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International Foundation Programme – University of Reading

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  • Clearing and adjustment 2018

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  • Outstanding success

    In 2016, 97% of our students passed the IFP

  • We are a founder member of the UPA

    UPA: an alliance of University-led pathway providers

  • A reputation for academic excellence

    We've over 30 years' experience of helping international students to qualify

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.

We also offer fast-track options for both the business and law pathways, enabling you to complete the programme in just seven months.



  • January start
  • 7-month programme


  • September start
  • 10-month programme 


  • September start
  • 4-year degree course with integrated foundation year





Law, humanities and social science



Real estate and construction management


Science and life science



Meteorology and mathematics







Studying law at Reading

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.

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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