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Eligibility Criteria For Studying in Ireland


Entry to third level education for Irish students is competitive and based upon performance in the final secondary school examination, the Leaving Certificate. Entry requirements for oversea students are determined individually by each institution and are generally based on national examination performance and English language aptitude.

Requirements For Study in Ireland

Overseas students wishing to study in Ireland have two options

  •  Attend secondary school in Ireland and complete the Leaving Certificate Examination with Irish students. This route is chosen by a number of students who commonly take the examination in conjunction with English language tuition.

  • Undertake recognized public examinations in their own countries. This is a more common route and it is essential that every applicant check that the educational qualifications she/he is presenting are adequate to satisfy entry requirements. 
To have a realistic prospect these results should be very good, e.g. for medicine 3 good 'A' Level passes (grades A/B) or the equivalent, in relevant subjects are required. The minimum requirement for most degree level programmes is 3 grade 'C's at A level or equivalent.

 If there is any doubt about the acceptability of an applicant's qualifications, clarification should be sought in good time from the particular third level institution.

As English is the language of instruction at all Irish Institutions of higher education, students must demonstrate a proficiency in English to be accepted for a third level programme. Generally, the required minimum score in TOEFL is 550.

Many universities and colleges provide English Language training programmes for intending students. Furthermore, there are over 110 private English language training schools throughout the country which run both short and long terms courses.

The Recommended Band Scores are
  • IELTS - Minimum Score of 5
  • TOEFL - Minimum Score of 173
  • Cambridge - First Certificate in English or Higher
If the English Language requirement of the college is higher than the score above, you must meet the college requirements



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