Dublin College Establishes Istanbul Regional Office

Dublin International Foundation College (DIFC) has tied up with Levant Education to establish a Regional Office in Istanbul serving Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan. 

Levant Education announced its Higher Education Regional Office (HEROservice last year, and with a number of clients interested in the model, DIFC has become the first to put pen to paper.

“Higher Education recruitment is an intensive and complex activity requiring local market knowledge”, David Mitchell, Levant Education Founding Director explained, “so having an office and dedicated team on the ground will vastly improve DIFC’s ability to service agents and students in this region.”

Ireland has seen a significant increase in the number of language students from Turkey, and factors including EU membership, post-study work visas, quality and value money make studying at university in Ireland an attractive option for international students.

The Levant Education service provides partners with a Product Manager in-country, working from the Istanbul office and able to manage agent support and marketing campaigns locally, in local languages. The Product Manager is trained in close liaison with the partner, works to recruitment targets and reports to the HERO Director and the HERO client college.

DIFC offers foundation programmes in Dublin and Cork, working closely with Irish HEI’s as well as UK universities through its provision of NCUK programmes. Students studying Health Sciences, Business & Management, Engineering & Technology, and Sciences at DIFC have gone on to study at top universities in Ireland, the UK and globally, and are guaranteed to progress upon successful completion of the programme.

“The HERO service provides recruitment reach and marketing support in a challenging but fascinating region”

President of DIFC Diarmuid Moroney is enthusiastic about the link up: “The HERO service provides recruitment reach and marketing support in a challenging but fascinating region in the coming years, as DIFC focusses on expansion from its Dublin base, to new campuses in Cork and Galway.”

White Labelling Student Recruitment

The service reflects a growing trend in Higher Education recruitment, as skilled third parties provide marketing and recruitment services ‘white labelled’ for HE providers. Briefly, white labelling means a product or service that is outsourced to a contracted company but presented to the market by the established brand. In the UK, Uniquest has developed a white label service to boost onshore university enrolment, while Study Group have begun offering white labelled enquiry conversion in partnership with THES university rankings.

Visitors to DIFC’s website from Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan will be directed to contact the Istanbul Regional Office, which is outsourced to Levant Education.

DIFC’s HERO in Istanbul has begun 2018 building an agent network, training counsellors on product and visa matters, and promoting study in Ireland.

# Levant Education has been providing education marketing and recruitment consultancy since 2009, focussing on Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Azerbaijan

# Dublin International Foundation College is Ireland’s leading HE preparation college for international students since 199. DIFC has placed over 1,000 students onto graduate and postgraduate courses in partner universities and colleges in Ireland and the UK.


DIFC Nerilie Duffy Nerilie@difc.ie +353 45 866 671

DIFC Regional Office Istanbul istanbul@difc.ie  +90 212 231 2543

Study Abroad Agency EnquiriesLeila Esmaeili  +90 212 231 2543

Levant Education david.mitchell@levanteducation.com +90 212 231 2543

Iran Education & Training Mission 2017

Tehran & Kish: April 23-27 2017

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Why Iran?

The nuclear non-proliferation deal agreed last year between Iran and the international community has brought a progressive lifting of international sanctions. The detente opens the way for international re-engagement with all education sectors in Iran, such as:

  • Higher education: research collaboration, faculty and student exchange and mobility;
  • Business and vocational training: especially in Business Management, IT, Oil & Gas, Medical;
  • Language training: English language training and ELT teacher training;
  • Secondary education: curriculum support, classroom technology, school operators.

As President Hassan Rouhani told reporters in Tehran in August, “Foreigners must bring investment and technology and partner with Iranians so that both sides can benefit by winning a share of the Iranian and regional markets. The ultimate aim is to create employment for our youth.”

After years of international isolation, there is a great need in Iran for modernisation, internationalisation, language, vocational and academic training development. It is estimated that one in four Iranian graduates leave the country to pursue their career or life goals, with a loss of US$50 billion to Iran’s economy. It more vital than ever for Iran to provide education, training and career pathways that will help graduates – 60% of whom are female – contribute back to their country.

More than half of Iran’s 18-24 year old population are enrolled in post-secondary education and 85% of them are self-funded, which equates to a market of US$3 billion a year. Education capacity in the country has expanded, yet Iran will likely look to foreign partners to help them overcome economic and social challenges at home. Study abroad continues to grow, with 50,000 Iranians enrolling on a foreign education programme every year.

With the recent easing of political tensions and economic sanctions combined with a more open attitude, there is still time to plan your market entry or re-entry into Iran. The opportunities for both Iranian and international investors, businesses and institutions are exceptional, and partnerships will be key to achieving results in the Iranian market.

