International Foundation Programme

How to Apply

Applicants may apply via UCAS now for entry in September 2020.


Applications for the programme must come through the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS).

PLEASE NOTE: Applications will remain OPEN until further notice. The UCAS website indicates a deadline of 15 January - this is NOT applicable to the IFP.

Please APPLY NOW by following the procedures as detailed on the UCAS website, disregarding the 15 January deadline.

The programme code for the International Foundation Programme is IFP2.

When applying through UCAS, please ensure that you select the correct Academic Year from the dropdown list at the top left of the UCAS webpage:


Degrees in Art or Design

If you wish to progress to an undergraduate degree in the School of Art, Design or Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, you will be required to submit a mini-portfolio as evidence of your artistic aptitude and potential.

When you have submitted your UCAS application, you will receive an email with mini portfolio guidelines and instructions if a portfolio is required.  Please do not submit your mini-portfolio before receiving the relevant guidance. Your mini-portfolio will be assessed before a decision is made on your application.

What Happens Next

Our admissions team will email you if they require any further information before making a decision on your application. Please do not send documents to us unless they are requested as this will slow down our processing times. You should monitor your UCAS track, as this will be updated when a decision is made on your application.  This would usually be within four to six  weeks of receipt of your completed application.

If you are selected for an unconditional place on the programme, you will need to secure your offer by paying a deposit of £2,000. Our Admissions team will email you with instructions on submitting your deposit if and when this is required.

Applying for a Visa

You may need to apply for a student visa to enter the UK. You will not be able to apply for a visa until you have received an unconditional offer from our Admissions team.

Please read our guide on applying for a visa very carefully and always refer to the UK Visa and Immigration website for the most up-to-date information. 

Students with Support Needs

We welcome enquiries and applications from all students, including those with additional support needs such as disabilities, learning difficulties or health conditions which may affect their studies. If you have support needs we would encourage you to indicate this on your application form. We can then contact you to discuss your requirements and put any adjustments or further support arrangements in place.


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