More Than a Pathway

DIFC offers international students a pathway to study in leading universities. But it’s more than a pathway.

We go beyond other foundation programmes – helping you to grow as a person and as a thinker, providing an experience that will stay with you for life.

What Can I Study?

Undergraduate Pathways
Business & Law
Engineering & Technology
Health Science
(Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy) Science

Pre-Masters Pathways
Business & Management
Life Sciences

Placement Successes

100% of students who successfully pass the DIFC foundation programme achieve a university place.

See where our Class of 2016 are now studying.

Partner Universities

DIFC has over 40 partner universities across Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond. These include some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

We believe it is important that you have a number of universities to choose from, rather than being tied to a ‘one university’ programme.  That way, you’ll have more options.


Studying Abroad?

Check out this checklist of things you need to consider

Studying to get into your ideal University course is hard. Choosing the right Foundation programme to help you progress to University is even harder.
Check out our checklist of all the criteria you need to assess when looking for the best Foundation programme for you.

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“My time here at DIFC
has simply been

David Ochai
from Nigeria

“Having a class of international students was a wonderful opportunity for me.”

Dawn Areen Kaur
from Malaysia

“DIFC provided a great western-style pre-University experience and plenty of useful study tips.”

Mingzhu Chen from China

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How to Upgrade Your Nursing Qualification in 2 Years

The demand for people with a nursing qualification is on the increase and government health authorities from many Western countries, including Ireland, are actively recruiting qualified nurses from abroad to help fill vacant positions. However, many overseas qualified nurses do not meet the requirements for working in Western countries. Gaining an International nursing qualification can […]

Life as an International Student at University College Cork

Your successful University placement after completion of the Foundation programme is a critical part of your study plan, when you are considering studying abroad – however, it can be sometimes overlooked when considering your options for Foundation. There are a number of things you should be asking potential Foundation providers about when looking at your options for […]

7 Reasons to Study in Cork

When most international students think of studying in Ireland, they automatically think Dublin. And, although Dublin is a fantastic place to study – there are also other amazing places on our small island of Ireland that will be just as – if not more – memorable for you to start your international studies. Why not […]

Best UK Universities for Student Experience

Researching potential universities can be a difficult task – especially when you are trying to do it from the other side of the world! And then, what do you look for? Academic excellence – yes. Graduate employability – yes. But one of the major factors that will affect not only how you perform in your […]

Best Universities for Graduate Employability

One of the most common questions asked by international students looking to come and study with DIFC is what employment opportunities are available after graduation. Although there are many factors involved in your employability after graduation, the QS Graduate Employability Rankings looks at the top universities worldwide from the perspective of graduate employment. This is […]

Movies to watch on St. Patrick’s Day

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, a national holiday here in Ireland. This means no school! As well as studying, it is a good chance to learn a bit more about Ireland. What better (and easier) way to do this than by watching Irish movies about (or made) in Ireland. Of course, lots of movies have […]

Studying Medicine at Charles University – Past DIFC Student Interview

Brandon Teoh graduated from the International Foundation Year –  Health Science programme in 2015. He did phenomenally well on the course – he worked his socks off and got 4 A*s in his final IFY exams. After DIFC, Brandon chose to pursue his medical studies in Charles University in the Czech Republic. He’s in his second year […]

DIFC launches new brand and strategy for global expansion

Despite all the negative press about Brexit, there are Irish companies benefiting on UK imminent departure from the EU – particularly those in international education. On February 16th, DIFC – Ireland’s leading Independent Foundation provider – launched its new brand and strategy for international student recruitment at a special event at Griffith College Dublin. The […]


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