International Foundation Programme
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What is the International Foundation Programme?

The International Foundation Programme is a full-time, one-year programme which will prepare you for degree level study within the humanities and social sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

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Why choose the International Foundation Programme?

The University of Edinburgh is ranked within the world's top 20.

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Apply now for 2016

New applications for 2016-2017 are accepted from the beginning of October 2015. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions in the meantime.

Details of the entry requirements you must meet to be considered for admission to the programme.

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Structure & content

You will study a range of courses to develop your academic skills and level of English language.

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Information for new students

How to prepare for the International Foundation Programme? What to expect?

Fees & finance

Information about tuition fees and living costs.


Where you will live during your studies.

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Frequently asked questions

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