EU Applicants

Official Documentation Review

Students presenting EU qualifications or examination types other than the Irish Leaving Certificate and UK-based A-Levels, who are successful in receiving an offer, must produce their official transcripts and documentation to the Admissions Office once they have been registered.

EU Entry Requirements by Country

Applicants from non-Irish EU/EEA/Swiss States should see the information contained in this document relevant to their country's exams. For further information, contact us here.

EU Non-Irish Entry Requirements Document: click here

Select your Country

Click on your country to learn more about the specific requirements for each nation.

Please also consult the Application Process section and English Language Requirements.

Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France
Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy
Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta
Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania
Scotland Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden

UK (except Scotland)


English Language Requirements (for Non-Irish EU applicants)

Teaching in Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is normally through the medium of English; therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in the English Language.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of equivalent competence in English Language, through their school leaving examination or matriculation examination or by achieving the minimum standard (there may be higher levels for matriculation and/or particular programmes in individual institutions) in a recognised English language test, as specified below (note applicants are assessed on the results of a single sitting only):


Duolingo English Test (DET)

DET score of 120 or better

Please note: Applicants scoring DET 110 or 115 will be required to sit a UCC Language Centre Skills Check before receiving an offer. Applicants presenting with one of these two scores should contact the UG EU Admissions Office directly by emailing

UCC has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake.


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

90 Internet based (no less than 20 in each section) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

A minimum score of 600 administered by Princeton University, with Test of Written English at 475+.


International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic

An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.00 in each band.


University of Cambridge:

176+ on Cambridge English scale with no less than 169 in each skill and use of English i.e.

Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)

Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)

First Certificate, Grade A (CEFR Level C1)


English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP):

With grade C1 or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)


UK Examining Boards/Bodies

GCE O Level English Language at Grade C or above

GCSE English Language at Grade C or above

GCSE English Literature at Grade C or above

CSE Grade 1 Pass in English


University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES)

with English at grade C or above (incorporating the Oxford Examining Body’s English as a Foreign Language (Higher Paper)


EU Countries’ Matriculation Examination

Matriculation Examinations from European Countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved. Where the examination has been taken more than 2 years previously candidates may be required to take a proficiency test. Where an English proficiency test which is scored on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is presented as part of a school-leaving qualification, grade must be C1/C2.


Pearson English language text (PTE Academic):

minimum of 63 (with at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section)


Trinity ISE

Trinity ISE III with at least merit in each skill category



Merit in the module “English as a Second Language” or “Communications” (level 5)


Or an equivalent level of English in a recognised examination


Proficiency tests are used to meet entry requirements but do not count towards points scores. For all proficiency tests the results must normally have issued within two years

prior to the start of your course (i.e. for entry in September 2020, only results attained since 1 February 2018 will be accepted).

Note: Where an applicant shows evidence of hearing impairment which meets the requirements for access, the English language requirements can be met without the

hearing and speaking components.


EU qualifications are assessed by the university at the end of July each year. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the contents of the following pages are accurate, the information has been provided by the following document published by the central applications office (CAO). The information in these pages is subject to change and the following pages are solely for information gathering purposes and do not guarantee an applicant any form of offer or grant any rights to potential applicants. 

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