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Choosing what you are going to study at College and planning the programme you want to pursue is one of the most important decisions you will make. At Dorset College we want to set you on your way to a successful career that opens the door to an exciting future with many academic opportunities.

We welcome applicants from all over the world - be part of a culturally diverse group of learners while unlocking your learning potential with small class-sizes, industry experienced lecturers, a diverse student community, and fun social programmes.

Application Procedure

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Apply Online
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Apply through the CAO System
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International Student Apply Directly
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Applications Processed by Admissions



CAO Applicants

Applications for the undergraduate programmes can be made through the Central Applications Office (CAO) or directly with Dorset College. The individual entry requirements and other relevant details are outlined in each of the specific course pages.


Direct Entry

Dorset College offers a wide range of full-time and part-time professional and short courses for those who wish to up-skill or broaden their knowledge within a short space of time - individuals can apply online or contact: Admissions Office at Dorset College on + 353 1 8309677 or E-Mail:

Students under the age of 23, on January 1st of the year of entry, who wish to apply for the 1st year of any QQI validated undergraduate full-time programme must apply through the CAO. The closing date for CAO applications is February 1st, with late applications being accepted until May 1st. Up to July 1st, students may also fill out a CAO 'Change of Mind' form. Further details at:


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

We welcome applications from those who do not meet the minimum entry requirements for specific programmes. Applications will be considered for admission to a programme based on evidence of personal, professional and educational learning achieved prior to admissions. This may have been achieved through life/work experience or through the previous study that indicates that the applicant has the ability to meet the demands of an undergraduate degree and has the commitment to succeed in their chosen programme.


Who Needs a Student Visa?

All students holding a NON-EU Passport are required to have a valid student visa to study in Ireland.

However, not all Nationalities are required to have a visa to enter the country – this can be awarded to the student shortly after arrival in Ireland with the assistance of Dorset College, International Office.


Applying for a Student Visa

If you need a Student Visa to enter Ireland you need to contact the Irish Embassy or Consulate in your home country and they will provide you with full visa information.


Application Decision and Letter of Offer

When a decision is made about your application an email will be sent to the email account registered with your application. This email is your letter of offer. If you require a hard copy for a scholarship body, please send your request to


Accepting Your Place

Once you decide to accept your place in Dorset College, please email confirming your acceptance and quote your College Internal Reference Number (XXXXXX) on your letter of offer. In this way, we can process your acceptance in a timely manner.


Payment of Fees

All international fees can be paid through Dorset College's international payment partner Pay To Study or directly to Dorset College bank account (details are below). The Pay To Study option is a secure system that ensures prompt payment allows us to issue receipt letters within 48 hours and ensures you the student/sponsor does not incur additional exchange charges.


Dorset College Bank Details

A/C NO: 18874873

IBAN NO: IE15 BOFI 900551 18874873


SORT CODE: 90-05-51






Students on student visas are entitled to participate in employment for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time and up to 40 hours per week during holiday time. However, all students committed to study during a holiday period, such as those postgraduate students who are completing their thesis during the summer holiday, are only permitted to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week.


Visa Documentation Required

For a successful visa application, the following documents should be submitted. Please note that other supporting documents may be required and students should contact the local Irish Embassy or Consulate to obtain information on the full documentation required or click here for a full list of Irish Embassies and consulates.

  1. Visa application form
  2. Student visa declaration form
  3. Education documents from high school and university where applicable
  4. English proficiency certificates such as IELTS or TOEFL
  5. Evidence of finances - you should be able to demonstrate that you (or your sponsor) have sufficient funds to support your living expenses while in Ireland and be able to meet the cost of the programme. The Immigration office recommends the student to have access to €7000 per year for living expenses
  6. Proof of Medical Insurance - DC will provide medical insurance for all students
  7. Proof of payment of course fees
  8. Proof of enrolment on the stated course
  9. Evidence of previous immigration and travel history, if any
  10. Evidence of previous work experience, if any, please also note that your passport should be valid for a period of six months after the estimated completion date of your course.

Once submitted we endeavor to inform you of the decision on your application to Dorset College within 72 hours.

Further information on entry requirements contact: +353 1 8309677 or E-Mail:


Visa Regulations

It is important to note that admission on to a full-time programme at Dorset College does not automatically guarantee you a student visa. You must also meet immigration requirements in order to reside and study in Ireland. For all information on completing and submitting your visa application please visit INIS.

  • All visa student holders must demonstrate an attendance rate of 80% or higher
  • It is the responsibility of the student to attend all classes
  • A medical certificate is required if absent due to illness
  • Students are required to notify their programme tutor of absence
  • The International Student Office is obliged to notify the GNIB of any student who is not meeting the required programme attendance rate of 80%. Such students are at risk of losing their student visa
  • It is the student's responsibility to ensure that his/her student visa is renewed on time
  • Registered students at Dorset College will require a visa renewal letter from Dorset College's International Student Office to support their application for a visa renewal
  • Applications for visa renewal are made through the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS)