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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 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.

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.

  Depending on the degree you want to access, you can choose from two routes:

You can apply for the International Foundation Programme online.

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

Practical information

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International Foundation Year Programme Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

You must apply with a minimum of an average grade of 15 in the high school diploma.

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.

How to apply to IFY

You can apply for the International Foundation Programme online.

Visa Information

Yes – Iraqi students require a study visa.

The Embassy of Ireland, Ankara is the consulate office in the Middle East that represents Iraq.

Should you have any queries on applying for a visa to study in Ireland, the Irish Embassy in Ankara will provide you with detailed information which will help you. Please also see the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service for further information.

Embassy of Ireland – Turkey

The contact details for the Embassy are:
Embassy of IrelandUgur Mumcu Caddesi No.88
MNG Binasi
B Blok Kat 3
Gaziosmanpasa
Ankara 06700
Tel: +90 312 459 1000
Fax: +90 312 459 1022
Website

Making a visa application

It is necessary for applicants to provide the following information when applying for a visa:

  • Valid passport number
  • Date of issue and expiry of passport
  • Date, place and mode of arrival in Ireland
  • Letter from the University indicating that you have been offered a place in UCD
  • Letter from University indicating that the fees have been paid in full
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover living and other expenses for the proposed stay
  • Recent passport photographs
  • Visa application fee (non-refundable)
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • In some cases proof of English, such as an IELTS or TOEFL certificate is required

These documents should be sent to the Irish Embassy. Visa applications can take some months to process, so it is advisable to secure a place early at the University, in order to avoid disappointment. Unfortunately the University has no control or influence over visa issues but will advise where possible. 

Schengen visa or UK D visa

Please note that a Schengen visa or UK D visa is not valid for travel to Ireland.

Further Queries

As there is currently no Iraqi diplomatic missions in Ireland, please contact the Embassy of Iraq, in the United Kingdom as detailed below for further queries;
Consular Section
Embassy of the Republic of Iraq
3 Elvaston Place
London SW7 5QH
United Kingdom 
Tel: +44 207 5909 220
Fax: +44 207 5847 909
Email
Website

Further Information

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

Contact Us

 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 8500

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