courses in Ireland

leaving cert changesLeaving Cert Grading System Changes for 2017

Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan has recently announced the most significant reform of Leaving Certificate grades and CAO points in more than two decades. The main changes are: A new grading system for the Leaving Certificate – reducing the number … Continue reading

adapting to college life, a guide for studentsAdapting to College Life

In life and living, there is no avoiding change, and one of the biggest changes in a young person’s life is the transition made from secondary school to third level. It can be both exciting and overwhelming all at once. … Continue reading

cao 2017CAO Offers and Acceptance Process

CAO offers and Acceptances: Things to know and consider before you say ‘I do’ Shortly after the Leaving Cert results are received, the CAO offer and acceptance stage begins. This stage of the CAO calendar of events is pretty straightforward; … Continue reading

erasmusErasmus Plus Programme

The Erasmus Programme, set up in 1987 by the European Union, is the most successful student exchange programme in the world and operates in 37 countries. Another Erasmus Programme was established in 2007 and ran until the end of this … Continue reading

Third level study in EuropeThird Level Study in Europe

With the high points required by Ireland’s CAO system, many students have chosen to pursue third level education in Europe. It is a trend that has grown in the past decade and for some of those students who have may … Continue reading

student accomodation ratesRising Rents to Affect Dublin Students

Four Dublin colleges have confirmed that they will be increasing their rent for the 2014/2015 academic year. Trinity College, UCD, DCU and Griffith College all provide on-campus accommodation and have said that their new fees are in keeping with current … Continue reading

applying for student grantStudent Grant Application

The student grant is the most common form of financial support for students going to college. There are two parts to the grant; a maintenance grant and a fee grant. A maintenance grant covers a portion of a student’s living … Continue reading

ucas uk 2014UCAS Options

Students applying to study in the UK through UCAS should be aware that the closing date for the majority of applications is January 15th at 6pm. Some art and design courses have a closing date of March 24th, as do … Continue reading

cao change of mindCAO 2014

On November 5th at 12pm the CAO opened it’s application process for 2014. This year applicants are advised to apply online where possible and are advised against leaving the application until near the closing dates. Other advice includes trying to … Continue reading

Trinity College Pilot SchemeTrinity Implements Pilot Scheme as Alternative to CAO

Trinity College Dublin is set to try out a new scheme in which 25 of its places will be offered to second level graduates via an alternative system. This alternative selection process, which will be put into action in September … Continue reading

cao offersCAO Offers and Starting College

Since August 14th, when the Leaving Certificate results were released, emotions have no doubt been running high all over the country. Whether you are thrilled or disappointed now is the time to get clued up on your options in terms … Continue reading

cao choicesRise in Demand for Business Courses

CAO application figures show that there has been a rise in the demand for third-level courses in business and commerce this year, with first preference applications up by 6.5%. The largest rise in student demand has been in agriculture and … Continue reading

cao changesNumber of CAO Courses to be Cut

Major reforms to the CAO are to be introduced in September 2014 in an attempt to improve the Leaving Certificate and take away some of the pressure of the points race. The first of these changes, proposed by the Irish … Continue reading

student fundingCollege Funding Options

Paying for a University Education can be expensive and overwhelming, but there are options, and not just bank loans and part-time jobs. There are many scholarships, grants, and bursaries available based on, among other things, where you live, clubs you’re … Continue reading

going to college in a recessionGoing to College in Recessionary Times

There are those who predict that the Bleak Economy will have far-Reaching effects on Higher Education: in terms of increased competition between HEIs; the future of courses on offer, the changing make-up of the student population (age wise and socio-economic … Continue reading

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