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International Foundation Programmes – University of Reading

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  • 97% pass rate

    In the past 2 years 96% of students progressed to degrees at the University of Reading

  • 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

  • Progression

    Study IFP at Reading for access to most undergraduate degrees

International Foundation Programmes

International Foundation Programmes are intensive access programmes for international students, who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to the University of Reading undergraduate programmes. Successful completion of an International Foundation Programme, and any further relevant degree entry requirements, provides an opportunity to gain a prestigious University of Reading degree or to pursue undergraduate studies at other highly ranked universities.

An International Foundation Programme supports the development of valuable skills to enhance your future studies, including critical thinking, effective communication, the ability to produce high quality work, and interpretation and analysis of information sources.

Here at Reading, it is possible to access International Foundation Programmes through two routes, depending on your chosen undergraduate degree subject.

  • through the University of Reading International Foundation Programme (IFP)
  • through our university-based partnership with ONCAMPUS Reading (UFP)

Both routes will enable you to learn and  experience student life here with us.

Students who access an ONCAMPUS programme will study on the University campus but will be enrolled with ONCAMPUS, rather than the University of Reading. Students who successfully complete their foundation programme with ONCAMPUS, meeting necessary entry requirements, will have a guaranteed opportunity to progress to a Reading undergraduate degree programme.


International Foundation Programmes

The Standard International Foundation Programme (IFP)

As one of the first university owned programmes, with over 35 years of experience, the IFP gives you the highest quality preparation for your undergraduate studies. In the past two years 96% of IFP students were accepted onto degrees at Reading.

4-Year Degree with Integrated Foundation Year

We also offer a wide range of integrated four-year programmes combining a foundation year with a three-year undergraduate course.

ONCAMPUS Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP)

If you want to study art, design, film, theatre, television, business or economics you should apply through ONCAMPUS Reading.  

progression degrees

After successfully completing the IFP and having met any relevant degree entry requirements, you will be guaranteed the opportunity of a place on your chosen undergraduate course at the University of Reading.  Whether you wish to study law, science, social science, construction or humanities, the University of Reading has a wide choice of over 150 degrees. Popular degrees for students to progress onto from the IFP include the following (* means they are available as 4-year integrated degrees):

  • LLB Law*
  • BA Politics and International Relations*
  • BA Education Studies
  • MPharm Pharmacy
  • BSc Food Science*
  • BSc Chemistry
  • MSci Speech and Language Therapy
  • BSc Psychology*
  • BSc Architecture*
  • BEng Architectural Engineering*
  • BSc Construction Management and Surveying*
  • BSc Quantity Surveying*
  • BSc Building Surveying*
  • BSc Biological Sciences
  • BEng Biomedical Engineering
  • BSc Agriculture*
  • BSc Agriculture Business Management*
  • BSc Consumer Behaviour and Marketing*
  • BSc Food Marketing and Business Economics*
  • BSc Mathematics*
  • BA Museum Studies and Archaeology*
  • BSc Computer Science
  • BSc Environmental Science*
  • BSc Meteorology and Climate*

Most other degrees can also be accessed from the standard IFP or through ONCAMPUS. A full list of University of Reading undergraduate degrees is available by selecting "View courses" or "Great course options" on the University of Reading home page:


10 Reasons to choose the IFP at the University of Reading

  1. Among the top 30 UK universities in world rankings (University of Reading is 27th out of 90 UK universities featured in the QS World University Rankings 2022).
  2. University-owned international foundation programme with over 35 years of experience ensuring the highest quality of preparation for success on an undergraduate degree.
  3. 96% of students successfully met their entry requirements for University of Reading degrees in the last two years (2019/20 and 2020/21)
  4. Teaching by expert University of Reading lecturers who will help you develop the knowledge and skills required for success in your undergraduate studies.
  5. High level of student support. You will get a personal tutor who will monitor your progress throughout the year, meet with you twice a term and provide help and guidance whenever you need it.
  6. Studying and living on the award-winning main University of Reading Whiteknights campus with access to all the University facilities including the library, study areas, student support, clubs and societies. See a tour by IFP students.
  7. A diverse mix of nationalities and cultures enabling you to study, make friends and improve your English with students from across the world;
  8. Only 30 minutes from central London by train. Reading is a lovely British town with plenty of things to do in leisure time and is located close to London and Heathrow airport. See a video by IFP students.
  9. Guaranteed university accommodation including modern study rooms with bathroom facilities. See IFP student Almas give a tour of his room.
  10.  A fantastic social programme including city visits to places like Oxford, Brighton and Bath and an Away Day that makes it easy to make friends and settle in to life at University.

"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

Find out more about the IFP

We offer a number of scholarships and discounts:


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.

You can find out about our students' experience in their videos and their written testimonials:


Leisure Activities:

There is plenty to do in Reading. Find out about University life including support, social activities, accommodation and more about Reading town centre:


IFP Malaysia:

The University of Reading also offers the International Foundation Programme at our Malaysia campus:



Find out how to apply to the IFP at Reading:


IFP Facebook

IFP Instagram

IFP YouTube video

​How to apply

Applications may be made through UCAS, or directly to the International Foundation Programme at the University of Reading. You should only apply through one route.




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