International Students

The National College of Ireland extends a warm welcome to International students and will be delighted to receive applications from interested candidates. While the number of college places are limited, the College will consider applications from qualified candidates who meet the appropriate requirements

NCI welcomes applications from overseas students who satisfy the appropriate admission requirements. A certificate of competence in English is required. 

For General Enquiries please email:

For further information please contact:

Garreth Fennell
Director of International Development
Tel: +353 1 4498602

Sheila Mahon
International Officer
Tel: +353 1 4498695

John Murphy
Agent Manager
Tel: +353 1 4498663

Xia Bin
International Marketing Officer
Tel: +353 1 4498661

For all enquiries from India

Please see the NCI Approved Agent List for India

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  before you send your application if you are having difficulties with the application procedure.

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.

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.

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