UCD welcomes applications from Iraqi students to our undergraduate programmes. Find out about our courses, entry criteria to UCD undergraduate programmes, how to apply, what the visa requirements are, fees and who to contact for further information.
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Academic Entry Requirements
You will generally need one of the following to be considered for entry to Bachelor programmes:
(i) Successful completion of Prepatory Education / Sixth Form Baccalauréat PLUS 1 or 2 years at a recognised university PLUS English language competence (IELTS/TOEFL) as detailed on the myUCD website.
(ii) International Examinations from another country's national education system (IB, A Level) will be considered, Please see the myUCD website for further information.
(iii) Successful completion of Prepatory Education / Sixth Form Baccalauréat in addition to successful completion of a recognised foundation course – International Foundation Year Programme.
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):
- An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version
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 600 paper based TOEFL (with a minimum score of 475 in the Test of Written English), 250 computer based TOEFL or 100 internet based TOEFL (iBT)
For all proficiency tests the results must be less than 2 years old.
Individual Colleges may decide to set higher levels.
Other Entry Requirements
Please note that some programmes will have different/additional entry requirements (e.g. interview, personal statement).
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.
You can apply for bachelor programmes by using the online application facility which opens 01 November, prior to entry. Applications are accepted and assessed on a rolling basis until 01 July. However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible as popular programs tend to fill quickly.
Please note that applications are accepted from October of the previous year of study and candidates will usually be notified of the status of their application within 4 weeks of application.
Waiting for your results from an IELTS or TOEFL test?
In certain cases a ‘conditional offer’ may be made while you are waiting on your English language results. You would need to submit a copy of your IELTS or TOEFL test report form, detailing that you have met minimum English language competency in order to meet the conditions of the offer letter.
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 Ireland
Ugur Mumcu Caddesi No.88
B Blok Kat 3
Tel: +90 312 459 1000
Fax: +90 312 459 1022
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.
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;
Embassy of the Republic of Iraq
3 Elvaston Place
London SW7 5QH
Tel: +44 207 5909 220
Fax: +44 207 5847 909
Tuition fees are based on the course of studies chosen. Full information on fees for specific programmes can be found on the UCD Fees page.