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Choosing the right programme for you

International Foundation Programme (IFP)

The standard IFP programme has two entry points - September and January - both options provide the same quality and benefits. IFP September is also available as an online option in 2022.

The IFP offers a pathway to a wide range of undergraduate degrees, including law, pharmacy, computer science, architecture, quantity surveying, and many more. You will be taught from day one by subject experts in the University of Reading, as well as having access to individual tutorial support from the IFP team.

Students wishing to progress onto a science or architecture degree will need to take the IFP September start. We also offer a wide range of integrated four-year degree programmes combining a foundation year with a three-year undergraduate course.

Read our IFP Brochure

International Foundation Programme (IFP), September start

The IFP September start is our standard International Foundation Programme, which runs from September and enables you to progress to any undergraduate degree at the University of Reading with the exception of Henley Business School degrees, arts and media degrees and some Institute of Education degrees.

International Foundation Programme (IFP) - September 


International Foundation Programme (IFP), January start

The IFP January start runs from January to August enabling you to start your undergraduate degree in September of the same year.

Progression degrees include: Law, Quantity Surveying, Consumer Behaviour and Marketing, International Development, History, Geography and many more, with the exception of Henley Business School degrees, arts and media degrees and some Institute of Education degrees.

If you are a Science, Mathematics or Architecture student you should apply for the September IFP.

International Foundation Programme (IFP) - January


Online International Foundation Programme (IFP)

Study the Online IFP at the University of Reading from anywhere in the world. You can enrol on the September IFP and be taught by university academics through a mix of recorded lectures, bespoke online resources and live interactive online seminars and tutorials. Through these sessions you will get to know your tutors and classmates, building relationships, which will support you throughout your studies.

International Foundation Programme (Online) - September


ONCAMPUS Undergraduate Foundation, Reading

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


Integrated four-year degree programmes with foundation year

These four-year degree programmes begin in September or January for some degrees, and combine a foundation year (Year 0) with your chosen three-year undergraduate degree. This enables you to apply for a single four-year visa that covers the whole duration of your studies.



EU students, as well as international students, are eligible to apply for the IFP.

Find out more about student classifications


The fees, dates and entry requirements depend on the particular foundation programme. This information is found for each programme by following the programme links above.

Programme Details

Find out more about modules and credits