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Trinity has long standing relationships across China and is continuously deepening that engagement in terms of student recruitment, research collaborations, university partnerships and student mobility. If you would like to hear more about studying at Trinity, please register below.

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International Foundation Programme Entry Requirements

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 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. To find out more about the Trinity International Foundation Programme, please visit this page.

To apply to the International Foundation programme, you will need:

English requirements:

  • IELTS 5.0 with 5.0 in writing with no element below 4.5
  • Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 80/160

English requirements for Law, Pharmacy and Psychology:

  • IELTS 6.0 with no band below 5.5
  • Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 90/160

Academic requirements:

  • SH2 (Gao Er): 85% average across the academic year (the average must include key subjects) with a minimum of five academic subjects pass or above.
  • SH3 (Gao San): 80% average across the academic year (the average must include key subjects) with a minimum of five academic subjects pass or above.

Undergraduate Requirements

Trinity is delighted to accept students from China who have completed one of the international qualifications recognised by Trinity which are detailed below.

Recognised School Leaving Qualifications:


Applicants presenting a Chinese Senior Secondary School certificate with minimum 80% average and Gaokao results are eligible to apply. Applications will be considered on a case-by case basis and successful admission will depend on a number of factors, including availability of places and course-specific requirements.

Students are also welcome to apply to Trinity with the assistance of the Ambright Education Group via the China Excellence Identification Scheme (CEIS) and the AST (Aptitude Scholastic Test). Further details can be found on the CEIS website

Students from China who have not taken the Gaokao can apply to Trinity through the International Foundation Programme.

Students who have not completed the above qualifications can apply using one of the international examinations recognized by Trinity.

Accepted qualifications for direct applications include:

In addition, to qualify for admission to a degree course at the University you must:

  1. Meet the minimum matriculation requirements (pass grades in English, Mathematics, a language other than English, and a full set of valid subjects for your examination system)

  2. Display a high level of competence in the English language in one of the examination systems recognised by Trinity College Dublin.

    Details on accepted English proficiencies are available on our Admission Requirements page

  3. Satisfy course specific requirements. Some courses will have additional requirements and restrictions for admission.

    They are detailed on the relevant course page and on our Admission Requirements page

  4. Meet competitive standards for admission to the course.

     Please note that posted scores are minimum entrance requirements only and do not guarantee admission. Where places are competitive, a student must have excellent examination results to qualify for a place on their preferred course.

These standards are indicative only and final assessment will be made by Trinity's Academic Registry.

Important note on your application

Applicants from your country will normally be defined by Trinity as Non-EU applicants; this is based on residency rather than nationality.

Your EU/Non-EU status is an important part of your application and it is your responsibility to determine your correct status before making an application, as the method of application and requirements will differ.

Determining EU/Non-EU status (Undergraduate)

Making an Application

For detailed information on how to make an application to study at Trinity College Dublin, please see our How to Apply Guide.

There are many different ways to come to University and Trinity encourages applicants from all backgrounds and circumstances to apply. For more information on alternative paths to Trinity, such as advanced entry transfers, please see our guide to non-standard applications here

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

Postgraduate work in Trinity is academically challenging and the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to:

• hold at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country.

• display a high level of competence in the English language in one of the examination systems recognised by Trinity College Dublin. Details on accepted English proficiencies are available on our Admission Requirements page

Some courses may require higher standards or require you to take further tests or attend an interview. More detailed requirements for each course are listed on
the relevant course page

If you have questions about the specifics of the admission requirements for a given course, or about the course itself, you should contract the course coordinator directly using the contact information available on the courses page.

Determining EU/Non-EU Status (Postgraduate)

Fees, Funding, Scholarships

The fees you will be expected to pay to attend Trinity College Dublin are determined by a number of factors.

For more information on how to determine your course fees, and methods of payment, please see our detailed information on Fees and Finances.

Undergraduate Fees and Finances

Postgraduate Fees and Finances

Trinity College Dublin offers a number of scholarship opportunities for prospective and current students interested in study or research at Ireland's leading university. Since its foundation in 1592, Trinity College Dublin has sought to assist students of limited means and reward academic achievement. Students are always encouraged to explore external funding options in their home countries.

For more information on scholarship, funding and grant opportunities, please see below.

