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University Foundation Courses

About These Courses

University Foundation Courses prepare international students for entry to the first year of a bachelor's degree. They are intensive programmes of academic subjects, study skills and English language and take less than one year to complete. For most students from outside the EU, this is the fastest route to a university in Ireland.

Why Choose This Course?

  • The fastest route to an Irish university for most international students.
  • Guaranteed progression on successful completion for many foundation courses.
  • The best option for students who want to study subjects like Art, Business, Engineering, Law, Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • A low cost route compared to the alternatives.

Entry Requirements

English Requirements

For entry to these courses, you will need a minimum English level of IELTS 5.0; TOEFL iBT 60+; Pearson PTE 45. If you do not meet this level, you may still be accepted if you agree to study a pre-sessional English course before your foundation course begins.

Age Requirements

You must be at least 17 years of age at the start of the course.

Academic Requirements

If your qualifications are not listed below, ask your student advisor to assess your qualifications for you.

Your Country Minimum1 Requirements
International IGCSE 4 passes (C+) or IB (20+ points)
Botswana Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (4 subjects, grades 1 - 6)
Ghana WAEC / NECO (4 subjects, grades 1 - 6)
India Year 12 (HSC) 60%+.
Jordan Twajihi / Secondary School Certificate (80%+)
Kazakhstan Attestat (GPA 4.0+)
Malaysia SPM (5 relevant subjects, A - C)
Morocco Baccalaureate (10+ points)
Nigeria WAEC / NECO (4 subjects, grades 1 - 6)
Qatar Thanawaya Aam Qatari (80%+ average)
Saudi Arabia Tawjihiya / General Secondary Education Certificate (80%+)
Turkey Devlet Lise Diplomasi 65% overall (60% relevant subjects)
UAE Tawjihiyya / School Leaving Certificate (80%+)
Vietnam Successful completion of high school (Year 12).
Other Countries Completion of secondary school in your own country (Year 11+) with good grades.

Note: You do not need a university foundation course if you already have the qualifications for direct entry to a bachelor's degree. If you are not sure, see our guide to Irish university entry requirements or ask your student advisor for advice.

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1 Other equivalent qualifications will be considered. Where specified, the minimum number of subjects must be relevant to the degree you want to study and exclude your native language. Business, science and engineering foundation courses require maths.