Northern Ireland Applicants

Each year we are proud to welcome a new cohort of Northern Irish students. With a top-class education guaranteed, a simple application process and all the financial benefits that come along with it – we can see why more and more Northern Irish students are choosing Atlantic Technological University

Check out our Northern Ireland Applicant Guide below and visit our campus pages below to learn more about applying to each of our campuses from Northern Ireland.


ATU students walking outside campus

Fees and Grants

At a maximum of €3,000* per year, the Student Contribution fee is more affordable than in Northern Ireland and the UK. 

*Fees are normally €3,000, reduced to €2,000 in 2023. Fees are subject to change. 


Northern Irish students can apply for a grant through SUSI ( If you qualify for a grant, then SUSI may pay all or some of the Student Contribution Fee and/or help towards student expenses. Unlike student loans, SUSI grants do not have to be paid back. 

ATU International students on campus

How to Apply

Northern Ireland Applicants apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO). The CAO application process is very straightforward. 


There is no personal statement required in the application process, and ATU do not require a second language


Applicants can choose 20 courses in total - ten at Level 8 and ten at Level 6 or 7. Find out more in our Northern Ireland Guide.

Northern Ireland Applicant Guide

Our Northern Ireland Applicant Guide below is packed with useful information, including:

  • Fees, Grants, Loans, and How to Apply
  • Entry Requirements and Key Application Dates
  • ATU Student Life and Student Stories
  • ATU programme list
  • Contact details - we are here to help!
Meet our Students
ATU student Cathal McBride

Cathal Mc Bride, BSc (Hons) in Computing


"The CAO application process was very simple, far simpler than UCAS and no personal statement required. The fees are also a big factor to consider. They are much less that in Northern Ireland and the UK. 


Throughout my studies, I enjoyed the variety of modules and the practical learning in state-of-the-art facilities. The work placement and industry-based project were two of my degree highlights."

ATU Student Enya Mellon


Enya Mellon, BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture and Design 


"For any Northern Irish students thinking about applying through the CAO, I would advise them to do it. Applying is one of the best decisions I have ever made and has opened so many opportunities for me.


My favourite modules are Design Realisation and Studio because you can really bring your ideas to life. The Year 2 fieldtrip to Stockholm has been another highlight of my studies. Now in Year 3, I am completing a full year of work experience in Belfast as part of my sandwich year of study."

Campus Locations

Our campuses are located in the West and North-West of Ireland, with many public transport links available.


ATU Campus Map with distances from NI
ATU Christina Cuffe

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about applying to ATU as a Northern Irish student, we would be delighted to help.



Christina Cuffe
ATU Schools Engagement Officer – Northern Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)74 9186108


Or, email our Admissions team at