International Foundation Year Entry Requirements

To enrol on a pathway programme, you should:

  • Be at least 17 years old at the start of the course
  • Have an IELTS Score of 5.0 or above
  • Or have a TOEFL Score of Listening 15, Reading 13, Speaking 18, Writing 15
  • Have good high school grades

Get in touch with one of our advisors. They can explain the entry requirements that apply to your country's education system.

If you think you're ready you can fill in our online application form straight away. 

English language entry requirements

You must have achieved an IELTS score of at least 5.0, with 5.0 in writing or a TOEFL score of Listening 15, Reading 13, Speaking 18, Writing 15.

IGCSE/GCSE: 5 passes at A-C, in relevant subjects with a C in Maths (excluding native language) assuming this is the only qualification being offered.

Cambridge O Levels: 5 passes at A-C in relevant subjects, with a C in Maths (excluding native language).

New grades 9 - 4 in English and Maths.

Find out more about valid test providers and approved test centre locations for tests taken on or after 6 April 2015. To find out if you are exempt from the SELT requirement, and to find out about acceptable English language tests, please contact us

English language preparation course

If you haven’t achieved an IELTS score of 5.0 you can take our Language for Study modules at the International Study Centre. Students with an IELTS score of 4.0 will need to study at least one term of Language for Study to meet entry requirements. Courses start in June or September. If you achieve the required grades in the Language for Study module, you will be able to start your pathway programme.

Country of residence/nationality 

You must be what is defined as an ‘overseas student’ and not eligible for EU fees to enrol on a pathway programme. If you have a European passport, please read the pages for EU applicants on the UCD website.

In order to make the most of your time at the International Study Centre, we ask applicants to attain a minimum level of education. Use the table below to find out the relevant qualifications for your country.

Country Qualifications

Bangladesh
Successful completion of High School Certificate at an average grade of 60%

Botswana
Successful completion of the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate grades 1-6 in 4 or more subjects

China (Mainland)
Successful completion of SH2 at an average of 75% (80% for Business and Management) in 5 or more subjects, or SH3 at an average of 70% (75% for Business and Management) in 4 or more subjects (in both cases must include key subjects)

Hong Kong
Successful completion of the HKCEE with 3 x D's and 1 E in academic subjects or Form 5 in a minimum of 4 academic subjects (grades will be assessed on a case by case basis). HKDSE with minimum grades 223 in relevant subjects

China (Macau)
Successful completion of Form 5 with average grade 75%, or iGCSE / 'O' Levels with grade C or above in 5 relevant subjects including English

Ghana
Successful completion of the West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate average grade 6 or above in 4 or more subjects

 

India 

Year 12 (HSC) 60%, with 65% required for relevant subjects e.g. English, Math and Sciences 

Indonesia
Successful completion of SMU 2/Sikolah Menegah at grade 7.0 or above, or SMU 3 with an average of 6.5 out of 5 academic subjects

Iran
Successful completion of High School Diploma (3 years) with a GPA of 14 including relevant subjects

Japan
Successful completion of Kotogakko with grade average of 70% or GPA of 3.5

Jordan
Successful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80%

Kazakhstan
Successful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education with GPA of 4.0

Korea
Korean High school graduation equivalency exam - 70%+ including relevant subjects, SH3 with an average score of at least 4/9 in the High School Leaving Certificate with scores of at least 3/9 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme NB 1st Grade (highest) to 9th Grade (lowest)

Libya
Successful completion Secondary Education Certificate with average of 80%

Malaysia
SPM school: Form 5, Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 5 relevant academic subjects to include English and Maths

Mexico
Successful completion of Bachillerato with average score of 75%

Nigeria
Successful completion of West African School Certificate (WAEC) with grades A - C in 4 or more relevant subjects

Pakistan
Successful completion of High Secondary Certificate with passes in 4 or more subjects with an average of 60%

Qatar
Successful completion of Thanawaya Aam Qatari with average grade 80%, or QSSC - minimum 5 subjects with 3 subjects at Advanced Level with grades A-C

Russia
Successful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education with a GPA of 4.0

Singapore
Secondary 4: Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 5 relevant academic subjects to include English and Maths

Saudi Arabia
Successful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% including relevant subjects

Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) are GCSE comparable on subject for subject basis (excluding English Language) - at least 6 x O Levels at Grade B or above

Taiwan
Senior High School Year 3 pass with 'good' grades (60%). Senior High School Year 2 with outstanding grades (75%). Student's High school will be also considered as a part of evaluating the application

Thailand
Successful completion of MAW5 with grade 2.5 or MAW6 with grade 2.0 in academic subjects including at least 2.0 in Maths and Science subjects

Turkey
Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) with 65% overall with minimum 60% in relevant subjects

UAE
Successful completion of Tawjihiyya with average of 80%, including relevant subjects

Ukraine
Successful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education with a GPA of 7.0

Vietnam
Successful completion of Secondary School/Year 12 or a National University Entrance Examination score of 7.0