Impact of Delayed Leaving Cert Results
Written on Saturday, 18 July 2020 15:32

Impact of Delayed Leaving Cert Results on European Admissions

Update 13th August

Clearly, the current pandemic has had a serious impact across Europe on both the delivery and assessment of secondary-level Education. The majority of countries appear to have met it with a clear raft of measures both cancelling off-line schooling and either cancelling or postponing end-of-year examinations, with clear timetables as to measures for assessments and publication of results. Following fantastic work by the teachers of Ireland, and their schools, during May and June, in delivering calculated grades on schedule, it seems that, with the delay in the publication of results to 7th September, students and their families face renewed uncertainty. 

Not only will this test our families but is increasingly testing the patience and goodwill of universities in many European countries, most of whom published in June emergency measures to cope with schooling delays.

So, are our results now too late for the 800-1000 Irish students waiting in diverse admissions systems for entry to the first year of programmes in continental European universities? In most countries, workarounds hve been found. Unfortunately, in some cases, it seems our results are now too late:

Denmark: deadline has already been extended by some universities to 31st August. most universities and colleges have confirmed it will not be extended further. Note that some programmes have a second start date in February.

Germany: our 2020 results were already too late for entry 2020, so most Irish students have applied using 2019 results

Netherlands: the legal deadline for submission of results is 31st August. It appears there is some flexibility in the system to extend this, in that universities have until 30 September to make full return on enrolled students to their government.

The Dutch Minister of Education has now (29th July) confirmed that late results can be accepted until 7th September. Most universities have indicated that Irish students can start their programme, along with the full student body, on 1st September and present their qualifications when they receive them.

Most Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences have confirmed that they will permit Irish students to commence programmes on 1st September, while they are waiting for their results.

Poland: with the Polish academic year starting on 1st October, it is unlikely that this delay will have a significant effect.

Italy: with the Italian academic year starting in mid-October, it is unlikely that this delay will have a significant effect.

Czech Republic: most universities require results before end of August, but it seems most are prepared to be flexible.

Hungary: whereas there might be some overlap between enrolment and publication of results, the universities are gettng round this, by requiring students to sign a declaration confirmong they will provide results asap. DES states that, in conversation with the Hungarian authotities, the system in Hungary "will provide the necessary flexibility to cater for the registration of Irish students who may be receiving their LC results later than expected" 

Romania: our results are now later than most deadlines for med and vet schools. We are currently looking for flexibility here.

EUNICAS is working tirelessly, both in Ireland and a wide selection of European universities, in an attempt to minimise the impact of this delay on Irish students.

Applications Still Open Across Europe
Written on Monday, 29 June 2020 05:48

Updated 13th August

Still some degree Programmes open across Europe

Many application systems run later than our own, and there is still time to apply to many programmes accross Europe. Amongst the programes still accepting applications are the following (Dates are application deadlines):

NETH In Holland UAS Business Innovation 15 Aug
Avans UAS International Business 15 Aug
NETH Hague UAS International Business 15 Aug
NETH Hanze UAS International Business 15 Aug
NETH Stenden UAS International Business 15 Aug
BEL UCL Limburg International Bus: Marketing 15 Aug

Creative Business
NETH In Holland UAS Creative Business 15 Aug
NETH Stenden UAS Creative Business 15 Aug
NETH Hanze UAS International Communication 15

NETH In Holland UAS Mathematical Engineering 15 Aug
NETH Stenden UAS Information Technology 15 Aug
NETH Fontys UAS Communication & Inforation Technology 15 Aug

NETH HAN UAS Automotive Engineering 15 Aug
NETH Breda UAS Built Environment 15 Aug
NETH Hague UAS Industrial Design Engineering 15 Aug
NETH Hanze UAS Mechanical Engineering 15 Aug

