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Ireland Schools Semesters and Timeline

Ready to fulfil your study dreams in Ireland? Here’s how early you should prepare for it.

Known for its stunning countryside, intriguing history and inviting communities, Ireland probably checks all the boxes required for an international student to thrive.

When it comes to the country’s education system, Ireland stands tall with some of the top universities in the world - leading the way with a focus on research and global collaboration.

While our education counsellors can help narrow down the universities that are ideal for you and guide you through the application process, it is always handy to find out what’s required and what to expect.

We’ve also created a university application timeline which depicts how early you can apply as well as the documents and actions required. 

For Canada, the main intake periods are:

Fall Intake (September): September to December

Winter Intake (January): January to April

Usually, students choose a semester based on a range of factors such as preferred choice of study, the availability of a program in a particular university and academic records.

There are also application deadlines for each intake (below), and these can vary for certain institutions and programs with a different intake from the main ones. It would be best to speak with one of our Counselors to get tailored advice and up-to-date information.



Semester 1 (September intake) Main intake


Semester 2 (January intake)


We’ve also charted a timeline to give you an overview of the university application journey, to better prepare you for an exciting new chapter ahead.

studying in Ireland timeline

Student Application Journey in Detail

Stage 1

Explore study abroad options

Stage 2

Make an appointment with a Counselor (8 months to 2 years to course commencement)

- Bring along any questions you wish to ask - such as cost of living, which is the most ideal university, etc

Stage 3

Book an IELTS test if required (Within 2 years to course commencement)

- Take IELTS Academic

- *English waiver for schools - please check with Counselor

Stage 4

Prepare necessary paperwork

- Transcripts and certificate: Year 10 (O Level) onwards

- Passport

- Explanation of gap period after studies: Statement of activities in form of CV/resume, enlistment letter, etc

- Additional: Statement of purpose, supplementary forms, portfolio, etc

Stage 5

Apply to universities

- Check with Counselor for application fee waiver

- Application deadline: If there is one, make sure that you submit to us at least 1-2 weeks in advance.

- Entry to schools

Stage 6

Receive offer

- Postgraduates will receive offer in 4 to 8 weeks after application

- Undergraduates will receive offer in 2 to 6 weeks after application

- **Note: Some universities will only assess your application depending on the semester you apply to (e.g. July 2020 intake will only be assessed in March 2020)

Stage 7

Accept offer (4 months to commencement)

**Note: This does not apply for limited space programme – closes as soon as spaces are filled

- Concurrently introduction and application to Student Essential Services:

- Overseas student and/or Visitor Health Cover (OSHC/OVHC)

- Accommodation

- Guardianship services (if under 18)

Stage 8

Receive Confirmation of Enrolment (1 to 2 weeks after accepting offer)

- Apply for essential services

Stage 9

Apply for visa

- Your Counselor would have gone through the acceptance checklist which will cover on the process and items needed for your student visa

Stage 10

Receive visa

- 2 to 4 weeks after clearing necessary appointments

- This includes health check-ups and Biometrics

- These will be arranged after visa submission

Stage 11

Pre-departure seminar (1 month before course commencement)

Stage 12

Arrive in destination

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