Author: Stephen Bruce

Mar
16

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 […]

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Feb
27

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 […]

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Jan
30

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 […]

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Nov
10

Student Interview – Ali Rifai – Football, Medicine and RCSI

The 2014/15 Premier League was not a great year to be an Arsenal fan, especially when one of your students is an enthusiastic Chelsea supporter. Fortunately, that Chelsea fan was Ali Rifai from Jordan – (pictured above -at the back) – the last in a line of Rifai brothers to pass through DIFC on their […]

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Sep
30

Top Tips for Giving a Presentation

Our IFY students are currently working to prepare group presentations that they will give next week. We’ve got a lot of wonderful topics to look forward to – from the UN to Chemical Bonding – and our EAP teachers are reading up furiously so that they can ask lots of intelligent questions. Presentations and working […]

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Sep
16

Food, glorious food

This week we got to meet our new IFY students. After the tour of the campus, we all went to the canteen for some cake and tea and I got chatting to some future doctors. Considering our surroundings the conversation turned to food and I was surprised to discover quite a few vegetarians. As a […]

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Jul
20

IELTS Writing – part 1

Many students are required to sit an IELTS test in order to gain admission to University or College, including DIFC. This September, DIFC is launching a new IELTS with Academic Skills preparation programme, specifically targeted at students looking to progress to study their Masters, so I thought I might share a few tips about Part 1 of […]

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Enjoying Your Summer

Today is July 1st. For our students on the Graduate Diploma, July 1st is the day they submit their final dissertation, the last step in the course. It has been a long road, a lot of hard work and now, the summer can begin. For our students in IFY intake 1, their summer began a […]

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Apr
26

The Final Countdown

April is a key point on the academic calendar. Before April, exams, final assessments and deadlines can seem far away. Exams belong in the Summer, in warm weather so the chill of February and March makes it easy to forget about the approaching exams. But when April arrives and the weather starts to improve, we […]

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Mar
09

The ever-evolving modern English language

Recently, while posting on Instagram, I came across a fabulous new word – pareidolia – which is when you notice something familiar in an object – for example, when people see faces in clouds or when you think your car looks like it has eyes and a mouth. The fabulous thing about the English language (or […]

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Jan
18

Life after DIFC: Sameerah’s Masters experience

Sameerah Almalki was a student on the Graduate Diploma course in 2014/2015. Sameerah came on to the Graduate Diploma after completing our Pre-Foundation English course, so we all had a bit of extra time to get to know her. And what a privilege that was. To see how well Sameerah has done is an honour. […]

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Jan
04

2016 – A New Year, A New Beginning?

The start of a new year is always a great time to reflect on life and make plans for the new year. Every year, people all over the world make New Year’s Resolutions: lose weight, exercise more, give up chocolate. When you are a student, these resolutions might seem even easier: study more, stop skipping […]

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Dec
08

Student Awards Ceremony

2015 Winners Here at DIFC, we like to celebrate our students and their achievements. Obviously, the main reward for our students is a place in University but it is also nice to show appreciation for hard work and excellent results in other ways. That is why we have a Student Awards Ceremony every year to […]

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A Guide to Referencing

What is referencing? In academic writing, we rely a lot on other people’s writing and research. For example, I have never researched how many people study Chemistry in Dubai. But someone else has done this research – let’s call her Mary. So Mary has counted the number of people studying Chemistry in Dubai. So if […]

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Nov
11

Fiyin – Flying high at RCSI

Fiyinfoluwa Fabamwo was a student of DIFC, class of 2013/2014. Fiyin was a joy to teach – she worked hard, had an amazing attitude and understood the most important lesson – if you want to be successful, you need to work hard. Fiyin’s hard work was inspiring, both for us as teachers and for her […]

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Study Week

Congratulations to our IFY and Grad Dip students who have made it through the first half of the first semester. Has the time gone quickly or slowly? Next week is study week, so no classes. This week is a great opportunity to do the following: 1. Catch up: Maybe you missed a few classes. Maybe […]

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Photographs of Dublin

Now that the IFY course and the Grad Dip course are up and running, we thought it might be a good idea to hold a little photo competition. Here in Dublin, there are so many places to photograph. We’ve got the autumnal trees everywhere, the red brick buildings and the rain filled clouds. Last year, […]

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Questions

So we’ve successfully reached the end of the IFY induction week. Next week, we will get to meet all the new Graduate Diploma students. This is always a fantastic time of year. For us, it is exciting as we get to meet new people and start to get to know the people we will be […]

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Induction Week

For new IFY students, next week (September, 14th) will be the start of your time in DIFC. For Graduate Diploma students it will be the following week (September, 21st). We are all really looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our college. Your first week will be an induction week so we thought […]

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Mr. Biology

In this, the second part of our look at the Science teaching team, our resident Biology expert, Colm Nolan, was kind enough to subject himself to a few questions. Apart from being a wonderful teacher, Colm possesses a brain like velcro – absolutely everything seems to stick. He never ceases to amaze his colleagues with […]

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