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International Foundation Programme

Our International Foundation Programme is aimed at students who have the drive and ambition to attend a world-class educational institute, but cannot begin an international undergraduate degree directly. Our International Foundation Programme is a year-long programme designed to allow students to develop the skills required to succeed and excel in a competitive university environment.

The Trinity International Foundation Programme will be delivered at the campus of Trinity’s associated college, Marino Institute of Education, where excellent student facilities and guaranteed on-site accommodation are available. The Marino campus is a 15 minute journey from the centre of Dublin city.

How Does it Work?

  • Students apply to the Trinity International Foundation Programme
  • Accepted students to the Trinity International Foundation Programme are also given a conditional offer to study as an undergraduate at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, the following academic year
  • During the Foundation year students study English language; Mathematics; critical thinking; communication skills; as well as subject-specific courses in their chosen stream
  • Students who successfully complete the Trinity International Foundation Programme and achieve the required grades are guaranteed entry into their chosen degree stream the following academic year

Our Courses

Applicants to the Trinity International Foundation Programme can choose between two distinct pathways:

Pathway A: Law, Business, Economics, and Social Sciences

Choosing Pathway A of the Trinity International Foundation Programme, gives students the opportunity to study at one of our world leading schools in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Law
Law Trinity School of Law is one of the leading law schools in Europe, consistently ranking as one of the Top 100 Law Schools in the world (QS Subject Rankings, 2016). Our undergraduate programmes are all research-based and research-led, challenging students to develop their own critical understanding of law.

Business
Our business programmes focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and management and are taught using experiential learning and industry involvement. Trinity is ranked as the No. 1 University in Europe for producing entrepreneurs (Pitchbook Universities Report 2017-2018).

Political Science
Political Science The Department of Political Science at Trinity College is one of the top Political Science departments in Europe. It is rated number 1 in Ireland, number 15 in Europe, and number 43 in the world for ‘Politics and International Studies’ (QS Subject Rankings, 2016).

Sociology
Sociology Ranked among the Top 100 Sociology departments in the world (QS Subject Rankings, 2016), our School of Sociology is a leading hub for research on migration, ethnicity and inequalities.

Core Modules

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Mathematics

Elective Modules

Students will take two of these modules. The choice of elective modules determines which undergraduate courses they progress to:

  • Business
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Political Science

What can I study after Pathway A?

Students who successfully complete the Pathway A programme and achieve the required grades can go on to study in one of the following undergraduate programmes at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin:

  • Bachelor in Business Studies (BBS)
  • „Business, Economics and Social Studies (BESS)
  • „Philosophy, Political Sciences, Economics and Sociology (PPES)
  • Bachelor in Laws (LL.B)
  • Bachelor in Law and Business (LL.B. (B.S.))
  • Bachelor in Law and Political Science (LL.B. (Pol. Sci.))
  • Bachelor in Business Studies and a Language - Russian or Polish (B.B.S. (Lang))
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (B.A.)

Students also have the option of studying the following programmes at the Marino Institute of Education:

  • Bachelor in Science (Education Studies)
  • Bachelor in Science (Early Childhood Education)

Pathway B: Engineering and Science Stream

Students who choose Pathway B of the Trinity International Foundation Programme will study in one of the world’s Top 1% of research institutions in 18 STEM fields including immunology, material science, molecular biology and genetics (Thompson Reuters Essential Science Indicators).

Engineering, Mathematics and Science
With eight Schools, the Faculty offers world class teaching across a variety of exciting disciplines, including: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Genetics, Geography, Immunology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Physics, Science. The School of Engineering was founded in 1841 and is one of the oldest Engineering Schools in the English speaking world, while Trinity ranks top 100 in the world in both Chemistry and Biological Sciences (QS Subject Rankings, 2016).

Faculty of Health Sciences
The Faculty is a research-led, with strategic research areas including cancer, ageing, inclusive society, next generation medical devices, immunology & infection and neuroscience. Our graduates are the top in their field, with many alumni in key positions both nationally and internationally. Students may choose to study one of five programmes within the Faculty of Health Sciences, including Pharmacy which is ranked in the Top 100 in the world (QS Subject Rankings, 2016).

Core Modules

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Mathematics

Elective Modules

Students will take two of these modules. The choice of elective modules determines which undergraduate courses they progress to:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

What can I study after Pathway B?

