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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

International Foundation Certificate

International Foundation Certificate leading to B.A. in Contemporary Culture and Society

  • Course type Undergraduate
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Duration 1 Year

Learn the English language skills necessary for a DCU undergraduate course and prepare for life at an Irish University. The one-year International Foundation Certificate (IFC) will give you the confidence to advance through into your chosen university degree course.

You’ll also be able to take 1/3 of the academic modules from Year One of your degree programme, meaning you’ll only have 2/3 of the workload in First Year, should you proceed.

 

If you complete the IFC course successfully, you’ll be guaranteed a place on your target degree course in DCU.

The following degree programmes accept IFC students:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do this course?

  • Guarantee yourself a place on your chosen degree course when you pass the IFC.
  • Take two or more modules from Year One’s curriculum and pay a reduced Year One fee the following year.
  • Improve your academic English skills so you can engage fully with your studies in an English-speaking university.
  • Study with other Irish students for your degree modules and with other International students for your English language modules.
  • Experience University life first-hand and feel prepared to continue your studies the following year.

Student Voice

"I would recommend this course. It is like a bridge, helping us to get into university."

Liu Chun Yang, IFC - International Business and Languages, Japanese

About the course

Master the English language skills necessary for a DCU undergraduate course and prepare for life at an Irish University. The one-year International Foundation Certificate (IFC) will give you the confidence to advance through into your chosen university degree course.

You’ll also be able to take 1/3 of the academic modules from Year One of your degree programme, meaning you’ll only have 2/3 of the workload in First Year, should you proceed.

If you complete the IFC course successfully you’ll be guaranteed a place on your target degree course in DCU.

Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.

 

Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.

 

A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

Careers

Enthusiastic participation in the IFC course will help you make the transition to your target course and thereafter to your chosen career.

Requirements

Leaving Certificate

There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

GCE A Level

There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

FETAC Level 5

No Entry Path

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.