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Applications, Grants, International Students

On this page: Applicants - Grants - Equal Opportunities - Students with disabilities - International Students

Applications are actively encouraged from the following individuals:

  • Leaving Certificate school leavers (including LCVP and LCA)
  • Applicants currently unemployed (some of whom may be eligible for  VTOS)
  • Adult or mature students wishing to return to education
  • Graduates seeking to upgrade their skills

Applications are invited any time up to the end of August. However, it is advisable to apply before mid-August to ensure places are still available on the course. All applicants' suitability is assessed on the merit of their application forms and by the means of a ten to fifteen minute interview. Interviews will take place in May and September depending on when you apply. All late applicants should check with the college main office as quite frequently, we have places still available on some courses in September. Applications can be made using our online application form (see above).

Catching up with recent CSN graduates
  Catching up with recent graduates


Further education (PLC) students will be eligible to receive PLC maintenance grants.

For more information on these please visit (Student Universal Support Ireland).

Please note that grants are means tested.

If eligible the amount of the grant is dependent on the distance students travel from their place of residence to the college.

It is advisable for students to apply as early as possible for maintenance grants.

For further information please see


This college is committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all students. We actively take steps to ensure that all staff and students are aware of and comply with all equal opportunities legislation.


Applicants with disabilities and special needs are welcomed at the college. If prospective students have any special requirements they should get in touch with the Guidance and Counselling services at the college. Every effort will be made to assist them. Attention has been paid to the physical structure of the college by providing ramps and lifts so that access is made as easy as possible.


This college welcomes applications from eligible international students.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they meet immigration and visa requirements prior to applying for a place on a course.

Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses DO NOT feature on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes which lists the course for which an overseas, non-EU/EEA applicant may apply for a study visa to enter the country.

Applications from citizens of EU/EEA countries are not liable for tuition fees, however other course fees apply.

To qualify for free tuition fees, you must meet criteria with regard to:

  1. Residence and
  2. Nationality and immigration status
  3. Course requirements

A.    Residence

You must have been living in an EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course. The members of the EEA (the European Economic Area) are the member states of the EU, along with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

B.    Nationality and Immigration

You must also fulfil one of the following 6 criteria as regards nationality and immigration status in Ireland:

You must:

  • Be a citizen of an EEA member state (see above) or Switzerland or
  • Have official refugee status or
  • Be a family member of a refugee and have been granted permission to live in the State or
  • Be a family member of an EU national and have permission to live in the State with a stamp “4EUFAM” on your residence card or
  • Have been granted humanitarian leave to remain in the State or
  • Have been granted permission to remain in the State by the Minister for Justice and Equality, following a determination by the Minister not to make a deportation order under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999.

All other international applications are subject to tuition fees of €3,653.  This is additional to the standard course charges. 

Applications from individuals in the process of seeking “leave to remain” are welcomed.  Enquiries should be made to   Applications from individuals in this category should note that the decision of the Irish Government to implement the EU Receptions Conditions Directive (2013/22/EU) may provide for their acceptance onto a PLC course, subject to certain conditions.

Applicants from outside of the State who are not EU/EEA citizens, should note that Post Leaving Certificate courses are not eligible to obtain a study visa to enter the state. Further details are available at

PPS (Personal Public Service) Number

All students, national and international, are required to supply a PPS number on their application form.

International students currently living in Ireland who are not in possession of such a number should apply to:

The Department of Social Protection
Hanover Street

(021- 4806800)

The PPS number will be issued within 24 hours and confirmed within five days of writing.