Access to Leading Universities.

Education is very important in Irish society. With a strong knowledge economy it is paramount that Irish universities produce exceptional graduates. So, it’s no surprise that Ireland is home to these two world-ranked universities:

Accessing university education in Ireland is possible for the right international students. Your high school exam results from your home country will count towards points in the Irish CAO system, which considers all applications, and your English language skills may also be assessed.

However, applying direct to a university is not always possible for everyone. Many bright international students will not be able to meet certain entry requirements and will give up their dreams before they have begun.

Since 2010, international students can achieve their dream of studying in either UCD or Trinity College Dublin thanks to the International Study Centre.

The International Study Centre

The International Study Centre (ISC) is based in a stunning building in the centre of Dublin city. Very close to St Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street, the ISC is well connected to UCD with only 15 minutes travel time on a very frequent bus service. It is also only a short walk from Trinity College Dublin’s historic campus.

In partnership with Ireland’s two leading universities, we offer international students the chance to enter their chosen undergraduate degree course at UCD or Trinity College Dublin.

You can choose from two different ISC subject pathways progressing to UCD or Trinity College Dublin:

These nine month programmes prepare you to enter a wide range of undergraduate degrees. From mechanical engineering to architecture and from business to pharmacy, you’ll find the right degree.

Three steps to success:

  • Choose your UCD or Trinity College Dublin course in advance from our list. Once we approved your place you are an undergraduate student at your chosen university subject to passing your exams with us.
  • Study in Dublin at the International Study Centre and take classes that help you meet the criteria of the university.
  • Graduate from the International Study Centre and go on to the first year of your chosen degree.

Students from both universities learn together in an environment that supports them both academically and socially.

At the ISC you’ll learn from qualified third level teachers who understand what you need to achieve. In class you will study with students from all over the globe who have come to the ISC to take their place at UCD or Trinity College Dublin.

We understand that international students sometimes need more than just good grades. They want to integrate socially and feel at home. That’s why we are committed to pastoral care and guardianship throughout your time with us.

Transitioning to University

When you leave the ISC you will be well prepared for university success in Dublin. Academically, students who have studied with us continue to thrive on their chosen courses. Socially, they feel that they get on better thanks to the time they spent learning and adjusting at the ISC.

Graduate opportunities

Both Irish and International employers are always on the look out for talented graduates from UCD and Trinity College Dublin. Both universities have very active career development centres.

Once you have graduated with your degree if you are a non-EU student, you may be able to apply to stay in Ireland for one year after completing your degree for the purpose of seeking employment or applying for a green card/work permit under the Irish Third Level Graduate Scheme. During your approved stay under the scheme, you can work full-time (40 hours a week).

The Third Level Graduate Scheme offers, non-EEA graduates of Irish Higher Education Institutions, a period of 12 months after examination results issue in which to remain in Ireland and seek work experience.


Some, but not all, non-EU/EEA students require an entry visa for Ireland. You can check on the official Irish visa website for the list of countries where a visa is not required. For more detailed information on applying for an Irish visa, please consult: and The Official Irish Visa website is