Make the most of your time at Reading
From the day you arrive on the International Foundation Programme (IFP), you will be made welcome as a member of our international community at Reading.
We provide the support you need to make a success of your studies and enjoy your time at Reading.
"Knowing that academic assistance was readily available through the numerous seminars, tutorials, and drop-in sessions gave me a sense of confidence, assurance and academic security."
How we support you
Your Academic Tutor
When you join us at Reading, you may have a lot of questions about your studies, the University and life in the UK. Your Academic Tutor is here to make sure you get the help you need to settle in quickly. They will:
- advise and support you with your studies
- help you with any academic or personal matters that may be affecting your progress
- check that you are settling in and enjoying your time at Reading
- provide you with a reference, if you need one to apply for a future job or course.
Just having someone to talk to can make a big difference, and your Academic Tutor is a friendly and approachable member of staff who is here to support you.
Other support available from the University
There are many different people you can turn to, if you need help during your time on the IFP, including:
- our International Student Advice Team – who can provide you with support on settling in or adapting to the new academic culture, or advice on visas and immigration
- cultural societies – friendly, student-run communities that give you the opportunity to meet people from your home country or religion, or find out about new cultures
- our Counselling and Wellbeing service – a professional service that provides counselling, wellbeing and mental health support
- our Chaplaincy Centre – a welcoming place to go for a friendly chat, the Chaplaincy Service can also point you in the direction of other places of worship and faith centres.
This guide helps you get the most out of living and studying at the University of Reading. It tells you about settling into the University of Reading, the support that's available, things to do in the University and town, places to go in the UK and useful contact information.
Friendship and fun
You'll get to make friends, have fun and develop your confidence on the IFP at Reading.
Just for you
We organise a range of fun activities, trips and events just for IFP students, such as:
- paintballing, bowling, laser tag and ice-skating
- daytrips to London, Oxford, Stonehenge and other places of interest
- a fun day out at Thorpe Park for thrilling rollercoaster rides
- theatre visits.
One of the highlights of the IFP is the Away Day, held at the start of the programme. This popular day out at a waterside activity centre involves activities such as climbing, orienteering, kayaking and archery. You'll quickly get to know everyone on the programme, as you work together on team challenges – whether you win or lose, you'll definitely have fun!
IFP Paintball Social Event
Join in with University activities
As a member of the University of Reading, there's lots of other things you can do in your free time:
- enjoy music
- play sport
- join any of the clubs and societies run by Reading University Students' Union (RUSU).
Travelling to London from the University of Reading
See a tour of the University Campus
See a tour of Reading Town Centre
Our halls of residence are a place to live, study, meet friends and socialise. We offer a range of options to suit different budgets and requirements.
To apply for accommodation at Reading, you need to:
be at least 17 years old at the start of the accommodation contract
have firmly accepted a place (conditional or unconditional) on the programme.
You will be sent instructions on how to apply for accommodation after accepting your place, and we recommend that you apply as soon as possible:
for IFP programmes that start in September, you must apply for accommodation by 1 August and meet any outstanding conditions by 31 August
for IFP programmes that start in January (the fast-track pathways for business and law), you can apply from 22 September in the year before you start.
Link to other pages:
Find out how you can apply for the IFP and get one step closer to a UK undergraduate degree.