English language requirements for non-native speakers of English

In the case of all applications, evidence MUST be provided of competence in the English language. The list below indicates the minimum standards in the English language, which should be met for entry to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in DCU.

ExaminationLevel Required
Irish Leaving Certificate English Ordinary Level Grade D3
GCE A-Level English Language Grade D
IELTS Composite score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in any one component
TOEFL 237 (computer-based),
580 (paper-based test)
Toefl iBT Total Score of 92
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Grade B
English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP) C1

In certain circumstances, results in examinations other than those outlined above may be accepted as proof of competence in the English language. This is the case, for example, for students who have successfully achieved Grade D or higher in examinations which are deemed by DCU to be the equivalent of GCE A-Level examinations and non-native speakers of English who have completed their education through the medium of English. Please include the details of any English language examinations and proof of successful completion when applying to DCU.

DCU offers a Foundation Programme for students whose English does not reach the required standard for direct entry into under or postgraduate programmes. Please see the following pages for further information:

DCU Language Services (DCULS), based in Dublin City University, offers English Language Courses which may be of interest to international applicants. For further information, please refer to their website at

All Programmes

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Business Courses
ExaminationMinimum entry requirements
IELTS Overall score 6.5 or above and 6.5 in writing and speaking. Other sections scores 6 or above.
TOEFL Overall score 580 or above and all sections scores 55 or above.
CBTOEFL Overall score 237 or above and all section scores 21 or above.
IBTOEFL Overall score 92 or above and all section scores 21 or above.
CAE Grade B
CAP Grade C
International Foundation Certificate Optional one year programme for students with at least IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, with no less than 5 in any one component.


1. Students with a composite IELTS 6.5 score or equivalent need a score of at least IELTS 6.5 in writing and speaking.

2. English Language requirements for individual programmes may be higher.