Admissions Process for International Students
In order to apply for your desired programme, you will need to provide the following documentation to accompany your online application form:
- Original or certified copy of birth certificate or passport
- Original or certified copy of residence permit* (*only if you are resident in an EU state).
- Original or certified copy of school leaving examination certificate OR high school transcripts- including forecast results if final results are not available.
- Original or certified copy of full academic transcript(s) of any third-level studies and proof of the final degree.
- Original or certified copy of IELTS or TOEFL scores for applicants whose first language is not English.
- Original or certified copy of the official translation to English.
February 2024 Enrolment Deadlines
Classes for February 2024 intake commence the week of 19th February 2024, late enrolments will be accepted up to Monday 4th March 2024.
Students who must apply for an entry visa in advance to entering Ireland for their programme must meet the following deadlines to allow time to account for the full visa process:
You can information and a list of countries deemed non prior-visa required via the link here: https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/moving-country/visas-for-ireland/visa-requirements-for-entering-ireland/
Please be aware that the above early deadlines do NOT apply to students from one of the listed countries, but who are already in Ireland under a valid visa.
Please note the below deadlines in effect for students for whom a prior visa would not be required:
All student enrolments for our February 2024 intake must be entirely completed, and the students attending class by Monday, March 4th 2024 at the latest.
English Language Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English may be required to sit either an IELTS or TOEFL test (or equivalent) at Independent College. Students applying for a Level 8 programme at the College are required to have achieved the equivalent of the IELTS 6.0 and Level 9 applicants should have the equivalent of an IELTS 6.5.
ALL English language qualifications must be dated within 2 years of the chosen intake start date.
An English language certificate from an accredited English language school would also be accepted as confirmation of English level, provided that the certificate:
- Has been issued within 12 months of the chosen intake start date AND
- Specifies the student’s level achieved as being Advanced (C1) or Proficient (C2)
Please note that attendance letters are not accepted as confirmation of language level.
Individual interviews are a mandatory step for all those applying to programmes at Level 9 Postgraduate Level.
For those applying for BA programmes an interview maybe requested if deemed necessary by the College on a case-by-case basis. The necessity of such invitations to interview will be determined in line with academic standards for the programme in question.
Protection of Enrolled Learners
The Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 requires that all programmes of 3 months or more in duration have in place arrangements for the Protection of Enrolled Learners to ensure learners have the opportunity to complete their programme of study. Independent College has learner protection arrangements in place with respect to enrolled learners on all QQI-validated courses and have put in place this arrangement through a partnership with the insurance company Arachas. Details of which are available from our Admissions team.
Proof of Medical Insurance – Travel Insurance will not be accepted. The Health Insurance costs €130 for one-year coverage, with the insurance provider Guard.Me. Payment for insurance can be made to the College account; please add your student number and “Health Insurance” as a reference. Please note that once your payment is confirmed, you will be sent a form to confirm the details required for your medical insurance. Upon completion of this form, we will request your insurance through the Guard.Me platform, which typically takes up to 48 hours for the insurance company to send the policy document. Please allow at least 7 days to get everything done.