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International Foundation Year Programme

The International Foundation Year is a three-term programme, specifically designed for international students who do not meet the requirement for entry to UCD bachelor programmes.

 

 

If you do not meet direct entry requirements for the degree you want, you can apply for a place on the International Foundation Year.

The International Foundation Year is specifically designed for international students who need additional study before starting an undergraduate degree programme at UCD.

If you have successfully completed the ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education with a grade of 4, you are required to complete the International Foundation Year Programme before entering on to the first year of a UCD Bachelor programme*. Depending on the degree you want to access, you can choose from two routes:

The course consists of modules. You will study four core subject modules and six subject-specific modules designed to focus on the academic areas most useful for your degree.

The International Foundation Year is a three-term programme, specifically designed for international students who do not meet the requirement for entry to UCD bachelor programmes.

The programme combines study skills, English language training and academic study to prepare you for degree-level study.

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International Foundation Year Programme Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

You must apply with Successful completion of Senior High 2 at an average grade of 75% or Senior High 3 at an average of 70% or above

English Language Requirements

Teaching in Irish Universities is through the medium of English, therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in English language.

The minimum English Language Requirements in relation to International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is overall band 5.0 (minimum of 5.0 in writing)

The minimum English Language Requirements in relation to Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University

  • In the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a minimum score from 510 paper based TOEFL (with a minimum score of 475 in the Test of Written English), 180 computer based TOEFL or 64 internet based TOEFL (iBT)

The minimum English Language Requirements in relation to the Pearson Test of English is 43-45.

* Please note that this foundation year is for progression through to a selected number of bachelor programmes.

How to apply to IFY

You can apply for the International Foundation Programme online.

Visa Information

Please see Visa and Immigration Information for detailed information.

Further Information

For further detail and application information on this programme please see the UCD International Study Centre website.

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UCD International
Gerard Manley Hopkins Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Email: internationaladmissions@ucd.ie
Web: www.ucd.ie/international
Tel: +353 1 716 8452

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