Foundation and Pre Master programs

Program IELTS / CAE required Start / Duration Progression Fee
Pre Master Program IELTS 5.5 for Sept start

IELTS 6 for Jan start

CAE accepted

Sept / Jan Master degree at UCD 10,500 for 2 term Sept start

7500 for 1 term Jan start program

International Foundation Program IELTS 5 or equivalent

CAE accepted

Sept / Jan / July Bachelor Degree at UCD 16350-17880 Euros a year

1 term English is 5450 Euro

Pre Master Program ( Jan start )

UCD Pre Master – start Jan 2016 – Fee 7500 Euro only – IELTS 6 with each module 5.5 / CAE exam accepted  – Joint offer of Pre Master + MSc for visa purposes – For application contact SCS

UCD’s Pre-masters programme is designed for international students that meet the academic requirements of their chosen masters but do not meet the English language criteria for direct entry on to the masters.

Students can chose between 1 or 2 semester pre-masters programme depending on their English language skills.

The 2 semester programme starts in September and is aimed at students with an IELTS level of 5.5 overall with no section below 5.0. (although some programmes such as business and law require more). The Fee for this programme is €10500

The 1 semester programme begins in January and students are required to have an overall IELTS score of at least 6.0 with no section lower than 5.5 for entry. The fee for this programme is €7500

Students on the Pre-masters programmes attend mostly English language classes but they also take 2 or 3 bachelor degree level  modules related to their chosen masters to help them familiarise themselves with how the subject is delivered in UCD.

Students who receive an unconditional offer to the Pre-masters automatically receive a conditional offer to the associated Masters degree. When students successfully complete their Pre-masters studies and meet any other entry requirements

They progress on to their Masters the following September.

Please see  for further information.

International Foundation Program ( Business stream)

Course length

Three terms

Entry points

September or January

Term dates              

January start:
Term 1: 18/01/16 – 24/03/16
Term 2: 04/04/16 – 10/06/16
Term 3: 13/06/16 – 19/08/16

Age on entry

Students are usually at least 17 years old on entry to the ISC.

Entry requirements


Good high school graduation grades or equivalent

English Language

IELTS 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in writing) or equivalent

The table below outlines the tuition fees and associated supplements for the Dublin ISC’s pathway programmes.

All prices are listed in Euros (EUR).

Tuition International Foundation Year Business, Economics and Social Sciences €16,350
Engineering and Sciences €17,880
English Language Preparation (per term) €5,450
Supplements Airport pick-up – one-way transfer Dublin (DUB)  €65
StudyCare Insurance 12 months cover  €494

* Please note: listed tuition fees do not include the cost of text books.

2015/16 Tuition Fees are valid from January 1st, 2015 for programmes commencing from September 1st, 2015 and are in £ sterling, unless specified as Euros. The Enrolment Fee will be €205 for UK ISCs from January 1st, 2015.

Confirmation payment

The confirmation payment for each student includes:

  • €205 enrolment fee (non-refundable)
  • €1,000 refundable deposit
  • €500 advance fees
  • €6,000 towards tuition and security deposit
  • Insurance payment for Study Care (if applicable).

You can secure your place at the Dublin ISC by sending us your acceptance form and confirmation payment.

We hold the security deposit to cover any damages and other incidental expenses. We will return the balance left at the end of your course.

Tuition fees

The balance of your tuition fees can be paid each term, one month before the start of each academic term or in full, in advance.

The International Study Centre cannot accept cash sums of more than €550. Fees must be paid by bank transfer. We cannot accept credit cards at the ISC.

Fee payment

You can pay UCD directly by Bank Transfer to:
UCD Fees Account,
Bank of Ireland,
College Green, Dublin 2. Ireland. 

IBAN : IE82 BOFI 9000 1720 6115 11
Swift Code/BIC: BOFI IE 2D
It is crucial that you enter your student number as the narrative/description on the transfer so it can be identified as your payment and added to your record.

July / September start for Students having low English


If you haven’t quite managed to reach an IELTS score of 5.0, you can take an English Language Preparation course at the Dublin ISC. Students with an IELTS score of 4.0 will need at least one term of ELP to improve their language skills and meet the entry requirements. Courses start in July or September. If you achieve the required module grades in the ELP, you will be able to start your pathway programme.


PhD scholarships

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Post Graduate Scholarships

As well as the scholarships we advertise on our International webpage, our University offers a number of scholarships and awards. Information is attainable by visiting the following webpages.

Current Postgraduate Academic scholarships (UCD Ad Astra Academy); you will find a listing of annually awarded scholarships, prizes and awards under each College below:

Research Programme Scholarships (UCD Graduate studies); currently available opportunities for research degrees, such as a Masters by Research or PhD, are advertised by our Graduate Studies department on the following website:

 UCD Sport Scholarships (Ad Astra Elite Athlete Scholarships & Sports Scholarship Programme); support for talented sportsmen and women in UCD is delivered at two levels, the long established Sports Scholarship programme and the Ad Astra Elite Athlete Scholarship, information is advertised on the following page:

 Performing Arts Scholarships (Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholars, UCD Choral Scholars & UCD Symphony Orchestra Scholars); UCD is home to some exceptionally talented students who are pursuing an academic degree while striving for excellence in their artistic discipline, information is advertised on the following page:

Undergraduate Scholarships

Global Excellence Undergraduate (Bachelor) Scholarship

Open to: All successful applicants to the eligible full time programmes. This award will be automatically awarded to the student who recieves the Top A-Level grade accross all disciplines. 

Top A-Level across all disciplines


  • 1 x 50% tuition fee scholarship

Applicants applying to clinical programmes in Health Sciences are not eligible for this scholarship. Terms and Conditions apply.  

Global Excellence Undergraduate (Bachelor) Scholarship

Open to: All successful applicants to the eligible full time programmes. This award will be automatically awarded to the student who recieves the Top IB score accross all disciplines. 

Top IB Score across all disciplines


  • 1 x 50% tuition fee scholarship

Applicants applying to clinical programmes in Health Sciences are not eligible for this scholarship. Terms and Conditions apply.