EU Requirements by Country

EU Application Process

Application process

Applicants must apply through the Central Applications System (CAO). Complete information on the CAO system is available in the CAO Handbook and is also available on the CAO website at Each application must be accompanied by appropriate documentation as outlined below.

Documentation to be submitted with CAO Application Form

When submitting an application to the CAO it must be accompanied by the following documentation (or followed by the documentation if applying on-line):

  • Certified true copy of official transcripts of academic results
  • In some cases, the final school report is also required (to show the full range of subjects taken)
  • A certified English translation is required in the case of qualifications not issued originally in English or Irish, in addition to the certified A4 photocopies of the documents themselves.

In the absence of these documents and translations, the application may not be processed. Applicants who are awaiting current year examination results must forward their results as soon as they become available to the CAO For applicants who are successful in their application, the HEI will require that the original documentation be presented at registration for verification. Offers of places are provisional until such time as all Registration formalities have been completed within the University.

Official Documentation Review

Students presenting EU qualifications or examination types other than the Irish Leaving Certificate and UK-based A-Levels, who are successful in receiving an offer, must produce their official transcripts and documentation to the Admissions Office once they have been registered.

Notice of Fee Status for applicants from the UK

Once students meet all other criteria as set out in the Free Fees Initiative:

  • Students with UK nationality will continue to be eligible under the nationality criteria of the free fees scheme;
  • UK residency will continue to contribute towards fulfilling the ordinarily resident criteria of the scheme.
  • Find out more about fees at UCC here.

EU Entry Requirements by Country

Applicants from non-Irish EU/EEA/Swiss States should see the information contained in this document relevant to their country's exams. For further information, contact us here.

EU Non-Irish Entry Requirements Document: click here

EU applicants presenting non-EU qualifications

EU applicants presenting non-EU qualifications It is not possible to include every qualification worldwide in this document. Non-EU qualifications are assessed jointly insofar as possible. Applicants presenting non-EU qualifications should seek advice from the Admissions Office of the HEI(s) to which they are applying regarding eligibility and entry requirements. While an Admissions Office may give an indication of likely points conversion, this will not be final until agreed by all relevant Admissions Officers.

Select your Country

Click on your country to learn more about the specific requirements for each nation.

Please also consult the Application Process section and English Language Requirements.

Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France
Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy
Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta
Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania
Scotland Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden

UK (except Scotland)


English Language Requirements (for Non-Irish EU applicants)

Teaching in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is normally through the medium of English; therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in the English Language.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English Language, through their school leaving examination or matriculation examination or by achieving the minimum standard (there may be higher levels for matriculation and/or particular programmes in individual institutions) in a recognised English language test, as specified below (note applicants are assessed on the results of a single sitting only):


Duolingo English Test (DET)

For 2021 a minimum score of 110 is required with at least 100 in each subscore. This test of English will be reviewed during 2021 and a decision taken as to whether it should continue to be acceptable.

Please note: Applicants scoring DET 110 or 115 will be required to sit a UCC Language Centre Skills Check before receiving an offer. Applicants presenting with one of these two scores should contact the UG EU Admissions Office directly by emailing


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Internet-based test: 90 (no less than 21 in writing and at least 19 in every other section) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Written test: A minimum score of 600 administered by Princeton University, with Test of Written English at 475+.


International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic

An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.00 in each band.


University of Cambridge:

176+ on Cambridge English scale with no less than 169 in each skill and use of English i.e.

Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)

Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)

First Certificate, Grade A (CEFR Level C1)


English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP):

With grade C1 or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)


UK Examining Boards/Bodies

GCE O Level English Language at Grade C or above

GCSE English Language at Grade C or above

GCSE English Literature at Grade C or above

CSE Grade 1 Pass in English


University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES)

with English at grade C or above (incorporating the Oxford Examining Body’s English as a Foreign Language (Higher Paper)


EU Countries’ Matriculation Examination

Matriculation Examinations from European Countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved. Where the examination has been taken more than 2 years previously candidates may be required to take a proficiency test. Where an English proficiency test which is scored on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is presented as part of a school-leaving qualification, grade must be C1/C2.


Pearson English language text (PTE Academic):

minimum of 63 (with at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section)


Trinity ISE

Trinity ISE III with at least merit in each skill category



Merit in the module “English as a Second Language” or “Communications” (level 5)


Or an equivalent level of English in a recognised examination


Proficiency tests are used to meet entry requirements but do not count towards points scores. For all proficiency tests the results must normally have issued within two years prior to the start of your course (i.e. for entry in September 2021, only results attained since 1 February 2019 will be accepted).

Note: Where an applicant shows evidence of hearing impairment which meets the requirements for access, the English language requirements can be met without the hearing and speaking components.


EU qualifications are assessed by the university at the end of July each year. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the contents of the following pages are accurate, the information has been provided by the following document published by the central applications office (CAO). The information in these pages is subject to change and the following pages are solely for information gathering purposes and do not guarantee an applicant any form of offer or grant any rights to potential applicants. 

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