Game Design
NETH Hanze UAS Game Design 15 Aug

Health Sciences

ITA U. Bologna Pharmacy 11 Sep
ITA U. Tor Vergata Pharmacy 02 Sep

Hotel /Hospitality Management
NETH Stenden UAS 15 Aug

POL MU Lodz Dentistry 15 Aug
POL MU Wroclaw: Dentistry 14 Aug
POL MU Lublin Dentistry 22 Aug
POL MU Lodz Medicine 15 Aug
POL MU Wroclaw: Medicine 14 Aug
POL MU Lublin Medicine 22 Aug
POL NCU Bydgosz Medicine 24 Aug

Other Science
NETH Avans UAS Environmental Science 15 Aug
NETH Van Hall Larenstein UAS Animal Husbandry 15 Aug
ITA   U Camerino Biotechnology 02 Sep
ITA   U Bologna Genomics 10 Sep

Social Sciences

NETH Hague UAS European Studies 15 Aug
NETH Hague UAS International Law 15 Aug
POL U Warsaw International Relations 10 Sep
ITA U Bologna Int Relations/Diplomacy 11Sep
ITA U Milan Politics, Law & Economics 07 Sep
ITA U Padua Psychological Science 28 Sep
NETH Van Hall Larenstein UAS International Development 15 Aug

NETH Hague UAS Sports Studies 15 Aug
NETH Hanze UAS Sports Studies 15 Aug

NETH Stenden UAS Primary School Teaching 15 Aug
NETH Stenden UAS Secondary School Teaching 15 Aug

Veterinary Medicine
POL Wroclaw UELS 24 Aug


- Vacant places in Denmark 28 July. Some programmes have Febraury entry window.

- Application deadline for many programmes in Germany 15 July (only for holders of Leaving Cert 2019, or earlier). Some programmes have Febraury entry window.


Yes, you can still be a Doctor or a Vet!
Written on Tuesday, 23 June 2020 00:00

Register for our webinar here

At EUNICAS, we are often struck by how early in their school lives some students have ruled themselves out of careers in the health sciences. Ill never get those sort of points they say, scowling sadly at a far-off golden mountain. However, it is clear that we are beginning to understand that high points don't necessary predict successful medical careers. Often students with points in the low 400s, who have then studied in Europe, have become superb doctors, vets or dentists. We are also starting to meet students saying that even if they get into UCC/UCD, theyd prefer to go to Italy!

Above: Guy from EUNICAS, meeting Irish students during a tour of Polish med schools

Whether you are in 5th or 6th year, or even TY, and want to reignite your dream, or learn how anything is possible, if you it want enough, you should come to this online event on the evening of Thursday 25th June Find out what programmes are available, discover admissions systems that arent interested in your Leaving Cert points, explore the quality of these med schools and, most importantly, meet Irish students already studying abroad.

Register here

Dutch Research Universities Extend Application Deadline
Written on Tuesday, 24 March 2020 15:31

Dutch Research Universities have confirmed that, as part of their package of measures to address the challenges facing students through COVID-19, they arer extending their application deadlines for most of their open entry programmes, from 01 May 2020 to 01 June 2020

This measure doesnt include 'Numerus Fixus' programmes, which are already closed (application deadline 15th January) and have completed, or nearly completed, their selection procedures. Places for these programmes are due to be announced on 15th April 2020. This is still the case for some programmes, but others are delaying their announcement of places (and waiting list) until 15th May 2020.

All Dutch Universities are currently working to address the difficulties being encountered by both domestic and international students, in several areas of admissions - be it documentation from schools and/or proof of entry requirements. They are all confident that the 2020/2021 Academic Year will commence on schedule. EUNICAS will endeavour to keep you briefed on this fast changing situation.

IMAT 2020 Exam Date Confirmed
Written on Saturday, 21 March 2020 16:37

The Ministry of Education in Rome has confirmed that, this year, IMAT - the Italian Medical Aptitude Test - will be sat on 10th September, in centres around the world. There remains a possibility that exam will be on-line but this is yet to be confirmed.

The Ministry hasnt yet confirmed the contents of the test, the dates for registration for the exam and the exam centres for this year. These are not are expected to be released before May. However, it is expected that content and registration will reflect that of 2020. Online registration for IMAT is expected to open in June 2020.

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