Students opt to study abroad for different reasons: as an alternative to points pressure and the CAO system; lower entry requirements; access to courses that are not available in Ireland; or, you may simply want the experience of studying outside Ireland.
It is important to carefully consider the differences between studying here and abroad - Application procedures, duration of courses, fees, living expenses etc. as part of making an informaed decision.
Studying in the UK - UCAS
UCAS is the admissions service for higher education in the UK. Like the CAO system here in Ireland, UCAS manages all of the applications for full-time undergraduate courses at over 350 UK universities and colleges. The application process is very different to the CAO.
Study Abroad - EUNiCAS
Degree programmes in Universities across Europe are growing in popularity and the number of Irish students securing places in public universities in Europe is also increasing, particularly in the Netherlands, where non-health science subjects including politics, business, international law, liberal arts, psychology, and science are attracting students from Ireland in large numbers.
EUNiCAS is the European Universities Central Application Support Service. It provides information for Irish students on degree programmes taught through English, in Universities across Europe. You can register with EUNiCAS and access advice and support as well as get regular updates on new programmes and developments.
For a comprehensive guide to Studying in the UK (UCAS) and Studying Abroad (EUNiCAS) click here.