LANGUAGES AND IRISH UNIVERSITIES FAQ'S
LANGUAGES AND IRISH UNIVERSITIES FAQ'S

Languages and Irish Universities - FAQs

What does the third language requirement mean?

A: It means that you must present a language in addition to Irish and English as one of your six Leaving Certificate subjects. If you are exempt from Irish, you must present a language other than English. All languages provided in the Leaving Certificate are acceptable. Classical Studies and Hebrew Studies are not considered as language subjects.

For students from outside the European Union who are presenting the Leaving Certificate, certification in their mother tongue or in another language may be acceptable. (See Matriculation Regulations 6.3 p.19.)

Does the third language requirement apply for all courses?

There are some exceptions to the third language requirement. Students applying for Engineering and Science are not required to have a third language. Students applying for Nursing are not required to have a third language. Students applying to NCAD may present Art instead of the third language.

What is the position of students with dyslexia with regard to exemption from Irish?

A: There are special provisions for students whose dyslexia constitutes a significant learning difficulty.  A student who has been granted an exemption from Irish at school on the grounds of dyslexia, having been assessed by a professional psychologist, should complete Section A and Section D of the Exemption Application form and return it to NUI.  You should enclose a copy of the Psychologist’s Report together with a copy of the Department of Education and Skills Certificate of Exemption. In these cases NUI will grant an exemption from Irish and also from the third language requirement.

Sometimes students are diagnosed late as having dyslexia and have not come to the attention of the National Educational Psychological Service . In these cases, NUI will accept certification from a professional psychologist accompanied by a recent (no more than 3 years old) report from the psychologist.
Students should complete Section A and Section E of the Exemption Application Form and return it to NUI enclosing a copy of the Psychologist’s Report and the NUI certification form signed by the Psychologist.  Copies of these forms are available from http://www.nui.ie/college/entry-requirements.asp.

The position of students with dyslexia is complex. Exemptions are not automatic and are granted only on the basis of professional evidence.  However, NUI is sympathetic to students who can provide professional evidence of the effect of dyslexia on their language abilities.

Rationale
Where a student applies on the basis of dyslexia, only for an exemption from Irish, but intends to present a third language in the Leaving Certificate, the student must explain why he/she is applying for an exemption from Irish while continuing to study another language. (NUI finds it surprising that a student with serious dyslexia would continue to study a language.  However, we appreciate that there may be special circumstances to justify this and we are prepared to consider such applications).

What is the position of students with dyslexia with regard to exemption from the Third Language?

A: The provisions set out in Q17 in relation to exemption from Irish apply also in the case of students applying for exemption from the third language requirement.  Students applying for exemption from a third language on the basis of dyslexia need to complete Section A and D or E of the Exemption Application Form. http://www.nui.ie/college/entry-requirements.asp. The position of students with dyslexia is complex and exemptions are not automatic. However, NUI is sympathetic to students who can provide professional evidence of the effect of dyslexia on their language abilities.

Rationale
Where a student applies on the basis of dyslexia, only for an exemption from Irish, but intends to present a third language in the Leaving Certificate, the student must explain why he/she is applying for an exemption from Irish while continuing to study another language. (NUI finds it surprising that a student with serious dyslexia would continue to study a language.  However, we appreciate that there may be special circumstances to justify this and we are prepared to consider such applications).

How do I apply to NUI for an exemption?

A: You need to complete the Exemption Application Form available from NUI.  It can be downloaded at http://www.nui.ie/college/entry-requirements.asp.   There are five sections in the form. Applicantsmust complete Section A and then the section relevant to them.

Source: http://www.nui.ie/college/entry-requirements-faqs.asp

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