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DEEMA ALMARZOOQI, United Arab emirates

IFP Prize-winner (£200)Deema Almarzooqi 2

Deema is a current University of Reading Undergraduate  student (year 1) studying BSc Nutrition with Food Consumer Sciences.

On the IFP Deema studied:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Introduction to Business and Management
  • Academic Skills


"The thing I liked most about the IFP was the strong foundation I was able to build, allowing me to progress swiftly into my first year as an undergraduate. The programme helped me to strengthen my knowledge in the key core areas of my chosen field. The academic skills module helped me develop very useful skills that I can utilise throughout my academic journey and beyond."

Khamis Al-Harthi. Oman 

Khamis Al-Harthi 2IFP Merit Scholarship for Academic Achievement (£1000)

Khamis is a current UoR UG student (year 1) studying BSc Quantity Surveying.

On the IFP Khamis studied:

  • International English
  • Academic Skills
  • Mathematics
  • Information Systems and Statistics


"The IFP course at the University of Reading was really beneficial to preparing me for my main degree. It made me familiar with life abroad and I gained good experience of what learning is like in the UK. It is a very happy situation when you get what you have worked for and I succeeded in progressing onto my degree and received an IFP prize for academic achievement."

Noor Al Bahrani, United Arab Emirates

IFP Scholarship for Academic Excellence (£2000)

Noor is Omani but lives in the United Arab Emirates.

Noor was progressing to BSc Biomedical Engineering at Reading, but has got a place at Kings College London.

On the IFP Noor studied:

  • Information Systems and Statistics
  • Academic Skills
  • Further Mathematics and Physics
  • Mathematics

"I really enjoyed my time at the University of Reading and the IFP. I got to know a lot of people from different countries and cultures, and I gained many valuable skills during my time at the IFP. I enjoyed all my modules and the content I learned has already been helpful during these few weeks of first year university. I am currently studying Biomedical Engineering at King's College London, and although I left, I do not regret doing the International Foundation Programme at the University of Reading."

Amy Chineyemba, nigeria

 Amy Chineyemba image

Amy is from Nigeria and is progressing to a Law degree at Reading upon completion of the International Foundation Programme (IFP).

She has always wanted to study Law since she was 5 years old and is now more determined than ever. She's particularly interested in International Law and is studying Law, Politics and Sociology on the IFP in preparation for her degree.

Amy has the following advice for students joining the IFP:

"It's a really nice programme that helps you grow as a person and I have made amazing friends so far, but you have to be strong and ready to actually take on the work."

Amy's favourite thing about the University of Reading is the diversity of people that you get to meet.


Sayed Maki updated imageSayed is from Bahrain and will be progressing from the IFP onto Quantity Surveying at the University of Reading.

The reason he joined the IFP was because it provides a smooth transition into studying and living in the UK, and prepares students for the academic culture in the UK.

Now he is on the IFP Sayed is pleased with this decision and told us:

 "To be honest, I 100% highly recommend that students join the IFP as it will be easier for them to finish their undergraduate course if they started with the IFP".

This is also what many students on their undergraduate studies tell us.

Ashifa Al Juwaiser, Saudi arabia

Ashifa Al JuwaiserAshifa is from Saudi Arabia and is progressing to Pharmacy at Reading after the IFP, and is also an IFP Student Representative for the Chemistry and Biology modules.

Her best experience so far has been the "IFP Away Day" where everyone on the IFP visited a centre outside of Reading and took part in team building activities.

Ashifa commented:

"It was great getting to know the other IFP students from all over the world and making new friends."

When talking about her teachers' Ashifa said how helpful they are and one in particular:

"The maths teacher Mrs Uglow is one of the most amazing maths teachers I've ever had, she's so good. She makes you understand right from the basics."

Juan Lim, Malaysia

Juan LimJuan is from Malaysia and is progressing from the IFP onto a Law degree at the University of Reading in September 2019.

He enjoys the class sizes and the attention students get from their teachers on the IFP saying " the classes aren't that big, so you are really close to everybody in the class and the teacher actually interacts with the students more." Juan loves sport and has joined the badminton society, he has also joined the Malaysian society.

This is his advice for new students joining the IFP:

"When you first come to the IFP just say 'Hi' to everybody because everybody is really friendly and nobody will turn you down, so just be open and you'll get on fine in Reading."

Alexa Umakhihe, Nigeria

Alexa UmakhiheAlexa is from Nigeria and is progressing from the IFP onto Business and Accounting at the University of Reading.

The thing she likes about the IFP at the University of Reading is the teaching where she comments:

"It's very interactive and I have a lot of really nice teachers and they're always there for me and I like that they actually want me to learn and not just memorise."

Alexa commented that the best experience on the IFP has been "Meeting new people from different places and learning in general about myself and other people."

The thing she likes about the university is the green campus:

"The green is beautiful, the landscape is amazing."

She also likes shopping in Reading town.

Lukundo Simukoko, Zambia

Lukundo SimukokoLukundo is Zambian and is on the 4-year Law with integrated IFP programme and so will continue studying Law after the foundation year.

She is proud of being the second Zambian to come to the University and the only Zambian on the IFP.

There's lots she likes about the IFP saying:

 "I like the fact that it's diverse and more interactive and helpful when it comes to university work and that the programme ensures international students are comfortable."

Lukundo said that she likes the environment of the university with it's greenery and nature and, being a big campus, everything is one place. She said "everything's very together, like there's no boundaries between certain year groups and people are friendly around here." Lukundo has joined two sports societies since arriving and commented "I joined the netball society and the soccer society, the girls soccer society, and I feel like I've done sports all my life and it just feels like home, playing sports again."

Dechen Gyeltshen, Bhutan

Dechen GyeltshenDechen is from Bhutan and is progressing onto a Meteorology degree at the University of Reading after completing the IFP.

She told us that she chose to study at Reading because "I found out that Meteorology at the University of Reading is one of the best in Europe."

Her best experience so far on the IFP was her trip to a neighbouring town called Windsor where the Queen lives in Windsor Castle and where Prince Harry and Meghan got married. Dechen commented that:

"We had like 7 or 8 of us and then were just going to the town, looking at our maps, finding a lot of new places and yeh we had a lot of adventures, so it was fun."

Dechen is enjoying her classes and likes that she's learning foundation material and "new stuff that we could really apply in our degree". When asked about the transition to studying in the UK, she said " The main difference between back home and going to a university in England is that in England we don't have to wear a national dress." 

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