Invest in your future at University College Dublin International Study Centre

Your pathway to Ireland's Global University

Join the International Study Centre to develop the academic and English skills you need to succeed in an undergraduate degree at University College Dublin (UCD).

Why choose University College Dublin?

Top-ranked degrees

Study top ranked degrees at UCD

UCD is globally recognised for its excellence - 12 subjects are ranked in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021). UCD Quinn School of Business is one of only 108 triple-accredited business schools (MBA Today July 2020).

Career opportunities

Hongbo started his international career in Ireland

Ireland offers post-study work visas to international graduates. In Dublin, you'll be surrounded by international companies including Google, Pfizer and Facebook, with over 14,500 new jobs being created within the next five years.

A leading student city

Dublin is an exciting capital city

A small city with an exciting atmosphere, Dublin ranks among the top 40 cities for students in the world (QS Best Student Cities 2022). You'll love exploring the culture, history and nearby sea and countryside.

Undergraduate pathways

Our International Foundation Year builds the skills you need for an undergraduate degree at University College Dublin. Teaching and learning is designed to develop academic and English language skills, help you adjust to the Irish education system and culture, and develop key employability skills for the future. 

Choose your subject route:

Business, Economics and Finance

Prepare for a business, economics, or finance-related undergraduate degree at UCD. The Quinn School of Business is Ireland's top business school and one of only 108 triple-accredited business schools worldwide.

Engineering and Sciences

Prepare for an architecture, engineering, computer science, general science or biomedical and health sciences-related undergraduate degree at UCD. If you choose to study Science, you have the opportunity to specialise in areas including Geology, Physics and Neuroscience, and more. 

Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Prepare for a degree leading to the fields of social science, arts or humanities at UCD. The UCD College of Social Sciences and Law is the leading centre for education and research in the social sciences.

Key facts

  • Course length: Three terms
  • Start date: September and January
  • Fees: €18,250*

Entry requirements

English language: IELTS: 5.0 & min of 4.5 in each band on the Academic Version^

Academic: Good high school grades

Age: 17+

* Prices subject to change 
^ You can study our English Language Preparation course if you need to improve your English before you start the International Foundation Year.

  • Course length: Three terms
  • Start date: September and January
  • Fees: €19,500 *

Entry requirements

English language: IELTS: 5.0 & min of 4.5 in each band on the Academic Version^

Academic: Good high school grades

Age: 17+

* Prices subject to change 
^ You can study our English Language Preparation course if you need to improve your English before you start the International Foundation Year.

  • Course length: Three terms
  • Start date: September and January
  • Fees: €18,250*

Entry requirements

English language: IELTS: 5.0 & min of 4.5 in each band on the Academic Version (except Humanities and BA Joint Honours: 5.5 & min 5.5 in Writing & 5.0 in each other band on the Academic Version)^

Academic: Good high school grades

Age: 17+

* Prices subject to change
^ You can study our English Language Preparation course if you need to improve your English before you start the International Foundation Year

Prepare for Success

Develop your academic knowledge, skills and language ability on our free and exclusive virtual preparation course, Prepare for Success. Benefit from 100 hours of study content to gain a competitive head start before beginning your pathway programme on campus.

Student support

Academic guidance, tutorial sessions, careers support and personal and welfare support is all offered on campus. Even before you arrive, our dedicated team provides everything from visa application support through to help with booking your accommodation. We will be with you every step of the way. 

Emma from China

Emma studied at UCD International Study Centre

"Before I came to Ireland I was not this confident. I was pretty uncertain about my future and I didn’t know where I was going. Now I’ve found a job in Ireland, I know what I’m going to do in the future."

Emma from China
Studied International Foundation Year in Business, Economics and Social Sciences
Progressed to BComm Commerce 
Now working at Smith Education in Dublin

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