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General entry requirements


As an international student we know you have made a big decision to choose to study at Dublin City University (DCU).  DCU is one of the best young universities in the world as evidenced by our consistent ranking in the Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50. You will gain great work and life experience as many of our degrees include an internship or research project with industry. The sooner you apply, the easier you will find the application process. You need to meet entry requirements, and an early offer will help with your visa application (if needed) and planning time for moving away from home.

If you are from Brazil, China, India, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America or Vietnam, please select your country from the drop-down menu above for specific information.


Entry Requirements

English Language Entry Requirements

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in any one skill. DCU Business School additionally requires 6.5 in speaking and writing.

  • TOEFL: Total Score of 92. DCU Business School additionally requires all section scores 21 or above.

  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 63 with no less than a score of 59 in any component. DCU Business School
    additionally requires 63 in speaking and writing.
  • Your English language certificate must be awarded  within two years of the start date of your DCU programme.

  • Full list of DCU English language entry requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

Foundation - Undergraduate and Postgraduate 

We offer a Foundation Programme at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Masters level. The programme can be one year or one semester in duration, depending on your level of English. You will benefit from the International Foundation Programme if you have:

  • Met your country’s specific academic entry requirements

  • Have an IELTS of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any one skill (year long programme required) or IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any one skill (semester long programme required)

You are guaranteed progression to your chosen degree once you successfully complete the programme. 

If you need to improve your English before entering DCU, we have a variety of English language programmes to choose from.


You can directly enter Year 1 if you have studied in one of the following:

  • GCSE A levels – you must have 4 A levels or 3 A levels + 1 AS level in different subjects from the same year or preceding year only

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma - Mathematics and English must have been studied. Maths Studies is not accepted where programmes have specific Maths entry requirements.

  • or have an equivalent qualification 

You must meet specific subject entry requirements, where required, e.g. Mathematics or a Science subject at a specific grade.

Apply to DCU by 1 July deadline using the Undergraduate Application Form. 

Full programme details are in our 2021 Undergraduate Prospectus 

Transfer appliants 

You must apply by 1 July deadline if you wish to transfer to DCU. In addition to the standard documentation for your application, you must include your semester sheets, programme outline and module/subject descriptions. Typically, we consider transfer requesta to year 2 of a four-year programme. We generally do not accept transfers into Year 3 of a four-year programme as most programmes have an INTRA work placement. It is not possible to transfer to final year.

University regulations for transfer applicants are available here. 

Taught Masters 

Typically, you need a Bachelor’s degree from a good University with a minimum of a 2.1 or GPA of 3 out of 4 or GPA 4 out of 5. 

Other Entry Requirements: Please note that some programmes will have different/additional entry requirements (e.g. interview, sample piece of writing). 

Full programme details are in our Master’s listings.

Apply to DCU by mid-July deadline through the Postgraduate Application Centre at www.pac.ie/dcu  - Please note some programmes have earlier deadlines. 

Documents required:
  • Bachelor certificate 
  • Semester transcripts/sheets and grading system
  • English language certificate
  • Personal statement
  • 2 references
  • Passport 

If you need to improve your English before entering DCU, we have a variety of English language programmes to choose from. 

Research and PhD

You can apply at any time to be a researcher at DCU; there are no closing dates.   

  • Master’s degree by Research: Honours Bachelor degree with a high grade.

  • PhD-track: taught Master’s degree or an Honours Bachelor degree with a high grade.

  • PhD: Candidates must hold a Master’s degree by Research.

For advice on finding a supervisor, how to apply, funding and scholarship opportunities, visit the DCU Graduate Studies Office.


DCU and Your Country

Visa requirements

Most non EEA students require a visa to enter and study in Ireland (eg China, India, Japan, Oman, Saudi Arabia). Very few countries do not require a visa (eg Brasil, Malaysia). It is necessary for all non EEA students to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) shortly after arrival. Full immigration information is available from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.

Visits to your country 

The International Office team and professors travel regularly to meet with students interested in studying at DCU. You may have already met us at education exhibitions and events. Check here regularly or follow us on social media to find out when we are next in your region.



DCU has relationships with leading research and education institutions across the world. 

If you would like to work in collaboration with us, please contact us at international.office@dcu.ie

Contact us 

Our dedicated team has experience supporting international students who want to attend DCU. We are here to help you all year by email and phone.

E: international.office@dcu.ie

T: +353 1 700 7411




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DCU has a network of agents throughout the world. They can assist you with choosing the best programme for you, the application process and visa information. Contact us at international.office@dcu.ie to find out where our agents are.Our International Office team will also be delighted to help you with your application.