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International Foundation Programme




What will I learn?

The certificate in Preparation for Higher Education provides you with the fundamental knowledge and skills to progress into higher education. The course offers a high level of English language tuition and also provides a strong foundation in mathematics and IT together with tuition in a discipline area you are particularly interested in such as science, engineering, computing or business.

These modules will allow you to make an informed choice as to your degree options and will provide a route into many of the degree programmes offered here at SETU Carlow. The course is placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.

Taking a preparation course at SETU Carlow will allow you to commence your degree course the following year with greater confidence as you will have settled into Ireland and into Carlow and will have experienced the supportive environment we provide.

The course lasts for one academic year and commences in September. The modules are English for Professional Communication, Information Technology, Learning to Learn, Introductory Maths and modules from Management, Engineering Science or Computer Systems.

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€7,750.00 (US$ 8,174) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023


Institute of Technology Carlow

SETU Carlow Campus,

Kilkenny Road,


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must demonstrate that they have reached a level of education in their country of origin that is the equivalent of a Secondary School Diploma (High School Diploma) with good grades in an appropriate language, mathematics and at least 4 other subjects. English language requirements: TOEFL paper based 550; TOEFL computer based 213; TOEFL internet based (iBT) 79; IELTS 5.5; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 50-57; GCE O level English language – grade C; Test of Interactive English (TIE) – B2+; TOEIC – 700; GCSE English – Grade C; Cambridge certificate in advanced English – Grade C; English test for academic and professional purposes (ETAPP) – B2+; Irish leaving certificate – ordinary level grade D.

For international students

Applicants must provide High School/Secondary School transcripts in order to be assessed for entry to this programme

Applicants must also have an IELTS of 4.5 or equivalent

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Institute of Technology Carlow

IT Carlow offers an inclusive campus environment where students make lifelong friends while reaching academic goals.

  • Undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation programmes
  • Programmes in business, law, humanities, sport and science
  • In Carlow, South East Ireland, near Dublin
  • Known for student sporting excellence

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