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English language foundation programmes

We have a variety of English language programmes to help you improve your English before studying at DCU. These are intensive courses designed specifically to prepare you for your Foundation, Bachelor or Masters degree at DCU. You must have a conditional offer from DCU or 3U to enter an English language programme. Our Assessment Team can recommend the most suitable programme for you. 

Guarantee

You are guaranteed your seat on your chosen degree at DCU when you successfully complete your language programme with specific grades. 

What programme am I eligible for?

You must meet the academic entry requirements for your programme and have a conditional offer from DCU.

Your IELTS score must be taken in one examination within two years of the start date of the English language programme at DCU.

IELTS requirement

Level

Programmes

IELTS 6.0 - 6.5* 

Pre-sessional

3U Pre-sessional English Language Programmes for Bachelor and Masters degrees
(5 - 10 weeks)

IELTS 6.0*

Pre-Masters

Pre-Master’s International Foundation Programme (IFP)
(1 semester, February start)

IELTS 5.5-6.0*

Pre-Masters

Pre-Masters International Foundation Programme (IFP)
(1 year, September start)

IELTS 5.5*

Pre-Bachelor

International Foundation Certificate (IFC)
(1 year, September start)

IELTS 4.5*

3U Pre-Pathway Foundation

3U Pre-Pathway English Language Programme
(12 weeks with two starts: 1) summer for September 3U Pathway Foundation, and 2) autumn for January)

IELTS 4.5*

Language learning

DCU Language Services English language programmes (about 1 year)
plus
International Foundation Certificate (1 year) or Pre-Master’s International Foundation Programme (1 semester or 1 year)

 *Full details of the IETLS requirements are described below.

DCU also accepts other English language certificates


3U Pre-Sessional English Language Programmes

The 3U Pathway Pre-Sessional English Language Programmes is for you if you have a high level of English language competency, yet need or want additional support before entering a Bachelor or Masters degree at DCU. Short intensive courses are available for five, eight or ten weeks before your programme begins. Classes are held on the DCU campus. 

More information: 3U Pathway Pre-sessional English Language Programmes

Duration

IELTS requirement

Tuition fee

10 weeks
27 Jun - 9 Sept 2016

IELTS 6.0 with no skill less than 5.5 
DCU Business School additionally requires 6.0 in speaking and writing.

€3,000

8 weeks
11 Jul - 9 Sept 2016

*Science Without Borders students only*
IELTS 5.5 

€2,400

5 weeks
2 Aug - 9 Sept 2016

IELTS 6.5 with up to 2 skills at 6.0 but no skill less than 5.5
DCU Business School additionally requires 6.0 in speaking and writing.

€1,500

Pre-Masters International Foundation Programme (IFP)

The Pre-Masters International Foundation Programme (IFP) is for you if you have a conditional offer from DCU and you do not meet the English Language entry requirements. As well as core English language classes, you will take modules from your destination degree. Your fees will be reduced when you progress to your Masters. You may also have exemptions. Classes are held on the DCU campus.

When you successfully complete this programme:

  • You are guaranteed your seat on your chosen Masters at DCU
  • You are not required to sit an additional IELTS exam 

Visit here for more information about the International Foundation Programme

Duration

IELTS requirement

Tuition fee

1 year

IELTS 5.5 with no skill less than 5.0*
*Exception: IFP Biomedical Diagnostics requires IELTS 6.0 with min 5.5 in other skills

€10,000

1 semester

IELTS 6.0 with no skill less than 5.5

€5,500

International Foundation Certificate (IFC)

The DCU International Foundation Certificate (IFC) is for you if you have a conditional offer from DCU and you do not meet the English Language entry requirements. As well as core English language classes, you will take one third (⅓) of the modules from your destination degree. You will be exempt from these modules and have reduced fees when you progress to Year 1. Classes are held on the DCU campus.

When you successfully complete this programme:

  • You are guaranteed your seat on your chosen Bachelor degree at DCU
  • You are not required to sit an additional IELTS exam

Visit here for more information about the International Foundation Certificate

Duration

IELTS requirement

Tuition fee

1 year

IELTS 5.5 with no skill less than 5.0

€10,000

 

3U Pre-Pathway English Language Programme

The 3U Pre-Pathway English Language Programme is for you if you have a conditional offer for the 3U Pathway University Foundation Programme and you do not meet the English Language entry requirements. This is a short intensive English language programme.

When you successfully complete this programme:

  • You are guaranteed your seat on the 3U Pathway University Foundation Programme
  • You are not required to sit an additional IELTS exam

Visit here for more information about the 3U Pre-Pathway English Language Programme

Duration

Dates

IELTS requirement

Tuition fee

14 weeks

July - September, or September - December (dates to be confirmed)

IELTS 4.5 with no skill less than 4.5

€4,000

 

DCU Language Services (DCULS) English language courses

The DCULS English language school has a range of courses to choose from that will help you improve your English language competency level. It takes about one year to go from IELTS 4.5 to 5.5.

You must have IELTS 4.5 to enter this course. Classes are held on the DCU campus.

More information: DCU Language Services (DCULS)