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

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

As a delivery partner with NCUK, DIFC provides students with access to 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 Study Abroad Without Doing A Levels

What if I told you that you could achieve your dream of studying abroad in Ireland or the UK without doing your A Levels (or equivalent)? It seems too good to be true, right? Wrong! There is an alternative pathway that thousands of students have taken to study abroad in order to progress to undergraduate […]

My Day at the RCSI Conferring Ceremony

It’s a day that every medical student dreams about – the day they graduate from medical school and become a doctor. For me, it still seems like a faraway dream as I have just completed the second year of my six-year Medicine degree with the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI). But, last week I […]

Top Tips To Stay Organised at University

Being a student is tough. Our schedules are constantly filled with classes and hours in the University library, and not to mention squeezing in a time slot to prepare meals. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be organised about it. Below are my 5 tips on how I stay sane with my mountain of workload […]

Tips for Coping with Exam Stress

Exam period is a very stressful time for students. Late nights studying, last minute cramming and living on a diet of M&Ms and toast (or is that just me J). But sometimes, it’s the little things that can make a huge difference to managing your exam stress levels. With exam period underway for High School […]

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 […]


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