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We are delighted that you are exploring what the National College of Ireland (NCI) has to offer international students. We believe that, as a study destination, our combination of world-recognised academic qualifications, wonderful environment and great student lifestyle has few equals anywhere in the world.

For four years in a row, the Sunday Times named NCI as the number one ranked college in Ireland for graduate jobs. Surrounded by some of the world’s leading companies, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, PWC and Citibank, NCI has an unrivalled location for students who wish to develop both themselves and their careers.

With over 50 nationalities represented on campus, NCI is an exciting and diverse place to be. We are committed to helping our students from abroad make new friends and create unforgettable memories, encouraging them to take advantage of the many career and social opportunities that Dublin and Ireland have to offer.

We look forward to welcoming you to Dublin in 2017 or beyond.


Richard Barry
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. 

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.

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.

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