Trinity College Dublin

Skip to main content.

Top Level TCD Links


International Students

English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:

  • IELTS: Grade 6.5
  • TOEFL: 88 - iBT, 230 - Computer based, 570 - paper based
  • University of Cambridge: 180+ on Cambridge English scale with no less than 175 in each skill and use of English i.e.
    Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
    Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
    First Certificate, Grade A (CEFR Level C1)#
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59)

Please note that test scores are only valid for 2 years.

For further details on these English Language Proficiency Tests, please contact the appropriate organisation directly.

Visa Requirements

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs issues visas to citizens of certain countries who wish to travel to Ireland. Further information on student visas and requirements can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs website visa section by clicking here.

Students who need visas are strongly advised to apply for a visa as soon as they have been offered, and have accepted a place, on a Trinity College Dublin academic programme. Applicants should note that visa applications can take time to be processed and that this time period can vary from a few weeks to, in some cases, six months. The average processing time is approximately 8-12 weeks. Please note that the Graduate Studies Office does not assist in the processing of visa applications.

Only students who intend to enrol on full-time academic programmes can apply for a student visa. Student visas are not approved for part-time academic programmes.

Immigration Requirements

Students from non visa-required countries are advised to carry their Trinity acceptance letter in their hand luggage when they arrive in Ireland – as immigration officials may ask to see the letter.

Students from outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland must register in person, shortly after arrival in Ireland, at the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). The GNIB is located at 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2 (Tel: +353 1 616 7700).

EU, EEA, or Swiss nationals, who are resident in Ireland to follow an approved academic programme, are not subject to these immigration requirements.

International Admissions and Study Abroad

The International Admissions and Study Abroad desk assists in looking after overseas students in College. Please see their website for further or call +353 1 896 4500.


Last updated 19 October 2016 by Postgraduate (Email).