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Entry requirements

To study at Dublin International Study Centre, you will need to meet certain academic and English language requirements. Please see our table for details and consider this information before applying to study the International Foundation Year.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved the following:

English Language

International Foundation Year (except for progression to BA Joint Honours and BA Humanities)

  • IELTS: 5.0 & min of 4.5 in each band on the Academic Version.
  • TOEFL: 60 in Internet based TOEFL (iBT) with a score of at least 17 in each section.

BA Humanities & BA Joint Honours

  • IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) overall with min 5.5 in Writing & 5.0 in each other band on the Academic Version.
  • TOEFL: 70 in Internet based TOEFL (iBT) with a score of at least 19 in Writing and 18 in each other section.
Academic
  • IGCSE/GCSE: 5 passes at A-C, in relevant subjects with a C in Maths (excluding native language) assuming this is the only qualification being offered
  • Cambridge O Levels: 5 passes at A-C in relevant subjects, with a C in Maths (excluding native language).
  • New grades 9 - 4 in English and Maths.
  • Have good high school grades
Age
  • Be at least 17 years old at the start of the course

To find out about acceptable English language tests, please contact us.

Country specific entry requirements

You must be what is defined as an ‘overseas student’ and not eligible for EU fees to enrol on a pathway programme. If you have a European passport, please read the pages for EU applicants on the UCD website.

In order to make the most of your time at the International Study Centre, we ask applicants to attain a minimum level of education. Use the table below to find out the relevant qualifications for your country.

