Interested in applying to NCI as an international student? Read this page for advice and guidelines on applying, including key cut-off dates.

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Research and choose your course

You will find details on courses available to international students located here. In addition, you can visit our downloads section and read our international brochure. Make sure to thoroughly review the courses you are interested in an, understand the modules and decide on your preference.

Check entry requirements

Entry requirements vary depending on the course and are detailed in our international brochure and on individual course pages.

We accept a wide range of qualifications from universities around the world. For guidance on our international requirements visit your country page

IELTS English language requirements are listed next to each course in our brochure or available on our English language requirements page. 

Check Deadlines

Applicants from the EU

We usually do not accept applications after the end of August for September intakes and the end of November of January intakes. You are advised to apply as soon as possible as places are very limited due to small class sizes and courses may fill quickly.

Applicants from outside the EU

Applicants from some countries may have early deadlines due to a range of factors, most notably visa processing times. Please contact or one of our approved agents for deadlines for your country.

September 2021 Deadlines
23rd July Students that need an entry visa for Ireland
13th August Students that don’t need an entry visa for Ireland
27th August Students living in Ireland 


January 2022 Deadlines
10th December Students that need an entry visa for Ireland
6th January Students that don’t need an entry visa for Ireland
7th January Students living in Ireland

It is important to remember that if you are applying close to a deadline, we usually only accept full and complete applications which demonstrate that you have met both the academic and English language requirements of the course. Also, you should ensure that you have researched the visa application timelines for your country (if applicable) and ensure that you apply in time to have sufficient time to apply for your visa. 

Submit an application

We have a wide selection of education agent representatives around the world, who are best placed to help you through the application process, securing your place and applying for your visa. It is preferred if you submit your application through one of our trusted agents. This ensures that your application is not delayed and that you receive support through the application and visa process. You will received an automatic acknowledgement of your application when submitted and will receive regular updates on its progress.

For all applications, we require the following:

  1. NCI International Application Form - completed in full. Please type the application form - we do not accept handwritten copies.
  2. Copy of your academic transcripts and certificates, both in original form and a translated to English by a recognised translator.
  3. Copy of your English language test results
  4. Copy of your passport
  5. Copy of your CV/resume

Each application is reviewed individually by our admissions team and is come cases by the Course Director. They may look for additional information; such as details on your work experience or more information on previous academic experience.

Apply for scholarships

Each student is automatically assessed for a range of scholarships. We will notify you by email as to whether you have successfully received a scholarship and the next steps to accept the scholarship offer. For high performing students, we also offer a small number of larger scholarships. Students already in receipt of an existing scholarship and have strong academic results, may choose to apply for one of our other scholarships. Details of all scholarships and bursaries can be found in our Fees and Funding section