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International Foundation Programme

Certificate in Foundation Studies for International Students 

This is a foundation preparation course providing a pathway for international students to gain experience of Third Level Education in Ireland and facilitate entry on to undergraduate programmes at Technological University of the Shannon. The International Students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and competence to successfully participate and embark on their chosen programme. This course will enable them to maximise their potential and make a successful transition to higher education. 

What are the entry requirements? 

Applicants must have 4.5 IELTS Score or equivalent and a high school qualification equivalent to Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications. 

International Applicants 

International applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS, allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by 1st June at the latest to ensure visas are processed in time. You should familiarise yourself with visa processing times for your country of origin to ensure you make a timely application. Find out more here. 

You can contact the international office at 

What modules will I study? 

  • Personal Development, Intercultural Studies, Communications 
  • Mathematics And Calculations 
  • Learning And Academic Skills Development, Research Skills 
  • Information Technology Skills, Computer Applications, Digital Literacy 
  • English For International Students 1 
  • English For International Students 2 

Are there opportunities for further study? 

This programme is aimed at those wishing to experience Third Level Education in Ireland with a view to preparing themselves to engage in a full-time undergraduate programme of study. Progression from this programme to an undergraduate programme within the Institute will be assessed in line with TUS’s Admissions Policies and Procedures. 

Anesu Havadi Zimbabwe

Student Testimonials

Anesu Havadi, Zimbabwe 

“The Foundation programme at TUS has provided me with the essential tools and help that I need to maximize my potential. With the aid of each individual lecturer, I was able to gain confidence and a new found love for education. All the lecturers were patient and extremely passionate about what they taught, which created a very enthusiastic learning environment. After completing this course, I now have the opportunity to pursue my desired degree with all my fellow peers who started this journey with me. I would highly recommend it.” 

Syrah Nabuuma, Uganda 

“The Foundation course at TUS is of very high quality and is helping me meet the requirements for my desired course at Bachelors degree level.  It has provided me with the skills to take on my programme as it covers the entry requirements that I need for it. The lecturers are very helpful and caring and they help out in every way they can, and my classmates are really good with teamwork, making everything so much easier”