CountryQualifications
AlbaniaSecondary School Leaving (Year 11): overall average 8/10 (Good) with minimum 8/10 in specific subject requirements.
Diploma of State Matura (Year 12): overall average 7/10 (Average) with minimum 7/10 in specific subject requirements.
AlgeriaBaccalaureat de l'Enseignment Secondaire: overall average 12/20 (Fairly Good) with minimum 12/20 in specific subject requirements.
Angola
Ensino Geral Certificado de Habilitações / Certificado de Habilitações: overall average 14/20 with minimum 14/20 in specific subject requirements.
AustraliaCompletion of Year 11 with minimum 70% in 5 subjects including minimum 70% in specific subject requirements.
Completion of Year 12 with minimum 65% in 5 subjects including minimum 65% in specific subject requirements. Eligibility to be assessed by UCD in all cases.
AzerbaijanTam Orta Təhsil Haqqında Attestati (Certificate of Complete Secondary Education): minimum grades 4 (Good) and 5 (Excellent) with minimum grade 4 (Good) in specific subject requirements.
Grade Scale: 1-5 (max), 3 Pass
BahrainGeneral Secondary Education Certificate/ Tawjahiya: overall average 80% (grade B) with 70% (grade C) in specific subject requirements.
BangladeshHigher Secondary Certificate (HSC) / Intermediate Certificate / Alim: minimum GPA 3.5/5.0 (grade average A-) with minimum 3.0 (grade B) in specific subject requirements. Maximum age 21 years & 364 days.
BelarusCertificate of General Secondary Education: minimum GPA 7.0/10 (Very Good) with no grade below 6.0 (Good) including specific subject requirements.
BhutanBhutan Certiciate of Secondary Education/ Bhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate: Consult with UCD.
BotswanaBotswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE): overall average B (grades A*-C) in 5 subjects with minimum grade C in specific subject requirements.
BrazilCertificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio: overall GPA 7/10 (grade B, Bom) with minimum GPA 7/10 in specific subject requirements, where pass mark is 5.0/10 (grade C, Regular).
BruneiBrunei / Cambridge GCE O Level: overall average B4 (grades A1-C6) in 5 subjects with minimum C6 in specific subject requirements. Brunei/Cambridge GCE A Level: minimum grades CCD with minimum grade D in specific subject requirements.
BulgariaEU Member State - Not Eligible. If assessed for non-EU fees, consult with UCD.
CambodiaDiploma of Upper Secondary Education: overall average B (grades A-C) in 5 subjects with minimum grade C in specific subject requirements. Diploma of Upper Secondary Education: overall average B (grades A-C) in 5 subjects with minimum grade C in specific subject requirements. Grade Scale: A 90-100% Excellent, B 80-89% Very Good, C 70-79% Good
CameroonCertificat de Probation: overall average 14/20 (Good) with minimum 14 in specific subject requirements. Baccalauréat: overall average 10/20 (Fair) with minimum 12 in specific subject requirements. Cameroon GCE A Level: 6 passing grades in A Level and O Level with minimum grades CC OR DDD at A Level.
CanadaThe following high school qualifications are acceptable if fully accredited and offered in schools outside of Canada (i.e. China).  Eligibility must be assessed by UCD in all other cases.
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD): minimum 65% in 6 Grade 12 U or M courses with minimum 65% in specific subject requirements (Grade 11 or 12 courses accepted).
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Year 11: minimum 70% in 5 Grade 11 courses including specific subject requirements. OSSD Grade Scale: A* (95-100%), A (80-94%), B (70-79), C (60-69%)
British Columbia Certificate of Graduation / Dogwood Diploma: minimum 60% in 6 Grade 12 academic subjects with minimum 60% in specific subject requirements.
British Columbia Certificate of Graduation / Dogwood Diploma: minimum 60% in 5 Grade 12 academic subjects with minimum 60% in specific subject requirements (Grade 11 or 12 courses accepted).
British Columbia Certificate of Graduation / Dogwood Diploma Year 11: minimum 73% in 5 Grade 11 academic subjects includng specific subject requirements. Dogwood Diploma Grade Scale: A (86-100%), B (73-85%), C+ (67-72%), C (60-66%), C- (50-59%)
ChinaSenior 3 / Gao San (Year 12): overall average 67% in 6 academic subjects with minimum 60% in specific subject requirements. Senior 2 / Gao Er (Year 11): overall average 75% in 6 academic subjects with minimum 70% in specific subject requirements. National College Entrance Exam / GaoKao to be assessed on case by case basis, if not eligible for direct entry can be considered for IFY.
ColombiaBachiller Academico: Desempeno Alto (Very Good) in 6 subjects including specific subject requirements. ICFES State Examination for Admission to Tertiary Education not required but should be submitted, if available.
CyprusEU Member State - Not Eligible. If assessed for non-EU fees, consult with UCD.
Democtratic Republic of CongoDiplôme d'État d'Études Secondaires du Cycle Long: overall average 80% (Grande Distinction) with minimum 70% (Distinction) in specific subject requirements.
EgyptCertificate of General Secondary Education: overall average 80% with 75% in specific subject requirements.
