Information for advisors and parents

Tailored pathways

The International Foundation Programme offers three tailored pathways:

This gives each student the best chance of progressing to their chosen degree at the University of Bristol. Whichever pathway they select, the units will be tailored to their academic ambitions.

Degree progression

When students study on our International Foundation Programme, we make them a conditional offer. When they complete the programme, they progress to an agreed degree relevant to their previous studies. Our programme is the only one that guarantees students an offer from the University of Bristol.

Safe and supportive

We work hard to ensure students thrive on the International Foundation Programme. Each student will have a personal progression tutor to advise them on their academic path. We also offer support with accommodation and visas.

Funding opportunities

Each year, we offer prestigious scholarships to support top students. Visit our fees and funding page to find out more.

Foundation plus

For students with a higher level of English, we offer the International Foundation Programme Plus. With less English language to learn, students will focus more on their chosen academic studies.

Frequently asked questions

Kaplan partnership

We have partnered with Kaplan International Pathways to manage recruitment and admissions onto the University of Bristol’s International Foundation Programme. The programme will still be fully delivered by the University, with the partnership aiming to strengthen the support provided to students throughout the enrolment process. Read more about the partnership.

In China, Kaplan will be processing the admissions for this course, working closely with the University of Bristol’s China Office. All applications should continue to be sent to the University of Bristol’s China Office email address. All recruitment for this programme outside of China will now be managed by Kaplan.

Read our guide

Our international guide (PDF, 3,340kB) provides information for all students coming to Bristol from overseas.

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