How Do I Apply?

How do I apply?

How do I apply?

Most Irish and EU prospective students to UCC make their application through the Central Applications Office (CAO).

Applying through the Central Applications Office (CAO)

Whether you are applying as an Irish school leaver, as a Mature applicant, through the DARE scheme, through the HEAR scheme, as a QQI Level 5 (FETAC) applicant or as an EU non-Irish school leaver, you will apply through the CAO for full-time undergraduate degree courses in UCC. Applications must be made through the CAO before the 1 February of the year you wish to enter third-level studies. It is your own responsibility to ensure that the application is submitted accurately and on time.

All applications are processed in accordance with the regulations, procedures and timetables described by the CAO and prospective applicants are advised to familiarise themselves with this information.

The closing date for receipt of late applications, made through the CAO, is 1 May, at an additional cost.

UCC does not accept late applications from mature students. All mature students must make their application to the CAO by 1 February in the proposed year of entry to UCC.

Late applications are also not permitted to the following restricted courses, as assessments take place prior to the late closing date:

Direct Entry

You can apply for the following courses by obtaining an application form directly from the Admissions Office in UCC:

Transfer to UCC

Applicants must also apply directly to the Admissions Office, UCC.

For a direct entry application form please email

Whether you want to study simply for interest and personal enjoyment, to sample a subject area before committing to full-time study, to get ahead at work or to meet specific professional requirements, then modules from one of our undergraduate courses may be suitable for you. We offer a wide choice of modules in a broad range of subjects across the disciplines within the university. You can study up to thirty credits of a degree, but not the full degree.

For further information please follow this link:


International (Non-EU) students apply directly to the International Education Office.

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