CAO dates in 2018

You apply for almost all full-time undergraduate courses through the Central Applications Office (CAO). The CAO provides a handbook that lists all the courses on offer and gives information on how to apply. The closing date for 2018 applications from Irish and other European Union nationals is 5.15 pm on 1 February 2018. Late applications are allowed up to 5.15 pm on 1 May 2018. You can get a full list of dates on the CAO website.

Decisions on offers of places are normally made in August, after the results of the Leaving Certificate have come out.

Application deadlines and fees for 2018

FEE CLOSING DATE
Early online discounted rate € 30 20 Jan 2018 (5:15pm) – now closed
Normal online application € 45 1 Feb 2018 (5:15 pm)
Late online application € 60 1 May 2018 (5:15 pm)
Change of mind (opens from 5 May 2018) Nil 1 July 2018 (5:15 pm)

You could  amend your course choices free of charge until 31 January (the day before the normal application deadline). From 5 February to 1 March 2018 you can pay €10 to amend your course choices online. There is a further chance to change your mind, free of charge, from 5 May 2018.

Late applications are not accepted for the HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) and DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) schemes or for certain restricted courses. You must apply for these by 5.15 pm on 1 February 2018.

Read our document on applying to college.