DIFC – About Us
Dublin International Foundation College (DIFC) was set up in 1999 to deliver specialised foundation courses preparing international students for entrance into partner universities in Ireland and the UK. Both undergraduate and postgraduate level programmes are taught and students who successfully complete these are placed in a wide-variety of Higher Education courses.
Over the past few years, DIFC has placed over 1,000 students onto graduate and postgraduate courses in partner universities and colleges in Ireland and the UK.
Due to our reputation for running quality foundation courses as a pathway to university entrance, DIFC has been appointed by NCUK as its exclusive delivery centre in Ireland for NCUK courses – the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) and NCUK Graduate Diploma (formerly the Pre-Masters programme – PMP).
Students from many countries outside Ireland and the UK need to complete a ‘bridging course’ before they can enter leading universities in the UK or elsewhere. Other students wish to undertake part of their international degree course in their home country. The Northern Consortium (NCUK) is an education organisation created in 1987 by eleven UK universities to help such students. This remains NCUK’s main objective today.
Originally, NCUK courses prepared students for study at one of the eleven founding university partners. However, as the recognition of the courses and the student numbers on the programmes has grown, NCUK has developed partnerships with other UK universities, as well as universities in Australia and the Republic of Ireland. This allows NCUK to meet the educational needs of a very wide range of international students.
NCUK works in association with education institutions to run our courses. These are our course delivery partners. We run courses in countries ranging from China to Kenya. We are committed to developing new foundation courses and other programmes in a rapidly expanding number of countries worldwide.
NCUK offers two pre-university preparation programmes: a pre-undergraduate course and a pre-postgraduate programme.