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Welcome to National College of Ireland

Welcome message from the Director of International

NCI is located in the centre of Ireland’s capital Dublin.

Ireland is a safe English speaking country just west of the United Kingdom. Dublin is a young, vibrant and cosmopolitan city of just over 1 million people. At the National College of Ireland we offer Higher Certificates, Degree, Masters and PhD courses in Computing and Business. We have an exceptional reputation for post-graduate employment and 96% of our graduates gained employment related to their major within 6 months of graduation in 2013. The UK Sunday Times ranked NCI Number 1 in 2013 for graduate employment stating our strong industry links as the main reason for such success.

We care a lot about our international students and make big efforts to help you settle in quickly, feel at home and succeed. We have international peer mentors who will reach out to you from day one to make you feel welcome and supported. From helping you to find a place to live, assisting you in accessing the many academic support services or simply making friends, they are there to help.
So, if you are interested in Computing or Business and would like to gain an internationally recognised qualification that gives you the best chance of employment then NCI is a great option for you.

Please look around our site. I hope you find all the answers to your questions. If not please feel free to e-mail me directly at garreth.fennell@ncirl.ie

Garreth Fennell
Director - International Development

Frequently Asked Questions


When do I apply for an Irish study visa and what do I need?

It is advisable to start the application and visa process at least 6 months prior to your course commencement date.  If your application to NCI has been successful you will receive an Initial Offer letter from National College of Ireland . When your fees have been paid in full NCI will supply you with a Final Offer letter. When you have received this letter you will be able to apply for your study visa.

Please note that in some Provinces in the PR China it may not be necessary to pay your fees until after you have been issued with a study visa in principal.  Please contact the Irish Visa Office in Beijing for more information about this. 


What can I do to make my application more likely to succeed?

Please take the time to complete your application fully and write clearly. Do not send your application until you have gathered all of the required documentation together. If you send us incomplete information we will not be able to process your application and there will be significant delays. Please contact us at international@ncirl.ie  before you send your application if you are having difficulties with the application procedure.


When should I apply?

As a general rule we would suggest that you apply for your course at least six months before the date you are expected to arrive at National College of Ireland.


How long will it take to process my application?

The International Office will be in contact with you within 5 working days of receiving your application. It is important that you supply us with an e-mail address or fax number in order to ensure that we can communicate with you as quickly as possible regarding the status of your application.



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