DIFC offers undergraduate and postgraduate foundation courses as a pathway to leading Universities worldwide.

DIFC offers international students a pathway to undergraduate or postgraduate study in leading Universities across Ireland, UK, mainland Europe, Australia and USA.

Getting into your University of choice, especially while studying abroad, is very challenging. But, with DIFC’s Foundation courses, you will be fully prepared for the rigours of University study abroad.

DIFC offers the following pathways:

  • Undergraduate: Business/Law, Humanities, Engineering, Computer Science/IT, Science, Health Sciences, Medicine & Dentistry
  • Postgraduate: Business/Management, Life Sciences & Engineering

We have a proven track record for helping international students successfully achieve a place on leading University degrees. You can see examples of this in our past student placements.

Why Choose DIFC? Find out what makes us different from other Foundation providers.

Student Success


100% of students who successfully pass the NCUK Foundation course (IFY or Pre-Masters programme) will achieve a place onto a suitable programme in one of DIFC’s partner Universities / Colleges.

International Foundation Year Courses

The International Foundation Year is a qualification designed to prepare your for your first year entry to an undergraduate degree. There are two intakes each year; September and January.

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
IFY-Bus Business & Management Foundation Course 7 months January 3, 2018
IFY-Eng Engineering & Technology Foundation Course 7 months January 3, 2018
IFY-HS Health Science (Medicine) Foundation Programme 7 months January 3, 2018
IFY-Sc Sciences Foundation Course 7 Months January 3, 2018

Pre-Masters Programme

The Pre-Masters qualification helps international students to develop their English language skills as well as their academic skills necessary for successful postgraduate study in English. There are two intakes each year; September and January.

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
GDP-01 NCUK Pre-Masters Preparation 6 months January 3, 2018

English Courses

Students who need a little more support in developing their English language skills prior to commencing a Foundation course can join our Pre-Foundation English programme.

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
ENG-FLYP Foundation Year Language Preparation 3 Months, 6 months May 2, 2017