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International Foundation Year

What is the International Foundation Year?

The International Foundation Year at Dublin International Study Centre is a three-term undergraduate foundation programme. It’s designed for ambitious international students, who have good academic qualifications from their home country.

You will be based on UCD's main campus and prepare to make a confident start to your degree in Ireland.

We offer three subject routes for progression to UCD. Across each route, you will study a mix of modules designed to improve your English language and academic skills so you're ready to progress to university. You will also benefit from our dedicated support staff in-centre, who will work with you to ensure you're on the path to success.

Once you have successfully completed the programme and achieved the required grades, you will join the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree.

Intakes: January and September

Course length: Three terms

Study mode: On campus

Entry requirements: Check our academic and English language entry requirements

Fees and funding: Visit our fees page for full information.

Why study the International Foundation Year?

Wide range of degrees

Whichever route of the International Foundation Year you study, you have a wide selection of undergraduate degrees to choose from. You can select the degree that best supports your career ambitions.

Career development

Your programme includes integrated workplace skills development activities so you can gain the skills you need for career success.

Regular tailored assessment

While you're with us at the International Study Centre, we will regularly assess your work to make sure you're on track and give you expert feedback. Assessment is a combination of examinations, coursework, presentations and extended essays.

Student, Anita from Nigeria

"The teachers are very experienced in their fields. The International Study Centre is small so they’re able to concentrate on individuals more, which actually helps because the teacher knows what and where the student has his or her weakness."

Anita from Nigeria
Studied the International Foundation Year
Progressed to BSc Science at UCD

Join us today

Our Student Enrolment Advisors are available to answer any questions you may have about your application. We can’t wait to meet you.