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TU Dublin offers a range of pathway programmes for international students who need to further develop their English and/or academic skills prior to commencing their undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD studies at TU Dublin.

The International Foundadtion Programme (IFP) is a one year programme run by TU Dublin. It has been developed for students who need language and/or academic preparation for further study on undergraduate programmes in Ireland.

Students will learn language, academic and study skills to prepare for entry into undergraduate programmes either in TU Dublin or other Irish universities or institutes of technology. The IFP is an ideal pathway towards furthering your education at third level.

Why Study the International Foundation Programme ?

  • This is your first step towards gaining a degree in Ireland.
  • It makes the transition to third level education in Ireland much easier.
  • It provides a supportive learning environment.
  • You will be able to attend lectures in your chosen degree subject within TU Dublin.
  • You will have full access to TU Dublin facilities and support services.

Upon successful completion of the pathway programmes :

  • You are guaranteed a place on your undergraduate /postgraduate programme of choice at TU Dublin
  • You are not required to take any further IELTS/TOEFL exam
  • You will be equipped with the langauge and academic skills and strategies to be successful on your destination programme

What will you study on the Foundation Programme?

Core ModulesStreams
English for Academic Writing and Reading Business Management and Accounting
Communicative Competency Business Management and Accounting
Applied Writing Social Science and Humanities
Mathematics ( Foundation, Intermediate or Advanced ) Social Science and Humanities
Information Technology Science ( Including Physics, Engineering and Computers )
Introduction to Higher Education Science ( Including Physics, Engineering and Computers )

How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed regularly throughout the programme through continuous assessment, feedback and homework assignments. This is used to monitor your progress throughout the year. You will also be required to complete final exams for each of your modules.


You must pass all modules to progress to your undergraduate degree. Please note that some undergraduate programmes require minimum grades in certain subjects for entry.

Start Dates

There are two in-takes:

  • September in-take runs from mid-September until the end of May the following year.
  • January in-take runs from the beginning of January until mid- July the same year.

Entry Requirements

IELTS score of at least 5.0 overall. Please note

  • Some TU Dublin undergraduate programmes will require a higher IELTS score for entry.
  • You are also required to have good high school grades for entry.

Contact Us

For more information and to make an application please contact the Programme Co-ordinator:

Deirdre Ryan
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