English Language Requirements

Important Information for International Students whose mother tongue is not English.

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 (Academic version) and IELTS Indicator : Grade 6.5 overall

TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based

  • IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall
  • TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based
  • University of Cambridge: 
    Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2) 

Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2) 

  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)
  • Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 120/160, dated since January 2020.
  • An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-Master's Pathway Programme. The Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme is an academic English course for international students with conditional offers for postgraduate study at Trinity. Passing the programme means you meet Trinity’s English language requirement and can progress to your postgraduate course without retaking IELTS or any other exam. 

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.

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 Students

Queries on admission requirements from international students can be directed to Academic Registry.

Phone: +353 (0) 1 896 4500

Email: academic.registry@tcd.ie

Address: Academic Registry, Watts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland

Web: www.tcd.ie/academicregistry