United States of America

Lauren Pompey (Washington DC), MA International Relations

Lauren Pompey 

Washington D.C., MA in International Relations

I have always had an interest in learning more about Irish history and culture. I knew that my decision to pursue higher education in the field of International Relations would be best experienced living outside of my native country. My decision to earn a Master’s degree in Ireland captured the best of both worlds. 

My professors made lectures engaging in an intriguing way. Lecture discussions amongst peers augmented the topic of focus in a fun way. I was able to reach out to my professors with any questions and conceptualization for papers.

I genuinely enjoyed being a DCU because of the warm sense of community I easily was embraced by upon moving overseas. I made friends quickly and enjoyed the ability to get involved in diverse clubs/societies within the university. 

I was deeply appreciative of living abroad in a new environment that would still allow me the freedom of exploring an old city, but also have easy access to the vibrant coastline and outdoor adventures!


At DCU, we are always happy to welcome students from the United States. Find out more below about entry requirements for American students.


You may need to complete a foundation or English-language programme before starting your undergraduate or postgraduate study at DCU. 

Find out how to apply to DCU.

You must meet DCU’s English language requirements as well as the academic requirements set out below.


If you don’t meet the entry requirements below, you may still be able to study at DCU. Contact us and we can discuss it with you. 



To be considered for a place in Year 1, you must present one of the following:

  • High School Diploma
    • A strong GPA should be evident overall. A minimum of 3.0 / 4.0 is required however some programmes require a much higher GPA.
    • SAT / ACT results should be submitted as part of undergraduate applications. An SAT score of 1200 or an ACT composite score of 24-26 may be used as a guideline, however applications will be assessed on an individual basis
    • AP courses are highly desirable for entry with a minimum score of 4 in relevant subjects. Subject-specific SAT II test scores are an acceptable alternative to the Advanced Placement test scores.
    • We are accepting applications from students who have been affected by SAT, AP or ACT cancellations as a result of Covid-19.  You should aim to submit test scores where possible, but we will not penalise applicants who have been unable to take standardised tests. Please indicate that you have not been able to take standardised tests due to Covid-19 in your application.
  • GSCE A-Levels: 4 A-levels or 3 A-levels + 1 AS-level
    • They must be in different subjects and completed in the same year or the preceding year only.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: minimum score 24 overall
    • Math and English are required subjects
    • Math Studies not acceptable for programmes with specific Math requirements
  • An equivalent international qualification


The grades required vary depending on the programme. Please check our online prospectus for detailed entry requirements.



For consideration to taught Master’s degree programmes, you must present the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an internationally recognised University
    • An overall result of 3.0 / 4.0 is required


When you complete your degree, upload a copy of your official transcript and award certificate to the DCU Application Portal. Unfortunately, we cannot advise you further until we receive this documentation. 



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As an international student, you may be eligible for a scholarship. Learn more.

If you are a US citizen and already studied at DCU as an exchange, study abroad or undergraduate student, you may be eligible for a fee discount. Email international.office@dcu.ie for more information.

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