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 an undergraduate degree course in UCC from September 2019. Information on the 2019 Sanctuary Scholarships Scheme is available below.

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UCC Sanctuary Scholarships 2019 Information Session

A full recording of the Information Session held on 12th December in UCC can be watched here.

Eligibility Criteria

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) (3) Be living in the Republic of Ireland and (4) Be able to live in Cork during the course of their studies. More details on academic eligibility is below. Please note the scheme does not include accommodation support. For queries please contact

Application Process

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 March 2019, and will close on July 1st 2019 at 5pm. 

  2. If you are interested in applying for the Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme, please complete the Expression of Interest Form linked at the bottom of this page. Please note the Expression of Interest form is not the Sanctuary Scholarship application. The Expression of Interest Form will help us support your with your CAO application and your Sanctuary Scholarship application.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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 are considering applying for a 2019 Scholarship, please complete the Expression of Interest form at this link or below.  (NB please scroll down to complete the full form.)

If you have any questions please email

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