What do International students need to study at a third level institution in Ireland?
Well, that depends on what you wish to study as there are two main factors taken into consideration. First of all, you need to have the relevant academic qualifications or scores in particular subjects to be accepted on that course. Once that hurdle has been negotiated, the question of your ability to express and understand a sufficient level of Academic English is measured according to the qualifications in English that you possess. This essentially means you have to have an appropriate score in an approved English language examination, for example IELTS, which then entitles you to be submitted for registration.
Foreign applicants who have previously been enrolled on, or examined through English on an undergraduate or post graduate course in countries where English is the official language are usually allowed an exemption. However, it might be worth undertaking a refresher course in Academic English
if you have not been living in an English speaking country. For non-national domestic students, third level entry can also be granted via an Irish leaving certificate sat entirely through English.
It is very important to take into consideration that English language certification is usually required for a visa application by the Irish Immigration Services if you are a non-EAA/Swiss National and wish to study for the duration of your undergraduate of post graduate course.
So, for many international students who have the desired points for third level entry in Ireland, English certification is the main challenge to secure registration and often requires professional preparation to achieve that academic level of English.
IELTS: The most popular certificate requirement at third level in English speaking countries
IELTS is currently the property of the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.
IELTS is the acronym for The International English Language Testing System, Which has been developed and designed to enable non-native English speakers to work, study or migrate to countries such as Ireland, the largest native speaking country in the EU as well as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the USA and UK.
The assessment process involves testing your listening, reading, writing and speaking in Academic or General English, which is graded on a scale of 1-9. It is worth noting that Academic IELTS is generally accepted for all entry to third level institutions in the aforementioned countries. However, General IELTS is usually for migration and visa application purposes only, and not sufficient to register academically.