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



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 […]

Graduate Visa Scheme

4 reasons why gaining International work experience through Ireland’s Graduate Visa Scheme is an integral part of your Master’s studies Last week, the Irish Government announced an extension to the Graduate Visa Scheme for International students who complete their Master’s degree in Ireland. The ‘stay back option’ for Masters and PhD students has been increased from […]

Why a supportive environment is critical to your Foundation course success

No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. ________ John Donne, 1624   When John Donne wrote these lines back in 1624, he was expressing our common humanity, the fact that we are all connected to one another. Unfortunately, back in those […]

12 Things You’ll Discover About Ireland in your Foundation Year

Each year, new students from all over the world arrive at DIFC to start their International study journey. Each with their own ideas about what Ireland will be like – most of them completely wrong! So, we thought we’d give you a little insight into the real Irish experience and what you can expect when […]

Understanding Dublin – Your Guide To What Dubliners Say And How They Say It

Ah, Dublin! The home of Oscar Wilde, Guinness, U2, Europe’s largest walled park and, of course, DIFC. Our wonderful city is a vibrant, beautiful place to study abroad and one of the friendliest cities in the world. But, one thing that often catches out our new students is the Dublin accent! Arriving in Dublin to […]

Irlanda Destino e DIFC Palestra: Transferencia Universitária

Se você quer saber mais sobre Graduação ou Pós Graduação na Irlanda, e tem interesse em iniciar suas aulas em Janeiro/ 2017, saiba que ainda há tempo! A Irlanda Destino em parceria com a DIFC te convida para uma palestra interativa sobre transferência universitária!   Convidados pela DIFC estarão presentes nessa noite as seguintes instituições […]

And the Winners Are….DIFC 2016 Awards Ceremony

Every year, DIFC celebrates the success its past students at the annual Student Awards Ceremony. It’s such a proud moment for the staff and management at DIFC every year to welcome back our top students so we can share in their success. Congratulations to the following students who were recognised for their hard work and success […]


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