Study Foundation Abroad

Study Foundation Abroad?

The NCUK International Foundation Year programmes offered by DIFC are your ideal pathway to leading universities in Ireland, UK and beyond.


DIFC…Your Pathway To The World!

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

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What is the NCUK International Foundation Year?

A qualification designed by NCUK universities to prepare you for first year entry to undergraduate degree courses. Studying in small classes with DIFC Ireland before you start your degree will give you the confidence and skills you need to succeed in your chosen degree.


Complete your first year of study in a smaller, supportive environment where the staff care about your academic progress and personal wellbeing


Studying Foundation abroad can be a very daunting, but liberating experience where you can learn to manage your independence in a supported environment

See First Hand!

Meet directly with universities, visit campuses and speak directly with past students – all of which will help you make the right decision for your university placement.

Are you ready
to Study Abroad?

How Does Foundation Work?

Earn Your Local Qualification

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

English Language Qualification

Achieve an IELTS score of 5.0 overall or equivalent

Study the NCUK International Foundation

Complete the NCUK International Foundation Year in one of DIFC’s three centres

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Progress to University

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

Where DIFC Students Study

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University Placement Support

  • Weekly Tutorials
  • Career Planning
  • DIFC University Fair
  • Campus Visits
  • Personalised application preparation

NCUK Partner Universities

Medical Partner Universities

Irish Partner Universities

Other Universities

University Placement Support

  • Weekly Tutorials
  • Career Planning
  • DIFC University Fair
  • Campus Visits
  • Personalised application preparation
Logos of NCUK guaranteed Universities, NCUK worldwide Universities and top Irish Universities

“Not only did DIFC teach me to develop academic skills, but also it helped me be aware of my ability and more confident in myself.”

Juhyun Kim, South Korea

Now studying Economics & Finance University of Bristol



  • Have successfully completed a High School certificate in your home country (IGCSE/O Levels accepted)
  • Minimum 5.0 IELTS or equivalent
  • For country-specific details, please contact us.

How much does it

IFY Business / Engineering / Science – €15,600

IFY Health Science – €17,800

Additional charges apply. See our Fees & Payments page for more details.

Learn More about University Fees


Part scholarships worth €2,000 are available for September 2020 intake

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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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