growing in popularity and the number of Irish students securing places in public universities in Europe is also increasing, particularly in the Netherlands, where non-health science subjects including politics, business, international law, liberal arts, psychology, and science are attracting students from Ireland in large numbers.
EUNiCAS is the European Universities Central Application Support Service. It provides information for Irish students on degree programmes taught through English, in Universities across Europe. You can register with EUNiCAS and access advice and support as well as get regular updates on new programmes and developments.