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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.

Examination Level 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 (CAP) Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP) C1
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) 63 (with a minimum of 59 in all components)

Your English language certificate must be awarded within two years of the start date of your DCU programme.

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

DCU Business School

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Business Courses
Examination Minimum 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.
TOEFL iBT Overall score 92 or above and all section scores 21 or above.
English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP) C1
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) 

Undergraduate: Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 176 in Speaking and 169 in Listening, Reading and Writing.

Postgraduate:   Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 176 in Speaking and Writing and 169 in Listening, Reading.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP)

Undergraduate: Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 176 in Speaking and 169 in Listening, Reading and Writing.

Postgraduate:   Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 176 in Speaking and Writing and 169 in Listening, Reading.

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.
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)

63 (with a minimum of 63 in speaking and writing and 59 in listening and reading).

Your English language certificate must be awarded within two years of the start date of your DCU programme.

Notes:

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.

 

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 www.english.dcu.ie