Students who successfully complete the Pathway B programme and achieve the required grades can go on to study in one of the following undergraduate programmes at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin:

Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

  • Computer Science
  • Management Science and Information Systems Studies
  • Engineering (common entry)
  • Engineering with Management
  • Mathematics
  • Nano sciences, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences (common entry)
  • Chemical Sciences (common entry)
  • Geography and Geoscience (common entry)
  • Physical Sciences (common entry)

Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Human Health and Disease

Entry Requirements

REGION MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) 70% and above including key subjects for foundation. 50% min. required for relevant subjects i.e. Maths and Sciences
Bahrain Tawjahiya average grade of 80% or above, including relevant subjects
Brazil Certificado de Ensino Médio with a GPA of 7.0 or better
Chile Licencia de Educación Media with a GPA of 5
China SH2 (Gao Er): 85% average across the academic year (& the average must include key subjects) with a minimum of 5 academic subjects pass or above. SH3 (Gao San): 80% average across the academic year (& the average must include key subjects). Huikao results to be included in applications and this is also a requirement for applying for an Irish Study visa.
Colombia Título de Bachiller Académico with an overall score of 70
Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination with five high passes at Grade C or above
Hong Kong HKDSE - 5 subjects, with at least two at level 4 (not including Chinese) and remainder at level 3 or above
Indonesia Secondary School Leaving Certificate with grades of 7 or above in all subjects
Iran Completion of the High School Diploma with a minimum of 14/20
Japan Upper Secondary School certificate (Kotogakko - Year 12/Senior 3) pass with an average of 4 (on a 5 point scale).
Jordan Tawjihiya - 80% overall average, including relevant subjects
Kazakhstan Successful completion of Attestat/Certificate of Secondary Education with grade average of 4
Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with grades C or better
Korea High School Diploma with 70% overall average
Libya Secondary Education Certificate - 80% overall average
Macau Successful completion of Form 5 with average grade 75%, or iGCSE / 'O' Levels with grade C or above in 5 relevant subjects including English.
Malaysia SPM (Malaysia Certificate of Education) Grade B average in best five (5) relevant academic subjects including English and Mathematics.
Mexico Bachillerato with an overall score of 8 or better
Morrocco Diplome de Baccalaureat with a minimum of 14/20
Nepal Higher Secondary Certificate with First Division (60%+)
Nigeria Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination - 5 high passes (at Grade B3 or above) in relevant subjects
Oman Thanawiya - 80% overall average, including relevant subjects.
Philippines 85% pass in High School Diploma with a minimum of 75% in Math
Russia Attestat/11th grade - Minimum GPA 4.0 (all good or excellent grades)
Saudi Arabia Tawjihiya - an overall passmark of 80% or above, including relevant subjects
Singapore GCE O Levels C grade and above
Taiwan Senior High School Year 3 completion with 70% overall and with 70% minimum in math. Senior High School Year 2 with 80% overall and with 80% minimum in math
Tajikistan Certificate of Completed Secondary Education with an average of 4.0 out of 5.0
Thailand Maw 6 completion with overall GPA 3.0 (70%), and with a 70% minimum in math. Maw 5 completion with overall GPA 3.5 (80%), and with a 80% minimum in math.
Turkey Devlet Lise Diplomasi GPA 3.5 or Lise Birieme Diplomasi 65%
UAE Thanawiya - 80% overall average, including relevant subjects
Ukraine Successful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education with a GPA of 8.0 (on a 12 point scale) with a minimum of 8 in math.
Vietnam Year 12 completion report with GPA 7.5 over
Year 11 with GPA 8.5 overall, and with 8.0 minimum for math.

Students with other qualifications may be eligble to enter the Trinity International Foundation Programme, please contact admissions@mie.ie for further information.

Additional Requirements
Students must have at least 70%, or equivalent, in Mathematics for final secondary qualification. Applicants joining Science, Engineering and Health Science Stream (Pathway B) may be required to demonstrate pre-requisite knowledge of relevant science subjects prior to entry into the International Foundation Programme.

The following undergraduate course pathways will have further specific subject requirements for entry:
- Science (TR071) Pathway: Must have one or more Science Subjects for final secondary qualification.
- Pharmacy Pathway: Must have Chemistry for final secondary qualification.
- Theoretical Physics Pathway: Must have Physics for final secondary qualification.