EthiopiaThe Ethiopian University Entrance Examination Certificate: overall 500/700 with minimum grade 70 in specific subject requirements.
FranceDiplôme du Baccalauréat Général / Diplôme du Baccalauréat Général (Option Internationale) / French Baccalaureate: minimum 10/20. Non-EU fee assessment must be confirmed.
GambiaWest African Senior School Certificate: overall average B3 (grades A1-C6) in 4 or more subjects with minimum C6 in specific subject requirements.
GeorgiaSecondary School Leaving Certificate (sashualo skolis atestat): overall average 2.5/4.0 OR 8/10 OR B (Very Good) with minimum 2.5/4.0 OR 8/10 OR B (Very Good) in specific subject requirements.
GhanaWest African Senior School Certificate Examination: overall average B3 (grades A1-C6) in 4 or more subjects with minimum C6 in specific subject requirements.
Ghana GCE A Level: 6 passing grades in A Level and O Level with minimum grades CC OR DDD at A Level.
GreeceEU Member State - Not Eligible. If assessed for non-EU fees, consult with UCD.
Hong KongSecondary 5 (S5) Top Schools: grade D / Level 2 in 4 distinct relevant academic subjects.
Secondary 5 (S5) Other Schools: 20% on top of the pass mark in 4 distinct relevant  academic subjects (i.e. 60% if pass mark is 40%), 2C and 2D in 4 relevant academic subjects, 2x Level 3 and 2x Level 4 in 4 distinct relevant academic subjects including maths.
HKDSE (Secondary 6 (S6)): minimum Level 3332 in 4 distinct relevant subjects (must have 3 in maths for Business pathway, must have 3 in maths or science for Science / Engineering pathway).
In all cases only academic subjects from categories A Senior Secondary Subjects (core (including Liberal Studies) and elective subjects) and C Other Language Subjects are acceptable. Category B: Applied Learning Subjects not accepted. (http://www.hkeaa.edu.hk/en/hkdse/assessment/subject_information/)
IndiaIndian School Certificate  (CISCE) / All India Senior  School Certificate Examination (CBSE) / Standard XII (Year 12): overall average 60% in 5 subjects with minimum 55% in specific subject requirements. All other exam boards refer to UCD.
IndonesiaIjazah - Sekolah Menengah Atas/Madrasah Aliyah (SMA/MA) (Certificate of Graduation from Academic/Islamic Secondary School):
SMU3 (Year 12) overall average 70% (Moderate) in 5 or more subjects with 70% (Moderate) in specific subject requirements OR SMU2 (Year 11) overall average 75% (Good) in 5 or more subjects with 75% (Good) in specific subject requirements.
IranHigh School Diploma Theoretical Stream (3 years): overall average 14/20 OR B with minimum 14/20 OR B in specific subject requirements.
IraqCertificate of Preparatory Education / Secondary School Certificate: overall average 70% (Good) in 5 academic subjects with minimum 65% (Medium) in specific subject requirements.
Grade Scale: 80-100% Excellent / Very Good, 60-79% Good / Medium, 50-59% Pass , 0-49% Fail
JamaicaCaribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate: Consult with UCD.
JapanUpper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Kotogakko) / Upper Secondary School Equivalency Examination:
Senior 3/ Year 12: overall average 70% OR 3.0/5.0 with minimum 70% OR 3.0/5.0 in specific subject requirements.
Senior 2/ Year 11: overall average 75% OR 4.0/5.0 with minimum 75% OR 4.0/5.0 in specific subject requirements.
JordanCertificate of General Secondary Education: overall average 75% with minimum 70% in specific subject requirements.
KazakhstanCertificate of Completed Secondary Education (Attestat): overall average 4 (minimum grades 4/Good and 5/Excellent) with minimum 4 in specific subject requirements.
KenyaKenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE): overall average B (grades A12-C6) in 6 or more subjects with minimum C in specific subject requirements.
KoreaHigh School Diploma / High School Certificate of Graduation: overall average 65% / Rank 5 in Advanced Subjects only (Year 11 & 12) with minimum 65% / Rank 5 in specific subject requirements.
OR CSAT Stanine scores 66655 or equivalent (Consult with UCD if in doubt).
High School Equivalency Examination: Consult with UCD.
KuwaitShahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama - General Secondary Education Certificate: overall 80% with minimum 70% in specific subject requirements.
Consult with UCD regarding Medicine applicants.
LaosUpper Secondary School Diploma / Baccalaureate: overall GPA 7.0/10 (grade B) in subjects with minimum 6.0/10 (grade C) in specific subject requirements. Grade Scale: 1-10 (Max), Pass Mark 5
LebanonGeneral Secondary Certificate / Baccalaureate Libanais: overall average 11/20 with minimum 11/20 in specific subject requirements.
LibyaSecondary Education Certificate: overall 80% with minimum 70% in specific subject requirements.
MacauIGCSE: minimum grade B4 in 5 subjects including English (Native language, Religious Studies, PE excluded) and specific subject requirements.
Certificado de Ensino Secundário Complementar (Senior Secondary Graduation Certificate):
Completion of Form 6 / Senior 3 (Year 12): overall average 65% with 65% in specific subject requirements.
Completion of Form 5 / Senior 2 (Year 11): (Top Schools): overall average 65% with 65% in specific subject requirements.
