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Mature Students

Whatever your reason for coming back to education, updating your skills, gaining a new qualification, achieving a personal goal or ambition, TU Dublin welcomes all mature students.


Mature Students / Thinking of returning to study?

Whatever your reason for coming back to education, updating your skills, gaining a new qualification, achieving a personal goal or ambition, DIT welcomes all mature students.

We know it can be daunting, but you are not alone and DIT has a range of supports in place to help you decide what course to take, get through the application process and get settled into college life.

To be classified as a mature student and wishing to enter the 1st year of any undergraduate full time course in DIT you must be 23 years of age or older on or before 1st January 2019 and be an Irish/EU citizen. You make your application for admission to the 1st year of any undergraduate full time course through the Central Applications Office (CAO) 

Submitting an Application

Applying as a Mature Student is different to those who are applying directly from School. As part of your application you will be asked to include:

  • Courses you are applying for
  • Details of your schooling
  • Any further education you may have completed*
  • Details of any current studies (if you are currently studying)*
  • Information about your work and life experience &
  • A personal statement about how these relate to your current application

*If you have any documents you think will support your application (transcripts, certificates etc.) you can send these by post, clearly marked with your Application Number directly to the CAO. Documents are scanned and added to your application online. DIT staff can assess them there. 

CAO Applications must be submitted before the 1st of February each year.

Late applications will be accepted on behalf of DIT through the CAO up to the 1st of May (subject to the payment of a late fee). Please note that places are limited and there is no guarantee late applications will be considered especially in popular courses. No late applications will be accepted for restricted programmes where candidates are expected to attend suitability test, audition or submit a portfolio.

Part-time Study: Applications for part-time courses are made directly to the relevant School here in DIT. Applications can be accepted much closer to the starting date for the part time programmes, but you are advised to make contact as early as possible and to request course details and an application form.