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International Foundation Programme – University of Reading

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  • In the top 200 universities worldwide

    QS World University Rankings 2018

  • University-owned IFP

    Taught by university lecturers giving you the best preparation for undergraduate studies

  • Study on a campus university

    IFP students study on the main University of Reading Whiteknights Campus

International Foundation Programme

By taking your International Foundation Programme (IFP) at Reading, you will get to experience university life and be taught by subject experts – giving you the best introduction to your future undergraduate degree.

If you don't have British A levels or equivalent qualifications, the IFP at Reading provides you with a pathway to an undergraduate degree course. While most of our IFP students continue their studies at Reading, you can also use our IFP qualification for entry on to degree courses at many other British and international universities.

Academic excellence

The IFP prepares you for undergraduate study by developing your subject knowledge and academic skills.

By taking the IFP at Reading, you will:

  • be taught by academics – who are experts in their subject areas
  • study in a university department – with top-quality resources and facilities
  • gain study skills – ready for an undergraduate degree course
  • improve your academic English skills – if you need to.

"The IFP was a wonderful experience. I loved meeting international students from around the world, the campus was very serene and beautiful and the tutors were the most supportive I’ve ever had."

Sharon Justine-Nyah

Student support

Moving to a new country is exciting – and we will help you settle in and feel at home. We offer a range of support, so there's always help if you need it.

And you'll get to make friends, have fun and develop your confidence on the IFP at Reading. We put on all sorts of activities and events to make sure you enjoy your time with us.

What can you study?

There are several pathways on offer, allowing you to choose modules that are relevant to the degree you would like to study.

International Foundation and Language Programme (IFLP), July Start

The IFLP is a full-time programme running from July to June each year. This has our lowest English language entry requirements (IELTS 4.5, 5.0 or 6.0 depending on pathway) and all students will complete eight weeks of language training before then joining the Standard International Foundation Programme (IFP) in September.

International Foundation Programme (IFP), September Start

The IFP is our standard International Foundation Programme which runs from September.

Integrated 4-Year Pathway with LLB Law

If you are a high achiever who wants to study an undergraduate degree in law, the University of Reading offers a four-year integrated programme. This includes a year of foundation studies before you begin your three-year law degree. By taking this programme, you can apply for a four-year visa that covers the whole duration of your studies.

Contact for further details.

Fast-track January Start

We also offer fast-track options for some of our pathways, enabling you to complete the programme in just seven months, from January to August. This option offers you the same quality and benefits as the September-June programme but in a more focused format.


and Language

July start

11-month programme with extra English Language


September start

10-month programme


September start

4-year degree
course with integrated foundation year


January start




Law, humanities
and social science

Real estate and construction management


Science and life science





and mathematics




The IFP in Malaysia

You can also take the IFP at the University of Reading Malaysia, in Iskandar, where the following pathways are on offer:


​Programme details

Discover more about the programme – how it's structured and how you'll learn, as well as the entry requirements and how you progress to your chosen degree.

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