Develop and strengthen your English language and academic skills and gain a place on an undergraduate degree of your choice at the University of Reading with the International Foundation Language Programme.
If you are an international student without British A level qualifications (or the equivalent) and would like to study at the University of Reading, but your confidence with English is quite low, then the International Foundation and Language Programme (IFLP) is the perfect foundation programme for you.
The IFLP is a full-time extended foundation programme with entry points in July and September. With September entry, you will complete eleven weeks of English language training and then join the International Foundation Programme (IFP) in January. The IFLP is therefore the same as the January Entry IFP, but with the addition of eleven weeks of language training at the start and greater English language support throughout the remainder of the programme.
September IFLP enables you to progress to any degree within the University of Reading except for Science and Life Science degrees. Popular progression degrees are those within the Henley Business School (Accounting, Business, Finance, and Management), Law, Real Estate, Construction Management and Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Consumer Behaviour and Marketing. Upon successful completion you will be guaranteed a place on your chosen degree course in September of the same year.
All students will study International English Plus and Academic Skills and then, depending on your choice of degree, you will select two modules from a range of subjects such as Economics, Introduction to Business and Management, Information Systems and Statistics, Law, Mathematics for Finance, Economics and Business. You will be taught by the same experienced University academics who teach the undergraduates and postgraduates. An academic tutor will be assigned to support and guide you through your studies.
As well as improving your knowledge and skills the IFLP aims to familiarise you with life at University. We encourage all our students to take part in extra activities, make new friends and have new experiences. The IFP Away Day is the highlight of the IFP and IFLP calendar. Both staff and students visit an activity centre giving you the chance to practice your skills in a new environment. You can put your problem solving, communication, and team building skills to the test whilst climbing, orienteering, and kayaking.
By the end of this programme you will have improved your English language skills, gained academic training in your chosen subjects and achieved the transferable skills necessary for undergraduate study. Upon successful completion of the IFLP and having met the specific entry requirements for your chosen degree, you will be guaranteed a place on your chosen degree course in the September the following year.
If you are an international student planning to apply for one of our degree programmes, you may need to take a foundation course or pre-sessional course if you do not have qualifications that are equivalent to British A levels or if you need to improve your English language level.
UK undergraduate fees are regulated by the government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK and EU** students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.
Information on this page is based on 2019/20 figures and is likely to change slightly for 2020/21 entry. We will publish up-to-date information about 2020/21 entry as soon as it becomes available.
From 2020, the UK government may link tuition fees to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
**EU students in 2019/20
EU home students starting in the academic year 2019/20 will pay the same fees and have the same eligibility for loans and grants as UK home students for the duration of their course. The situation for students starting in 2020/21 is not yet known and may be affected by UK Government policy following the outcome of any negotiations regarding the UK’s exit from the European Union. The UK Government will confirm future arrangements for EU students in due course.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
What career can you have?
The IFP qualifies you to study a full undergraduate degree at a British university, the gateway to a very wide range of fulfilling careers.
During the IFLP you will develop academic transferable skills such as the ability to produce high quality written work, think critically, communicate well, and interpret and analyse a range of information.
Around 80% of students who take the IFP at the University of Reading qualify to progress on to their chosen undergraduate degre with a large number gaining their degrees from Henley Business School, IMCA or the University of Reading Law School.