‌‌‌‌‌Application Details

Non-EU students should make applications directly to Shannon College. See details below on the entry requirements for each programme and the application procedure.

Irish/EU students apply through the CAO (Central Application Office). For more information, please refer to the CAO Applications page for  applicants. 

Entry Requirements for Non-EU Students 


1. Minimum Academic Requirements
Students must present certified and translated copies of satisfactory high school results.

2. English
A minimum IELTS band level 6.0 or equivalent.

3. Entrance Interview 
Students must pass an entrance interview. Interviews are conducted by representatives visiting your country or through video conferencing (skype)


1. English
An IELTS band level 5.0 (no lower than 4.5 in any band).

2. Entrance Interview 
Students must pass an entrance interview. Interviews are conducted by representatives visiting your country or through video conferencing (skype)

If students wish to progress to the Bachelor of Business Studies or Bachelor of Commerce Programmes, they must meet the minimum academic requirements.

Application Process for Non-EU Students:

Applications for all programmes should be made directly to the Admissions Office by email or post. Applications must include the following:

1. Completed application form Non EU Application From 2020
2. Certified transcripts for all education results/qualifications to date
3. IELTS certificate (or equivalent)

Admissions Office

Applications or queries should be directed to the Admissions Office:

Admissions Officer: Ms. Joan Markham
Ph: +353 61 712590
Email: joan.markham@nuigalway.ie
Address:  Shannon College of Hotel Management, A College of NUI Galway
Shannon Airport, Co. Clare, Ireland 

Entrance Interview Details for Non-EU applicants

All eligible applicants must complete a formal entrance interview as part of the application process. After you make your application by completing the ‌ ‌ will be contacted to arrange your interview date and time.

Arranging the Interview:

After Shannon College receives your completed application form, you will receive an email to inform you of the interview date, time and location. You will be required to confirm your interview appointment by return email or by phone. If the date requested is unsuitable then we will accommodate a change in date and time.

Interview Locations:

Shannon College holds interviews all over the world. Our marketing manager travels extensively and may be in your area in which case we will arrange a face to face interview in your agents office or in a hotel in the area. If there are no scheduled trips to your area we will arrange an interview via Skype.

Dress Code:

The interview is a formal entrance interview and business dress is recommended. For example, many candidates wear a business suit or an immaculately clean school uniform. For male candidates a shirt/tie/trousers/blazer/suit are all acceptable and for girls a dress/skirt/trousers/blouse/shirt/jacket/blazer/suit are all acceptable. There are marks awarded in the interview for appearance and first impression, therefore it is important that applicants present themselves in a neat and professional manner.

Length of Interview:

The average interview lasts approximately 15 minutes and the applicant will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview if they wish. We encourage applicants to arrive approximately 10 minutes before their interview.

Interview Panel:

There will be one to two interviewers sitting on the interview panel. In some cases it may be college staff members and in other cases it will be a college staff member and a graduate of the college.

Preparation for Interview: 

The interview is a great opportunity for applicants to display their skills, experience, knowledge, enthusiasm and potential. We recommend that you prepare for the interview by reflecting on these areas along with doing general research into the hospitality industry and the course you are applying for. Sample interview questions will be posted on the college Facebook page in the run-up to the interviews: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shannon-College-of-Hotel-Management/176496825790264

Result of the Interview:

After your interview, you or your agent (if applicable) will receive an email to inform you if you have been successful in passing the interview.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What if I fail the interview?

You will be notified by email that you have failed the interview and Shannon College will inform your agent (if applicable). You will no longer be eligible for a place at Shannon College.

What do I need to bring to the interview?

You are not required to bring anything to the interview. We will have obtained all the information we require in advance of the interview from your application form.  Therefore there is no need to bring a CV. You are welcome to bring references or certificates of achievements etc. if you wish, however these documents are not necessary.

What if I get nervous in the interview?

Don’t worry, the interview panel understands that for many students, the Shannon College interview is probably their first formal interview and the panel will do their best to make you feel relaxed. If you get nervous during the interview, just say that you are feeling a little nervous and ask for a moment to think about your answers.