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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.

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

English requirements for Law, Pharmacy and Psychology:

  • IELTS 6.0 with no band below 5.5

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 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 course's 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 an INIS list of countries that require a visa before entry to Ireland.
If your country is not listed, then you do not require a visa to enter 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 out our events calendar 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:


Room519, Building B, COFCO Plaza,
8 Jianguomennei Avenue,
Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005,
Tel: +86 10 6528 8116/8626

JJL Overseas Education
5F Mi Yang Tower,
Yong an Dong Li,
Jianguomenwai Avenue,
Tel: +86 10 65685656 ext. 1120

Smith Immigration and Education Consulting
1208 Block B Han Street Headquarters international,
171 Zhongbei Road,
Tel: +8618986099310

Ireland Education Service Center
Room 2101 Block D,
Pufa Plaza,
1759 Zhongshan Road,
Tel: +862160940983

Education International Cooperation (EIC) Group LTD.
12F C2-D1, Jianhe Centre,
No. 111-115 Tiyuxi Road,
Tianhe District,
Tel: +86 020-29112022

Index Education
506 Longyu International Business Plaza,
329 Hengfeng Road,
Zhabei district,
Tel: +862132231071

Beijing Zhaolong Migration & Education Service Center
A716, The Spaces International Center,
No 8 Dongdaqiao Road,
Chaoyang District,
Tel: +861058702811

Education Brand Making International Co., Ltd (EBI)
A1108, The Spaces International Center,
No 8 Dongdaqiao Road,
Chaoyang District,
Tel: +861057291081

AoJI International Education Limited
2F, Interchina Commerical Building,
No.33 Deng Shi Kou Street,
Dong Cheng District,

Shinyway Education Group
23F, AVIC Mansion Yi10,
Dongsanhuan Middle Rd,
Chaoyang District,

Wiseway Global Co., Ltd.
Hesheng Jiaye Plaza,
32# Zhongguancun Avenue,
Haidian District,
China (100086)
Tel: 0086-10-83410905

Contact Details

Country Advisor
The Country Advisor for China is Kathy Zhai. Please do not hesitate to contact her if you have any questions about studying in Trinity.

Phone: +86 136 0195 8943