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The Minimum IELTS Scores For Ireland Universities

So, you have decided to take a leap of faith and embark on a new journey studying in Ireland.

There are several things to prepare to ensure a successful application, one of which is meeting IELTS requirements set by your university of choice. Score requirements aren’t static, they vary according to the university and type of course you.

Score requirements aren’t static, they vary according to the university and type of course you seek to enter!

To read a subject in English, students are required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language.

The IELTS (Academic) is required to obtain an Irish visa for studies, and for admission to an Irish University.

For long-term study in Ireland, the minimum score requirements for various language tests set by INIS are as follows:

Long-Term Study Language Test Scores

Language Test

Minimum Requirement

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic

5.0

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Computer-based: 173

Paper-based: 500

Internet-based: 61

English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP)

B2

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

30

First Certificate in English (FCE)

Pass

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Pass

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

Pass

Business English Certificate (BEC) (Higher or Vantage)

Pass

 

However, the university you have chosen may have more stringent requirements depending on your preferred subject of study and programme.

Irish Universities IELTS Score Requirements

University

Score Requirements

Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

6.5 overall and no individual band below 6

Dental and medical courses: 7 overall and no individual band below 7

University College Dublin (UCD)

6.5 overall and no individual band below 6

University College Cork (UCC)

6.5 overall and no individual band below 5.5

Architecture courses: 6.5 overall and no individual band below 6

College Limerick (UCL)

6.5 overall and no individual band below 6

Dublin City University (DCU)

6.5 overall and no individual band below 6

NUI Galway (NUIG)

Arts/Business/Law/Medicine courses: 6.5 overall and no individual band below 6

Science/Engineering courses: 6 overall with no individual band below 6

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)

Engineering/Health Sciences/Science courses: 5.5 overall and no individual band below 5

Business/ Education & Humanities: 6 overall and no individual band below 5

National College Of Ireland (NCI)

UG Computing courses: 5.5 overall

UG Business: 6.0 overall

PG Computing: 6.0 overall

PG Business: 6.5 overall

Dublin Business School (DBS)

UG Business: 6.0 overall

PG Business: 6.5 overall

Mary Immaculate College (MIC)

6.5 overall and no individual band below 6

Maynooth University (MU)

6.5 overall score

Irish university National College of Arts and Design

6.5 overall and no individual band below 6

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

CEFR Level1: 6.5 overall

CEFR Level2: 7 overalls

Shannon College Of Hotel Management

6.0 overall

St. Angela’s College Sligo

6.5/7 overall

Cork Institute of Technology

6.0 overall

Athlone Institute of Technology

UG programs: 5.5 overall and no individual band below 5

PG programs: 6.0 overall and no individual band below 5

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Foundation Courses: 4.5 overall

UG programs: 6.0 overall

Masters programs: 6.5 overall

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)

UG programs: 5.5 overall

Masters /PG programs: 6.0 overall

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown

5.5 overall

Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT)

6.0 to 6.5 overall and no individual band below 6.0

Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow)

UG programs: 5.5 overall

Masters /PG programs: 6.0 overall

Institute of Technology Sligo (IT Sligo)

UG programs: 5.5 overall

Masters /PG programs: 6.0 overall

Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT Dublin)

6.0 overall

Institute of Technology Tralee (IT Tralee)

Foundation courses: 4.5 overall

UG programs: 5.5 overall

Masters programs: 6.5 overall

Limerick Institute of Technology

6.0 overall

Griffith College

6.0 overall

Independent College Dublin

UG programs: 6.0 overall

Masters programs: 6.5 overall

IBAT College Dublin

6.0 overall and no individual band below 5.5

ICD Business School

6.0 overall

 

To ensure that all students can cope with English-medium instruction, language test score requirements are rigorous but purposeful.

But don’t worry, even if you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can opt to take other tests!

Top universities such as University College Dublin (UCD) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) also recognize alternative English tests such as PTE, TOEFL, and UCLS. For a more specific breakdown of these score requirements, you may refer to the websites of individual universities.

English Language Test Equivalency Table

Exam

IELTS 5.0

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

7.5

A Level English

D

D

C

C

B

B

GCSE English

D

D

C

C

B

B

IB**

grade 3 in A or B

HL or SL

grade 4 in A or B

HL or SL

IB B SL grade 6

IB B HL -grade 4

IB A1/A2 HL/ SL grade 4

IB B SL grade 6

IB B HL -grade 5

IB A1/A2 HL/ SL- grade 5

IB B SL grade 7

IB B HL -grade 5

IB A1/A2 HL/ SL grade 5

IB B HL -grade 6

IB A1/A2 HL/ SL grade 6

TOEFL ibt

60

(10, 10, 13, 16)

70

(13, 13, 13, 16)

80

(17, 18, 17, 20)

90

(17, 18, 17, 20)

100

(20, 20, 20, 20)

110

(22, 22, 22, 22)

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