International Foundation Programme

Structure and Content

The International Foundation Programme is comprised of themed courses designed to help you prepare for degree-level study.

We are currently delivering hybrid teaching during 2020/21 academic year due to Covid-19 restrictions. We will continue to update you on the teaching you can expect when you start your programme in 2021 throughout your application process.

Courses for 2021/2022

All of the courses within the International Foundation Programme have been specifically designed to ensure you have the best possible start to your university learning experience. As each course progresses, its academic, individual study and assessment requirements will gradually become closer to those you will experience in your first year of degree level study.

Teaching & Assessment

Every course within the International Foundation Programme will be taught by expert University of Edinburgh staff.

In most courses, you will take practice assessments which have been designed to help you develop your academic skills and prepare you for degree level study. Further details of course content, structure and assessment methods for each course can be found on the course pages.


Below you will find a list of the 2020/2021 courses. These are examples of the courses that may be available in 2021/2022. The final list of courses for 2021/2022 will be available in Spring 2021.