Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Progress to UCD with the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. This pathway leads to undergraduate study at the College of Arts and Humanities or the College of Social Sciences and Law.

Why study the International Foundation Year?

  • Spend time studying what you’re passionate about and develop your subject knowledge around your chosen progression degree.
  • Learn from teachers who are experienced in teaching international students.
  • Develop your English language skills through lessons and every day life.
  • Adjust to life in Ireland with classmates from all around the world.


  • Academic English Skills
  • Core Maths 1
  • Critical Reading
  • History and Urban Landscape of Dublin
  • Introduction to Globalisation
  • Introduction to Research
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Principals of Macroeconomics

Key facts

Course length: Three terms

Entry points: September or January

Age on entry: 17 years or older

January 2022 start:

Term 1: 05/01/2022 - 18/03/2022

Term 2: 28/03/2022 - 03/06/2022

Term 3: 06/06/2022 - 05/08/2022

September 2022 start:

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Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent.

English language: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent overall, with minimum 5.5 in writing and minimum 5.0 in other components.

Age: At least 17 years old at the start of the course.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade Additional Grade
Economics BSc 65% 60% 70% Core Maths 1
Humanities BA (Hons) 60% 70% AES, Project Study, Economics 1, Core Maths 1 (optional modules dependent on pathway)
Joint Honours BA (Hons) 60% 70% AES, Project Study, Economics 1, Core Maths 1 (optional modules dependent on pathway)
Law BCL 65% 70% -
Social Policy & Sociology BSocSc 60% 60% 60% Core Maths
Social Science BSc 60% 60% 60% Core Maths
Sustainability: Social Sciences, Policy and Law BSc 60% 60% 60% Core Maths