You’ve checked our prospectus and courses online. Maybe you’ve spoken with one of our Student Ambassadors, or visited us on Open Day.

Did you come to Athlone and attend a short taster class in the subject you’re interested in? Perhaps we came out to visit your school, (link) or your school guidance counsellor has explored the excellent academic offering AIT has for you.

If you’re interested in exploring any of the guidance options above, click on the links to make a booking, or contact us at

Once you’ve chosen the course, or courses, in AIT that matches your interest and academic strengths, you need to apply via the CAO (Central Admissions Office) system, the primary route in Ireland for school-leavers wishing to enter third-level education.

All our Level 6, Level 7 and Level 8 courses are available through the CAO system. The system is often described as “brutal but fair” and it is essential to follow the advice on applying carefully, and to the letter. Your school guidance department should be able to guide you through the application process or you can contact CAO directly. Take time to really think through your application, and most importantly, put your real first choice first! With 55 undergraduate qualifications available at AIT, you’ll find something to suit most
interests and skill sets.

It’s important to note that applicants to our popular Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design must also separately submit a portfolio and sketchbooks for consideration; all details are available on the Degree page.

AIT is a participant in both the HEAR and DARE schemes, see  for further details.