English Language Requirement
IELTS: 5.0 overall (5.0 in writing with no element below 4.5)
TOEFL: 64 with 16 in writing

English requirements for Law and Psychology:
IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no subscore below 5.5.
TOEFL: 72 with 20 in writing"

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on the link below. You can save your application and return to it, but remember to submit it when you're finished!

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
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If you have any questions, please contact admissions@mie.ie

Fees & Scholarships

Pathway A - Business, Economics, and Social Science B - Engineering and Science
Tuition Fee €16,480 €17,995

Trinity International Foundation Programme Scholarship

Award: Several scholarships valued between 3,000 and 5,000 euro each, applied as a reduction of the tuition fees of the International Foundation Programme. There are several scholarships available.

Who can apply: Applicants from around the globe, who have non-EU status and will pay non-EU tuition fees.

Selection criteria: The scholarship will be assessed based on academic achievement, and evaluation of the applicants’ potential to contribute to the overall TCD community.

Scholarship application documents

Applicants are required to submit the following documents to apply for the Trinity International Foundation Programme Scholarship:

  • Cover letter outlining your full name, your application number (assigned when application is submitted - IFPXXX) and name of programme you have applied for at Trinity College Dublin.
  • 200 word statement on “how I will contribute to our Trinity College Dublin community.” - submit in Microsoft word document or pdf format.
  • CV/Resume

Scholarship Application Process

Closing date for the Trinity International Foundation Programme Scholarship applications is Friday 26th May 2017.

Please submit your scholarship application as follows:

  • Email to: Dominique Luthringer Dominique.Luthringer@tcd.ie
  • Subject line: your name + Trinity International Foundation Programme Scholarship
  • You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of scholarship request
  • No further communication until scholarship awards are made; awards will be made and successful candidates informed no later than Friday 16th June 2017.
  • Decision to accept scholarship is required on Friday 23rd June 2017; the scholarship award will be confirmed with acceptance of your offer to attend TCD and payment of your deposit.
  • You will be responsible for formally accepting the scholarship offer by email reply to Dominique.Luthringer@tcd.ie
  • Acknowledgement of receipt of scholarship acceptance will come within 72 hours
  • A non-response will be considered as declining the offer

China Claddagh Scholarship Programme

Trinity College Dublin are delighted offer a number of scholarships for Chinese nationals under the China Claddagh Scholarship Programme. These scholarships are being offered to students who have an offer for the Trinity International Foundation Programme. Details of the scholarship being offered can be found below:

International Foundation Programme China Claddagh Scholarships Award: Scholarships valued at 5000 euro each, applied as a reduction to the tuition fees of the International Foundation Programme, for students who need to complete a pathway programme before joining an undergraduate degree at Trinity College Dublin. There are a maximum of 10 scholarships available.

Application Process for China Claddagh Scholarship Programme
Who can apply: Applicants who are normally resident in China, who have non-EU status and will pay non-EU tuition fees.
Selection criteria: The scholarship will be assessed based on academic achievement, and evaluation of the applicants’ potential to contribute to the overall TCD community

Scholarship Application Documents

Applicants are required to submit the following documents to apply for the China Claddagh Scholarship Programme:

  • Cover letter outlining your full name, TCD application number (assigned by TCD when application is submitted) and name of programme you have applied for at Trinity College Dublin.
  • 200 word statement on “How I will contribute to our Trinity College Dublin community.” – submit in Microsoft word document or pdf format.
  • CV/Resume

Application Process

Please submit your scholarship application as follows:

  • Email to: tcdchina@tcd.ie
  • Subject line: your name and your applicant number
  • You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of scholarship request
  • No further communication until scholarship awards are made; awards will be made and successful candidates informed no later than Friday 14th April 2017
  • Decision to accept scholarship is required on Friday 28th April 2017; the scholarship award will be confirmed with acceptance of your offer to attend TCD and payment of your deposit
  • You will be responsible for formally accepting the scholarship offer by email reply to tcdchina@tcd.ie
  • Acknowledgement of receipt of scholarship acceptance will come within 72 hours
  • A non-response will be considered as declining the offer

Contact Us

For more information on the Trinity International Foundation Programme, please contact:
Admissions Office
Marino Institute of Education
Griffith Avenue,
Dublin 9
Telephone: +353 1 805 7752
Email: admissions@mie.ie

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