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From Dublin to Cork, Ireland is an up-and-coming study destination for many international students across the globe.

This country boasts high-quality education, rich culture and heritage, endless scenic landscapes, and a wide range of employment opportunities, making it one of the top countries in all of Europe for higher education.

Just like in other popular countries for overseas study, prospective students will need to complete their English proficiency requirements, such as taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the most recognised language proficiency test anywhere in the world.

First off, to seek admission to a university in Ireland, you may opt for an IELTS certification to obtain an Irish study visa.

This way, schools and other educational institutions can assess your ability to listen, read, write and speak in English to qualify you to enter your university of choice in Ireland. IELTS will also be key if you are looking to work in Ireland .

Once you hit the minimum scores required by the respective universities, you can then enrol in your chosen course of study.

Minimum scores for Ireland universities

In general, international students need to secure a minimum overall band score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS 9-band scale to successfully enter an Irish university.

However, this may still vary from university to university depending on their own specific criteria, especially for higher-ranking institutions.

Let’s take a closer look at the minimum IELTS requirements based on the top-ranked universities in Ireland.

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Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings in 2024

Known as one of the world’s most renowned metrics for higher education assessment, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings is an invitation-only opinion survey of the world’s most prestigious senior, published academics.

Based on specific metrics, these individuals are responsible for ranking the world’s universities every year in an impartial and balanced manner.

The 2024 publication included a whopping 1,906 universities and educational institutions covering 108 countries and regions, and is measured through five performance indicators including teaching, research quality, research environment, industry income, and international outlook.

Here are its minimum IELTS band scores for both undergraduate and postgraduate university programmes in Irish top institutions.

Rank

University

Global rank

IELTS minimum requirement (undergraduate programmes)

IELTS minimum requirement (postgraduate programmes)

1

Trinity College Dublin

161

6.5

6.5

2

University College Dublin

201-250

6.5

6.5

3

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

251-300

6.5

6.5

4

University of Galway

301-350

6.5

6.5

5

University College Cork

301-350

6.5

6.5

6

Dublin City University

401-500

6.5

6.5

7

University of Limerick

401-500

6.5

6.5

8

Maynooth University

401-500

6.5

6.5

9

Technological University Dublin

1001-1200

6.0

6.0

QS World University Rankings in 2024

Besides the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world rankings is another one of the world’s most prestigious ranking systems and the most widely read among all.

Based on this ranking system, each university is assessed based on eight key metrics including academic reputation, faculty-to-student ratio, international student ratio and international faculty ratio, international research network and employment outcomes.

This highly rigorous ranking methodology makes it one of the most reputable ones among its counterparts.

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Rank

University

Global rank

IELTS minimum requirement (undergraduate programmes)

IELTS minimum requirement (postgraduate programmes)

1

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

81

6.5

6.5

2

University College Dublin

171

6.5

6.5

3

University of Galway

289

6.5

6.5

4

University College Cork

292

6.5

6.5

5

University of Limerick

426

6.5

6.5

6

Dublin City University

436

6.5

6.5

7

Maynooth University

801-850

6.5

6.5

8

Technological University Dublin

851-900

6.0

6.0

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