Located in Derry, Northern Ireland, Foyle International is the longest established language school in the country. Known for its welcoming community and high-quality academic courses, Foyle International is a wonderful place for international students to study and improve their English skills.


What is Foyle International?

Foyle International is the first language school in Northern Ireland to receive the British Council Accreditation marque, reinforcing its position as one of the top language schools in the region. Established in 1990, the school has formed numerous language, teacher development and work placement programs to ensure that students receive a well-rounded educational experience at the school. Students come from all around the world to improve their English skills and receive dedicated, personal attention from faculty and staff. Some of its past graduates have gone on to become members of European Parliament, all of whom treasured their time at Foyle amid the experienced teachers, innovative classes, warm community and the balanced social offerings.

What is the Foyle campus like?

Foyle International campus is located in the heart of Derry, Northern Ireland. The recently renovated buildings overlook the magnificent city walls. The school is home to 1000-1500 students each year. The students come from all over the world – from Europe, the Far and Middle East, South America, Africa and Russia. With such diversity, every student leaves Foyle International with a great knowledge of cultures, people and societies from around the world along with a collection of new international friends.  

What can be expected from the city of Derry?

Derry is located in Ulster, the northeastern province of Ireland. Surrounded by forests and mountains, the jaw-dropping landscapes have made their way into many popular movies and TV shows, such as the popular Game of Thrones. Northern Ireland is governed by the United Kingdom and enjoys the benefits of British education and healthcare. The area, however, has its very own distinct culture and natural landscapes that Ireland is well-known for all around the world. As one would assume, the area is filled with native English speakers, however, what makes Derry different than other large cities is that the people are very approachable and so it is easy to speak to locals and practice English skills. The more you practice and communicate with native speakers, the more confident you will become. The people are warm and friendly and the community is close-knit.

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What is the culture of the city like?

Derry was named the UK City of Culture in 2013 and for good reason. With a population of more than 120,000 people and a prime located on the banks of the River Foyle, the city is one of the oldest continually inhabited areas of Ireland. Home to a young population, the city is vibrant and festive. Derry holds many cultural and musical festivals such as The Jazz and Big Band Festival. Halloween is a massive event in the city, complete with costumes, parties and fireworks.

For those with art in their hearts, there is the Centre for Contemporary Art which features emerging and local artists of the Void Derry and visitors can enjoy the works of established and international artists. There are also many historical museums around the city such as the Tower Museum, Siege Museum and The Museum of Free Derry.

Derry is also most famously known for being the birthplace of the Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney, and visitors can learn about his life at the Seamus Heaney Home Place exhibition center.

What is the International Foundation Year (IFY) offered at Foyle?

The NCUK International Foundation Year Program is offered to students as a joint collaboration between Foyle International and the North West Regions College, a higher education school also situated in Derry.

The IFY program gives guaranteed access to 16 UK universities – students can apply to a number of other universities outside of the 16 (worldwide + widely accepted across the UK).

The guaranteed offers are given on the day that results are published, thereby saving students from the stress and hassle of the university application process. The IFY course has a duration of 32 weeks and it meets the highest academic standards set by NCUK university partners. As well as academic knowledge, the NCUK International Foundation Year will give students specialist English language, study and cultural skills that are an essential part of the degree course. 

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