Pre-Departure Information

Foundation Programmes - International Student Entry Requirements -

Minimum English Achievement Level  Required*                 
TOEFL Paper Based Test 510
TOEFL Computer Based Test 180
TOEFL Internet Based Test 64
IELTS 5.0
GCE O Level English Language C
TIE                                                                           B1
GCSE English Grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Accepted      
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English Accepted
ETAPP Grade C1
Please note that these are minimum requirement of English Proficiency*

Academic Requirements

  • In general, students will need to have completed a secondary/high school diploma with English and Maths. 
  • Students who have qualifications from overseas will be subject to checks.
  • Dorset College uses a number of comparision systems, such as NARIC and the NQAI Qualifications Recognition system, to compare and establish equivalency of international awards. 
  • An IELTS score of 5.0 or equivalent is required for non-native English speakers.

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

International Students Entry Requirements

English Proficiency Qualifications Minimum Achievement Level Required*          Academic Requirements
TOEFL Paper Based Test 525                       In general, students will need to have completed a secondary/high school diploma with English & Maths and at least 4 other subjects with an average of 60%.  
TOEFL Computer Based Test                            197
TOEFL Internet Based Test  70 Students who have qualifications from overseas will be subject to checks.
IELTS  5.5 Dorset College uses a number of comparision systems, such as NARIC and the NQAI Qualifications Recognition system,
GCE O Level English Language  B3
TIE B1+ to compare and establish equivalency of international awards.
GCSE English Grade  C An IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent is required for non-native English speakers.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Accepted  
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English  Accepted
ETAPP  Grade C1

Please note that these are minimum requirement of English Proficiency.* 

Academic Requirements for China
Chinese University Entrance Examination achieving minimum marks for degree programmes in a Chinese University Bachelor of Arts/Commerce/Science degree.

Academic Requirements for India
Higher Secondary School Certificates - Indian School Certificate [ISC]/ Intermediate Certificate/ Higher School Certificate /Higher Secondary Certificate/ All India Senior School Certificate / Pre-University course - awarded on completion of Standard XII. (If awarded by CBSE, CISCE and Metro state boards)

Academic Requirements for Pakistan
Higher Secondary Certificate [HSC]/ Intermediate [Pre-Engineering or Pre-Medical Stream] if marks of over 50% have been obtained on a subject by subject basis.  Bachelor of Arts/Commerce/Science degree

Leaving Certificate
Applicants must obtain a minimum of Grade D3 in five ordinary level subjects, including a language. Some programmes also require a minimum of a grade D3 in ordinary level maths. Please see Course Entry Requirements for further details.

A-Levels
Applicants must obtain four GCSE passes at grade C to include Maths and English plus one pass at A-level. 

FETAC/QQI Applicants
Minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC/QQI Awards is a full FETAC/QQI Major Award (8 Modules). A record of achievements does not meet these minimum entry standards. Further details can be obtained from the Admissions Office. 

Standard Entry Requirements
Standard entry requirements are published for each programme at Dorset College on the college website and in the relevant course brochure and prospectus. These entry requirements are determined based on the National Framework of Qualification guidelines.

Mature Applicants
If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dorset College. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver's licence or passport must also be submitted.

How to Apply for your Study Visa in Ireland

For a successful visa application the following documents should be submitted at minimum. Please note that other supporting documents may be required and students should contact the local Irish Embassy or Consulate to obtain information on the full documentation required or click here.

1. Visa application form
2. Student visa declaration form
3. Education documents from high school and university where applicable
4. English proficiency certificate such as IELTS or TOEFL
5. Evidence of finances - you should be able to demonstrate that you (or your sponsor) have sufficient funds to support your living expenses while in Ireland and be able to meet the cost of the programme. The Immigration office recommends student to have access to €7000 per year for living expenses
6. Proof of Medical Insurance - Dorset College will provide medical insurance for all students
7. Proof of payment
8. Proof of enrolment on the stated course
9. Evidence of previous immigration and travel history, if any
10. Evidence of pervious work experience, if any.

