Information for advisors and parents
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.
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.
Each year, we offer prestigious scholarships to support top students. Visit our fees and funding page to find out more.
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
What are the entry requirements for the University of Bristol?
To be offered a place on the International Foundation Programme, students need to meet our academic and language entry requirements.
To progress onto an undergraduate degree, students must meet the conditions of their offer. They get to select which degrees they wish to progress to. However, some degrees are highly competitive or require extra qualifications. They are not guaranteed an offer from their first choice.
To see the entry requirements for individual undergraduate courses, look at our online course finder.
What happens if a student is under 18?
There is no minimum age for the programme, but we will assess each under 18 applicant individually. This is to ensure all our students are suited to an adult learning environment.
If a student is under 18 when the course starts, their parents or legal guardians must email us a completed consent form: Under-18s form 2019 (PDF, 156kB).
The student will also need a guardian in the UK. The guardian should be someone who can be contacted in case of emergency, to help resolve problems – for example, if the student's parents do not speak English. The guardian should be able to take responsibility if for any reason the student leaves the University. If you do not know anyone who can act as a guardian, you can try the AEGIS website.
Parents will remain responsible for the welfare of their children while they are staying with the guardian. Students will need to make their own travel arrangements.
If a student is under 18, we recommend they live in a University residence. Find out more about our accommodation.
Will you update me on the student's progress?
The International Foundation Programme is for adult learners. As such, we don’t update parents, guardians or advisors on a student’s progress. However, we do provide all our students with a range of advice and support.
Do you help with accommodation and visas?
Yes, we provide a range of support and guidance. For details, please visit our accommodation and visas page.
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.
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Read our guide
Our international guide (PDF, 3,340kB) provides information for all students coming to Bristol from overseas.