Study in Irish or UK University

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Students taking the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) or NCUK Graduate Diploma programme courses at DIFC are automatically part of the DIFC-NCUK placement system for university entrance.

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Individual and group counselling

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During the course, you will be assigned your own tutor. You will have a weekly group tutorial and an individual tutorial once every few weeks. You will be given university counselling advice by tutors and the Head of Student Services regarding university choices. This includes:

  • Career planning
  • Choosing the right course for you
  • Selecting the right university for you



Meeting the universities and higher education institutions

In addition to receiving this advice, you are provided with opportunities for direct contact with the universities to find out more.

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University Counselling Fairs: Partner universities are invited to come to the college and give presentations to students. We host open fair events at which students can ask questions on an individual basis.

Open Days and visits: Individual universities visit the college regularly. You can also visit the universities themselves on jointly organised open days.




University applications

DIFC arranges a set of dates and deadlines in conjunction with NCUK for the UK applications and with the Irish universities and ITs for the Irish applications.

You will be guided through the application process by tutors and the Head of Student Services and given support with completing forms and writing personal statements (UK only).

You are allowed to choose up to 3 courses. Once applications are completed, UK applications are sent to the NCUK Head Office and the process is managed there. For Irish applications, DIFC sends out the applications and deals directly with the universities.

When you have received your conditional offer letters, you will be asked to select a first choice and a second choice – so by the time you sit your exams, you should be holding two conditional offers.

When the official NCUK results come out, students who meet the grades required on their first choice conditional offer letter will automatically go to their first choice course. Those who do not achieve the required grades will be matched with their second choice. If there is a match, they will go there. If the student fails to reach the grades required by either course, they will be put through clearing and the most suitable course will be found from a range of universities, Institutes of Technology and private colleges.

Success: This system has successfully provided a pathway to university entrance for many years. Students have found places at a wide range of institutions and all students have been placed within a course which suits their aspirations. For the majority of students this is on a degree or masters course.

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University Open Day

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University Options

Student Placement


DIFC students on a visit to NUI Galway


Group of DIFC students on visting the Maynooth University


DIFC students on a visit to NUI Galway


Guaranteed Places

On successful completion of an NCUK programme, NCUK guarantees to place successful students on an appropriate university course in Ireland, UK or Australia. DIFC work with many Universities including NUIG, Maynooth University, UCC, UL, and many Institutes including, DKIT, WIT, AIT and GMIT. view our partner universities

Summary Placements 2009 – 2015


Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) 60 60
Maynooth University 17 6 23
Dublin Institute of Technology 17 44 61
National University of Ireland, Galway 24 40 64
University College Cork 16 37 53
Dublin City University 15 11 26
Waterford Institute of Technology 33 2 35
National College, Ireland 9 7 16
Dundalk Institute of Technology 15 15
Griffith College Dublin 31 4 35
Dublin Business School 5 1 6
University College Dublin 3 4 7
Shannon College 15 15
Sligo Institute of Technology 1 1
Bray Institute of Technology 1 1
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology 1 1
Athlone Institute of Technology 2 1 3
Trinity College Dublin 3 3
University of Limerick 2 2
TOTAL 265 162 427


Manchester Metropolitan University 5 5
University of Kent 6 2 8
Queens University Belfast 7 7
University of Manchester 19 2 21
University of Salford 5 6 11
University of Bradford 7 11 18
University of Bristol 1 4 5
University of Birmingham 3 3 6
University of Leeds 4 11 15
University of Sheffield 3 25 28
Kingston University 3 3
University of Liverpool 2 8 10
St George’s Medical 1 1
University of Huddersfield 2 11 13
University of Westminster 2 2
University College Lancashire 6 6
University of East London 1 1
Brunel University 1 1
University of Reading 1 1
Essex University 1 1
Aston University 1 1
Sheffield Hallam 1 1
TOTAL 81 84 165


Charles University, Czech 12
Royal College of Surgeons, Bahrain 4
Royal College of Surgeons, Penang 2
Debrecen University 2
Stendent University of Applied Sciences 1
De Monfort University 1
USA / Canada / UAE 4

Overall Total Placements

IRELAND & OTHERS 291 162 453
UK 81 84 165
OVERALL TOTALS 372 246 618

To download the placement information for students from 2008 to 2015, please click here.