National College of Ireland Admissions 2023: Requirements, Fee Details & FAQs ,Dublin,Ireland

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National College of Ireland (NCI) is an Irish, state-aided third-level educational institution in Dublin. The college campus houses hi-tech computer labs, suites, boardrooms, lecture rooms, sports rooms, courts, etc. The college is accredited by Athena SWAN, which aims to establish gender equality and inclusivity in third-level education. NCI operates on the following values:

NCI Values

NCI follows all the principles of Athena SWAN. The mission of the college is "to change lives through education". It focuses on delivering the best academic courses and programmes to the students in every field of study. The college is considered one of the largest Higher Education and Training providers in the country. It works in partnership with QQI and standards of academic integrity.

Table of Contents
  1. Courses Offered
  2. Eligibility & Documents Required
  3. Application & Tuition Fees
  4. Scholarships & Financial Aid
  5. Admission Process
  6. Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
  7. Part Time Work While Studying
  8. Campuses & Accommodation
  9. University Contact Information

Courses Offered

What are the courses available to international students?

National College of Ireland offers more than 70 courses to the students, including undergraduate programs, certificates, master’s degrees, higher certificates, and postgraduate diplomas.

The major streams across which the courses are offered are:

NCI Courses

International students may choose their areas of specialisation in either of the aforementioned fields.

Eligibility & Documents Required

What are the eligibility and requirements for students?

The eligibility criteria and English language requirements for undergraduate and graduate students are as follows:

Eligibility Criteria —

Indian students are required to have the following qualifications to secure a seat in the undergraduate and postgraduate courses at NCI:

For Undergraduate Courses

  • 70% or above from CBSE, ICSE, Kolkata, and Tamil Nadu boards.
  • 58% marks are required for students from the West Bengal board
  • Maharashtra or Gujarat board students are required to have 75% or above in secondary education
  • Students from all other state boards must score 80% or above
  • The entry requirements are different for International Foundation courses, between  60% to 65%

For Postgraduate Courses

  • A bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.2 or higher from a recognized institution
  • High school certificates with good marks

English Requirements —

The language requirements for international applicants from non-English-speaking countries are given below:

English Language Tests

Minimum Score Requirements

IELTS Academic

Academic – 6.0 – 6.5

Online – 6.0 – 6.5


CBT – 213 – 232

PBT – 78 – 86

iBT – 78 – 86

Online – 78 – 86

PTE Academic

50 – 58

Cambridge European Framework

B2+ or C1

Cambridge Exams




Irish Leaving Certificate

Ordinary Grade D or C

Course-Specific English Requirements for Bachelors and Masters —

The university has specifically mentioned a few course-specific English requirements wherein only IELTS Academic and Duolingo English Test (DET) exams are accepted. These are:


IELTS score

DET score

Undergraduate Courses

Bachelor of Business

6.0 bands


Bachelor of Computing

6.0 bands


Postgraduate Courses

MS Business

6.5 bands


MS Computing

6.0 bands


MSc Fintech

6.5 bands


All MS Courses in the School of Business

6.5 bands or above


Note: Some of the courses may have higher score requirements or different academic and language requirements. Please refer to the intended course page on the university website to check the exact limit on each course.

What are the documents needed for the university application?

The document requirements for both undergraduate and postgraduate students are the same. International students are required to submit the following supporting documents along with their application:

  • NCI International Application Form
  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates
  • Original academic transcripts
  • A copy of the English proficiency language test results
  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your CV/Resume
  • Work experience, if required

Note: Document requirements may vary with different programs. To check the exact requirements, please refer to the intended course page on the university website.

Application & Tuition Fees

Are there any application fees?

The NCI charges an application fee of EUR 25 from undergraduate and postgraduate international students. It is a non-refundable fee. Students are required to deposit it at the time of application. Applications are not processed unless the application fee is paid. Cash payments are not accepted.

What is the fee structure of the different courses available at the university?

The estimated tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate international students are as follows:


Tuition Fee* (in EUR)

Bachelor Degrees


Master Degrees


Higher Diplomas


Source: National College of Ireland

*Tuition fees might be different for different courses and majors. Additionally, the overall cost of the study is likely to include additional charges such as books, supplies, health insurance, student fees, living expenses, and miscellaneous expenses.

Please note that the university reserves all rights to revise the tuition fee before a new academic session. To learn about the latest course fees, it is recommended to check the university website.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Is there a scholarship or financial aid available for international students?

The university offers several scholarships and an excellent bursary portfolio to international students. They are listed below:

  1. Masters Scholarship – It is available only to the students enrolled in master’s courses. Students studying master’s courses are automatically considered for this scholarship. They are not required to submit a scholarship application. Students are awarded EUR 2,000 to EUR 4,000 based on their academic merit.
  2. Women in Business Scholarship – It is offered to female candidates who wish to study a master’s course at NCI School of Business. The scholarship waives off 50% of tuition fees. Students can download the application form and email it to
  3. Master’s Edge Scholarship – University offers a 50% scholarship to all undergraduate students. Students are required to submit the application before Early August.
  4. Higher Diploma Scholarship – A scholarship amount worth EUR 4,000 is offered to students enrolled in the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing course. Students are not required to submit an application form. They are automatically considered for this scholarship.
  5. Future Leaders Scholarship – NCI offers 50% off on the tuition fees to students starting their master's course in September. Students are required to submit the scholarship to avail the benefits.
  6. Entrepreneurship Scholarship – University offers 50% off tuition fees to students enrolled in the MSc in Entrepreneurship course. It is only for students scheduled to start the semester in September.
  7. Undergraduate Scholarships – It is awarded to students enrolled in full-time undergraduate courses. The scholarship amount is EUR 2,000.

