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Are you disappointed with your International Baccalaureate (IB) results and looking for an alternative pathway?

If the answer is yes and you have missed out on gaining entry to a top university as a result of not achieving the required points. Now you might be wondering what do 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 IB points of 30 and upwards for admission to their Bachelor degree programmes, this can be hugely disappointing for international students who didn’t achieve these points.  Well here is some good news, your dream of studying at a top university is still possible with an alternative pathway to your desired undergraduate degree with 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 is the equivalent to an A-Level qualification and structured very similar, where you study three academic subjects in addition to English for Academic Purposes. This pathway is designed to help international students to develop their skills and knowledge to support them in achieving a place in their dream university.

The IFY is an ideal pathway for students who don’t achieve the required IB points for direct admission, as it helps to further develop your academic knowledge, as well as prepare you for studying abroad at university, so that you can progress to leading universities in Ireland or the UK.

The IFY is delivered in tailored streams to suit your study plan. Students can study Foundation in Health Science/Medicine, Business Management, Engineering & Technology and Sciences.


What is the minimum IB points required for admission to the International Foundation Year?

At DIFC we can accept students with 22 points upwards. This makes, the IFY the best route to university for students who have either just missed the required IB points or those who have felt the IB didn’t suit them.


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

DIFC Irish University Partners

Medical Universities

DIFC Medical University Partners


How to apply?

Applications are still open for September 2021 intake, but places are limited. You can submit your application online here

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