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Deferred Entry

This page contains information on requesting a Deferral of FIRST YEAR only, following an offer from CAO. Current students must contact Student Services. Those offered an Advanced Entry place can contact

 A facility to defer entry for one year may be available in exceptional circumstances, for instance medical reasons and for which supporting documentation will be required. Deferrals are at the discretion of the Head of Enrolment Planning and Admissions. In order to avail of the facility, an applicant must first be offered a place through CAO and then take the following steps:

  1. DO NOT ACCEPT the CAO offer in the manner shown on the Offer Notice.
  2. Email IMMEDIATELY or write to the Admissions Office, Dublin Institute of Technology, 143 - 149 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 requesting deferral and giving the reason(s). Mark “DEFERRED ENTRY” clearly in the subject line of your email or on the envelope.
  3. Applicants who request deferral in order to take up another third level place in the CAO system will not be granted deferred entry.
  4. Give your name and address as it appears on your CAO application, quote your CAO Application Number and the Course Code of the offer you wish to defer.
  5. The email or written request must be received in the Admissions Office at least two days before the “Reply Date” shown on the CAO Offer Notice.
If the request for deferral is granted, the applicant will be advised by email or in writing and a place on the course concerned will be reserved for him/her for the following year subject to the conditions outlined below. If the request is not granted, the applicant will also be notified and may then accept the original offer for the current year.
You must send all communications on 1st year deferrals to or to the Admissions Office, Dublin Institute of Technology, 143 – 149 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 and NOT to CAO.
Conditions for applicants who are granted deferral:

If your deferral is granted you are then required to:

  • submit an application to CAO for the deferred course by the 1st of February the following year
  • include on this application the deferred course as the first and only preference
  • advise the Admissions Office by email or in writing of your full name, new CAO application number and deferred course by April 30th of the same year that the new application has been made 
Applicants who do not follow the above instructions will have the deferred place cancelled.