Exam Required to Study in Ireland for Indian Students 2023

Exam Required to Study in Ireland for Indian Students 2023

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Rahul Singha
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Updated on Oct 31, 2022 19:09 IST

Study in Ireland: Even if you believe your dream of studying in Ireland is achievable, it is advisable to know the eligibility criteria for admission to Irish universities. Every university in Ireland has different admission criteria and requirements, so keep in mind that the top universities in Ireland will have higher score requirements than the averages shown here.

Exams required to study in Ireland

Two things you need to keep in mind are score requirements and language requirements. If your academic record has been strong, then you need not worry about the GPA requirement. However, it is advisable for every international applicant to appear for the IELTS or TOEFL exam as they reflect on your understanding of the English language. Even if your college waivers off language requirement exams, you should still give them as visa officers expect you to score really well in these exams to grant you an Ireland Study Visa.

First cycle studies – Undergraduate courses

There are no admission requirements at this point except for some subjects. For example, if you have applied for a mathematics course you need to have studied math in school. Undergraduate degree courses require a higher GPA in school while diploma courses are more lenient as far as academic records are concerned.

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Second cycle studies – Postgraduate courses

If you are applying for a postgraduate course at an Irish university, you need to have a relevant bachelor's degree or diploma. Your undergraduate course must be consistent and relevant to the course you wish to pursue your master's in.

GPA Requirements for Postgraduate courses in Ireland

A lot of times, candidates are confused about postgraduate admission requirements to universities in Ireland. Candidates can check out the admission requirements for universities in Ireland. Candidates should note that universities in Ireland accept 2.1 or 2.2 Equivalent depending on the program (specific to course). Public Universities in Ireland accept 2.1 for major programs.

2H2 Equivalent

2H1 Equivalent

1H Equivalent

Minimum CGPA of 7.0 on a 10 point scale

Minimum CGPA of 7.5 on a 10 point scale

Minimum CGPA of 8.5 on a 10 point scale

Minimum CGPA 2.7 on a 4 point scale

Minimum CGPA 3.2 on a 4 point scale

Minimum CGPA 3.7 on a 4 point scale

Language Requirements for Ireland

For either visa or admission process, international students will have to prove their level of command of the English language. Most Indian students wish to skip appearing for the language exams and wish to get admitted to universities that- accept students without IELTS or TOEFL scores. From a neutral standpoint, we can tell you this isn’t the best way to go about it if you want guaranteed admission to Ireland.

The reason why we recommend you sit for language exams even if the University of your choice doesn’t ask for the scores is that the IELTS/TOEFL scores could prove to be critical for your visa application AND scholarship eligibility. There aren’t many standalone scholarships available in Ireland for international students, and universities automatically shortlist student applications for internal scholarships. Language exam scores are critical while shortlisting international students for those scholarships. So you can get admitted to the university without taking the IELTS or TOEFL exam but you will stand to lose on scholarships. Here are the language exams accepted across Irish universities.

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Is IELTS required for Ireland?

IELTS score is used as proof of English language proficiency by many Irish universities. This exam measures the four basic English language skills of the test takers - speaking, reading, listening, and writing. Students receive IELTS scores based on each of the four skills on a band of 1-9. An overall band score is also awarded. The overall average IELTS score required by Irish universities is 6.5. Note that the IELTS score is valid for two years from the date of the declaration of the result. Trinity College, Dublin; University College, Dublin; National University of Ireland, Galway, etc are some of the universities in Ireland that accept IELTS scores.

Is TOEFL accepted in Ireland?

TOEFL is another popular English language proficiency exam whose scores are accepted to study in Ireland. It stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. It is conducted by ETS. Four academic English skills are measured through TOEFL – reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The validity of the TOEFL score is two years after the declaration of the result. 

Is PTE accepted in Ireland?

PTE Academic is a computer-based English language test conducted for non-native English speakers who want to study abroad. The test is used to measure the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of the candidates.

