International Foundation Year Programme

Humanities Stream

Fees  €13,250  + registration
Closes in 71 days

  • Programme Code


  • Application Deadline

    1st July 2024

  • Duration

    1 Academic Year

  • Location

    Dublin Ireland (in-person)

  • Workload

    30 weeks total
    (28 weeks + 2 exam weeks)

  • Intake

    September 2024

  • Fees

    €13,250 + Registration & Examination Fee of €1,500

Get the skills to succeed in an Undergraduate Bachelor degree

The programme is delivered by Dublin City University. You will be taught by expert teachers who understand the challenges international students might face and who will be there to support you on your path to university.

  • Equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to commence your DCU undergraduate studies.
  • You can progress to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences which offers contemporary student-centred degree programmes in the areas of journalism, communications, film and TV studies, international relations and the arts.
  • Progression into highly ranked degrees. DCU is now ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for ‘arts and humanities’ and in the top 250 universities for ‘social sciences’.
  • Join the proud community of successful DCU students.
  • Those who need to improve their English language skills or build up their academic level before studying at DCU.
  • Anyone who is looking to progress to a degree in the exciting fields of humanities.
Faculty CAO Code DCU Programme Title
FHSS DC009 Joint Honours- Humanities
FHSS DC131 Communication Studies
FHSS DC132 Journalism
FHSS DC133 Multimedia
FHSS DC155 Applied Language and Translation Studies
FHSS DC189 Global Challenges
FHSS DC230 Economics, Politics and Law
FHSS DC231 International Relations
FHSS DC232 Law and Society (BCL)
FHSS DC238 Social Sciences and Cultural Innovation
FHSS DC291 Joint Honours (Media Studies)
FHSS DC292 Joint Honours (Law)
FHSS DC293 Joint Honours (International Languages)
FHSS DC294 Climate and Environmental Sustainability
(* DCU Futures – Limited Spaces)
FHSS DC295 Joint Honours (Politics)
IoE DC001 Education- Early Childhood Education
IoE DC235 Education and Training – Daytime Delivery Mode (full-time) and Flexible Delivery Mode (full-time)

What our students say

In my career, this experience will be a great advantage: I can say that I've studied in a university like DCU. In the future, this is going to help so much in getting a good position in a good company.”

José Guilherme,


Entry Requirements

The following are the academic requirements for entry to the DCU International Foundation Year programme.

  • Prospective students will need to provide a high school certificate from the student’s country of residence.
  • Good overall results from a high-school qualification equivalent of 5 GCSE’s in A to C grade range including Mathematics and English.

Direct entry into the DCU International Foundation Year Programme requires the following English level:

Qualification Password IELTS  TOEFL iBT PTE Academic OTE (Oxford Test of English Duolingo DCU EAP*
International Foundation
5 5 35 36 100 75 B (no skill less than a C)

Students who have not yet achieved this direct entry standard can take a Pre-Foundation Programme.

Are you still unsure about our academic & English language entry requirements?
We will be glad to assist you.

Study Programme - Modules

On this subject route, you will study a mix of core academic modules, alongside English language preparation.
These subjects are compulsory and are delivered as co-requisites:

English for Academic Purposes (224 hours)
Business Math (168 hours)
Economics (168 hours)
Global Studies (168 hours)
Business Studies (168 hours)

Student Life & Activities

At DCU, we know that students participating in extracurricular activities experience a more fulfilling university life.

We encourage you to join events, clubs and societies to get involved in the vibrant student life.

Are you ready to start your Pathway?

DCU 2024 - Undergraduate Prospectus - Cover Page

Step 01

Identify the DCU Bachelor degree programme that you wish to study. See DCU Prospectus 2024

Step 02

The deadline for undergraduate applications is 1 July

Step 03

Submit your application to and receive advice on the appropriate foundation programme for you.

Step 04

Your application will be assessed and if approved you will receive an offer to study on both the Foundation programme and Bachelor degree programme at DCU.

Step 05

Successful completion of your foundation programme guarantees progression to your DCU Bachelor programme.

Are you still unsure about which course or pathway is more suitable for you?

We will be glad to help you find the right pathway programme!

Accommodation Options

Make the most of your experience while staying in Ireland. See our range of accommodation options for international students and begin your experience of studying in Dublin at these ideal locations.

Additional information

The DCU International Foundation Year, quality assured by NCUK, is an undergraduate entry-level qualification designed for students to progress into first year of a bachelor’s degree at DCU.

The qualification is taught by highly experienced DCU teaching staff and awarded by NCUK. NCUK is a leading international higher education qualification and service provider with over 30 years’ experience and has helped more than 35,000 students progress into university.

NCUK Registration and Examination Fees for the International Foundation Year are additional to DCU Tuition Fees.