International Foundation Programme

Students in the classroom

What is the International Foundation Programme?

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is designed to prepare you for undergraduate study in the UK.

You will improve your subject knowledge through attendance at lectures and seminars in your chosen subject area, and you will develop your English language skills in additional classes.

Read more about the programme aims.

Which pathway do I choose?

We offer different academic pathways depending on your chosen academic subject. Find out which is the best pathway for you:

Pathway choices

Programme structure

On the International Foundation Programme, you will do up to 21 hours per week of supervised study. This will include lectures, tutorials, problem-solving exercise classes, academic language and academic skills classes.

Read more about how the programme is structured.


When you complete the programme you will be awarded with a Pathway Certificate in Foundation Studies by the University of Bristol. You will also receive a transcript from CELFS stating the modules you studied and the grade achieved.

Read more about certification and progression.

Supporting you while you learn

During your studies with us, we will help you adjust to living and studying in the UK, and we will give you lots of support in applying for undergraduate courses at the University of Bristol and other universities. You will be allocated a personal tutor during your studies. 

Information for IFP and IPP students at CELFS


IFP brochure (PDF, 472kB)


We offer a tuition-fee reduction to one IFP applicant each year, via the CELFS Academic Potential Prize.

Eduoard BlondelI really liked the teaching staff, who were lovely. Their lessons were really enjoyable and they helped me to write well in English.

Eduoard Blondel, International Foundation Programme in Economics and Finance

See what other students are saying about us.

Did you know?

You will be guaranteed accommodation if you apply before the official closing date.

Find out more

Watch our video to find out what the International Foundation Programme is like from the experiences of previous students: