The 3U Pathway University Foundation Programme equips international students, like you, with the knowledge, skills and confidence to flourish in your undergraduate study at Dublin City University (DCU), Maynooth University or other Irish universities. This intensive programme offers you vital bridge between the education you have already received in your home country and the requirements for undergraduate study at  DCU, Maynooth University or other Irish universities.  It provides you with an interactive learning programme wherein you will:


  • Develop your knowledge of English for Academic Purposes
  • Develop your knowledge of your chosen academic subject(s)
  • Be encouraged to become a self-directed learner
  • Develop your social and inter-cultural skills
  • Cultivate your creativity and entrepreneurial skills


Programme Structure:
The programme comprises three terms as follows:


Term 1: English for Academic Purposes 1; General Mathematics 1;
Inter-cultural Communications; Information Technology; Elective Modules

Term 2:  English for Academic Purposes 2; Study Skills; Mathematics 2;
Creativity and Innovation; Elective Modules

Term 3: English for Academic Purposes 3; Introduction to Probability and
Statistics; Critical Thinking: Strategies for University Life; Social Innovation
(Group Project); Elective Modules


Excellence in English Language Teaching:
3U Partnership has developed a strategic relationship with Emerald Cultural Institute as the chosen English language provider for the 3U Pathway  Foundation Programmes. Emerald Cultural Institute has been a leader in quality English language teaching in Ireland for 30 years, and is both ACELS and EAQUALS accredited. ECI shares 3U’s values for excellence in teaching and providing a holistic, student-centred education.


book Progression Opportunities: Students who successfully complete the 3U Pathway University Foundation Programme will be guaranteed progression to their chosen undergraduate programme at Dublin City University (DCU), Maynooth University or another Irish university.
tick Entry Requirements: Applicants must have a High school qualification to meet the country-specific entry requirements of their chosen undergraduate programme at DCU or Maynooth University. In addition, applicants must have an IELTS of 5.0 (with no component less than 5.0) or equivalent.
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If you meet your chosen university’s entry requirements but have an IELTS of 4.5 (with no component less than 4.5), we can advise you of an appropriate language course in order to develop your English language skills, particularly in writing and reading, to the required level for entry onto the 3U Pathway University Foundation Programme.

*The 3U Pathway University Foundation Programme is also recognised by a number of other Higher Education Institutes in Ireland and the UK. Please email if your destination university is not a 3U partner.


call Closing Date for Applications:

  • Next Programme Commencing  9 January 2017
    Closing Date for Applications: 9 December 2016
Sandford Close, Milltown Park, Ranelagh, Co. Dublin.
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3U Pathway University Foundation



  1. Guaranteed progression to DCU and Maynooth University’s undergraduate programmes or Maynooth and RCSI’s postgraduate programmes.
  2. Bespoke academic programme with continuous monitoring and assessment of your progress and one-to-one mentoring to prepare you for academic success in your studies
  3. Excellent, dedicated and experienced teachers
  4. Dedicated, safe campus with a positive learning environment
  5. No requirement for additional IELTS exam.

3U Partnership can help you  find accommodation to suit your needs. We can place you with a host family or in a student residence when you arrive, or point you in the right direction if you need some help looking for a longer term apartment after you’ve settled in Dublin.


Homestay – Staying with a host family is a great introduction to Irish life and culture. You will have an excellent opportunity to develop your language skills in a natural everyday context, and the family will provide you with breakfast and dinner each day. All of the host families we work with are vetted and have a lot of experience hosting international students. The cost of a homestay is €185 per week, all inclusive, with a one time placement fee of €65.


Click here for the brochure for Homestay Accommodation


Student Residence – If you prefer a bit more independence, we can place you in the student residence with international students.
The cost of a single room in the residence is €195 per week, and a shared room is €155 per week, both with the placement fee of €65. No meals are provided in the residence, and places are subject to availability.


Click here for the brochure for St Raphaela’s Residence.


Apartment sharing / rental – If homestay or student residence isn’t for you and you would prefer your own place, we can give you advice if you need it.


Some websites that are useful for searching are:


*please note that 3U Partnership is not responsible for accommodation found through the above websites *

Students coming from non-EEA countries may require a visa before entering Ireland.

To see if you require a visa, please look here.

All students from non-EEA countries will need to register with GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau).


To do this, you will need a letter of enrolment from 3U Partnership, your passport, proof of sufficient funds (3,000 euro) in an Irish bank, medical insurance for one year and 300 euro to pay for the GNIB card itself. This last amount can only be paid by card, as cash is not accepted.

Information Required for Applying for GNIB Card
Download our checklist here

Contact details for embassies and consulates located in Dublin can be found here.

All students in Ireland on a student visa are required to have medical insurance for the duration of their stay. You may purchase medical insurance in your home country, or here in Ireland. 3U Partnership uses a company called Medicover.


They offer a good plan for students at a cost of €120 per year. This can be ordered once in Ireland. For more information click here.

Dublin is a relatively easy city to navigate. Many people get around by bus or tram, but a
bicycle is also a great way to travel within Dublin as traffic can be heavy in the morning and evening.


If you choose to travel by bus or tram, you can get a Student Leap Card for discounted fares. We can help you get this when you arrive. See more information here. Dublin Bus has an app you can download to your phone to get the most up-to-date times for your bus. The website also has timetables and other useful information such as route planners, news and real time


If you decide to cycle, you can test out the roads on Dublin Bikes before committing to buying one of your own. There are approximately 100 stations across the city centre and
they are very easy to use. If you feel confident enough to go ahead and buy one, try Belfield Bike Shop at UCD for second hand bikes.

Living and studying in another country can be an exciting, but challenging, experience. 3U Partnership aims to provide a supportive and welcoming environment for all students. From questions relating to accommodation or your studies or Irish culture, we are here to help.

Dr Mary Fenton is the Head of 3U Pathway Programmes and has developed the course content to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they will need for their
destination programmes of study. Mary works with the teachers and students to ensure all the students are working to their full potential and getting the most out of their course. Mary provides one-to-one academic mentoring sessions to assist students with their progress.


Sheila McCormack-Cooney is the 3U Pathway Programmes Co-ordinator and is on hand to help with everyday queries involved in student life in Dublin. Sheila’s office has an open door policy for assistance.


See our 3U Team page for more information.

Programme Fees

3U Pathway Undergraduate Foundation Programme €12,000

3U Pathway Postgraduate Foundation Programme €12,000


Accommodation Fees

Homestay accommodation, half board €185/wk

Student residence:

– Shared room €155/wk

– Single room€195/wk

Airport pick up

Administration Fee €65


Other Fees – to be organised by the student

Medical Insurance (one year, with Medicover) €120

GNIB Registration €300

Student travel (LEAP) card€15


Tuition Fees

The balance of your tuition fees is expected a minimum of 2 weeks before the programme commences.


Refund Policy

In the event of cancellation within 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the programme, all fees will be refunded minus a 10% cancellation fee.


No fees will be refunded once a student begins a course.*


All fees must be paid by bank transfer only. Details of 3U’s bank account will be provided in your offer letter.


* Exceptions may be made in extenuating circumstances.

3U Pathway University Foundation Programme

Next Programme Starting 

 9 January 2017


30 weeks comprising three 10-week terms (30 hours of tuitions per week)


Programme Fee 


Miltown Park, Ranelagh, Dublin 6


Closing Date for Applications:
 9 December 2016