Completion of Form 5 / Senior 2 (Year 11): (Other Schools): overall average 75% with 65% in specific subject requirements.
MalawiMalawi School Certificate of Education: overall average 4/9 (Credit) including minimum 4 in specific subject requirements.
MalaysiaSPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) (Malaysia Certificate of Education): minimum grades A+ (Super Distinction) - B (High Credit) in 5 academic subjects including  English and Maths and specific subject requirements.
UEC (Unified Examination Certificate) Senior Middle Level: minimum grade B6 in 6 academic subjects including minimum B6 / Credit in English and Maths and specific subject requirements. STPM: CCCC or equivalent (Consult with UCD if in doubt).
MauritiusCambridge School Certificate / General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level: overall average B (grades A*-C / 100-60%) in 5 academic subjects including minimum grade B (70-79%) in specific subject requirements.
Cambridge Higher School Certificate / General Certificate of Education Advanced Level: CCD
MexicoTítulo Académico de Bachiller / Diploma de Bachiller / Bachillerato General: overall GPA  8/10 (Bien) with minimum 7 (Regular/ Sufficiente) in specific subject requirements.
MoldovaDiplomă de Bacalaureat (Baccalaureate Diploma): overall GPA 6/10 (Good) with minimum 6 in specific subject requirements.
MongoliaCertificate of Complete Secondary Education: overall 80% (B) with minimum 70% (C) in specific subject requirements.
MoroccoAttestation du Baccalauréat / Diplôme du Baccalauréat: overall GPA 11/20 (Passable) with minimum 11 in specific subject requirements.
MyanmarBasic Education High School Examination / Matriculation Examination: overall 60% in 5 academic subjects with minimum 60% in specific subject requirements.
NamibiaNamibia Senior Secondary Certificate  (Ordinary Level) NSSC: Average B (grades A*-C) in 5 subjects with minimum C in specific subject requirements.
Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate  (Higher Level) NSSC: Average GPA 3/4 (grades 1-3) in 4 subjects with minimum 3 in specific subject requirements.
Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC) / A Level: CCD.
NepalHigher Secondary Education Board Examination (HSC/HSEB) / School Leaving Certificate Examination (Grade XI & XII): overall GPA 2.8/4.0 (grade B) with minimum 2.8 (from grade XI or XII) in specific subject requirements.
New ZealandNCEA Level 2: minimum 60 credits at Level 2 or above and 20 credits at any Level with no less than 12 credits at Level 2 in specific subject requirements.
National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 with New Zealand University Entrance: Eligibility must be assessed by UCD in all cases.
NigeriaSenior School Certificate (awarded by National Examinations Council NECO): Average grade B3 (grades A1-C6) in at least 4 subjects with minimum C4 (Credit) in specific subject requirements.
West African School Certificate (awarded by West African Examinations Council WAEC): Average grade B3 (grades A1-C6) in at least 4 subjects with minimum C6 (Credit) in specific subject requirements.
OmanGeneral Education Diploma - Thanawiya Amma (School Leaving Certificate): overall 80% with minimum 70% in specific subject requirements. Consult with UCD regarding Medicine applicants.
PakistanIntermediate / Higher Secondary Certificate: overall average 60% (A & B grades) with minimum 60% / B in specific subject requirements.
PalestineGeneral Secondary Education Certificate: overall average 60% with minimum 60% in specific subject requirements.
PeruCertificado de Educación Secundaria Común Completa: overall 14/20 with minimum 14 in specific subject requirements.
PhilippinesCertificate / Diploma (Katunayan / Katibayan) - Senior High School (Academic track):
Top Schools: overall 80% / Approaching Proficiency (AP) with minimum 80% / AP in specific subject requirements.
All Other Schools: overall 85% / Proficient (P) with minimum 80% / P in specific subject requirements.
QatarSenior School Certificate QSSC: overall 700/1000 (grades A-C) in 5 subjects at Advanced Level with minimum 700/1000 in specific subject requirements.
General Secondary Education Certificate: overall 80% with minimum 80% in specific subject requirements.
Russia (+ Chechnya)Certificate of Secondary (Complete) General Education (Attestat): overall average 4/5 (Good) with minimum grade 4 in specific subject requirements.
Certificate of Unified State Examination (USE): 60% in Russian and Maths and one optional subject plus 4 in Attestat distinct subject.
RwandaRwanda Advanced Certificate of Education / Advanced General Certificate of Secondary Education / Certificat du Cycle Supérieur de l'Enseignement Secondaire: minimum grade C in 3 (Principal) subjects with minimum grade C in specific subject requirements.
Saudi ArabiaTawjihiya - General Secondary Education: overall 85% with minimum 75% in specific subject requirements. Consult with UCD regarding Medicine applicants.
SingaporeSingapore / Cambridge GCE O Level: grades A-C in 5 or more subjects including English and Maths (excluding Mother Tongue Language, Religious Studies, Music, Physical Education, Art) with with minimum grade C in specific subject requirements.
