Foundation and Pathway Programs

A foundation year is a one-year course that introduces students to a more advanced degree program. By participating in and completing the courses throughout this year, students are able to more easily be accepted into the degree program of their choice.

Guaranteed University Pathway to Study Abroad with DIFC

100% of students who successfully pass the NCUK International Foundation Course or Pre Masters programmes with DIFC achieve a university place to study abroad.

DIFC-partnered Universities:

Pathway Programmes for International Students in Galway, Ireland

Galway Business School offers a range of Pathway programmes designed to give you the best preparation for undertaking your degree studies at Galway Business School or other similar colleges or universities across Ireland.
GBS offer the following full-time pathway programmes:

International Foundation Year Programme by TU Dublin

Standard International Foundation Programme

The Standard International Foundation Year is for students who have an IELTS score which is one band less than the direct entry score, this is typically IELTS 5.0 for most TU Dublin programmes. There are September and January in-takes for this programme.
Fees : €12,500 ( Standard International Foundation Programme Fees )

Extended International Foundation Programme

The Extended Foundation Year is for students who have an IELTS score which is one band and a half less than the direct entry score, this is typically IELTS 4.5 for most TU Dublin programmes. There are July and September in-takes for this programme.
The minimum IELTS requirement is overall 5.0 for most TU Dublin programmes.

International Foundation Year Programme at Dublin City University

The programme is taken on a full-time basis over one academic year (2 semesters) and covers a mixture of core and specialist modules. The core modules are designed to help students achieve the English language skills necessary for DCU programmes and facilitate their adjustment to university learning in an Irish context.

Who is this programme for?

Non-native speakers of English who want to study for an undergraduate degree at DCU.

Students who have finished high school in their own country but do not yet have the qualifications to go straight on to a university programme.

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Foundation Studies for International Students

Successful completion of this programme will enable students to progress to Year 1 of their selected Bachelor programme.

Programme aim

Technology University of the Shannon’s certificate in Foundation Studies for International Students is a 9 month full-time programme designed to offer students an alternative route to undergraduate Bachelor study. This programme is suitable for International Students who require an additional year of study to qualify for higher education.

Course Modules

This programme will provide a solid foundation in the core subjects required for Bachelor Level 8 entry:
• Personal Development,
• Intercultural Studies,
• Communications
• Learning and Academic Skills Development,
• Research Skills
• Information Technology Skills,
• Computer Applications,
• Digital Literacy
• Mathematics and Calculations
• English

Tuition fees

€1,000 – €2,000 available scholarships

Entry requirements

Minimum IELTS 4.5 or Grade C in
iGCSE/GCSE English (or equivalent)

International Foundation Programmes at DKIT

In order to accommodate international students at DkIT and ensure the programmes we offer meet their learning needs, we have developed three International Foundation Programmes.

Certificate in Foundation Studies

Certificate in Foundation Studies with Intensive English

Certificate in Pre-Sessional English


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