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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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 […]

How to Study Abroad with your SPM Results

Congratulations! You have received your SPM results after years of hard work. This is a very exciting time for you, but can also be a very stressful time as you try to work out what your next step is. You may be considering studying abroad – but do you do A Levels first? Or should […]

DIFC Academic Workshop – Cork

DIFC invites you to attend the DIFC Academic Workshop at DIFC Cork, Griffith College Cork on Thursday, 8th Feburary 2018, 10.30am – 2.00pm. The workshop is an ideal opportunity for University academics & staff and Education Agents to learn more about pathways to boost their international student recruitment. Key speakers will include Maria McKenna, NCUK Regional Director – EMEA, […]

DIFC partners with Abedeen Academy in Malaysia

DIFC is proud to announce a new partnership with Abedeen Academy in Malaysia. This pathway will help students from Malaysia to progress to leading universities in Ireland, UK and worldwide through the International Foundation Year programme at DIFC. Abedeen Academy teaches and encourages students to have goals and dreams. As they mature in age and […]

Top 6 Things to Do in Dublin at Christmas

The most festive time of the year is just around the corner – Christmas!! I’m sure you are all new to Dublin and especially Christmas in Dublin or elsewhere in Ireland. But, I’ve been living here over a decade now and I can surely say Christmas is one of the best times to enjoy Ireland […]

Five Tips to Getting Your Student Accommodation in Dublin

Getting into your dream school is the most amazing feeling. Then the reality of trying to arrange all the necessary things, like accommodation, hits you and it can be a bit of a challenge. Finding suitable accommodation, especially in Dublin, can be difficult – particularly, if you are trying to do it from abroad. The […]

DIFC Students Recognised for Academic Excellence by NCUK

DIFC’s class of 2017 students are now studying the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a range of locations around Ireland, UK and mainland Europe. But for two students, their academic achievements during their International Foundation Year studies at DIFC were recognised by NCUK at a ceremony in Manchester. Every year, NCUK holds its prestigious NCUK […]

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