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Are you disappointed with your High School results and looking for an alternative pathway?

Have you missed out on gaining entry to a top university as a result of not achieving the required results? Now you might be wondering what you do next… You won’t be able to study abroad and get into the top universities, so you might start looking at some lower ranked universities.

As you may already know, most top ranked universities look for specific results for admission to their Bachelor degree programmes. It can be hugely disappointing for international students who didn’t achieve these points. Well here is some good news for you… Your dream of studying at a top university is still possible with an alternative pathway to your desired undergraduate degree via the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) offered by DIFC.

How does the International Foundation Year (IFY) help me to study abroad?

The NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) offered by DIFC is the equivalent to an A-Level qualification and is structured so that you study three academic subjects in addition to English for Academic Purposes. This pathway is designed to help international students develop their skills and knowledge to support them in achieving a place in their dream university.

The IFY is an ideal pathway for you if you didn’t achieve the required results for direct admission, as it helps to further develop your academic knowledge, as well as prepare you for studying abroad at university. You can then progress to leading universities in Ireland, the UK, mainland Europe and worldwide.

The IFY is delivered in 4 tailored streams to tie in with your University progression plans:


Stream:Progress to University Undergraduate degrees in:
Health Science/Medicine-Medicine




-Science-related degrees including Biomedical Science, Biochemistry & Environmental Science



-Business-related degrees including Business, Commerce, Digital Marketing, Finance, Accounting & Marketing
Engineering & Technology


-Engineering-related degrees including Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Engineering

-Technology-related degrees including Computer Science & Software Development


What are the entry requirements?

The IFY is the best route to University for students who have either just missed the required High School points or those who have felt the High School didn’t suit them. The entry requirements for the most common High School qualifications recognised by DIFC for admission to the IFY programme can be accessed here.


What grades do I need to achieve in the international Foundation Year for admission to university?

The IFY provides students with guaranteed access to the full network of NCUK partner universities in the UK and DIFC’s Irish partner university network, once you successfully pass the programme.

Entry requirements vary between the universities and you can search the possible progression options here.


Where can I study after the International Foundation Year?

By studying with DIFC, you can progress to leading universities in Ireland, UK, Australia, USA and mainland Europe. Our university partners are as follows:

NCUK UniversitiesNCUK Universities - International Foundation Year Dublin

Irish Universities

Medical Universities

DIFC Medical University Partners


How to apply?

Applications are still open for September 2022 intake, but places are limited. You can submit your application online here

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