More Than a Pathway

DIFC offers international students a pathway to study in leading universities. But it’s more than a pathway.

We go beyond other foundation programmes – helping you to grow as a person and as a thinker, providing an experience that will stay with you for life.

What Can I Study?

Undergraduate Pathways
Business & Law
Engineering & Technology
Health Science

Pre-Masters Pathways
Business & Management
Life Sciences

Placement Successes

As the exclusive NCUK Study Centre in Ireland, DIFC offers guaranteed access to over 40 universities across Ireland, UK and beyond.

In fact, 100% of students who successfully pass the NCUK International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters programmes with DIFC achieve a university place.

See where our Class of 2016 are now studying.

Partner Universities

As a delivery partner with NCUK, DIFC provides students with access to over 40 partner universities across Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond. These include some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

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.

Studying Abroad?

Check out this checklist of things you need to consider

Studying to get into your ideal University course is hard. Choosing the right Foundation programme to help you progress to University is even harder.
Check out our checklist of all the criteria you need to assess when looking for the best Foundation programme for you.

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“My time here at DIFC
has simply been

David Ochai
from Nigeria

“Having a class of international students was a wonderful opportunity for me.”

Dawn Areen Kaur
from Malaysia

“DIFC provided a great western-style pre-University experience and plenty of useful study tips.”

Mingzhu Chen from China

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Student Life in Ireland

Choosing what to study is tough, but if the option is there for you, choosing where to study can be even tougher! Uprooting your life to broaden your horizons and avail of the highest quality of education available may be your reasons for choosing to study abroad but where you choose to do this is […]

Choosing a foundation college – Do’s and Don’ts

What to do when choosing a Foundation College Do: Review your progression options. Can this International Foundation Year help me get into the course I want to be in? Research each option completely. Academic details are important, such as the ratio of students to faculty but also the academic supports available. Some Universities teach you […]

DIFC visits China – June 2018

DIFC is currently visiting China, visiting schools, meeting agents and promoting DIFC around China. During this visit, our Marketing Manager, Ray Halpin and Lawrence, from Grade Plus, visited the Blessing International School in Guangzhou this week to meet students to talk about progression into Medicine and Science programmes through the foundation pathways available at DIFC. […]

The Best Place to Study Abroad

With stunning natural landscapes, a fun-loving culture, vibrant history, and a lower cost of living than many places in Europe, (not to mention English being the main language of instruction), the reasons why Ireland is an ideal location to study abroad surely weighs more than a pot of gold! Home to 4.7 million people, Ireland […]

Thinking about international study?

Studying abroad can be a daunting experience for those who don’t know what to expect. But our best advice is just to relax and enjoy it. Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to discover a new country, new culture while also progressing your studies. A qualification from DIFC has international recognition and can open doors […]

Foundation Year Fundamentals

Why study the International Foundation Programme? The International Foundation Programme brings you on an exciting journey of education and self-discovery as you spend less than a year developing your skills that will in turn help you gain access to some of the best universities in the world. In simple terms, DIFC’s foundation courses prepares you […]

NCUK Summer School

  “Want to learn about British culture and visit seven NCUK Universities? The NCUK Summer School 2018 in partnership with Leeds Beckett University will run from Monday 16th July – Friday 27th July 2018 and is a fantastic opportunity for students to improve their English, experience UK academic teaching first-hand, learn about British culture and […]

New 2018 Cork Pathway Scholarships Announced

With the opening of the new Cork Foundation Centre in 2017, DIFC has been working closely with our university partners Cork and surrounds to develop pathway scholarships for international students. Earlier this year, we announced the following Cork Foundation Scholarships for 2018: 2018 Cork Foundation Scholarships IFY Business / Eng & Tech / Science – €2,600 IFY […]

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