If you're applying to study at National College of Ireland this September through the CAO, you might find these resources such as student and graduate stories and key facts useful.

NCI Useful resources for students applying to study at NCI through the CAO.


Starting college in September

The team at National College of Ireland understand that students who will be starting the first year of their undergraduate degree this September may be more concerned than usual this year. To ease this worry, we will be adding resources to this page throughout the summer to answer any questions you might have about joining us and to assure you that we will be ready to welcome you at the start of the semester.

Instagram student takeover

Final year business student Seán Fitz-Henry recently took over our Instagram stories to share advice, hints and tips for students starting college for the first time this September. 

In his videos, Seán explains the: 

  1. Transition from secondary school to college
  2. Academic supports available
  3. Online learning experience at NCI
  4. Social side of college

As some of your classes in your first semester at NCI will take place online, Seán takes you through how the classes will work and the technology you will use. If you're worried about attending classes online, it's worth listening to what Seán' says about the transition to virtual classes in his last semester. 

Tips for first year students

Guidance Counsellor, Brian Comerford, put together a video with his top tips for NCI's first years including what to expect during your first few weeks in college. 

Student & graduate stories

We have collected some student and graduate stories where you can get an insight into our courses and get advice from someone who has been in your position.




Key facts about NCI

If you're looking for some key facts about us, you'll find them here.

  • Blog post: Answers to the top questions about studying at NCI
  • Video: Overview of studying at NCI from our School Liaison Officer, Karen Campbell
  • Instagram Stories: Karen answers CAO student questions

Laptop recommendations

In response to COVID-19, many courses in colleges around Ireland are temporarily moving to remote delivery. Students have asked us to recommend laptop specifications that will allow them to access all programmes necessary for them to attend classes online.

Review our recommended minimum laptop specifications for further information.

Other useful resources

The NCI team continually publish new blog posts and videos with useful tips and advice for our students, here are some resources you can view to help you get started: