Pathways courses

NCI welcomes international students from a number of approved Pathways programmes in Dublin and elsewhere.

NCI Pre Sessional English

NCI will run a Pre Sessional English programme ahead of our September 2021 intake. This will be for students who need to improve their IELTS score by 0.5. Please email for more information on our Pre Sessional English programme. 

Foundation Programmes

National College of Ireland accepts students from a number of approved Foundation Programmes. Our preferred Foundation Programme provider is Dorset College. Established in 1983, Dorset College is an independent third level institution located close to NCI in Dublin, Ireland. Dorset College is a designated educational institute of Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and is further accredited by CIPD, CISCO, Microsoft and CompTIA. We believe that Dorset College is an excellent pathway provider for NCI due to its commitment to small class sizes, high academic standards and an extremely supportive environment. Dorset College is very experienced in welcoming international students from around the world for both English Language and Higher Education courses. You can learn more at

Dorset College offers an International Foundation Programme for students who wish to join an NCI undergraduate degree but who are firstly required to complete a foundation programme. Dorset College also provides a Pre Masters Programme for students who wish to join an NCI Masters degree but who first need to improve their English language skills. 

Please contact us on for more information on these Pathway options.