UCD English Language Requirements
English Language Requirement
Teaching in Irish Universities is normally through the medium of English; therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language. Applicants who have not passed English as a subject in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English language through their school leaving examination or matriculation examination or by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English language test, as outlined below.
For all proficiency tests the results must normally have been issued within two years prior to the start of your course.
Note for postgraduate applicants: the qualifications shown below are minimum requirements and for some postgraduate courses the requirements may be higher. Other qualifications, such as a degree taken through English may also be taken into account. Please contact the school to which you are applying if you need further information.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University
- A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +.
- In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required.
- A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (iBT) with a score of at least 20 in the each section.
Pearson Test of English - Academic:
- Minimum of 63 and no section less than 59
University of Cambridge
- English language examinations administered by the University of Cambridge: 180+ on Cambridge English scale with no less than 175 in each skill and use of English1 i.e.
- Proficiency Certificate, Grade C (i.e. CEFR Level C1 or C2).
- Advanced Certificate, Grade C (i.e. CEFR Level C1 or C2)
- First Certificate, Grade A (CEFR Level C1)
- University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES): English at grade C or above (incorporating the Oxford Examining Body's English as a Foreign Language (Higher Paper)
- Cambridge English Language (1119) conducted overseas by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate: B4 or better.
UK Examining Boards/Bodies
- GCE O-Level English Language at Grade C or above
- GCSE English Language at Grade C or above
- GCSE English Literature at Grade C or above
- CSE Grade 1 Pass in English
University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES)
- English at grade C or above (incorporating the Oxford Examining Body’s English as a Foreign Language (Higher Paper)
Cambridge English Language (1119) conducted overseas by UCLES
- B4 or better
English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP)
- Grade C1 (i.e. CEFR Level C1 or C2)
- Trinity ISE 3 with at least merit in each skill category.
Where an English proficiency test which is scored on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is presented as part of a school-leaving qualification, grade must be C1/C2.
Other Evidence of English Language
Other evidence of proficiency in English may be accepted. For further advice please contact UCD Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org) to check if we will accept it.
Some UCD Graduate Programmes may require a higher standard, please visit the UCD Graduate studies website for further information.
FOR VISA REQUIRING APPLICANTS, please note that the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service's English Language Requirements can differ from those of University College Dublin. For full details on obtaining a visa for Ireland, please see HERE.
UCD Applied Language Centre
English for Academic Purposes Programmes
The UCD Applied Language Centre provides a range of programmes for students whose first language is not English, who wish to improve their English before commencing an undergraduate or graduate programme in UCD, or another Irish university. Applications are welcome from students who require an intensive period of English language preparation to meet university entry requirements, or who have already met the conditions of entry but wish to improve their proficiency. Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check whether or not these courses are deemed acceptable.
For information on these English language courses please see the UCD ALC website.