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International Foundation Programme (IFP)

Gain the skills and knowledge required for undergraduate study with a structured learning experience with academic focus.

The University of London International Foundation Programme is a challenging and inspiring programme that has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for rigorous undergraduate study. The programme is equivalent in standard to qualifications studied in year 13 in a UK school (e.g. ‘A’ levels).

Further progression

When you successfully complete the programme you will be able to continue on to a number of undergraduate programmes offered through the International Programmes. You may also apply to study for an undergraduate degree offered by other universities, both in the UK and elsewhere.*

For entry into UK universities

Most UK universities will accept successful completion of the International Foundation Programme as meeting their entry criteria for certain courses and will consider the applications of students who have this qualification. IFP students have gone on to study with the University of London International Programmes, at Russell Group universities and at many other HE institutions in the UK and around the world. Here are the 2015-16 offers to IFP students.

All universities have their own application criteria and processes and so you should speak to the university directly to ensure you are eligible and find out if there are any specific grades you will need to achieve or further entrance tests that you will need to sit. Some universities have early application deadlines and so you are advised to check their deadlines.

Programme structure

The International Foundation Programme consists of four courses (one compulsory course and three elective courses). The programme can be completed in a minimum of one academic year and a maximum of three academic years.

Study at an institution

You study for this programme at one of our teaching centres that have been approved to provide teaching and support for this programme. This programme may not be studied independently.

Each approved teaching centre will offer its own study schedule and the number of hours study you need to undertake each week will be dependent upon the institutions’ study timetable. As a guide, each course requires 150 hours of study time including classroom and private study.

For a list of the institutions approved to teach the International Foundation Programme please visit the Directory of Institutions. You should contact institutions directly for information on their teaching start dates and schedules.

Key dates
Application deadline You must apply directly to the International Foundation Programme teaching institution. Please contact them for their application deadline.
University application deadline 30 September (you must already have received an offer from your institution before applying to the University)
Registration deadline 15 October
Examinations take place late April

If, after completion of your University of London International Foundation Programme, you want to study for BA English, you will need to register initially for the Certificate in Higher Education in English and then progress onto the Diploma in Higher Education in English and then the degree.