Note: Scholarship deadlines and amounts may vary. For more details on the scholarship application process and deadlines, please visit the university’s scholarship webpage.

Admission Process

When do the admissions start?

The university has two intake sessions - September and January. The deadlines for these intakes for international students are given below:


Application Deadlines*

September Intake

Late July

January Intake

Early December

*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the university’s website for exact deadlines.

What are the steps to the application process?

As an international student, you can apply to graduate and undergraduate courses through the NCI admission portal. You are required to select your course first from Once you select your desired course, follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Open the application portal and create a new account.

NCI Application Steps

Step 2: Fill in your address details and personal information such as your address, phone number, pin code, name, email address, etc.

NCI Application Steps

Step 3: Enter your employment history details such as the employer name, job description, start date, end date, etc.

NCI Application Steps

Step 4: Enter your academic details, such as second-level results, etc.

NCI Application Steps

Step 5: Upload required documents and submit the application.

NCI Application Steps

Next, wait for the results.

When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?

Students will hear from the university within five working days. If required, candidates will be called for an interview. If students are accepted or offered a place at the university, they will receive a formal notification through a letter.

Note: It is recommended to register with an active email ID and check it frequently for the latest updates on admission related information. Also, students must remain active on the official website of the university to stay updated with any admission related announcements.

Student Diversity & Preferred Profile

What are the chances of getting into this university?

All the applications are individually assessed and processed. The university is moderately competitive. If students meet the eligibility criteria and minimum requirements set by the university, they are most likely to secure a seat at the university. Students are asked to appear for interviews and auditions to support their applications if required.

How many Indian/international students study at the university?

The university has over 5,000 students, including undergraduates, graduates, and higher diploma professionals. Out of 5,000 students, 1,300 students are international students. The percentage of international students against domestic students is shown below:

NCI Student Body

Source: National College of Ireland

This share of 26% of international students constitutes of a small number of Indian students as well.

Part Time Work While Studying

Can I work while studying here?

Students can work on and off-campus while studying at the university. International students can work up to 20 hours a week during a regular term and up to 40 hours a week during university vacations from May to August and mid-December to mid-January. International students with Stamp 2 permission are allowed to take up casual or part-time employment.

Students can find several on-campus opportunities and job vacancies from the university's job portal. It consists of all the job positions at the university as per departments, schools, and faculties. The minimum wage in Ireland is EUR 10-20 per hour.

Apart from taking up opportunities on campus, students can also work off-campus. The working hours limit remains the same, i.e., 20 hours a week during a regular study semester and up to 40 hours a week during the summer and winter holidays. Students can find jobs on job portals such as LinkedIn, Indeed, etc.

Note: International students are advised to check the conditions of working in a foreign country on their study visa. They are also advised to confirm any specific instructions on the same from their respective departments and faculties. Under no circumstances should they be found compromising with the law and order of the country.

Students must also get familiar with the rules and regulations of working in a foreign country and learn about the minimum wages they are entitled to. For more details, students can check the on and off-campus opportunities on the university website. Also, refer to the Ireland Study Visa Guide.

Campuses & Accommodation

How many colleges and campuses does the university have?

NCI has only one campus in International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), Dublin. The university has five faculties that offers numerous courses:

NCI Schools

International students may find their dream course through either of the faculties.

Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?

The university offers various housing facilities and residences to international students. The living arrangements offered by the university include:

  • Student accommodation
  • Private rentals
  • Homestays

Students can find accommodation using the college’s website that consists of various locations near the National College of Ireland. The student's residences close to NCI include Point Campus, Buckley Hall, Aparto, Liv Student, Aspen, Mezzino, Mayor Square Student Living, Broadstone Hall, etc. The facilities include free internet, TV, private living, kitchen, game area, bills, microwave, common area, furniture, desk, chair, etc.

Accommodation Cost

The rates of student residences near NCI are as follows:


Weekly Rates* (in EUR)

Point Campus

Studio room – 340

Cluster room – 230

Buckley Hall

Premium single room – 226

Standard single room – 215


Bronze ensuite – 220

Silver ensuite – 230

Bronze plus – 235

Silver plus - 240

Mayor Square



Classic ensuite – 245

Premium ensuite – 286

Class ensuite Plus - 271

Source: National College of Ireland

*Living costs vary depending on students’ lifestyle choices. Additionally, housing and dining rates are subject to change with progressive years. To know the exact costs of on or off-campus accommodation, please check the university’s accommodations webpage.

Students can also stay in private rental accommodation. Students cannot book private accommodation from abroad. It is wiser to stay in the university's residence for a month and look for private accommodation nearby as per requirements. Private accommodation gives you the flexibility to live wherever you like, and the rental amounts are cheaper than student residence accommodation.

Cost of Living

International students require a minimum of EUR 1,000 per month for living expenses. This cost may further vary depending on the location of the residence and the lifestyle of the students.

Note: Students must run a security check on any off-campus accommodation they choose. Also, they must prepare for the additional charges and facilities offered in off-campus housing. Since accommodations are offered on a contractual basis, it is recommended to do a thorough check before investing a huge amount in an unknown place.

University Contact Information

Whom should I contact in case of doubts?

Students can contact the university in case of doubts and queries:

Address: National College of Ireland, Mayor Street Lower, International Financial Services Centre, Dublin, Ireland


Telephone: +353 1 449 8500

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