Pathway to Study Dentistry Abroad

Dentistry provides a rewarding career path for students interested in helping people and also like carrying out precision work with their hands. It is one of the most comprehensive areas of medicine with a variety of sub-disciplines including Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine and Pathology, Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Paediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics.

It is critical that you get the right preparation in order to succeed in such a varied and challenging qualification. At DIFC we make sure you’re prepared for the challenges of studying Dentistry.

DIFC student dentist

What is the International Foundation Year?

The International Foundation Year is a 6-9 month fast-track course designed for international students, just like you, who need to bridge the gap between their local secondary education and starting a university degree.

You will gain the necessary academic skills whilst improving your English language so that you are fully prepared for university study. To progress to Dentistry, you will need to study the following modules on the International Foundation Year:

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Mathematics for Science
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

DIFC offers two intakes each academic year – September and January.

How Can the International Foundation Year Help You?

The IFY Health Science programme is a specialised university foundation course designed to support international students – like you – to progress to study Dentistry in leading universities across Europe.

  • High quality academic teaching in four subject modules, including English for Academic Purposes
  • Personalised advice and guidance on your university applications
  • Specialised preparation for all admission requirements – including personal statement, interview and exam preparation
  • Critical skills development in the areas of critical thinking, problem-solving and time management
  • Student support services to help you adjust to living and studying in a new country
3 DIFC student dentists looking at an x-ray
Malaysian female student sitting at a desk typing on a laptop with earphones in

“Having a class of international students was a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know different cultures, make new friends and develop a valuable network.”

Dawn Areen Kaur from Malaysia

Now studying Medicine at Royal College of Surgeons


Students who successfully pass Foundation achieve a placement

Dentistry University partners

September & January

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

DIFC students walking through a park


  • You must be at least 17 years old
  • Have successfully completed your high school education (IGCSE’s and O-Levels accepted).
  • You must have a recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL).
  • For country-specific details, please contact us.

How much does it

The tuition fees for IFY Health Science are €17,800, plus registration and other charges.

Compared to similar programmes offered in the UK, you can save up to 25% by choosing to study your Foundation Year in Ireland.

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DIFC has a dedicated team of staff that will help guide you through the University application process and fully prepare you for all the admission requirements. You will also receive regular tutorials that are dedicated to helping you prepare for your University applications.

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