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Pre-Sessional English Programmes

University College Dublin

2 months
3200 EUR/full
3200 EUR/full
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The Pre-Sessional English Programmes of the University College Dublin offer language proficiency pathways to undergraduate and graduate programmes without the need to re-take IELTS.


Highly qualified Applied Language Centre tutors, all of whom have considerable English language teaching experience, provide tuition on the course. The staff are on hand to offer all the necessary support to students throughout the course. Teaching will be conducted in small groups, lectures, seminars and tutorials. The Pre-Sessional English Programmes of the University College Dublin is an intensive course, and students are expected to engage in guided self-study in the form of homework and assignments; such independent learning forms an essential element of this course.

The length and type of course you need will depend on your current level of English, and the language requirements for your chosen degree programme here in UCD. Our experienced team can advise applicants based on their individual profile and requirements.

Course Assessment

Students are tested on entry and on a regular basis throughout the course. Ongoing feedback is provided. At the end of the course, there will be a final assessment: this includes a written examination, a written research project on a relevant academic subject with an accompanying oral presentation, as well as a review of the portfolio of tasks built up by the student during the programme. A transcript of final results and a report on the student’s English language competence will be forwarded to the UCD Degree Programme to which the student is applying.

Programme Structure


  • Both the 10 Week and 7 Week On-Campus offerings will take place on the UCD Belfield Campus, Dublin. All on-campus classes will be held with full health and safety measures in place and students will be informed of these measures and protocols ahead of classes. On-Campus classes are contingent on the latest public health advice from the UCD Health & Safety Office and the Government.


  • The 7 Week At-Distance offering is designed to allow students to undertake the Pre-Sessional Programme who prefer to study from home or who are unable to travel to Ireland. The same high quality of content and learning is provided using the latest virtual resources on BrightSpace, UCD's virtual learning environment (VLE). In order to participate in at-distance classes, students will need a laptop/PC; a webcam and headphones with a microphone.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 2 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission to UCD degree programmes is based in part on language level, and any English language condition referred to in your UCD programme offer letter. Please note that acceptance for or completion of this English language programme does not necessarily guarantee acceptance on an academic programme at UCD. Entry requirements to academic programmes may vary and will be communicated to students before commencing a Pre-Sessional programme.

  • Standard EAP - IELTS – 5.5 (with no band less than 5.0)
  • Intensive EAP - IELTS – 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3200 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3200 EUR for the full programme during 2 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3200 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3200 EUR for the full programme during 2 months.
  • 7 Week On-Campus - 2,240 EUR
  • 7 Week At-Distance - 2,240 EUR
  • Graduate Business (On-Campus or At-Distance) - 2,240 EUR

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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