About the Mission

The Iran Education & Training Mission 2017 will be the perfect opportunity to meet senior colleagues from both private and public Iranian universities, colleges and schools.

We have also invited Ministerial level delegates from Government, and representatives of major companies interested in training contracts, education projects and business partnerships.

Who will attend:

  • Universities, colleges and language centres
  • Language training companies and publishers
  • Language testing companies
  • Vocational training providers and purchasers
  • Education provision and school operators 

Dates and locations


Saturday 22 April 2017:
– Ministry of Education seminar
– Legal & Financial Seminar
– Visit to State University in Tehran
– ELT in Iran seminar
– Cultural visit
– Networking Dinner

Sunday 23 April 2017:
– Afternoon official visit, evening VIP Reception

Monday 24 April 2017:
– Seminar: Introduction to Iran Education Market: Background, Education System, Legal & Financial, State & Private, Internationalisation
– Visit to private HE provider in Tehran
– Visit to a 2nd private HE provider in Tehran
– Cultural visit
– Networking Dinner, Private HE Sector

Tuesday 25 April:
– Cultural visits
– Fly to Kish Island


Wednesday 26 April:
– Seminar: Education opportunities in Kish
– Meetings with local education leaders
– Tour of Kish Island

Thursday 27 April:
– Morning Event with Kish Island students: Kish Island is home to several international universities and Iranian private HE providers, with over 50,000 students enrolled on UG or PG programmes. 

Iran is a wonderful country to visit however events can change at short notice due to unforeseeable circumstances. The itinerary is therefore subject to updates/additions/change. 

Apply to attend

REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED. WE WILL BE LEADING A GROUP OF IRISH AND CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES TO TEHRAN AND KISH. To receive information about future missions and reports, please fill out the form below : 

About Levant Education

We have been successfully organiau_shiraz_group_webising education and training events to the highest standard with international universities, schools, training companies and national education ministries for over six years. We organised the first Iran Education Mission in September 2016, and hope you can join us on this exciting follow-up mission. All delegates will receive a comprehensive 60-page guide to the Iran Education Market, and an online profile in Farsi on Levanteducation.com or Studybritish.com.


Iran Market Entry Tours

With the recent easing of political tensions and economic sanctions, this is the time to plan your market entry / re-entry in Iran.

David Tehran

Elected in 2013, President Hassan Rouhani has shown greater willingness to work with the West and explore mutually beneficial relationships in business, technology, science and academia.

Iran has one of the world’s fastest growth rates in scientific production, dominating the middle east in the fields of natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and the arts. There is great potential for further growth of international research collaboration and co-authorships, academic exchange and student mobility.

Barriers that have held back partnerships, research and mobility – such as money transfers and visas – are disappearing. There is a massive need for modern education and training development for Iran’s 80 million population – young (30% under 18), urban (70% living in cities) and keen to improve business, technology and language skills. There has never been a better time to visit Iran to build relationships, represent your school / university / institution.

Tailored Market Entry Tours

Iran view mosque

With a focus on international education you won’t find elsewhere, Levant Education is offering market-entry visits for 2016/17. From arrival meet & greets to departure transfers and everything in between, we will ensure your visit is safe, well organised, effective and high on value.

Our Market Entry Package is tailor made to your market goals, allowing you to focus on relationships and follow up while we handle logistics, marketing and practicalities.

  • Studybritish.com profile in Farsi with Social Media support (UK clients) /
  • Levanteducation.com profile in Farsi with Social Media support (US, AUS, EU clients)
  • StudyTurkiye.com profile in Farsi with social media support (Turkish clients)
  • Dedicated seminar(s) with certified official approval and marketing support
  • Dedicated guide, car, driver
  • Visa invitation letter
  • International Hotels in Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Tabriz, Kish
  • Education market report and introductions
  • Agency (follow up) support from Levant Education Study Abroad where required
  • Guided touristic tours when you’ve earned the rest!

Our tours are tailor made and organised with your input, based on your existing / desired market penetration and designed to maximise the time spent in market.  Tell us where you want to go, who you want to meet, what you want to do, and when…we’ll design your tour!

Tehran 3 days, all above services included: £3950 (just add flights). 2nd person from same institution £2250

Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan (for example) 6 days, all above services included: £4950 (just add international flights). 2nd person from same institution £2950

Web Profile Only in Farsi, social media (12 months): £1895

Tour prices are a guide only, we’ll provide an accurate price after consultation. Let’s get started: (no obligation quote with 2 days)

Iranian Graduates Tehran

Upon receiving a form we’ll get in touch and discuss what we can do for you. If you prefer, we’ll be organising education exhibitions / conferences in Iran in October and Spring, allowing you to travel with a group from the sector – news to follow!