General Undergraduate Scholarships and Funding

General Postgraduate Scholarships and Funding

International Scholarships

Scholarships for International Foundation Programme Study


Do I need a Visa to come to Ireland to study at Trinity?

The majority of non-EU/EEA students require a visa before entry to Ireland.

To check to see whether you require a visa, please see here.

Please see on the Irish Immigration Service website a list of the countries that require a visa before entry to Ireland.
For general information on visas and immigration please visit our Visa Information section.

Meet us in your country

Trinity in your Country

Our team make regular visits around the world, attending fairs, running open days and visiting schools. Check this page to see if our team will be visiting your area soon.

Education Agents

Trinity works with education agents who can assist you with your application. Here is the list of our approved agents in your country:

Bright Can-Achieve Limited

Shinyway Education

New Oriental Vision Overseas Consulting

Wuhan Smith Education Development LTD.

Beijing IO Education Technology Co., Ltd

IAE Global

Beijing Zhaolong Education

Index Education Services Ltd

EIC Education

Global Education Alliance
Tel: +86-20-87564402

JJL Overseas Education

Ireland Education Service Center (IESC)

Education Brand Making International Co., Ltd (EBI)


Wiseway Global Co. Ltd

Prepare Education


University Choice


Amber Education

UOffer Global

Dongfang International Centre for Educational Exchange


Nanjing Aufine

Contact us

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have – you can email us, book a 1-to-1 meeting or follow us on Wechat. We are always happy to help answer questions about our programmes, entry requirements and student life. Please follow this link to book a meeting with one of our team members. If you are interested in a Master’s Degree in the Trinity School of Business, please email

Meiling Yao, China

MPhil in English Language Teaching
Global Excellence Scholar

“I study in Trinity because it is one of the most well-known universities in the world and I love Ireland and Irish people.. I really love all my professors.”

Meiling completed the Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme (PMPP) at Trinity before commencing her Masters. The PMPP is suitable for students with a conditional offer for postgraduate study at Trinity, subject to fulfilling the minimum English language requirement.

Student Testimonials

  • Dale Chen
    MAI Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

    There are many positive experiences of coming to study in Ireland and in Trinity. One of them is the diverse group of students you will meet when you study here. Ireland is an open and welcoming place for international students. In Trinity, over 20% of the students are international students. You will meet and work study alongside with people from different nationalities and cultural background. I find this very beneficial to my personal development.

    I decided to study in Trinity because it has it’s an internationally renowned university with great opportunities. It’s at the heart of Dublin city centre, making it very accessible to local amenities and the global companies in Dublin town. Trinity also has a wide range of extracurricular choices and societies that could allow me to develop during my time here. Trinity also has great supports services for international students like the Global Room.

  • Siyi Wang
    Global Business Sophomore
    2018 China Claddagh Scholarship Winner

    I was so impressed by the atmosphere and environment of Dublin. Trinity is right in the center of Dublin and you can always see a lot of students walking into the campus with books in their hands. The academic atmosphere in Dublin is quite strong. There are many cafes and restaurants in the neighbourhood of Trinity. Locals or tourists usually have a coffee along the sidewalk café shops. It gives people a lively and vibrant vibe.

    The reason I chose to study Global Business is because the experiential learning experience. It emphasizes not only academic knowledge, but also the combination of knowledge and industry experience. At each stage, Global Business has a detailed structure. For example, students need to understand the history and evolution of business, organization and management in their freshman year. It will give you a chance to find out what you are interested in. Then we will have the opportunity to study in 50 universities in 18 countries and experience different cultures in the third year. In my last year, I will also have an internship which will give me a full and rich experience in the ground.

China and Trinity

Trinity has a longstanding relationship with China which dates to the Mission to the Far East and the establishment of Trinity College Fuzhou. The Dublin University Far Eastern Mission (founded in 1886) established Trinity College Fuzhou in 1907, now the Fuzhou Foreign Language School. Later, Trinity was one of the first universities in the European Union to welcome Chinese students to its campus, with students from Beijing and Nanjing studying in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Today, engagement between Trinity and China is continuously deepening in terms of student recruitment, research collaborations, university partnerships, student mobility and general engagement, including through the establishment of the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies. Trinity has a growing number of Chinese students who study a range of programmes at the university.

Download out International Prospectus 2024 (China edtion)

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