You will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the International Foundation Programme below.
If you have any questions which are not answered on the programme’s webpages, please contact the International Foundation Programme team at
No. The school qualifications for most EU countries are recognised for direct entry to first year of study at the University of Edinburgh. The International Foundation Programme is for international students whose qualifications do not enable them to meet the entry requirements for direct entry to first year and whose first language is not English.
No. Some degrees within the humanities and social sciences have additional admission requirements that are not included within the programme. These include degrees in architecture, music, some language degrees and joint degrees with mathematics.
Successful completion of the International Foundation Programme with good grades will guarantee progression to degrees in subjects such as business, law, international relations and English literature in the College of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Edinburgh.
You will also need to pass a recognised English language test.
No. A core part of the curriculum focuses on developing English language ability and so the programme has been designed for students with a lower level of English language.
We will write to you to let you know the outcome of your application. This would usually be within two weeks of receipt of your completed application.
If you have been selected for an offer of admission we will write to you to let you know. You will then be required to pay the tuition fee deposit to secure your place.
Please read our guide on applying for a visa very carefully and always refer to the UK Border Agency website for the most up-to-date information. You will not be able to apply for a visa until you have been made an unconditional offer by our admissions team.
Please note: a new visa guide for 2013/14 applications will be available in March 2013.
The nearest airport to the University is Edinburgh airport.
Further details are available in our information for new students page.
This article was published on Oct 4, 2012