Cork…It’s more than a city
It’s an attitude!

“Everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork”

– Lonely Planet

Cork has a reputation as one of Europe’s coolest cities and for its independence of spirit. Although it is Ireland’s second largest city, Cork sees itself not in second place but as a rival to Dublin.

Live, Study and Immerse yourself in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city in the South of Ireland.

And DIFC Cork is at the centre of all things Cork…

The standard of our academic instruction is excellent and goes beyond simply teaching you the coursework to also include critical thinking, time management and problem solving. We prepare you so that you are ready to shine when you get to University.

You will treasure the friendships you make here. We ensure you are looked after in terms of settling in, adapting to a new and exciting culture and that you enjoy all Ireland has to offer.

To us, you are a person, not just a student.

What Can I Study?

We offer Foundation pathways to both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, with a proven track record of placing students in Bachelor and Masters degree programmes in Ireland and the UK.

Pathways offered include:

Why Foundation?

International students who have completed I/GCSEs or O-Levels, as well as students who have received their AS or A Levels, are eligible to apply for the DIFC International Foundation Year programme.

  • 100% of students who successfully pass the Foundation programme will achieve a university placement
  • Specially designed university preparation programme across a variety of pathways.
  • Individual and group university placement counselling offered to guide students on best preferences for achieving your goals.


Students who choose to study with DIFC Cork will be automatically eligible for the following scholarships

  • €2,600  for IFY Business, Engineering & Technology or Science programmes
  • €3,800  for IFY Health Science
  • €2,000 for Pre-Masters preparation

Scholarships are deducted from your Foundation tuition fees.

Further scholarships are also available with DIFC’s Cork university partners – you can find out the scholarships available for 2019 here

University Partners in Cork

Students studying with DIFC Cork will have access to the full network NCUK university partners.

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.

“DIFC equipped me
with the tools
necessary to embrace
University life challenges.”

Our Past Students

“My experience in DIFC both academically and non-academically has equipped me with the tools necessary to embrace taxing University life challenges. This course is structured in a manner that incorporates a variety of management skills as well as soft skills that aren’t taught at University level – in fact it is actually already expected from students. The IFY program is so useful and I still refer to some of my IT lessons in DIFC like Zotero, Libre and Excel.

The commitment and effort from each member of DIFC, whether it be academic, student support or even marketing, makes DIFC an outstanding and credible choice. Besides my experiences in class, the staff members and management team have gone out of their way on several occasions to lend a helping hand.

This management style is reflective of the inclusive culture that DIFC fosters which enriches the learning experience.

I am someone that would not vouch for something that I do not believe in, and I believe in DIFC so much that both my sisters have also attended DIFC.

Lakshmi Umapathy, Malaysia
Now studying a BSc Finance at University College Cork

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply for the IFY in DIFC Cork, the following entry requirements appl:

  • Student’s must be at least 17 years of age by 10th September 2018.
  • Completion of a High School Certificate with good grades
    (minimum academic entry requirements apply).
  • IELTS of at least 5.0 overall

How to Apply

Applications are now being accepted for the September 2018 intakes. Places will be limited, therefore students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

DIFC Cork Quick Facts

Cork Campus is located just a 15 minute walk from St. Patrick’s Street in Cork City and just 500 metres from the main train station.

Fully networked workstations in the computer laboratories.

Extensive library with study areas for students.

Student Common Room with pool table, ping pong table and games and fully-equipped student eating areas.

Large outdoor space for extra-curricular activities.