Applying to DARE and applying for a language waiver are two separate processes. Therefore, DARE students who require a language waiver but haven’t yet applied for one need to apply to the relevant authority (e.g. National University of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College).


Applying for language exemptions to National University of Ireland (NUI – NUI Galway, Maynooth University, University College Cork or University College Dublin)

Students with specific learning difficulties (incl. dyslexia) seeking admission to NUI Galway, Maynooth University, UCC or UCD need to apply to the National University of Ireland for exemption from Irish and/or the Third Language requirement. The criteria applied by the National University of Ireland for the granting of exemptions from Irish and/or the Third language are not the same as for DARE; in general, NUI will grant an exemption from the Irish/ Third language requirements to students who at any stage, whether at primary or second-level school, have qualified for exemption from Irish, under the regulations of the Department of Education and Skills. To qualify under DARE, you must fulfil the DARE criteria. For further information on NUI exemptions, look under Entry Requirements or contact NUI at 014392424 or registrar@nui.ie.


TCD Language and Mathematics Waiver

Students with specific learning difficulties, sensory or communication disabilities may apply for a waiver of the modern language requirement, provided that the study of a language does not form part of their chosen course of study. In addition, students with dyscalculia, sensory or communication disabilities, may be eligible to request exemption from the minimum entry requirement of a pass in mathematics, where mathematics does not form any component of their intended course. This is a separate application to DARE. To apply for a Language Waiver, write to the Admissions Office in Trinity College by 1st July, and include a copy of your disability evidence. If you have an exemption from studying Irish, and you have not been studying a modern foreign language in school, you need to apply to Trinity for a ‘waiver’ for the language part of matriculation. Further details are available here.

Even if you have an NUI waiver, you still need to apply to the Admissions Office in Trinity.


Applying for language exemptions to University of Limerick (UL)

Students seeking to enter the University of Limerick are required to present six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English, Mathematics and Irish or one other modern language. Students with significant specific learning difficulties and hearing disabilities may apply for a waiver of the modern language requirement.

Students may receive a waiver of the Irish or modern language requirement if they:
– function intellectually at average or above average level and have a specific learning difficulty of such a degree of severity that they fail to achieve expected levels of attainment in basic language skills in English, or
– have a significant hearing impairment or are deaf, and are also failing to attain adequate levels in language skills in English.

The evidence of such a level of disability must be furnished by providing a copy of the Certificate of Exemption from Irish (Revision of Rule 46 “Rules and Programme for Secondary Schools” in relation to Irish – Circular Letter M10/94 – Department of Education). The Certificate should be forwarded directly to the University’s Admissions Office.

The granting of a language waiver does not mean that a student is eligible for the DARE supplementary admissions process, as the criteria used are different.

For further information, please see www.ul.ie/disabilityservices.


Applying for language exemptions to Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

Students should apply directly to Mary Immaculate College for a waiver from the language requirements. Language exemptions are not accepted for programmes that require a specific language requirement. Applying for a Language Waiver is a separate application to the DARE supplementary admissions process.

Posted by / February 28, 2017