Foundation Year Programmes in Ireland


Studying a Foundation Course in Ireland

Last updated: 23 November 2022 Foundation Courses in Ireland Irish University Courses Study in Ireland

Foundation courses are for international students who wish to study undergraduate degrees at Irish universities but require a preparatory course to meet the undergraduate eligibility requirements. Students need to study a foundation course in Ireland if they have:

Foundation courses act as a bridge for international students to enter Irish universities and help them plug the gaps in eligibility requirements, if any. An International Foundation Year Programme is usually a one year course offered in partnership with universities either on campus or away. A direct progression to the desired university undergraduate programme is possible upon successful completion of  the foundation year.

Learn more about foundation year programmes in Ireland for Indian students below. For any further queries regarding english language requirements and the best courses to study in Ireland, book a free consultation with our education consultants.

Study Foundation Course in Ireland

Where to study a Foundation Courses in Ireland

1. University College Dublin

The International Foundation Year Programme at UCD is a three term course which combines training in english language skills, academic preparation and general study skills to prepare for a bachelor’s degree level study.

Course modules include four core subjects and six specific subject modules focussing on the academic areas most useful for the degree. Students can choose from two routes depending on the bachelor's degree they want to access:

2. TU Dublin

A foundation year at TU Dublin is a one year programme upon completion of which students are guaranteed a place on the undergraduate programme of their choice at TUD. Students will not require an IELTS score for progression to undergraduate level. There are two types of foundation programme:

3. Trinity College Dublin

The one year international foundation programme at Trinity is designed to develop skills to excel in competitive university. This programme is delivered at Trinity’s associate college, the Marino Institute of Education. Accepted candidates to the Trinity Foundation Course are also given conditional offers for undergraduate programmes at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin for the following year.

Study in Ireland

If you want to study a Foundation Course in Ireland, book a free consultation with SI-Ireland in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune and Coimbatore.


Universities featured in this article:

  • University College Dublin
  • TU Dublin
  • Trinity College Dublin
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