Is OET accepted in Ireland?

Students applying to courses in healthcare are required to take OET in order to prove that they have the right English communication skills for the healthcare profession. The test has been developed especially for 12 healthcare professions like Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Speech Pathology, and Veterinary Science.

English Language Score Requirements at a Glance

The table given below provides details of IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, and Duolingo Scores for Ireland.

English Language Test

English Language Score Requirements


6.5 - 7.0 overall with 6 in each band


80 – 92

PTE Academic


Duolingo Test

95 - 120

GRE and GMAT Requirements for Studying in Ireland

One of the major reasons for a lot of students opting for postgradute studies in Ireland is the advantage that most of the universities and colleges in the country have relaxed GMAT and GRE scores. Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin (UCD) are the only two universities that require either GMAT or GRE scores for their MBA programmes. 

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Q. Is IELTS required for Ireland study?

A. Yes, the IELTS Academic score is required to obtain an Irish visa for studies and for taking admission to an Irish university. However, it is advised to contact the university to know the requirements as per your chosen course.

Q. What is the procedure to study in Ireland?

A. Before the submission of an application, you must get as much as information as you can about your preferred programme, university, and accommodation. Get to know about the funding as well as student visa criteria. After knowing everything, you can do the necessary paperwork.

Q. What is the minimum IELTS overall score required to study in Ireland?

A. The average overall IELTS score required by the universities in Ireland is 6.5.

Q. Is TOEFL accepted in Ireland?

A. Yes, many Irish universities accept TOEFL scores to study in Ireland. The universities that accept TOEFL scores are Trinity College, Dublin; University College, Cork; University College, Dublin; National University of Ireland, Galway.

Q. How can I study in Ireland without IELTS?

A. If you want to study in Ireland without IELTS, then as an alternative you can appear for TOEFL or PTE.
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8 months ago

Can a middle class person afford to study in Ireland for undergraduate course? (Not taking loans as far as possible and rely on scholarship)

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

6 months ago

Hello Mansi. Getting a fully funded scholarship is next to impossible. However, there are multiple scholarships that help you with your tuition fee to a great extent. You can check out our Scholarship listing page for a list of study abroad scholarships here: https://www.shiksha.com/studyabroad/appl


rushabh oswal

a year ago

can i pursue masters inireland with an education gap of 10 years and work experience and by giving pte exam and also is it compulsory to maintain funds in your accounts six months prior to applying student visa!! thank u

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hello Rushabh. Universities abroad would want to know about the gap years. You see with a gap of ten years it could be difficult for you to land admission to a Tier I university. You could talk to our Shiksha study abroad counsellors for guidance on university admissions here: https://studyabroad.s



Sakshi Thakar

2 years ago

Hi! Am I eligible to pursue a Master's degree in psychology-related courses in Ireland? I will have a BA Psychology degree by next year.

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

2 years ago

Hello Sakshi. You can check out popular universities in Ireland here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/ireland. You can also check out admission requirements f for Ireland here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/top-reasons-to-study-in-ireland-articlepage-2847



2 years ago

Hello Rahul! I have completed my Bachelors in IT but I have a gap and no work experience. Am I eligible for pursuing masters here?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

2 years ago

You can check out popular Universities in Ireland here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/ireland and get in touch with our Shiksha Study Abroad counsellors here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/apply


Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

2 years ago

Hello Sadique. You have to understand that admission to IT universities in Ireland is tough because they are the best in the world. Would request you follow their admission guidelines for a smoother application process.

Sowmya shree H N

2 years ago

Hi Rahul,I am interested in doing ms in computer science but completed graduation in ECE with cgpa 8.5 and have 6 years of work experience in IT(software developer). Is it possible or is there any additional criteria?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

2 years ago

Hello Sowmya. You can check out popular universities for pursuing your said course here: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/ireland/ms-in-computer-science-engineering-colleges-ds and https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/ireland/ms-colleges-dc You can also get in touch with our counsellors here: https://stu