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The International Foundation Year in Engineering/IT is specifically designed for international students. It is an ideal choice if you wish to prepare yourself for undergraduate study in engineering, computer science or informatics in Ireland or abroad. You will receive high levels of support while building the skills and confidence needed for successful degree study. The programme is aimed at students with intermediate to advanced levels of English who have completed secondary school with good grades, but would like to improve their study skills to meet the entry requirements. Subsequently, upon successful completion of the IFY at Direct English, you will gain guaranteed admission to an Engineering and Computing degree programme at one of our partner universities or institutes. During the course you will be introduced to a range of subjects taught on undergraduate programmes in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology so you can progress with confidence, and settle into university-style environment at ease. The educational aims of the International Foundation Year are: developing students’ fundamental knowledge and understanding of the relevant disciplinary elements in Engineering and Technology and related fields; creating the environment for students to develop a broad range of transferable academic literacy, research and analytical skills; ensuring that students have acquired the sought level of English language competence to succeed on Engineering and IT undergraduate programmes in related fields; developing students’ graduate attributes to optimize future employability prospects in a global environment.

Foundation Programmes
Programme Title: International Foundation Year – Engineering / Computing
Course Duration: Academic Year (Full Time)
Stream: Engineering / Computing
Start dates: January / June / September

Entry Requirements:

  • Signed Application Form
  • High School Certificate
  • Minimum IELTS score 4.5 or above – or equivalent.