International Foundation Programme | University of Edinburgh

What is the IFP?

Find out more about the International Foundation Programme.

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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.


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 Staff

Our International Foundation Programme teachers 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.