International Foundation Programme

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the International Foundation Programme.

Eligibility and Progression to Degree Level Study

I am from an EU country. Am I eligible for the International Foundation Programme?

If you have gone to school in the EU, your education system is accepted for direct entry to our undergraduate degree programmes and you are not eligible to apply for the International Foundation Programme (IFP). Unfortunately, if your high school grades do not meet the minimum entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees, you will still not be eligible to apply for the IFP.  

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, if you are from the EU but have attended high school in an international country where we do not accept the high school qualifications for direct entry, please contact us to discuss.

Will the programme prepare me for any degree in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh?
No. Some degrees within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences have additional admission requirements that are not included within the programme. These include some language degrees and joint degrees with mathematics. Progression to degree level study
Will I be guaranteed a place on a degree within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences if I pass the International Foundation Programme?

Successful completion of the International Foundation Programme with required grades will guarantee progression to degrees in selected subjects in the University of Edinburgh. 

You will also need to pass a recognised English language test. If you pass the Foundation English for Academic Purposes courses with required grades, you will not need to sit another English language test for entry to the University of Edinburgh.

Can I apply for an Art, Design or Architecture degree?

Yes. The Admissions team will contact you to request submission of a mini-portfolio. The mini-portfolio will be specifically assessed for the degree that you want to progress to. A mini-portfolio must only be submitted if requested by the Admissions team.

My English is good (IELTS 7.5 or above), is the International Foundation Programme suitable for me?
We welcome applications from students with IELTS 7.5 and above. We will consider your IELTS scores and application closely and may get in touch to discuss this with you further. A core part of the IFP curriculum focuses on developing academic English language ability and all students are required to complete this as part of the programme.
When will I know if my application is successful?

When a decision has been made on your application, an update will appear on your UCAS track. This would usually be within four to six weeks of receipt of your completed application.

Fees and Finance

When do I pay the tuition fee deposit?

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.

What are the programme dates?
You can learn more about the programme dates by clicking here. 

Visas and Immigration

What type of visa do I need and how do I apply?

Please read the University of Edinburgh - Visa Guidance on applying for a visa very carefully and always refer to the UK Visas and Immigration 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. 

Travel to Edinburgh

How do I travel to Edinburgh?

The nearest airport to the University is Edinburgh airport. Further details are available in our Information for new students page.