Key Dates For Applying:
Website ‘Apply’ open to learners
First day for receipt of applications
Deadline for Medicine & Dentistry, Oxford or
Cambridge 15th Oct
Advisory application deadline (UK/EU)
Some art & design courses
Latest date for international applicants
1. Personal details
5. Personal statement
6. Referee details (Tutor adds
There are 6 sections to complete on the UCAS
Max. 4,000 characters, 47 lines.
Min. 1,000 characters.
Be aware – there is no spelling / grammar
Your Personal Statement
helps you stand out.
It shows the university/college:
• You are suited to the course.
• You have motivation &
• You have the relevant
knowledge / experience.
• You understand the
demands of the course.
• You’ll fit the university
1. Not leaving enough
2. Failure to check entry
3. Qualifications missing,
or incorrectly entered.
4. Wrong student support
5. Forgot admissions test
6. Copied text in personal
The on-line UCAS ‘Track’ System allows
1) Access your record online.
2) Update personal information.
3) Receive information about offers.
4) Reply to offers.
5) Use ‘Clearing’, ‘Adjustments’ or ‘Extra’
Universities & colleges will
1. Personal statements
2. Reference qualifications
3. Admissions test results
You will then get 1 of 3
Wait for all decisions from all
choices, then choose:
One Firm choice
One Insurance choice
Your Firm choice is where you will be placed if all
conditions are met.
Your Insurance choice usually has lower conditions,
in case the Firm Conditions aren’t met. You don’t
have to have an Insurance choice.
Any other offers must be declined.
Confirmation Of Places
Exam results are sent to universities &
There are four possible outcomes:
1. Met the
conditions of your
Time to celebrate!
2. Missed out on
your Firm Choice,
but met Insurance
Also time to
3. Not met the
You could still get a
4. Done better than expected?
You could use ‘Adjustment’ to change
your place to a more aspirational
Used all 5 choices and had no offers?
Or declined / withdrew all offers?
You can add ‘Extra’ choices for
consideration one at a time.
1 Applicant researches course choices
Applicant researches admissions tests, student loans &
visa application requirements
3 Applicant registers online with UCAS ‘Apply’
4 Applicant completes form & processes payment
Academic reference added by centre / independent
6 Centre / applicant sends form electronically to UCAS
UCAS processes form & forwards to chosen universities /
Universities / colleges submit decisions (ie Offer or
9 Applicant views decisions on ‘Track’
10 Applicant replies to offers on ‘Track’ (Firm / Insurance)
11 Place confirmed when results are released
numbers of Irish
now applying to,
or interested in
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Some reasons to consider
studying in Europe
800 undergraduate programmes are now taught
through English in European universities.
There are no fees in Scandinavian countries &
very low fees in countries such as Germany,
Austria & the Netherlands.
A useful site to help you:
1. understand the diverse application systems
2. research courses in Europe taught through
The U.S. system admits
students on all aspects
of the person.
You Will Need:
1 A completed application form - one for each college.
2 A personal statement and two or three essays.
Standardised test scores (SAT or ACT, plus SAT Subject
Tests, if required).
4 Two or three reference letters.
5 Final four years of school grades.
6 Application fee.
7 Optional interviews.
You must sit the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).
There are six sittings a year in Dublin & Waterford.
The test takes 3 hours & 45 minutes to complete.
Apply between January to March to start the
Clever students begin the investigation
and the process about a year before
Average annual living cost €12,000.
Average college fees €25,000.
Studying In The USA
You can obtain a
scholarship for academic
ability, contributions to
the community &
Funding Opportunities & Scholarships
For Studying In The USA
Full funding is rare and is reserved for exceptional
Make contact with the college of choice as soon
www.educationusa.state.gov is a
comprehensive website that will explain
more if you are interested.
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