Course Overview

The Bachelor of Nursing (International) is an exciting, innovate top-up academic course aimed at overseas registered nurses who have attained a Diploma in Nursing and would like to now advance to Degree level. This one-year academic honours degree programme is commensurate with Level 6 on the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong learning, equivalent to Level 8 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications. The programme will be delivered in a unique environment at St. Angela’s College, Sligo, a College of the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway).

Student are supported by the International Office and an Academic Course Co-ordinator throughout the programme.

Applications and Selections

Please contact the for an application form.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

  • Completed application form which includes their personal statement
  • Meets minimum requirements
  • Recognised Diploma in Nursing
  • Registered nurse in country of origin
  • Original academic documentation and experiential records to support application
  • Medical insurance will be required of each successful applicant

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

    • International applicants must have an international recognised Diploma in Nursing (NOTE: Not Diploma awarded on completion of enrolled/licenced nurse programme)
    • International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall score of minimum 6.5 in the IELTS Academic Test is required for direct entry. 
    • International applicants must be Registered Nurses in country of origin
    • Completed application form which includes a personal statement of no more than 300 words which explains how this programme will help them achieve their future academic/vocational objectives

Additional Requirements


One year, full-time

Next start date

January 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

31st May 2021

NFQ level

Level 8

Mode of study

ECTS weighting


Bachelors of Nursing (International)


Course code

Course Outline


  • Professional Issues and Transcultural Practice (15 ECTS)
  • Evidence Based Practice 1 (10 ECTS)
  • Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in the Healthcare Setting (15 ECTS)
  • International Nursing Practice Skills (15 ECTS)
  • Health and Wellness Coaching (10 ECTS)
  • Leadership and Management for Effective Healthcare Delivery (10 ECTS)
  • Evidence Based Practice 2 (15 ECTS)

Further Education

Following successful completion of the programme students can engage in continuing their lifelong learning. Other Postgraduate opportunities are wide and varied such as Masters in Public Health and Masters in Nursing Studies etc.

There are Numerous Progression routes including the Masters of Health Science (International Healthcare Management) MHSc available to students taking the Bachelor of Nursing (International). Details of Progression options are available from the following Interim List of Eligible Programmes for Students studying fulltime in Ireland and who hold a Stamp 2 visa.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This one-year academic degree is designed to ensure that students attain the academic credit to provide opportunity to work in a variety of health, social care and clinical settings globally. This programme provides competent and knowledgeable graduates that will have a greater understanding of the need for intercultural sensitivities and cultural awareness, not only through studying in English and within a new culture, but also by living in a new country for a period of time. Through this programme, students will gain the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of nursing and health services in international development.

This programme does not lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Please be advised that you cannot work as a nurse in Ireland unless you are registered with NMBI. St. Angela's College can direct you to an NMBI application centre but students must apply independently and St Angela's College cannot guarantee successful application. The Bachelor of Nursing International programme is not taken into account when applying for your nursing registration at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. The NMBI will only consider your original diploma for registration in terms of theoretical and clinical hours. Hence it is your own responsibility to ensure you have the correct clinical and theory instruction hours (currently 1533 hours of theory and 2300 clinical hours) in your original Diploma in Nursing programme to meet the Nursing Midwifery Board of Ireland should you wish to register as a nurse in Ireland in the future.

Reasons to Choose the BN (International at St. Angela's College, Sligo:

  • Practical skills-based training in a state-of-the-art Simulation Lab
  • Communication strategies and health and wellness coaching
  • Small groups with one-on-one academic support
  • Variety of teaching and learning strategies to facilitate student education
  • Knowledge on professional issues in nursing, transcultural nursing, leadership and management and their application to global health care
  • Knowledge on patient safety and quality improvement in the health care setting nationally and internationally.
  • Knowledge on research and evidence based practice
  • Excellent library and research and academic writing supports
  • Numerous progression routes including to the
  • Right to work and stay back available for International students in Ireland
  • September and January intakes

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU



Applicants may qualify for a Non-EU Merit Scholarship up to the value of €1,500 based on the following criteria:

  • CV - Academic and Professional record
  • IELTS Academic Score of 7.0 or higher
  • Personal Statement - Maximum 1 x A4 page/300 words

Expressions of interest for the BN International Scholarship are accepted by completing our Online Form

Fees are subject to a yearly review. Fees do not include accommodation or living costs.

Find out More

Rónán Haughey
International Office Manager
St. Angela’s College
Clogherevagh, Lough Gill,
Co Sligo,F91 C634
Telephone: +353(0)71 9143580

International Department Administration
Telephone: +353 71 9135623

See our full list of our International Partners

Alumni Inspire

In association with St. Angela’s College Sligo, Student’s Union and The International Office St. Angela’s College Sligo, A College of the National University of Ireland Galway
February 2021

This video is a detailed Q&A from ALUMNI INSPIRE, a St. Angela’s College Sligo, Student’s Union and The International Office alumni event where the Vice President International St. Angela’s College Sligo Ms. Eman Kamal Ibrahim Ali interviews former Bachelor Nursing (International) and Master Health Science – International healthcare Management Graduates of the college. The two graduates Mr. Obiajulu Vincent Egbuabar and Ms. Uloronke Taofeekat Adeyemo provide valuable and deep insights into their experience during their studies and now as graduates of the college.

Alumni Prespective

In association with Education in Ireland - Enterprise Ireland Nigeria and The International Office St. Angela’s College Sligo, A College of the National University of Ireland Galway
March 2021

This video is a Q&A from Alumni Perspective a Q&A hosted by Education in Ireland – Enterprise Ireland Nigeria with a student from St. Angela’s College, Sligoduring the Education in Ireland Nigeria, Study in Ireland Virtual Fair March 2021 . In the video former Bachelor Nursing (International) Graduate and current Master of Health Science – International Healthcare Management Student Grace Feyikemi Ayorinde is interviewed by Roseline Balogun, Account Manager Enterprise Ireland Nigeria – Naijalink Limited. Grace speaks at length about her experience coming to Ireland, studying at St. Angela’s College Sligo along with what it’s like to live and work in Sligo, Ireland.

Watch this informative online session here