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Before Applying for any course it is important to check the minimum entry requirements.

If you intend seeking exemption from a minimum entry requirement such as Irish or a third or modern language you must contact, without delay, the admissions office of the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) you are applying to.

If you wish to apply for an NUI exemption, you must contact the NUI (see for details). You must also indicate this on your CAO online application. CAO will then provide your Identification and Contact details to the NUI. This will allow the NUI to verify your CAO application number and provide CAO and HEIs with your exemption details. Other than providing these details to the NUI, CAO plays no role in processing exemption applications.

Applicants must make arrangements for exemptions each year they apply.

You will receive a Statement of Application Record in May. You must check this document carefully and inform CAO immediately if there is any error or omission. If you have been granted exemption from the NUI Irish (and/or third language) requirement and there is no reference to it on the Statement of Application Record you must notify CAO immediately.

It is important to note that exemptions are a separate matter to supplying CAO and HEIs with information about a disability and/or specific learning difficulty.