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International Students

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s is committed to providing our Undergraduate International Students with a positive student experience from the first point of engagement through to graduation or exit. As such, the College is committed to conducting its affairs in a transparent and equitable manner that aligns with best practice.

All Undergraduate International Students should complete the Non-EEA Degree Programme Application Form and submit it to the International Office at Carlow College; applications will be accepted either via email at: intloffice@carlowcollege.ie or via registered post, addressed to: Dr Eric A. Derr, International Officer, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, College Street, Carlow, Co. Carlow, Ireland. The deadline for completed applications is the last working day in May.

For more information on Carlow College, St. Patrick’s, please see the College Prospectus.

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. Certified copies of all Educational Qualifications to date should be attached to applications; and
  • a minimum score of 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). If English is not the first language of the applicant, he/she should review the English Language Entry Requirements for Admission to Carlow College, St. Patrick’s and provide the necessary paperwork with a completed application form.


As is standard national procedure, students 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 his/her programme. If a student is forced to withdraw from his/her programme, fees from previous academic years will not be refunded to the student.

The application process for applying to Carlow College as an Undergraduate International Student follows seven main steps:

  • Step 1: Applying to Carlow College;
  • Step 2: Reviewing Immigration Requirements;
  • Step 3: Preparing and Traveling to Ireland;
  • Step 4: Registration and Stage One Orientation / Induction;
  • Step 5: Open an Irish bank account;
  • Step 6: Register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).

For a more detailed explanation of each step, please review the Admission Guidelines and Procedures for Non-EEA Degree Programme Applicants.

For the purposes of processing fees, applicants / students generally fall into two categories, EU and Non-EU fees. If you are unsure which category you fall into, please contact the International Officer at: intloffice@carlowcollege.ie. All Non-EU applicants must pay their tuition fees in full; these fees will be detailed in conditional offer for study. Our Non-EU tuition scheme for all our undergraduate degree programmes is €9, 750. If your visa application is rejected, you will receive a full refund.

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s is compliant with section 65 of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 which mandates that the College have arrangements in place for the Protection of Enrolled Learners (PEL). Our students are protected by the Department of Education and Skills.

The admission requirements and application process for our undergraduate international students conform to all national policies and procedures detailed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service. In the first instance, the Non-EEA applicant should determine if they require a visa to enter Ireland as a student or if they require a visa prior to entering the country. Visa information to study in Ireland can be obtained from the guidelines published by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.

To obtain an Immigration Certificate of Immigration (GNIB Card), all undergraduate international students will have to:

  • produce a valid passport;
  • provide their ‘Letter of Acceptance’ to Carlow College, St. Patrick’s;
  • provide evidence of their level of English. If English is not your first language, please see the English Language Entry Requirements for Admission to Carlow College, St. Patrick’s and produce the relevant certificates);
  • provide evidence that they have sufficient funds to support their stay in Ireland without recourse to public funds, or the reliance on casual employment. Applicants must demonstrate that they have ready access to at least €7,000 (this includes initial year of study and all subsequent years of study).
  • provide evidence of private medical insurance cover. Past Carlow College undergraduate international students have availed of Study and Protect education and medical insurance for their studies.

In addition to providing the above documentation, you will be fingerprinted and pay a fee of €300; the registration will be for one year and will be renewable on an annual basis, up to a maximum of seven years.

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