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When making the decision to study abroad it’s important to weigh up both the advantages & disadvantages.

When it comes to planning anything, it is only natural that we fantasise about the most glamorous aspects, so before you start planning for studying abroad we’ve put together some key points for you to consider.


Quality education. Studying abroad can give you better learning opportunities, where you can receive the best quality education, by broadening your mind, learning new skills and expanding your knowledge. When it comes to programs, you will have lots more options. At DIFC we have a range of International Foundation Year Courses to choose from.

Learn a new Language. This is an excellent opportunity to study in a country where they don’t speak your native language. By immersing yourself in your new study destination, you will find yourself picking up new phrases and sayings and before you know it you will be well on your way to becoming fluent, which will be hugely advantageous later when seeking employment.

Independent lifestyle. Studying abroad will help you become more independent as it takes you out of your comfort zone as you become more self-efficient. This also allows you to develop personally and become a more confident individual. You never know, you could surprise yourself and be able to do a lot more by yourself than you initially thought!

Looks impressive on your CV. When an employer looks at your CV and sees that you have studied abroad, it shows them that you are a well-travelled individual, who has developed an international outlook/global perspective.

Experience of a lifetime. Living and studying abroad can broaden your perspective on life. You will make lots of new friends and have loads of great stories for all your friends at home.

Hear what our students say about the experience

Have your bags packed and ready to go?  Apply for our January 2021 intake now


Homesickness. Being away from your family and friends can be a lonely experience initially as you try to navigate a foreign destination on your own. This can result in sadness and anxiety. A good way to get over the homesickness is to mix with your classmates and make friends quickly. At DIFC we pride ourselves on offering excellent support for getting settled in and offer home stay for the first 4 weeks on arrival.

Cost. The cost of studying abroad can be expensive, from the course itself to everyday living. You will find yourself on a budget which could affect your lifestyle. The best thing to do is to research the costs of living and course fee. You can save up to 25% on the cost of your foundation studies with DIFC compared to the UK.

Culture shock. Anytime you visit or stay in a new country it can be challenging, even if you think you have it fully researched. You will be faced with a new language, customs, food, dress style etc this can be frustrating.

Some Quick Tips

  • Do a bit of research about your host country before you arrive, as they say “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”
  • Be open to new experiences and don’t be afraid to come out of your comfort zone.
  • Mix with new people from different countries, don’t just stick with people from your own country the whole time.
  • Studying abroad is an experience, enjoy yourself!


Still unsure?

For January 2021 intake, DIFC Ireland are offering students the opportunity to study the NCUK International Foundation Year programme fully online to the progress to university in September 2021.

The fully online programme comprises

  • Live and engaging classes via the Zoom platform
  • Fully online and quality assured assessments recognised by university partners for admission
  • Weekly tutorials
  • Full university placement support
  • Guaranteed access to university on successful completion

Fully online students are automatically awarded a €4,000 scholarship off their tuition fees, plus a longer payment plan.

Find out More Here

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