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Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland

Centre for Academic Talent (CAT)

The Centre for Academic Talent programme provides educational enrichment opportunities for secondary school students in the 85th-95th percentile of ability. We also provide a CAT programme for primary school students. For those not in the 85th-95th percentile of ability please see our secondary school programmes overview.

Summer CAT Programme

This programme takes place in two separate two week session in June and July each year. We offer both Residential & Commuter Places. As well as having a strong academic structure, the CAT summer programme for second level students has an extensive social programme. Outside of classes, students participate in sporting activities, day trips, discos, table quizzes and more. We employ a team of residential staff who coordinate the social activities and ensure that the students settle in, have a balanced timetable and an altogether enjoyable time.

2017 CAT brochure

Important Dates for Summer 2017

Session I - Sunday June 25th to Friday July 14th

Session II - Sunday July 16th to Friday July 28th

Early application deadline - Friday, 27th January 2017

Normal application deadline - Friday, 7th April 2017

Balance of fees deadline - Friday, 26th May 2017


Previous CTYI Primary School Programme qualifiers are automatically transferred to the CAT Secondary School Programme upon entry into secondary school. You will receive details of this programme during your first year of secondary school without taking any further action.

Students who are new to CTYI or who did not qualify for our Primary School Programmes must take part in the Talent Search or provide an Educational Psychologist’s report.

Overseas Students

The CAT programme is also available to students not resident in Ireland, please use the Overseas Application Form to make your application.

Further Information

For more information on the CAT Programme for 12-16 year olds, please contact Linda Murphy at +353 1 7008103 or linda.murphy@dcu.ie or use our Contact Form.