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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.

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

English Language Preparation

If you meet the academic entry requirements for our International Foundation Year but need help with your English language, you can join an English Language Preparation programme first.

International Foundation Year
IELTS of 5.0 overall (4.5 in all skills) is required.

You can take a one-term English Language Preparation programme if you have an IELTS of 4.5 (4.0 in all skills).

International Foundation Year (for progression to BA Joint Honours and BA Humanities)
IELTS of 5.5 overall (5.5 in writing, 5.0 in other skills) is required.

You can take a one-term English Language Preparation programme if you have an IELTS 5.0 overall (5.0 in writing, 4.5 in other skills).

The one-term English Language Preparation programme starts in June (progressing in September) or September (progressing in January).

September 2023
25/09/2023 – 08/12/2023

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.