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Kickstart your
Career in

Study in Ireland’s Largest
Business School

Up to 6 months
paid work placement or the option to study abroad in year 3 with one of our partner universities

international work experience
In Ireland after degree with 1 year graduate visa

Get the
best preparation
before your studies with the International Foundation Year – Business programme at DIFC Ireland

DIFC is excited to be working in partnership with Cork University Business School at University College Cork to provide international students with a proven pathway to study Business.


DIFC is Ireland’s leading independent Foundation provider with 20 years experience in supporting international students to achieve the study goals.

The International Foundation Year – Business programme is a specialised university foundation course designed to support international students to progress to study Business and Law degrees.

  • Highest quality academic teaching
  • Tailored support and guidance on your university applications
  • Develop your skills in the areas of critical thinking, presentations, problem
    solving and time management
  • Major emphasis on your physical and emotional wellbeing


Cork University Business School is not just a business school, it is an approach to Life in business that is creating responsible leaders to power sustainable organisations. At the heart of Cork University Business School is an emphasis on learning applied; learning through thought-leadership, research-led education and best in field work placement.

Their broad range of undergraduate courses is responsive to student and market demands and are developed to address the individual needs of students, providing high quality business education in a strong collaboration with regional and international employers.

  • Largest provider of Undergraduate Business Education in in Ireland
  • 95% of graduate find immidiate employment
  • Perfect mix of best-in-field work placement, leading industry partners and an international outlook

How does the
Business Pathway


Complete your High School certificate

(O Levels – SPM & IGCSE accepted)


Complete an IELTS test

(Achieve at least 5.0 overall)


Start the International Foundation Year

Business programme with DIFC Cork



your 4-year Business or Law degree with UCC


Gain work experience

in Ireland with 12 month Graduate Work Visa

Note: Admission to UCC is based on International Foundation Year grades

Programmes Offered
by CUBS & UCC School of Law

Cork University Business School offers a large range of undergraduate business and law degrees aimed at getting you work ready; including

What Subjects Will I Study?

In the International Foundation Year programme at DIFC, you will study the following subjects:

English for Academic Purpose

Mathematics for Business

Business Studies


What are the tuition fees?

The tuition fees for the International Foundation Year – Business programme with DIFC are €15,600 plus registration. Further information available here.

The tuition fees for undergraduate degree programmes offered by CUBS are €20,130 euro per year with a guaranteed €5,000/scholarship, a total of €20,000 in scholarship support over your 4-year degree.

If you continue onto postgraduate studies at CUBS, tuition is €18,000 with a merit-based scholarship available for up to €3,000.

What are the Employability options
after graduating?

Work placement is an integral part of your studies with UCC and CUBS. During your degree programme, you are employed in an organisation for 6 months to get work experience relevant to your degree.
By completing this work placement, you are placing yourself in a great position to secure employment after graduation. The feedback from many of CUBS’ host companies is very positive, with many re-hiring their placement students as graduates.
By completing your undergraduate studies in Ireland, you are eligible for a 12 months graduate work visa to gain international work experience in Ireland to hep kick start your career.

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