Saudi Arabia | International Office



Saudi Arabia


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.


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.

●     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:

  • General Secondary Education Certificate [Tawjihiyah] with average grades of 85% and above. Mathematics and English must be included. You must have 85% or above in the relevant subject(s) where programme has specific 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 prigramme 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 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. 

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 using the DCU undergraduate application form  

Full programme details are in our Bachelor’s Prospectus

Taught Masters

Typically, you need a Bachelor’s degree from a good University with a minimum of a 2.1 or GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 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 through the Postgraduate Application Centre at 

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

Citizens of the kindgom of Saudi Arabia require a visa to study in Ireland.  It is necessary 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. 

Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) is the largest female-only university in the world, with 60,000 students, and Saudi Arabia’s oldest female-only university. 

DCU Business School is proud to work in collaboration with PNU. Our academics deliver two undergraduate programmes at PNU -  Bachelor in Business Studies International Finance (BSIF) and Bachelor of Marketing, Innovation and Technology (MINT), and the postgraduate MSc in Business Administration. PNU students also attend DCU for a Summer Programme. 

This collarboration will grow to include computing, engineering and health sciences programmes. 

For more information email

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.


T: +353 1 700 7411


Students and Alumni


We have many alumni from Saudi Arabia, particularly in Engineering and Business.

Student Testimonials

Ms Enaam AlHashimi, Year 4, Faculty of Engineering and Computing,

DCU Young Engineers Society Representative, DCU International Student Ambassador

“My family had heard the education system in Ireland was very good. When I was here on vacation the Head of the course discussed the programme with me. Ireland is a very friendly place. I have never felt different because of my religion or for wearing my headscarf. 

Being in DCU helped me to be more confident about speaking English in public; I didn’t have the confidence to do so in Saudi Arabia. Now I represent DCU at many events.”




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.  

Agent LocationWeb Email
IGEC - Saudi Arabia
Alsahrah Scholars Ltd.