Applying to University in Europe
In Ireland we have a centralised system of application. Everyone applying for a college place in Higher Education must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Some other countries like the UK and the Netherlands have a centralised system.
In most European countries, however, application is made directly to the university. This means you must research your course carefully and be aware of application deadlines.
It is important also to check the Entry Requirements. Generally, entry requirements will be similar to those required by Irish universities. In some cases, entry requirements may be less than is required in Ireland. This does not mean that the course is less demanding. It is often reflective of the fact that there are more college places available in the chosen country.
Some universities will require that you sit an entrance test, some may hold interviews or you may have a language test / request for evidence of proficiency in the language. Remember to provide the university with all of the information required.
In addition to language skills, some institutions have additional admission requirements. For example, if you are applying for graduate studies in Estonia, you may be asked to submit a letter addressed to the Head of the Department, in which you describe your subjects of interest, your motives and plans for study. It is common when applying abroad, to need some or all of the following:
· Completed application form
· A Certified copy of your qualifications
· A Statement of Purpose (similar to the letter for Estonia)
· Three or Four photos
· Copy of your passport
Before applying for a particular course in any country, you should ask the institution about their selection procedure.
Many universities and colleges in Europe are familiar with QQI Level 5 awards. If they are not, you may need to seek your guidance counsellor’s help in explaining your award to the Admissions Officer.