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, Swiss confederation or UK, and will be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA member state/Swiss confederation or UK for three of the five years prior to the commencement of the programme.

  • .2they are a national of an EU/EEA member state, Swiss confederation or UK and have received all their post-primary education within an EU/EEA member state, Swiss confederation or UK and have resided in an EU/EEA member state, Swiss confederation or UK 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, Swiss confederation or UK 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, Swiss confederation or UK 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, Swiss confederation or UK for three of the five years prior to the commencement of the programme. This applies to candidates under the age of 23 .3

Applicants classified for fee purposes as Non-EU will not be permitted to change their fee status following admission to their programme.

Free Fees Initiative:  Full-time Undergraduate Applicants.

The Department of Education and Skills sets the regulations for the ‘Free Fees Initiative’, this scheme applies to Higher Education Institutions that offer full-time approved undergraduate degree courses.   Under the terms of the Free Fees Initiative, first introduced in 1995, the Irish Exchequer will pay tuition fees to the University on behalf of students registered for the first time on qualifying full-time undergraduate degree programmes. All the criteria for eligibility must be met in full prior to commencing a programme. Once registered the student’s status cannot subsequently be changed.

 

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

EEA/Swiss/UK 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.

 

Change of nationality Clause of Free Fees Initiative

Entitlement to free fees for non-EEA nationals who acquire EEA citizenship during the course of their third level studies and issues surrounding fee status of non-EEA nationals.

A ‘Change of Nationality’ clause forms part of the Free Fees Initiative. As is currently the case students, who do not meet the nationality criteria of the schemes, will continue to be ineligible for free fees, however if such students subsequently acquire EEA citizenship during their third level studies they may be entitled to free fees for the remainder of their course of study as follows:

  • Students who acquire EEA citizenship up to 30th of September in an academic year may be entitled to free tuition fees for the full academic year.  

  • Students who acquire EEA citizenship up to 31st January in an academic year may be entitled to free tuition fees from the second half of the academic year.

  • Students who acquire EEA citizenship from 1st February may be entitled to free tuition fees from the commencement of the next academic year.

In order to be eligible under this ‘Change of Nationality’ clause students must have met all other criterion of the Free Fees Initiative, apart from nationality, at date of entry to their course of study.

The policy in relation to non-EEA nationals who are not naturalised is

  • that such nationals who have approved residence in the State are not eligible for free fees or grants, however once naturalised such persons are regarded as fully meeting the nationality requirements of the schemes.

  • that non-EEA nationals without permission to remain in the State (including those still in the asylum process) or those with permission to remain on a short-term or temporary basis (such as work permits or study visas) are not eligible for free fees or grants.

Undergraduate Applicants

  • EU fees may apply for EU, EEA , Swiss or UK citizens, who do not meet the normal residency requirements but who completed at least 5 academic years of study in EU/EEA/Swiss Confederation /UK (at either primary or secondary education).  Please note that this relates to students being eligible for the EU fee rate rather than the Non-EU fee rate for their programme.  This does not affect the rules governing entitlement to free fees for undergraduate study

Postgraduate Applicants

  • Students who completed all years of their undergraduate degree programme at Dublin City University paying non-EU fees, and proceed to postgraduate study at DCU on a self-funded basis, may qualify for EU rate fee [following assessment of fee status]

  • If a student holds EU/ EEA/ Swiss or UK Nationality or official Irish refugee status, and has received ALL of his/her full-time post-primary education in the EU / EEA / UK/ Switzerland (whilst parents were resident as tax payers), they are eligible for the EU rate of fees. This applies even if the student has not been resident in the EU for three of the five years immediately prior to university entry.

Special Categories:

  • Minor and dependent adult children who are in full time post-primary education, the spouse/the civil partner of Irish State Officials, and comparable EU/EEA/Swiss State officials, who reside with that State official while posted outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland on diplomatic or consular missions, shall be deemed to be resident in their home EU/EEA/Swiss State for the purposes of the residency clause of the Free Fees Initiative.

  • A child of an Irish Semi-State Agency Official, Irish volunteer development workers or UN Officials who reside in non-EU countries as a result of their appointments should be aware that from September 2013, the exemption from meeting normal EU residency requirements ceased. The Department of Education and Skills withdrew this concession for legal reasons (Jan2013).

 

Fee Assessment
Applicants who wish to have an assessment of their fees conducted must:
 1.          Have a Full Offer from Dublin City University.
 2.          Fully complete the Fee Status Assessment Form 
 3.          Gather certified photocopies of original documentation (as specified on the Fee Status Assessment Form) and email Feestatus.assessment@dcu.ie
Applications will be processed within 2 weeks of receipt of the documentation and applicants will be notified of the outcome by email.  This email should be retained and presented to the Registry at the time of registration.  Incomplete applications cannot be processed and applicants will be contacted with a request for any additional documentation if required.    

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.