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Starting your Third Level Journey with MIC

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With students around the country having received their long-awaited Leaving Certificate results and CAO offers, here at Mary Immaculate College (MIC), we’re preparing our campuses for the arrival of, and looking forward to, welcoming almost 1,000 new students to our Limerick and Thurles facilities next week.

While this year will still be a somewhat different experience due to COVID-19, we want to ensure that our first years are provided with the best start on their third level journey.

Here’s all you need to know to make your transition to third level as smooth as possible

So now that you’ve received your results and offers, what happens next? Check out our video below and find out all about CAO offers – how to accept/defer, what happens after you accept your offer, and some key dates to keep in mind over the coming days and weeks.

For more information, go to our Admissions Office.

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CAO 2021: The Next Steps

Enrolment & Other Steps

Once you’ve accepted your offer of a place at MIC, the next step in your third-level journey will be to enrol for your programme. You’ll receive a ‘Welcome to Mary Immaculate College’ email from Professor Niamh Hourigan, Vice President of Academic Affairs, with all the details on how to enrol online. Please keep in mind that you’ll receive this email to the email address you used when you applied to the CAO. 

After you have accepted your offer, an online helpdesk run by our Admissions Office will be open for any queries in relation to your enrolment at the College. The helpdesk will be open Monday-Friday, 10am-4.30pm. Please email with your questions and the Admissions team will respond to your query as soon as possible.

The Student Academic Administration Office is one of the key offices for students throughout your time in third-level. They will assist you to access important information and guide you through important processes throughout the academic year such as module registration, Garda vetting, and examinations, to name but a few.

Student Academic Administration will also operate an online helpdesk for new students where you can ask questions about how to register for your modules, how to get your Student ID Card, if you need a ‘confirmation of registration letter’ or have a Social Welfare form you need stamped by the College. You can contact the team on and a member of the team will respond to your query as soon as possible. The helpdesk will be open Monday-Friday from 10am to 4.30pm.

For students at MIC Thurles, Paula Hourigan, Senior Academic Administrator, performs many of the functions listed above. You can contact Paula on

Garda Vetting

All students (apart from the MI002 Bachelor of Arts students) must be Garda vetted. You will find details on your Garda vetting application here.

Student ID Card

Another important step in your enrolment process is your Student ID Card.  Once you have completed Online Module Registration, you will be able to upload your photo to apply for your Student ID Card.  Please note you should not upload a photo more than once.  Information on how to get a student card can be found at


In our video below, you will find the answers to some of the most common queries about when and how to pay your fees for the upcoming academic year. If you have other queries about fees, please email the Fees Office team on and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

For more information on how to pay your fees, go to Fees, Charges & Grants.

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Fees Explainer 2021

Orientation for New Students

Orientation for new students will take place on the week beginning 20 September (aka Week 0), ahead of the start of semester for first years on 27 September.

Orientation at MIC Limerick will commence Monday 20 September 2021, with the ‘Welcome to Campus’ visits. Over the course of the the week, we will welcome groups of new entrants (max of 70 students attending each session). You will be assigned a time for your ‘Welcome’ visit on enrolment (estimated time on campus 1 hour, 45 minutes). These details will be sent to your MIC email address. Virtual orientation for students on the Limerick campus will take place on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 September.

Orientation at MIC Thurles will take place on-campus over three evenings from 20-22 September. There will be a full schedule of talks with lecturers and support staff, as well as tours of the campus with our student guides.

We would encourage all of our new student to take part in Orientation as this is your opportunity to find out all you need to know before you begin your studies. You’ll receive information on how to set up your student email account, how to register for modules, how to access the library, how to avail of student supports, as well as lots of useful information from our lecturers on what to expect on your programme of study during your first semester. Whether you get to meet your lecturers virtually or in person, they’ll tell you all you need to know to prepare you for the coming weeks and months.

Another important part of Orientation is COVID-19 Induction Training. All incoming and current students will be required to undertake this training. The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance and we have put in place many measures to ensure the health of all those who enter our campuses in Limerick and Thurles.

To find out more, go to our Orientation Hub where you will find the schedules for each programme.

Be sure to follow MIC on social media to stay up to date with all that’s happening for Orientation and throughout the semester. You’ll find us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (Limerick and Thurles).

Mary Immaculate Students' Union (MISU)

Mary Immaculate Students' Union (MISU) is the representative body for the students of MIC. The union provides support, advice and representation for its members, the students of MIC. Students automatically become members of MISU upon enrolment and MISU is accountable to the students whom it represents.

The President of MISU for 2021-2022 is Róisín Burke and the Vice-President is Aoife Gleeson (see video below). If you’re having any issues, be it with your accommodation, your assignments, your finances, your mental health, or anything else, MISU are here to help you.

You can find more information on MISU and all they do here.

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