Technology & Engineering

Foundation Year

Whether you are looking to study Engineering, Architecture, Computer Science or Games Design, the Technology & Engineering Foundation Year at DIFC offers guaranteed access to leading universities worldwide.

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Why Study a Technology & Engineering Foundation Year?

The NCUK International Technology & Engineering Foundation Year programme is specifically designed for international students to help you prepare for success in your university studies. By taking a Foundation Course, you will benefit from:

  • Enhanced academic English skills, including presentation skills
  • Improved subject knowledge in Maths, Chemistry and Physics
  • Adapt to western teaching styles, lecture environments and academic standards
  • Personalised university placement advice and support
  • Guaranteed access to an NCUK university upon successful completion of the course

Who needs a Foundation Course?

The International Technology & Engineering Foundation Year programme is designed for international students who:

  • Have completed their local high school qualification (or O-Level qualification)
  • Have completed A-Levels, IB Diploma or equivalent, but do not meet the entry requirements for university admission
  • Need to improve their English language before studying university in Ireland or UK
  • Would like to keep their options open and receive full support with their university applications

Course Details


September & January


In Campus


9 months (September intake) or 7 months (January intake)


€16,600 plus registration


Entry Requirements

  • Successfully completed high school examinations.
  • Have a minimum English level of 5.0 IELTS.

Technology & Engineering Foundation Year Course Overview

During their studies, students in the International Technology & Engineering Foundation Year programme will cover four main academic subjects – English for Academic Purposes, Mathematics for Science, Chemistry and Physics. Alongside these subjects, students will also gain key skills, such as:

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Time management
  • Presentation skills
  • Academic writing
  • ICT skills

A central component of the programme is the personalised guidance and support students receive when it comes to applying to university. Weekly tutorials help students to learn about their options, prepare stand-out personal statements and prepare their university applications.

“My experience with DIFC has been exciting and all-around amazing. Since the beginning of the course, the staff and students services team have been very supportive, especially during the time of pandemic. You get pretty busy as the course is quite intense, so my advice would be to learn how to manage your time well or else you will be easily overwhelmed by the amount of work. But, overall I had a good time and really enjoyed my course, thanks to my classmates and dedicated teachers.”

Hui Wen Tan from Malaysia

Now studying Architecture at University of Kent

DIFC student Monica Ojoo

“My favourite part about studying here has been the diversity. It has given me a chance to learn in the same environment with people from all over the world. DIFC offers excellent student services and cares about each student.”

Monica Anyango Yongo Ojoo from Kenya

Now studying Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast

What degrees can you apply for?

  • Engineering – all disciplines including Civil, Mechanical, Environmental, Aerospace etc
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Computer Games Design

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