International Applications

Here you will find all information about how to apply for undergraduate study as an international student.

Undergraduate Programme Applications

Admission Requirements

All Non-EEA Degree-Seeking applicants at Carlow College must have:

  • successfully completed a second level / high school qualification equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate and submit all higher education entrance exam results;
  • a minimum score of 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). If English is not the first language of the applicant, the applicant should review the English Language Requirements for Admissions to Carlow College, St. Patrick’s and provide the necessary paperwork with a completed application form.


As is standard national procedure, learners on programmes with professional placements are required to undergo Garda Vetting Procedures and / or demonstrate to programme staff that they meet the relevant professional standards prior to commencing placements. If an enrolled student does not successfully meet the above requirements, they will be required to withdraw from their programme. If a learner is forced to withdraw from their programme, fees from previous academic years will not be refunded to the learner.

Once an application is received, the application will be forwarded to the relevant Programme Director and assessed. If the application makes it through this pre-screening process, the applicant will be invited to a virtual interview conducted via Microsoft Teams; the interview will be conducted by the International Officer and the relevant Programme Director. For transparency purposes, the relevant Programme Director and the International Officer will complete separate Interview Marking Forms. If the Programme has a maths entry requirement, the applicant will need to sit a recognised Maths Assessment Exam.

For learners from the United States, the minimum score for the ACT is 20 and for the SAT is 1400 – 1440. The equivalency of qualifications for all Non-EEA learners is based on information determined by QQI NARIC Ireland.

How to Apply

For the 2023 / 2024 Academic Year, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s will be moving to an Online Application Portal. The Online Application Portal will open on 1 February 2023 and close on 31 May 2023. The College is also introducing an application fee, which will need to be paid when submitting an application for admission.

For more information regarding the application process, please see our Admission Guidelines and Procedures for Non-EEA Degree Programme Applicants. Any revision to these guidelines will be made available by the launch of the Online Application Portal on 1 February 2023.