Study Medicine Abroad

Study medicine abroad in one of the best universities in the world with DIFC.

Are you an international student who wants to study Medicine abroad to become a doctor?

The International Foundation Year – Health Science programme is a specialised university foundation course designed to support international students to progress to study Medicine abroad in leading Medical Universities.

We have two intakes in each academic year- September and January.

Where can I study Medicine abroad?

RCSI Dublin
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin
RUMC Medicine
RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus
UCLan Medicine
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Aston University Medicine
Aston University
University of Bristol Medicine
University of Bristol
University of Western Australia
University of Western Australia
Queen Mary University of London in Malta
Queen Mary University of London: Malta Campus
Charles University Hradec Kralove
Charles University Hradec Kralove
University of Debrecen
University of Debrecen
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

Student placed in Medicine or Dentistry (2018-2020)

Medical students placed since 2009

Medical University pathways

Malaysian male doctor

What is the International Foundation Year?

The International Foundation Year is a 7-9 month fast-track course designed for international students, just like you, who want to study Medicine abroad and 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 to study Medicine abroad at the best universities. To progress to medical-related degree courses, you will need to study the following modules on the International Foundation Year:

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

Why a Foundation Year to study Medicine abroad?

Applying to study Medicine abroad is a highly competitive process. The International Foundation Year will support your every step of the way through:

  • Highest quality academic teaching
  • Tailored support and guidance on your university applications
  • Specialised preparation for all admission requirements to Medicine degrees
  • Develop your skills in the areas of critical thinking, problem-solving and time management
  • Major emphasis on your physical and emotional wellbeing
DIFC student doctor


  • You must be at least 17 years old
  • Have successfully completed your high school education (IGCSE’s and O-Levels accepted).
  • Have a minimum English level of 5.5 IELTS or equivalent.
  • For country specific details, please contact us.

How much does it

The tuition fees for IFY Health Science are €18,800, 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.

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


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