Pre-Sessional

Your Pathway to University

Improve your English language skills whilst developing social and inter-cultural skills.Master academic protocols in written and verbal communication, including the indispensable academic skills of referencing correctly, drawing up bibliographies and presenting new research.

By the end of this course, you will have gained the knowledge, skills and confidence to commence your DCU studies.

  • Duration

    5 or 10 weeks

  • Workload

    20 hours per week

  • Intake

    13th June or 18th July 2022

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland (in-person)

  • Fees

    €3,200 + €100 Registration Fee (10 weeks) /
    €1,600 + €100 Registration Fee (5 weeks)

What our students say

I definitely recommend the course. I joined the Pre-sessional University Pathway course this summer and it has been spectacular. I learnt a variety of useful skills and tools that I will put in practice when taking my master’s degree at DCU. I feel much more confident to succeed and achieve my goals after taking the course. People behind this program are looking after you, you can contact them for any assistance needed.''

Walter Dennis Mendoza,

El Salvador

Summer Programme 2022

This programme will prepare and equip students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in undergraduate or postgraduate study.
  • A supportive learning environment in which you will systematically analyse and master the features (grammar, structures and register) of Academic English.
  • The chance to study alongside other international students and build a study network, either within your own discipline or branching out into other fields.
  • The confidence, critical skills and analytical tools needed to study on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • An understanding of academic conventions and codes of conduct, covering such topics as originality in research produced, citation and other methods of attribution.
  • Those who want to master the specific linguistic requirements associated with academia.
  • Anyone who is about to enter third-level education and who need to master the invaluable conventions, structures and register of Academic English.
  •    Orientation and introduction to DCU 
  •    Course materials
  •    Welcome Pack
  •    Guided self-study time
  •    Course certificate

Study at a top ranked university in Ireland for international students

DCU ranks among the world's top young universities (QS and THE rankings) and has one of the best graduate employability records of all Irish universities.

Entry Requirements

10 weeks 5 weeks
General Entry IELTS 6.0 with no skill less than 5.5 IELTS 6.5 with up to 2 skills less than 6.0 but no skill less than 5.5
Business School / School of Communications (PG) IELTS 6.0 with 6.0 in Speaking and Writing and 5.5 in Listening and Reading IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in Speaking and Writing and 5.5 in Listening and Reading
Qualification IELTS Indicator  TOEFL iBT TOEFL Home Test Duolingo
Pre-Sessional same as IELTS 90 (no less than 21 in Writing and 19 in all other subskills same as TOEFL 95-100 minimum plus Speaking assessment
Are you still unsure about our academic & English language entry requirements?
We will be glad to assist you.

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 still unsure about your application?

Contact an advisor, we will be glad to help you out.

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.

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