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The International Foundation Programme (IFP) has entry points in September and January.

There are a number of different ways for people to apply to study an IFP:

  1. Through UCAS, the UK's university admissions service.
  2. Directly to the International Foundation Programme at the University of Reading through our online application service.

You should only apply through one route.


Deadline for Applications for IFP students wishing to study MPharm Pharmacy.

Due to the highly competitive nature of our MPharm Pharmacy course, we will be running a gathered field approach to applications for the IFP, where Pharmacy is the intended future degree. Applications for the IFP with Pharmacy as the intended degree will close after the 31st of January 2024 after which the University will review all applications and select the strongest candidates. It will not be possible to apply for the IFP with Pharmacy as an intended future degree for September 2024 entry after this deadline.

How to apply directly to the University

Candidates for the IFP can apply through the University's online application service. The online service allows you to complete your application form and attach electronic copies of your academic transcripts, English language certificates and other supporting documents.

Please use the following links to access the online form:

If you are unable to apply online, you can request a paper application form by telephoning +44 (0) 118 378 8372 or emailing

How to apply for the International Foundation Programme

How to apply through UCAS

You can apply for both the standard IFP and the four-year undergraduate degree with integrated foundation year using UCAS.

UCAS is the UK's university admissions service.

Standard International Foundation Programme (IFP)

If you apply for the standard IFP through UCAS you must follow the UCAS procedures and use the listed UCAS course codes for the University of Reading

Four-year undergraduate degrees with integrated foundation year

Our four-year undergraduate degrees with integrated foundation year can only be applied to through UCAS, the UK's university admissions service.

Follow the course links or go directly to the University's How to apply page and select the UCAS link in the Undergraduate Courses section.

Can't see your chosen subject?

If you want to study art, design, film, theatre, television, business or economics you can undertake an Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Art and Design or in Business and Economics through ONCAMPUS Reading.

For more information, see the ONCAMPUS Reading Foundation Programmes website.


IFP programme options

You can choose a four-year degree with an integrated International Foundation Year, a standard one-year International Foundation Programme (IFP) or study through our University-based partnership with ONCAMPUS Reading (UFP).


IFP scholarships

As well as country-specific scholarships, we also offer an IFP Ambassador Scholarship where students create content and share their experiences about the IFP.


University accommodation

Our University accommodation is safe, secure and located close to our beautiful campuses. We offer a variety of rooms so you can choose the style, facilities and location that best suits you.