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First Year Transfer

The First Year Transfer application process for 2020 applications is open from Friday 18 September at 9.00am and closes on Wednesday 7 October at 5.00pm.

It is not uncommon to doubt whether you picked the right course on the CAO, especially given the wealth of choices out there. If you were offered a place at WIT and think you would like to study on a different course at the Institute, in some instances, this can be facilitated.

To find out if this may be an option for you, please read the information below carefully. Changing course is a serious matter and we recommend that in order to make an informed decision you discuss your options with family members, course leaders, lecturers or Head of Department as successful applications for transfer are final and cannot be reversed.


If you have queries on the application process, you can contact us:

Email [email protected]

  • Only CAO applicants who have accepted and registered* for a place to the first year of a course for the current academic year are eligible to apply for transfer.

  • Students must have attained the cut-off points and entry requirements for the course they wish to transfer to and are normally expected to have indicated a preference for this course on their CAO application.

  • Mature student applications that do not fulfill the standard entry requirements will be assessed individually.

  • Non CAO International students on study visas must consult the International Office with regards to transferring course as there may be visa and fee implications of transfer.

  • There must be available places on the course.  Please note that some courses have a restricted number of places and transfers will not be considered to these courses.  Please refer to the list of such courses displayed on the "Excluded Courses" tab. 

  • Only one transfer application per student can be accepted.

  • Students may be required to attend a meeting with the Retention Officer as part of the transfer process.

  • Students may not change course until they have received notification of the outcome of their application. 

  • Transfer applications to the Department of Science (WD076 and WD096) are subject to available lab groups as well as an available place. 

* For Round 3 & 4 offers, you must have accepted your offer

Application methods

Complete the online application form before the closing date.

No applications will be accepted after closing date. 

You must also upload the following with your completed application form:

  • An official copy of your Leaving Certificate results (and FETAC results if applicable)

  • Your current CAO details, listing course choices and CAO points

Please note:

  • Applications will not be processed without all required information

  • We advise you retain your email receipt for online applications.

The First Year Transfer application process for 2020 applications is open from Friday 18 September at 9.00am and closes on Wednesday 7 October at 5.00pm. 

Some undergraduate courses will not be open to first year transfer - these are called excluded or restricted courses. Please see below the 2020 list of restricted courses. Transfer applications for these courses are not being accpeted.  

  • WD002 Science (options)
  • WD006 Exercise Sciences
  • WD027 Music
  • WD116 General Nursing
  • WD117 Psychiatric Nursing
  • WD120 Intellectual Disability Nursing
  • WD126 Agriculture
  • WD140 Laws
  • WD144 Architecture
  • WD147 Pharmaceutical Science
  • WD150 Criminal Justice Studies
  • WD163 Psychology
  • WD164 Food Science with Business
  • WD175 Pharmaceutical Science
  • WD177 Science
  • WD186 Sports Coaching and Performance
  • WD191 Agricultural Science
  • WD192 Social Care Practice
  • WD205 Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science

The process of transferring programme cannot be completed until after the close of CAO season (usually after the third week of October). This process is not intended to facilitate students wishing to circumvent the transparency and fairness of the CAO system.

After the close of the CAO season, the Office of the Registrar will contact you in writing to confirm the arrangements for re-registration and payment of fees if applicable.

Until the confirmation of the transfer is complete, successful transfer applicants will not have access to the relevant modules in Moodle, will not appear on the official class register list and will not be issued a proof of registration letter for the programme onto which they are transferring.

Subject to available places, students on certain courses will be required to complete Garda Vetting Forms. These forms will be posted to the relevant transfer student(s).