Foundation Programme for international students

Our International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one-year academic course specifically designed to prepare students for undergraduate study in the UK. You are guaranteed a conditional place at the University of Bristol on successful completion of the programme.

Why study Foundation Programme for international students at Bristol?

The International Foundation Programme is taught by experienced teachers to nationally recognised teaching standards. You will study on campus with other international students from around the world.

The programme develops your academic English and prepares you for undergraduate study. Through intensive classes, you will improve your academic language, critical thinking and independent study skills. Your choice of subject-specific units will depend on the degree you wish to progress to.

Please visit the International Foundation Programme website for up-to-date information.

What kind of student would this course suit?

The programme helps students improve their academic English language and academic study skills before progressing to an undergraduate degree.

We are looking for students who will be successful on the International Foundation Programme. We also want you to do well on your undergraduate degree. To ensure this, we look at your high school grades and existing English language skills.

These programmes are aimed at high-achieving students who do not have English as a first language and whose home high school system does not allow them to apply directly to the first year of an undergraduate degree in the UK. They are not suitable for students who have taken A-levels or the International Baccalaureate.

Read full details of our language and academic entry requirements.

How is this course taught and assessed?

As a student studying on the International Foundation Programme, you will attend lectures, tutorials and classes. Students studying on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics pathway will also have practical and laboratory sessions. In addition to supervised teaching sessions, you will be expected to engage in independent study.

Our programmes are assessed in a number of ways, including through coursework and final exams in subject units and English units. Students on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics pathway will also have practical assessments.

What are my career prospects?

Successfully completing the programme guarantees you a conditional offer from the University of Bristol for an agreed degree relevant to your previous studies. Our programme is also recognised by other UK universities.


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