Impact of Delayed Leaving Cert Results
Written in News & Updates 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.