International Foundation Year Entry Requirements
To study at University College Dublin International Study Centre, you will need to meet certain academic and English language requirements. Please see our table for details and consider this information before applying to study the International Foundation Year.
If you do not meet our English language requirements to study our International Foundation Year, we also offer an English language preparation course to improve your IELTS level before studying with us.
You must have achieved the following:
- IELTS 5.0 overall, with 5.0 in writing (English language preparation class available for students with a score of 4.5)
- TOEFL - 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.
- Have good high school grades
- Be at least 17 years old at the start of the course
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.
Country specific entry requirements
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.
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 4.5 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.