University Foundation Courses At DIFC In Ireland Starting in September 2023 To Prepare Students From GCC Region For Entry To Top Universities In Ireland & UK in 2024

You can start in September 2024 and go on to join  a top university in 2025.

What Is
The International Foundation Year?

DIFC Ireland has partnered with NCUK to offer the International Foundation Year (IFY), a qualification designed for international students to get entry to a top university in Ireland and the UK.

95% approval rate

Very high visa success rate (95% approval rate) from the Irish Embassy in Abu Dhabi for students from the GCC region (with residency permits) applying to come to study at DIFC.

8 Of our Partner Universities Are In The Top 100

8 of our partner Universities are in the top 100 world rankings in the latest QS rankings 2023.

Ireland Is A Safe Country

Ireland is a safe, native English-speaking country, with a high education standard.


Students will study one of four pathways that lead to thousands of different degree programmes. The subject modules studied relate directly to the pathway, providing you with a solid preparation for your university studies.


The IFY is designed to be completed in one academic year, helping you progress to university as quickly as possible. Although completed in half the time, the IFY is assessed by UK NARIC as equivalent to A-Levels and is recognised by universities worldwide. Save costs on the programme. 7 months vs 2 years for A Levels.


The IFY Business pathway is the ideal choice if you are seeking to pursue a career in business, finance or any area of management.

Engineering &
Technology Pathway

The IFY Engineering & Technology pathway is particularly suited to students who are seeking to pursue a career in any engineering discipline or computer science field.


IFY Science prepares students for entry to Science related degree programs – including Pharmacy at UCC.

Health Science
Pathway (Medicine)

The IFY Health Science pathway is a specialised preparation programme for students looking to study medicine or dentistry.

Irish Universities

NCUK Universities

Medical Partners

Live Your Dream &

Get Your Dream Career


As the only NCUK Study Centre in Ireland, DIFC offers guaranteed access to over 60 top universities worldwide including the UK and Ireland. Realise your true potential and choose DIFC, where we guarantee your university place.

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