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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.

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 International Foundation Programme 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


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.

Read more in our Four-Year Degrees with Integrated Foundation Year Brochure


Fees, dates and entry requirements

The fees, dates and entry requirements depend on the particular foundation programme. Select the relevant programme link for further information.


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

Find out more about student classifications


IFP Programme details

The IFP is a modular programme. The modules you choose will prepare you for undergraduate study at the University of Reading.


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.


How to apply for an IFP

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