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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. 

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.

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.

What kind of experience is taken into account?

Credit for learning gained in employment: A person, as a result of experience gained in employment, might have achieved learning which can be equated to learning outcomes listed for subjects on an approved course.

Learning gained from voluntary/community activities: Individuals may have been carrying out duties in associations, sporting organisations or charities which might entitle them to exemptions from the learning outcomes on courses in politics, communications etc.`

Learning gained from experience working in the home: Individuals who have had substantial experience of managing a household and rearing children may have gained learning in the area of budgeting, time management, interpersonal skills etc. This might merit exemptions from learning outcomes in business studies.

Learning gained from previous courses/training: If you have undertaken a class that is relevant to the course you are applying for, regardless of the level, it will be taken into consideration for your application.

Who can apply for RPEL?

Credit for Prior Experiential Learning is intended for mature students who may or may not have had structured formal education but who have learned from their involvement in employment, community activities, home duties, sport etc.

What is RPEL?

RPEL stands for Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning which is a scheme run by NCI that can allow you to gain admission to a programme or to gain exemptions from some parts of a programme based on you providing evidence of relevant learning you achieved through your experiences in a workplace or community setting.

Office365 in NCI

Office365 can be used on PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones. Downloaded copies of Office remain active as long as the associated NCI account remains active.

To view the apps available to you log into MyApps with your student username and password.

Your student username is your student number prefixed by an 'x' followed by @student.ncirl.ie. When prompted to enter Username always use the format shown in the example below:

Username: x1234567@student.ncirl.ie
Password: xxxxxxxx

With Office365 you can:

  • Download Office to your desktop or laptop
  • Use Office365 online
  • Install the Office apps on your smartphone or tablet

Please note: any student who may be running a trial version of office on their computer is advised to uninstall the trial version before you commence the installation of Office.

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