Join a truly global student community - there are over 4,700 international students at the University of Reading from over 160 countries.
Khamis Al-Harthi, Oman
Khamis is studying BSc Quantity Surveying, and was rewarded with the IFP Merit Scholarship for Academic Achievement (£1000). On the IFP, Khamis studied International English, Academic Skills, Mathematics, Information Systems and Statistics.
"The IFP course at the University of Reading was really beneficial to preparing me for my main degree. It made me familiar with life abroad and I gained good experience of what learning is like in the UK. It is a very happy situation when you get what you have worked for and I succeeded in progressing onto my degree and received an IFP prize for academic achievement."
Sayed Maki, Bahrain
Sayed is from Bahrain and completed his IFP before enrolling onto Quantity Surveying at the University of Reading. He joined the IFP was because it provides a smooth transition into studying and living in the UK, and prepares students for the academic culture in the UK.
"To be honest, I 100% highly recommend that students join the IFP as it will be easier for them to finish their undergraduate course if they started with the IFP".
Ashufa Al Juwaiser, Saudi Arabia
Ashifa is from Saudi Arabia and is progressing to Pharmacy at Reading after the IFP, and is also an IFP Student Representative for the Chemistry and Biology modules. Her best experience so far has been the IFP Away Day where everyone on the IFP visited a centre outside of Reading and took part in team building activities.
"It was great getting to know the other IFP students from all over the world and making new friends."
When talking about her teachers' Ashifa said how helpful they are and one in particular:
"The maths teacher Mrs Uglow is one of the most amazing maths teachers I've ever had, she's so good. She makes you understand right from the basics."
Alexa Umakhihe, Nigeria
Alexa is from Nigeria and is progressing from the IFP onto Business and Accounting at the University of Reading. The thing she likes about the IFP at the University of Reading is the teaching where she comments:
"It's very interactive and I have a lot of really nice teachers and they're always there for me and I like that they actually want me to learn and not just memorise."
Alexa commented that the best experience on the IFP has been "Meeting new people from different places and learning in general about myself and other people."
The thing she likes about the university is the green campus:
"The green is beautiful, the landscape is amazing."
She also likes shopping in Reading town.
Lukundo Simuoko, Zambia
Lukundo is Zambian and is on the four-year Law with integrated IFP programme and so will continue studying Law after the foundation year. She is proud of being the second Zambian to come to the University and the only Zambian on the IFP. There's lots she likes about the IFP saying:
"I like the fact that it's diverse and more interactive and helpful when it comes to university work and that the programme ensures international students are comfortable."
Lukundo said that she likes the environment of the university with it's greenery and nature and, being a big campus, everything is one place.
"Everything's very together, like there's no boundaries between certain year groups and people are friendly around here."
Lukundo has joined two sports societies since arriving and commented:
I joined the netball society and the soccer society, the girls soccer society, and I feel like I've done sports all my life and it just feels like home, playing sports again."
Dechen Gyeltshen, Bhutan
Dechen is from Bhutan and is progressing onto a Meteorology degree at the University of Reading after completing the IFP. She told us why she chose to study at Reading:
"I found out that Meteorology at the University of Reading is one of the best in Europe."
Her best experience so far on the IFP was her trip to a neighbouring town called Windsor where the Queen lives in Windsor Castle and where Prince Harry and Meghan got married. Dechen commented that:
"There were seven or eight of us going into the town, looking at our maps, finding a lot of new places and, yeh, we had a lot of adventures, so it was fun."
Dechen is enjoying her classes and likes that she's learning foundation material. When asked about the transition to studying in the UK, she said
"The main difference between back home and going to a university in England is that in England we don't have to wear a national dress."
As well as country-specific scholarships, we also offer an IFP Ambassador Scholarship where students create content and share their experiences about the 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.