Singapore / Cambridge GCE A Level: minimum grades DDDD (H2) OR minmum grades CC (H2) plus CC (H1) in 4 or more  subjects including English and Maths (excluding Mother Tongue Language, Religious Studies, Music, Physical Education, Art) with with minimum grade C in specific subject requirements.
Singapore Cambridge GCE Normal (N) (Academic ) Level not eligible for UCD ISC IFY.
Singapore Polytechnics to be assessed on a case by case basis. Refer to UCD.
South AfricaNational Senior Certificate (NSC): minimum Achievement Level 33334 (3:40-49%, 4:50-59%) or above in 5 subjects  (excluding Life Orientation) with minimum Achievement Level 3 (40-49%) in specific subject requirements.
Sri LankaSri Lankan General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level): overall average B (65-74%, Very good pass) or above with minimum B in specific subject requirements.
Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level): minimum grade C (50-64%, Credit pass) or above in two subjects with minimum grade B (Ordinary Level) in specific subject requirements.
SyriaGeneral Secondary Certificate:
Literary Stream: minimum 145 (60%) where maximum mark is 240 and minimum pass-mark is 102.
Scientific Stream: minimum 155 (60%) where maximum mark is 260 and minimum pass-mark is 104.
Consult with UCD in all cases (fee assessment critical).
TaiwanSenior High School Leaving Certificate:
Year 12: overall 60% (C, Pass) with minimum 60% (C, Pass) in specific subject requirements.
Year 11: overall 75% (B, Average) with minimum 75% (B, Average) in specific subject requirements.
TanzaniaCertificate of Secondary Education / Secondary School Leaving Certificate: overall average B (grades A1-C6) in 5 or more subjects with minimum grade B in specific subject requirements.
Tanzania Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education: minimum grades CDD with with minimum grade D in specific subject requirements.
ThailandCertificate of Basic Education:
Year 12 (Maw 6): overall Achievement Level 2.0 with minimum Achievement Level 2.0 in specific subject requirements.
Year 11 (Maw 5): overall Achievement Level 2.5 with minimum Achievement Level 2.5 in specific subject requirements.
Tunisia(Baccalauréat)/Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement Secondaire: overall average 12/20 (Fairly Good) with minimum grade 12 (Fairly Good) in specific subject requirements.
TurkeyLise Diplomasi (High School Diploma): overall average 65% with minimum grade  60% in specific subject requirements.
UAEGeneral Secondary Education Certificate Examination (General / Academic) - Secondary School Certificate (SSC): overall average grade 80% (B, Very Good) with minimum grade 70% in specific subject requirements.
Consult with UCD regarding Medicine applicants.
UgandaUganda Certificate of Education (UCE): overall Division I award, grades 1-6 (Distinction: 1-2, Credit: 3-6) in 8 subjects including grade 3-6 / Credit in English, Humanities subject, Maths, Science subject. The total credit score must not be above 32.
Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE): minimum grades CCD in 3 Principal subjects with minimum grade C in specific subject requirements.
UkraineCertificate of Complete General Secondary Education (svidotstvo pro zdobuttia povnoi zagalnoi serednoi osvity/ formerly Attestat): minimum GPA 7/12 point scale with minimum 7 (Good) in specific subject requirements.
Independent External Examination (IEE): 2 passes in Ukranian History or Maths and Ukranian Language & Literature plus one additional subject. Pass mark for each subject is published on the UCEQA website in June (Grade Scale: 100-200).
USAHigh School Graduation Diploma: minimum GPA 3.0/4.0 (grade B, 83-86%) with minimum GPA 2.7 (grade B-, 80-82%) in specific subject requirements. International American High Schools considered only.
UzbekistanCertificate of Completed Secondary Education: overall average grade 4 (Good (4) or Excellent (5) grades) with minimum grade 4 in specific subject requirements.
VenezuelaTítulo de Educación Media General (Humanities & Science streams): minimum overall 13/20 in 5 or more subjects with minimum 13/20 in specific subject requirements.
VietnamSenior Secondary School Graduation Diploma/ Year 12 Completion Report (Bang Tu Tai): overall GPA 7.0/10 in 4 subjects including Maths and Literature and with minimum grade 7.0 in specific subject requirements.
YemenGeneral Secondary Education Certificate: overall average 85% with minimum grade 75% in specific subject requirements.
ZambiaSchool Certificate / General Certificate of Education: overall average Merit (4) in 6 subjects including English and with minimum grade Merit (4) in specific subject requirements.

IB Diploma: 24 total points with minimum Standard Level 4 in specific subject requirements. (subject pass 3)

IB Certificate: 26 points with minimum Standard Level 4 in specific subjects requirements. (subject pass 3)

A Levels: CCD OR CDD + B (AS Level) unless otherwise specified in the country-specific entry requirements.

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