Our professional and friendly staff are there to assist with any issues or questions that students may have. Our dedicated student support team advises students with Visa applications and assists them in registering for DCU and Partner Universities. When students travel to Ireland for summer schools or for degree enrolment, our knowledgeable team are there to help with the transition to studying in Ireland.
Global Pathways - High School Students - China
DCU recognises the need to create flexible academic pathways for students. We understand that students may need to choose different elements from a range of pathway options to enrol in programmes that suit their needs.
Our innovative Pre-University Course starts in First Grade and follows students through to their High School Certificate at which point students have a number of different options.
Depending on the level of their academic progress, students can follow different pathways to achieve their ambitions for studying overseas with DCU or other university partners.
The course is delivered through live online classes (synchronous learning) where activities are led by an expert Tutor and completed in real-time offering full interaction with everybody in the class. Our expert Western and Chinese Tutors provide every support that the student needs to succeed when they travel abroad to study.
1st December 2022
26 weeks + 4 weeks optional
High School Entrance Examination (3A’s & 2B’s)
Study Programme - Modules
The course is taken on a part-time basis over 26 weeks and covers a mixture of subjects including English Language, Academic Skills for University, Western History & Culture and Preparation for Living & Studying Abroad.
Who is this programme for?
The DCU Pre-University Course is designed for international high school students who need to acquire English language and become familiar with the academic skills required for successful progression within a western university.
Students undertake the course alongside their Chinese High School Certificate Programme. Each week consists of 10 hours of English tuition with approximately 3 hours of additional training. The English training is specifically oriented to the IELTS examination with students receiving specialist tips and advice from our experienced tutors.
Our Online Pre-University Course uses materials and resources developed by our experienced DCU tutors.
- IELTS English course including exam preparation and techniques for exam success
- Custom academic content for students from different countries
- Internationally recognised content and materials the DCU International Foundation Programme.
Students will be assessed after each study stage:
- IELTS Exams
- Mock IELTS Exams
- End of Semester Exams (Pre-University and Foundation Courses)
- After completing each course stage, students who meet the requirements for English proficiency and who reach the standards required in each course subject will proceed to the next stage. Students who fail to meet the requirements will need to repeat and pass the assessments in order to progress.
Students who progress from our Pre-University Course and undertake our International Foundation Programme in Dublin will receive an internationally-recognised Foundation Programme Certificate. As graduates from the Programme, this certificate can be used by students to enter DCU and many other partner universities in Ireland, the UK and further afield.
In the second semester of the 3rd Grade, our International Student Support staff will assist students with admissions and visa application procedures for DCU and other international partner universities. Students will be advised on the best pathway for progression based on their academic progress in the course.
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.