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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.

International students who do not meet direct entry requirements for an undergraduate degree have the opportunity to apply for the International Foundation Year programme at the University College Dublin International Study Centre

This pathway programme is specifically designed for international students who need additional study before starting a course at UCD. Upon successful completion, students can progress to undergraduate degree level study at the University College Dublin.

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



* 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

To enrol on a pathway programme at the University College Dublin International Study Centre you should:

  • Be at least 17 years of age at the start of the course
  • Have an IELTS score of 5.0 or above
  • Or have a TOEFL score of Listening 15, Reading 13, Speaking 18, Writing 15
  • Have good high school grades


Country of Residence/Nationality 

You must be an 'overseas student' to enrol on a pathway programme. You can find out more about your country's entry requirements or make an enquiry.


Applying to the University College Dublin International Study Centre

You can apply directly to the University College Dublin International Study Centre using the online application form

How to apply to IFY

You can apply directly to the University College Dublin International Study Centre using the online application form

Visa Information

Please see Visa and Immigration Information for detailed information.

Further Information

You can find out more information on the International Foundation Year and the University College Dublin International Study Centre

Contact Us

‌You can contact University College Dublin International Study Centre online.