International Office - Definition of EU/Non-EU Applicants

International Office

Definition of EU/Non-EU Applicants

The designation of a candidate as EU or Non-EU determines

  • the application procedure that applies
  • the fee levels to which they will be liable.

A candidate will qualify for EU status where they meet one of the following three criteria:

  • 1. they are a national 1 of an EU/EEA member state and will be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA member state for three of the five years prior to the commencement of the programme.
  • 2. they are a national of an EU/EEA member state and have received all their post-primary education within an EU/EEA member state and have resided in an EU/EEA member state for three of the five years prior to the commencement of the programme.
  • 3.1 they have been in full-time employment in an EU/EEA member state for three of the last five years prior to the commencement of the first year of the course. This applies to candidates over the age of 23 .2
  • 3.2 they have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA member state for three of the five years prior to the commencement of the programme and their parents have been in full - time employment in an EU/EEA member state for three of the five years prior to the commencement of the programme. This applies to candidates under the age of 23 .3

To determine if you are deemed an EU status for fees purposes use our self-assessment facility.

All candidates are expected to produce original documentation to evidence nationality when they come to register at DCU for the first time. Copies of this documentation should be submitted with your application if available:

  • EU/EEA passport; or
  • Original EU/EEA Nationality Identity Card; or
  • Official Irish Refugee Status (requires the appropriate original letter from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform indicating that the appropriate status has been granted)); or
  • Evidence of Tax Residence / Full-Time Employment:
    • 3 x P21 forms and
    • Work permit for 3 years, valid for the years of full employment and
    • Contact details of employer(s) where full-time work was engaged in for 3 of the last 5 years

Footnotes

1 A person is deemed to be a `national' of an EU/EEA member state where they have: Passport or National ID Card from an EU/EEA member state or an Official Letter confirming Refugee Status in Ireland
2Before 1 st January in the year prior to commencement of programme.
3Before 1 st January in the year prior to commencement of programme.

Students must qualify for category 1 or 2 to be eligible for the subsidised rate for ESF-funded programmes


Special Categories:

The following categories are eligible for EU fees or free fees (i.e. the 3-year rule is waived, all other criteria apply and candidates will need to be assessed)

  • Foreign Diplomats / employees of foreign embassies resident in Ireland and their spouses and children (eligible for EU fees, not free fees)
  • A child of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Official on assignment outside the EU (EU fees or Free Fees)
  • A child of an Irish Semi-State Agency Official on assignment outside the EU (EU fees or Free Fees)
  • Irish volunteer development workers or their family who have been on assignments outside the EU. The eligibility of each such workers must be validated by the volunteer agency (EU or Free Fees)
  • Certain UN Officials as approved by the Department of Foreign Affairs (EU or Free Fees)

Where a candidate qualifies as an EU candidate they may be further entitled to qualify under the "Free Tuition" Scheme in operation .

EEA/Swiss nationals, who have residency in an EEA country or Switzerland for the requisite period, are regarded as having met the residency requirement of the Free Fees Initiative. Similarly EU nationals resident in EEA/Swiss States for the requisite period are also regarded as having met the residency requirement of the Free Fees Initiative.