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(Original post by jane_77)
Hi there you're so kind to offer, but I sent my application in back in October - I'm applying to Cambridge (for my sins!). Thank you so much though.

In Ireland, there's a very mixed bag when you're talking about accommodation. In first year, I would say that the overwhelming majority stay in "campus accommodation", i.e. accommodation owned by the university so it's exclusively students who live there. If you do come to Ireland, I'd strongly recommend to stay there for first year - great way of socialising, etc., particularly for you since I assume you won't know anyone.
Those who can't get campus for 1st Year (as far as I know, it's oversubscribed in most universities) also often stay in digs - there could be two or three students there, which leads to a really nice atmosphere when coupled with the family vibe of the whole thing.

Thanks to a culture of going to universities with geographic proximity in mind in Ireland, there will be some people who live in Cork or bordering counties and commute each day. But since UCC is one of Ireland's leading universities, you'll get a lot of students there who WANT to go there - as in they'll come from all over the country, so they won't be staying at home with Mam and Dad! Plus, even some students who live nearby will pay for campus. One of my cousins went to college about half an hour away from where he lived, but stayed in student accommodation just so he could properly enjoy the experience. What you will see, though, is a lot of students going home on weekends. Ireland's small, so there's a big thing of going home every weekend (getting the washing done and being fed properly being big encouragements to do so ). But Cork's an amazing city, plus you have family there, so I wouldn't let that put you off at all. Cork also isn't as connected as Dublin, so there could be a lesser amount of people doing the weekly commute.

I can't say I know of any specifically-accommodation loans - maybe get in touch with UCC and see if they can point you towards anything, but I've never heard of any. That doesn't rule anything out though, so maybe investigate a bit further.

Finally - that's a lot, alright! That must be a tough situation to get into, but remember before you start college that the university will more than likely be able to help if you ever get into serious financial difficulty.
As for loans, we don't have a setup in place similar to the UK. Because fees are relatively (?) cheap (?) here, I suppose they don't feel the need to intervene. What I would recommend is looking into the Credit Union. I'm not sure how viable it will be for you but since you own a Irish passport and will be using the money to pay for Irish university I'd say they'd look favourably on it. The CUs are basically a national organisation with local branches and as far as I know they can be really flexible when exploring repayment plans, etc. They're all "for the community!"-style stuff - maybe Google them and look into it.

I really hope I've managed to help in some way! Let me know if you want to hear more about something or anything
Thank you so much this has been really helpful
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Thank you so much this has been really helpful
No problem at all, best of luck 😊😊
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I have applied to CEO for graduate medicine from UK. Gamsat 59. If I put UCD down as my first choice for grad medicine and RCSI as my second choice, if I don’t have a high enough Gamsat for UCD, surely all the places will be gone before offering to second choice etc as there are so few places. Can anyone advise please. Are you really only in with a realistic chance of getting your first choice?
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Hi, I'm an EU student applying to UCD and UCC and am having a little trouble understanding the CAO handbook. It says under the Qualifications and Assessments section that I have to "briefly describe the examinations" I took in under 200 characters. Does that mean generally describe what the exam is (the German Abitur, in my case) or describe my subjects and results? It all seems a little vague...
Also, I'm about to submit my certificates with a certified translation, and it says to add my CAO Application Number on every page. These are stapled together though, and it is an official document so I'm not sure if they want me to handwrite my number in each corner. I was going to include a typed page with my name and number in the envelope and attach a smaller note to each set of certificates with my number on it; would that be enough? Or do I really have to write on every page of the copies I send in? Can't help but feel that it would look messy and unprofessional.
I really appreciate any help anyone could give me, I'm just trying to make sure I do this correctly! Thanks a lot in advance!
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(Original post by emily.th)
Hi, I'm an EU student applying to UCD and UCC and am having a little trouble understanding the CAO handbook. It says under the Qualifications and Assessments section that I have to "briefly describe the examinations" I took in under 200 characters. Does that mean generally describe what the exam is (the German Abitur, in my case) or describe my subjects and results? It all seems a little vague...
Also, I'm about to submit my certificates with a certified translation, and it says to add my CAO Application Number on every page. These are stapled together though, and it is an official document so I'm not sure if they want me to handwrite my number in each corner. I was going to include a typed page with my name and number in the envelope and attach a smaller note to each set of certificates with my number on it; would that be enough? Or do I really have to write on every page of the copies I send in? Can't help but feel that it would look messy and unprofessional.
I really appreciate any help anyone could give me, I'm just trying to make sure I do this correctly! Thanks a lot in advance!
Hi, I applied to UCC from England. I don't remember being asked to 'briefly describe the examinations' but I would imagine that means outline what kind of exams you took (you mention German Abitur), what subjects they were in, and the year you took them. I don't know if the German Abitur is the equivalent of GCSEs (Irish Junior Cert) or A Levels (Irish Leaving Cert), but you should mention all public exams you have taken.

When submitting certificates, you should get a photocopy of each certificate, send this to your school, and get them to sign and stamp it to prove these are accurate results (and that you haven't make them up). You then need to write your full name and CAO number at the top of each piece of paper. This means you keep the original certificates and you send the photocopies to CAO. CAO keep your photocopied versions, which is why they ask for photocopies and not the real thing.

I've applied through CAO twice (2021 and 2020 entry), so have a good understanding of how the system works and am happy to answer any other questions you have.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Hi, I applied to UCC from England. I don't remember being asked to 'briefly describe the examinations' but I would imagine that means outline what kind of exams you took (you mention German Abitur), what subjects they were in, and the year you took them. I don't know if the German Abitur is the equivalent of GCSEs (Irish Junior Cert) or A Levels (Irish Leaving Cert), but you should mention all public exams you have taken.

When submitting certificates, you should get a photocopy of each certificate, send this to your school, and get them to sign and stamp it to prove these are accurate results (and that you haven't make them up). You then need to write your full name and CAO number at the top of each piece of paper. This means you keep the original certificates and you send the photocopies to CAO. CAO keep your photocopied versions, which is why they ask for photocopies and not the real thing.

I've applied through CAO twice (2021 and 2020 entry), so have a good understanding of how the system works and am happy to answer any other questions you have.
Thank you ever so much I've sent it off like this now, hoping for the best! I just wanted to make sure I understood exactly what they wanted me to do; it was a little difficult to be sure before. Thanks again!
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Obviously we've had to mail our certificates so I was wondering whether anyone has any idea of when our qualifications will appear on CAO?
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anyone received an rcsi interview for medicine?
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anyone received an rcsi interview for medicine?
are you applying as undergrad or grad ? I haven't received one but I read in another thread that in Ireland only students for grad entry have interviews
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anyone received an rcsi interview for medicine?
No I haven't heard anything.
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are you applying as undergrad or grad ? I haven't received one but I read in another thread that in Ireland only students for grad entry have interviews
undergrad, undergrad definitely does have interviews
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undergrad, undergrad definitely does have interviews
Well, I hadn't heard that ever ... could you please link where you got that info ?
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Well, I hadn't heard that ever ... could you please link where you got that info ?
no link, I know people who were called for interview this year as well the previous years for undergrad entry!
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