student life

Aug
25

Essential Mobile Apps for Studying In Dublin

As a student, settling into a new country and environment can be challenging. From adapting to the weather to understanding the culture and so on. However, there are certain ‘must have’ mobile apps that will make it easier to get accustomed to Dublin. The list of Dublin Apps that I have made is a personal […]

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May
31

Top Tips To Stay Organised at University

Being a student is tough. Our schedules are constantly filled with classes and hours in the University library, and not to mention squeezing in a time slot to prepare meals. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be organised about it. Below are my 5 tips on how I stay sane with my mountain of workload […]

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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
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
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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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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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
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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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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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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Jun
16

Celebrating Ramadan in Ireland (Part 1)

With Ramadan celebrations underway for the Muslim community across the world, we thought we’d ask some of our Saudi Student Amabassador some of their tips for observing Ramadan while living in Ireland. Here Mona Almahri offers her advice for student’s celebrating Ramadan in Ireland. This is the second Ramadan for me in Ireland. It’s not […]

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May
24

Saudi Student Sameerah’s experience with University College Cork

In this post I intend to share with you some of my experience in Cork in general and what is is like to study in UCC (University College Cork), in particular regarding academic life support, food, accommodations and socializing. In 2014-2015, I was a bit frustrated when found out that my chosen course (Education of […]

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May
16

Studying in UCC – Life of a Saudi Masters Student

I did my Masters in Analytical chemistry at University College Cork (UCC). It was a successful experience and amazing chance, this is because UCC has a high reputation and has qualified and helpful professors and lectures. The UCC campus is very huge and has lots of departments and schools equipped with everything that you need during […]

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Apr
25

Introducing our Saudi Student Ambassadors

For many years now, we have help students from Saudi Arabia achieve their dream of studying an undergraduate or Masters degree at top Irish universities. Through studying with DIFC, students have developed the necessary English and Academic skills need to be successful in their University studies. We are delighted to welcome four of our former Saudi […]

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