Study Abroad With DIFC

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Considering studying abroad? The NCUK International
Foundation Year and Masters Preparation programmes
offered by DIFC are your ideal pathway to
leading universities in Ireland, UK and beyond

Your Pathway To The World

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

Your time with us will equip you for University and help you to progress to the right University course for you. But it will do so much more than that as well. Studying with DIFC is an experience that will prepare you for the rest of your life. We help you to grow as a person and as a thinker – enriched with a network of friends, contacts and experience that will be with you through your career.

Thousands of
University courses

Universities to choose from

Top 100 ranked Universities

How Does
It Work?

The DIFC university pathway is designed by NCUK university partners specifically for international students to help prepare you for entry to thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

1. Earn Your Local Qualification

Successfully complete your high school or undergraduate qualification in your home country

2. English Language Qualification

Achieve an IELTS score of 5.0 overall or equivalent

3. Study Your Foundation Programme

Complete the NCUK International Foundation Year or Pre-Master’s Programme with DIFC

4. Progress to University

Choose from thousands of courses with DIFC and NCUK’s university partner network

Medicine &



Computer Science/IT



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Stay & Work After Graduation

International Students who complete their undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Ireland are eligible for the graduate visa scheme. This means you can remain in Ireland for 12 months after your Bachelor degree or 24 months after your Master’s degree to gain work experience.

Student Life in Ireland

Ireland is one of the friendliest and safest countries in the world and its welcoming culture is deep routed in the country’s heritage. Ireland has one of the best education systems in the world for higher education achievements.

Join the 35,000+ international students from 161 countries already enjoying Ireland’s vibrant culture and live in an English speaking country. After your studies, check out the employment opportunities with the biggest and best international companies who already chose Ireland as their home.

Where a warm welcome awaits

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Postgraduate Courses

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Life Sciences

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Understanding Pathway Courses

There are two main types of pathway course and the type you should choose depends on your level of study. If you want to study an
undergraduate degree, but don’t meet the requirements, then you should choose the International Foundation Year course.
If you are a postgraduate and don’t meet the English Language requirements for entry to a Masters’ degree, then you should pick a
pre-masters course.

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