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English Language Ability

If English is not your first language, you will have to be able to read and write English to a certain level in order to apply to DIT.

Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency.  The following English language proficiency tests and results are acceptable for most programmes:

Qualifications Minimum Level Required

(Some programmes may require a higher score)

ETAPP C1 (or higher)
GCE O Level English Grade C
GCSE English Grade C
Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level       OD3 or O6/H7
NEAB Test in English Pass
Norwegian Vitnemal Grade Average 4
Pearson PTE Academic 62
TOEFL Computer Based Test (DIT Code 0281) 213
TOEFL Paper Based Test (DIT Code 0281) 550
TOEFL Internet Based Test 92

Cambridge English Language Examinations:

180+ on Cambridge English scale with no less than 175 in each skill and use of English i.e.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
Grade C (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
Grade C (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) 
Grade A (CEFR Level C1)

In addition, applicants must meet the DIT requirements for the particular programme(s) applied for.  See individual programmes of study.

*Applicants for the  DT553, DT574 must present a minimum IELTS (Academic version) English Proficiency score of 7.5 or equivalent

*Applicants for the DT504 BA in Film & Broadcasting and DT582 BA in Journalism, must present a minimum 7.0 overall score in IELTS.

*Applicants for the DT517 BA in Languages and English Studies, must present a minimum 7.0 overall score in IELTs

*Applicants for the DT341, DT344, DT365, DT349, DT346 and DT548, must present a minimum IELTS (Academic version) English Proficiency score of 6.5 or equivalent.

DT204, DT206- You must have at least 6.0 in every component and you must have at least 6.5 overall score in IELTS (Academic version).

DT223, DT225- You must have at least 6.5 overall score in IELTS (Academic version).

DT224- You must have 6.5 in each component in the IELTS (Academic version).