International Office

3U Pathway University Foundation Programme

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DCU offers international students a custom pre-university foundation programme, the 3U Pathway University Foundation Programme.  This academic bridging programme is aimed at students from countries where the normal school leaving qualification does not meet the entry requirement for direct entry to a Bachelor’s degree at DCU. 

Duration:  30 weeks (3 x 10-week terms).

Programmes 2016/17:  3U offers the following two programmes in 2016/17:


Programme 1

September 2016 – May 2017

Programme 2

January – July 2017

Programme Commences

26 September 2016

9 January 2017

Closing Date for Receipt of  Applications

31 July 2016

30 November 2016

Key Benefits of the 3U Pathway University Foundation Programme:  As well as improving their knowledge of English for Academic Purposes, students will develop their knowledge of their chosen subject area and develop study skills needed for successful and effective  study at DCU.

Guaranteed Progression to DCU Undergraduate Programmes:  Upon successful completion of the 3U Pathway University Foundation Programme, students are   guaranteed progression onto the degree of their choice at DCU in September 2017.

Entry Criteria:  Students must meet the country-specific entry requirements and have an IELTS of 5.0 (with no component less than 5.0)

View your country’s specific entry requirements


Tuition Fee:  €12,000.

How to Apply?

Please complete the attached application form and email it plus the following documents (in PDF form) to :

  • High School transcript
  • IELTS Certificate (or equivalent)
  • Passport


Study Visa: If you require a student visa to study in Ireland, we recommend that you apply as early as possible.


Student Accommodation: 3U can organise accommodation in either a homestay with a local family who is experienced in hosting international students or you will be assisted in finding private self-catering accommodation.


For Further Details: Please download the 3U Pathway University Foundation Programme brochures in the following languages:


Dr Mary Fenton,

Head of 3U Pathway Programmes

Tel: + 353 1 5580 240



Ms Sheila McCormack Cooney,

3U Pathway Programmes Co-ordinator

Tel: + 353 1 5580 240