Find out more about the International Foundation Programme.
The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a full-time, one-year university preparation course, designed to prepare international students for degree-level study within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.
This pre-university programme is carefully tailored to give international students the experience and skills required to succeed at undergraduate level and help build confidence with academic English.
The IFP, which is taught by expert University of Edinburgh academics, is a globally recognised qualification.
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We are considering launching a new International Foundation (Pre-undergraduate) Programme in the wider area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
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Structure and Content
The International Foundation Programme is comprised of themed courses designed to help you prepare for undergraduate degree-level study.
Progression to Degree Level Study
Successful completion of the International Foundation Programme will result in progression to an undergraduate degree programme within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
IFP Programme Dates
It is essential that all students are available to participate in the Welcome and Orientation programme in early September. Please note the dates below.
Why Study with Us?
There are many reasons to choose the International Foundation Programme at the University of Edinburgh.
Meet the IFP Teaching Fellows
The International Foundation Programme Teaching Fellows are committed to helping students thrive through their learning experiences on the Programme.
Support for Students
Whether your problem is personal, academic or a mixture of both, there are many support options for you on the International Foundation Programme.
Student Life and Facilities
You will have access to all of the same social, cultural, sporting and support opportunities as the University’s undergraduate students.
Hear from Former Students
Former IFP student, Karlen, shares his experiences of the University of Edinburgh’s International Foundation Programme.