* Please also note that your passport should be valid for a period of six months after the estimated completion date of your course.   Once submitted we endeavour to inform you of the decision on your application to Dorset College within 72 hours.

Further information on entry requirements contact: +353 1 8309677 or email: international@dorset-college.ie

Application Procedures

All international students can apply directly through the international student office or through a number of recognized agents. For information on recognized agents in your area please contact international@dorset-college.ie

To apply to the College you will need to supply the following documents:-

  1. A Completed Application Form (click here to download your application form)
  2. High school transcripts
  3. C.V. or personal statement
  4. English language proficiency certificates (e.g. IELTS/TOEFL)
  5. Copy of picture page of your passport.
  6. Once submitted we endeavor to inform you of the decision on your application to Dorset College within 72 hours.

Further information on entry requirements can be seen here or by contacting international@dorset-college.ie

Letters of Offer
When a decision is made about your application an email will be sent to the email account registered with your application. This email is your letter of offer. If you require a "hard copy" for a scholarship body please send your request to international@dorset-college.ie  

Accepting Your Place
Once you decide to accept your place in Dorset College please email international@dorset-college.ie confirming your acceptance and quote your College Internal Reference Number (XXXXXX) on your letter of offer. In this way we can process your acceptance quickly.

Payment of Fees
All international fees can be paid through Dorset College's international payment partner Pay To Study or directly to Dorset College bank account (details are below). The PayToStudy option is a secure system that ensures prompt payment, allows us to issue receipt letters within 48 hours and ensures you the student/sponsor does not incur additional exchange charges.

Dorset College Bank Details

A/C NO: 18874873
IBAN NO: IE15 BOFI 900551 18874873
BIC CODE: BOFIIE2D
SORT CODE: 90-05-51
A/C NAME: DORSET COLLEGE
BANK NAME: BANK OF IRELAND
ADDRESS: SEAMUS ENNIS RD, FINGLAS, DUBLIN 11, IRELAND

Visa Embassy Details

It is important to note that admission on to a full time programme at Dorset College does not automatically guarantee you a student visa. You must also meet immigration requirements in order to reside and study in Ireland.

For all information on completing and submitting your visa application please visit INIS: www.inis.gov.ie

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has produced a document for international students in 2010 Student Visa Guidelines. http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Students

Irish Embassies and Offices Abroad: http://web.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=285

International non-EU students are permitted to attend recognised full time programmes at Dorset College on the condition that the students and the Institute comply with specific regulations in relation to the issuing of student visas to such students by the Department of Justice, Equality, and Law Reform.

It is important that all international students on study visas in Ireland are aware of the following student visa regulations:

  • All international non-EU students must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) if they are staying in Ireland for more than 90 days. There is a charge of €300.00.
  • All students on student visas must demonstrate a programme attendance rate of 80% or higher.
  • It is the student's responsibility to attend classes and to issue a medical certificate if absent due to illness.
  • Students are also required to notify their programme tutor if they will be away from classes.
  • The International Student Office is obliged to notify the GNIB of any student who is not meeting the required programme attendance rate of 80%. Such students are at risk of losing their student visa.
  • It is the student's responsibility to ensure that his/her student visa is renewed on time.
  • Registered students at Dorset College will require a visa renewal letter from Dorset College's International Student Office to support their application for a visa renewal.
  • Applications for visa renewal are made through the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).
  • Students on student visas are entitled to participate in employment for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time and up to 40 hours per week during holiday time. However, all students committed to study during a holiday period, such as those postgraduate students who are completing their thesis during the summer holiday, are only permitted to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week.

Student Visa Regulations
Students who hold passports from the following countries DO NOT REQUIRE an entry visa, but are required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) within 90 days of arriving in Ireland. There is a charge of €300 for registering with the GNIB.

In addition, passport holders from the European Economic Area do not require an entry visa.  Students holding passports from all other countries MUST apply for an entry visa through the nearest accredited Irish embassy or honorary consul.

Scholarships
Please contact our International Office to receive details of any scholarships for students from your country.

Refunds
Please see the section for Non-EU/International Refund Policy
http://www.dorset-college.ie/refund_policy