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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.

ExaminationLevel Required
Irish Leaving Certificate EnglishOrdinary Level Grade D3
GCE A-Level English LanguageGrade D
IELTSComposite score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in any one component
TOEFL237 (computer-based),
580 (paper-based test)
Toefl iBTTotal Score of 92
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in EnglishGrade C
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced EnglishGrade B
English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP)C1
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) 63 (with a minimum of 59 in all components)

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

DCU offers a Foundation Programme for students whose English does not reach the required standard for direct entry into under or postgraduate programmes. Please see the following pages for further information:


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

All Programmes

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Business Courses
ExaminationMinimum entry requirements
IELTSOverall score 6.5 or above and 6.5 in writing and speaking. Other sections scores 6 or above.
TOEFLOverall score 580 or above and all sections scores 55 or above.
CBTOEFLOverall score 237 or above and all section scores 21 or above.
IBTOEFLOverall score 92 or above and all section scores 21 or above.
CAEGrade B
CAPGrade C
International Foundation CertificateOptional 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)


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.