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May
18

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 […]

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Apr
24

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 […]

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Apr
10

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 […]

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Apr
05

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 […]

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Mar
31

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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Mar
22

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 […]

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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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Feb
27

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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Feb
06

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 […]

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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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Jan
23

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 […]

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Jan
05

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 […]

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Dec
01

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 […]

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Nov
28

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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Nov
23

Why DIFC Students Choose To Study In Ireland

Why study in Ireland? Choosing where to study abroad can be a difficult decision – especially when there are so many options including UK, Australia, USA, Germany, Netherlands and, of course, Ireland! Studying in Ireland provides amazing opportunities for International students due to the high standard of education, the value for money compared to other […]

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Nov
16

DIFC is coming to South East Asia

Are you in South East Asia? Would you like to sit down and talk to a DIFC representative about coming to study in Ireland or the UK? Our Marketing Director, David Moroney, will be visiting Vietnam, Malaysia & Singapore on certain dates in November and December 2016 and will be available to meet with students […]

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Nov
14

DIFC Students’ win top NCUK Awards

Two former DIFC students have received top awards at the 2016 NCUK Awards Ceremony today. Malaysian student, Angelina Long Chia Ling studied the International Foundation Year – Business programme in 2015-16 and is now studying Law at the prestigious University of Leeds. She was recognised for Outstanding Academic Achievement in her IFY Business studies with DIFC. […]

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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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Oct
26

Student Guest Blog – My First Month in Ireland

“What?! Ireland! Why Ireland?!” I got this question every time I said to my friends and family in Tanzania that I was moving to live and study in Dublin. My only response at the time was “I’ve heard the Irish are lovely people and I think DIFC is the place for me”. After long flights […]

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