Choose the Business, Economics and Social Studies (International Foundation Year) Business, Economics and Social Studies (International Foundation Year) for all the support you need to make a confident start to your degree.
The International Study Centre is located on the University College Dublin campus. It offers a state-of-the-art learning environment for you to prepare for your degree.
Academic English Skills
Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.
Complete a project on your own initiative, choosing a topic relevant to your chosen degree subject, in consultation with your tutor.
Principals of Economics
Study economic systems, types of goods, resource allocation, elasticity, price controls, market types, cost and revenue, economies of scale and market failure.
Core Maths 2
Learn the practical application of common mathematical techniques used in many business environments for managerial decision-making. You will make extensive use of Excel and its associated functions.
Principles of Economics 2
Explore aggregate demand and aggregate supply, economic policies, inflation, unemployment, international trade and development economics.
Accounting and Finance
Learn the basic concepts underlying accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical aspects of financial record keeping and management of accounting systems.
Introduction to Business Information Systems
Gain a practical introduction to IT skills and how they are used in a business and learning context.
Study HTML and website design.
History and Urban Landscape of Dublin
Discover the historical and geographical influences on the growth and development of modern-day Dublin.
Develop your analytical and data presentation skills through the use of Excel. Learn about mathematical tools used to apply the concept of ‘margin’ to a range of economic and finance problems.
Introduction to Business Studies (Principles of Management)
Develop an understanding of the operational and strategic problems facing businesses in the modern market economy.
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You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Schedule IELTS
Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent
English language: IELTS 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in writing) or equivalent
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Check the programme website for information about funding options.
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