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About Dublin International Foundation College
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).
- 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.
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