IRISH PATHWAY PROGRAMMES
A “pathway” is a special program designed for international students to allow them to prepare for and enter mainstream education. In Ireland, which is relatively new to welcoming students from outside the EU, this has not yet been extended to all institutions.
One year International Foundation courses are the only pathway programmes currently available and they are offered by 2 main private providers: Study Group (at University College Dublin) and Dublin International Foundation Course (DIFC) based at Griffith College Dublin and University College, Cork. DIFC is a multi-pathway provider, offering progression in a wide range of subjects to a wide range of universities in Ireland, the UK and other European countries.
Foundation courses can be joined directly by students who have completed 12 years of schooling in their own country and require a year’s preparation in English and academic subjects before joining a UK or Irish 3 or 4 year degree or a 5 - 6 year medical degree.
Pre-sessional English courses are available for all students who do not yet meet the English requirements of their pathway program.