University of Sanctuary

UCC Sanctuary Scholarships

UCC in partnership with the Tomar Trust granted Sanctuary Scholarships to asylum seeker and refugee students wishing to pursue a degree course in UCC from September 2018. The scheme for 2019 will be announced in early December 2018.

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Eligibility Criteria

While the Sanctuary Scholarship scheme for 2019 is yet to be formally announced, initial criteria are likely to be that applicants (1) must be an asylum seeker or a refugee who is not eligible for the state Free Fees scheme (2) Must meet the academic eligibility criteria for their chosen UCC degree course through the CAO route (including the Mature Student Entry route). Further criteria will be announced in due course. For queries please contact

Application Process

Applications for the 2018 Sanctuary Scholarship are closed. Please see the advice below on applying for a Sanctuary Scholarship for study in UCC from September 2019.

General advice for applicants to UCC Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme for September 2019

  1. The Sanctuary Scholarship award requires both a traditional academic application to UCC through the CAO, and a separate scholarship application. The scholarship application form will be made available on this webpage in Spring 2019, and will be open until the end of June 2019. 

  2. Applications for scholarships will be open to those applying for undergraduate degree courses through the following CAO routes: Leaving Certificate, QQI FET/FETAC and/or Mature Student entry. See the entry requirements for UCC undergraduate courses here.

  3. Ensure that you apply to UCC through the CAO route (Leaving Certificate or QQI FE/FETAC or Mature Students) before February 1st 2019.

  4. The February 1st CAO deadline is particularly important in the case of Mature Student applicants (23 years old or over on 1st January 2019). Mature Student applicants cannot make a late CAO application (mature applications close on February 1st 2019). Mature Students have a limited opportunity to change the CAO courses they wish to apply for after February 1st 2019. There are also additional assessments, interviews and costs associated with applying for certain courses. See this information brochure on Mature Student Entry to UCC 2019

  5. Non-Mature Student (under 23 years of age on Jan 1st 2019) applicants making an application through the CAO with a view to obtaining a Sanctuary Scholarship, are advised to tick the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) box, and complete the HEAR application process (which is only available on applications submitted by February 1st 2019). Read more about the HEAR Scheme.

  6. Non-Mature Student applicants can use the CAO change of mind facility until July 1st 2019. See CAO guidance here.

  7. Non-Mature Student applicants should use the CAO Change of Mind facility wisely, as this may help gain a better chance of gaining entry into UCC. We would encourage you to apply for as many UCC courses as possible, depending on your genuine study interests and eligibility. The CAO Change of Mind facility is open until July 1st.

Please note that your separate Sanctuary Scholarship application won't be disadvantaged if the UCC course discussed in your scholarship application is not the UCC course you are offered in the end. Any personal statements about coming to UCC should focus on your first preference UCC course, and not on other UCC courses you have applied for. Application marks will be awarded and checked by members of the UCC Sanctuary Scholarship Committee.

If you have any questions please email

UCC Sanctuary Scholarships 2019 Information Session

Boole 1 Lecture Theatre UCC, 4-5pm 12th December 2018

Register your details for the Sanctuary Scholarships Information Session here.
If you are unable to attend the Information Session, please register your details at the link above anyway.

The Information Session can also be watched live online.

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