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Dublin International Foundation College

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Student population Medium (1,001 to 10,000)
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Institution type Private

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About Dublin International Foundation College

Dublin International Foundation College (DIFC) was set up in 1999 to deliver specialised foundation courses preparing international students for entrance into partner universities in Ireland and the UK. Both undergraduate and postgraduate level programmes are taught and students who successfully complete these are placed in awide-variety of Higher Education courses.

Over the past few years, DIFC has placed over 1,000 students onto graduate and postgraduate courses in partner universities and colleges in Ireland and the UK.

Due to our reputation for running quality foundation courses as a pathway to university entrance, DIFC has been appointed by NCUK as its exclusive delivery centre in Ireland for NCUK courses – the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) and NCUK Graduate Diploma (formerly the Pre-Masters programme – PMP).

Campus information

Just a 15 minute walk away from Dublin city centre, DIFC is situated on a 7-acre campus which is shared by two other colleges. In total, there are currently 5,000 students on campus, studying on a full and part-time basis. On the campus are:

  • Extensive library facilities
  • 8 computer labs with 500 computers
  • Accommodation for 600 students 
  • Gym, sports & social facilities 
  • Bars & restaurants

The DIFC is located on the campus of Griffith College in Dublin. Griffith College is a privately funded institution of Higher Education offering undergraduate and postgraduate programme to over 8000 students. All DIFC students can use the full range of academic, support and social facilities of the college, including 8 computer labs, extensive library provision, restaurants, cafes and gyms and sports and social clubs. The DIFC has access to high-quality teaching and learning facilities on campus. Laboratory work for the science modules takes place at the Dublin Institute of Technology, next door to Griffith College.

Facts on Dublin and Ireland

  • Ireland’s capital city, Dublin has one of the youngest populations in Europe
  • The population of Dublin is 1.5 million.  The population of Ireland is 4.5 million
  • Ireland was voted ‘the world’s friendliest country’ in a Lonely Planet 2010 survey.
  • Ireland was in the top 10 best countries to visit in 2015 in a Lonely Planet2014 survey
  • The spoken language is English
  • Ireland’s currency is the Euro
  • World famous IT organisations have established their European headquarters in Ireland – Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Microsoft, Intel, Dell and IBM to name a few
  • A friendly, peaceful and safe study destination for international students
  • A flexible and non-bureaucratic visa process reflecting a desire to positively welcome international students
  • Travel around other countries in Europe is very easy, given Ireland’s membership of the EU
  • Flexible approach to employment for international students.  Students can work for 20 hours per week in term time and 40 hours per week in vacations.  Students can also stay on after completing their studies to look for work
  • Over 1000 years of history reflected in a multitude of historic sites, churches, cathedrals and castles
  • A rich literary and cultural heritage
  • A multi-cultural environment in Dublin with cultures, religions and nationalities from all over the world.


The on-campus accommodation at the Griffith Halls of Residence houses 600 students:

  • Bright, modern and clean 1 & 2-bedroom apartments 
  • Fully furnished to the highest standard 
  • Safe environment with 24-hour security 
  • Landscaped courtyards and canal walkways 
  • Walking distance from city centre 
  • Serviced by nine bus routes 
  • Prices range between €80 - €130 weekly depending on room type (i.e. shared/single, standard/superior).

Home Stay

  • As an alternative to Halls of Residence, why not consider staying with an Irish family – a great way to practise and improve your English during your bridging course. This is an ideal choice for younger students and we would advise you to spend at least one month in home stay on arrival in Ireland while you decide where you want to live. The cost is €165 per week and includes all meals and bills.


Courses available 5

Business, Management 2 Engineering 1 English Language 1 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 1


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Dawn Areen Kaur 0/5
Not only are the teachers and staff friendly and helpful, having a class of international student... Read more
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