International Foundation Programme

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The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is aimed at clients who wish to enter Higher Education abroad. IH London is proud to offer a foundation programme that is recognised by over 30 universities in the UK and the US on successful completion of the course.

It is designed for students who have just finished high-school (year 12 or year 13) but need additional study to be able to apply for an undergraduate degree.

The course also welcomes students who need to improve their English language proficiency over a longer period in order to study at undergraduate level.

The International Foundation Programme is a ninemonth or six-month pre-university qualification including English language preparation. The course is designed to develop students’ language and study skills required to access progression routes to university courses.

Programme details

  • English level required: 4.5–5.0 IELTS (September 2017 start); 5.0–5.5 IELTS (January 2018 start)
  • Course length: 9 months (September 2017 start); or 6 months (January 2018 start)
  • Course content: English for Academic Purposes, Study and Communication Skills, Maths
  • Streams available: Business or Computing and IT or Engineering
  • Minimum age: 17
  • Start dates: September 2017 and January 2018

Guaranteed progression to undergraduate degree

Articulation agreements with over 30 universities in the UK, USA and Australia:

  • Birmingham City University (UK)
  • Bangor University (UK)
  • CQU University (Australia)
  • Carroll University (USA)

To which universities do students progress?

Progression depends on which course you want to study at university and to which university you want to apply.

Previous foundation programme students on this syllabus have progressed to programmes at universities such as the University of St Andrews, University of Nottingham, Heriot Watt, University of Liverpool and the University of Westminster, amongst others in the UK and abroad.


Modules are assessed through a combination of assignments and examinations. Success in each of the assignments and examinations will make up your overall score for the foundation programme. Universities will offer guidance as to what score you will need to access their courses.

How to apply

Students need to apply for the foundation programme by 1 August for the September intake and 15 November for the January intake. To apply, students need to complete the application form and provide proof of their English language level and school grades.


Need more information?

Talk to our sales team to find out more about entry requirements for the foundation programme and onto one of the partner university degree programmes.