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Irish students will still be able to apply for colleges in the Netherlands despite the fact they will miss the August 31 deadline, the Department of Education has confirmed.

Students will not be receiving their Leaving Certificate calculated grades until September 7.

After discussions between Irish and Dutch higher education institutions, it has been agreed that the deadline will be extended due to the exceptional circumstances arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Government is also in discussions with colleges in the United Kingdom to ensure the same level of flexibility applies. 

Around 500 Irish students register for higher education in the Netherlands every year. 

As a result of the delay, some students may miss their first classes and orientation. 

Education Minister Norma Foley said she was "delighted" with the outcome.

Extensions

She has also written to higher education institutions in other European countries and the UK to ask for similar extensions so that students will not miss out on studying abroad.

"Several thousand Irish students study at universities outside of Ireland every year," she said.

"The vast majority of these will study in UK colleges and universities, and we have engaged with the UK's Ucas system to ensure that they will be accommodated.

"I am very glad that we have agreed this solution that will enable Irish students to register in their chosen universities in the Netherlands this year. 

"I acknowledge that some students may be somewhat disappointed to miss the orientation period and/or their first classes in college, but I am confident that students who have made this decision to travel abroad for university will settle well."

Leaving Cert results will be issued to students directly via an online portal at 9am on September 7. Students wishing to appeal a calculated grade can do so from September 14.

The Department of Education is also working on updated plans to ensure the smooth running of the CAO offer and acceptance process.

CAO offers will be made on September 11, for acceptance on September 16, with second round offers to be made on September 23, for acceptance by September 25.

Irish Independent