The International Foundation Program is a full-time, one-year program. It is designed to prepare you for degree-level study within the arts, humanities and social sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

All of the courses within the International Foundation Program have been designed to ensure you have the best possible start to your university learning experience. As courses progress, their academic, individual study and assessment requirements will gradually become closer to those you will experience in your first year of degree-level study. The program provides an entry route to over 150 degrees within the University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. This includes degrees in business, law, international relations, architecture, economics and English literature. All teaching takes place in small-group sessions alongside other international students and throughout the program you will receive dedicated one-to-one and group support from your personal tutor. English language tuition will be provided by English Language Education at the University. This is one of the largest higher education centres for language teaching in the UK and is also located within the Centre for Open Learning.

Courses

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

Each week you will attend over 18 hours of courses across four themes:

  • Introduction to Humanities
  • Introduction to Social Science
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Living and Learning in Britain

You will also benefit from weekly meetings with your personal tutor and numerous educational visits throughout the year, in addition to your scheduled classes.

Our Top 10 Reasons for Choosing the IFP at the University of Edinburgh!

  1. The University of Edinburgh is ranked within the world's top 50 universities.
  2. Over 9,000 international students from more than 130 countries study at the University.
  3. 95% of the University’s graduates go on to employment or further study (2011 report by the Higher Education Statistics Agency).
  4. The program provides an entry route to over 150 degrees within the University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. This includes degrees in business, law, international relations and English literature.
  5. Successful completion of the program with good grades and the required level of English language provides guaranteed progression to degree level study at the University of Edinburgh.
  6. You will receive English language tuition from the University’s English Language Education. The Center is one of the largest higher education centers for language teaching in the UK.
  7. You will be a fully enrolled student at the University of Edinburgh. You will therefore have access to all of the University’s academic, support, social and sporting facilities.
  8. You will be taught by University of Edinburgh staff at the University’s Holyrood and George Square campus, located in the heart of Scotland’s capital city.
  9. All teaching takes place in small-group sessions alongside other international students and throughout the program you will receive dedicated one-to-one and group support from your personal tutor.
  10. The city of Edinburgh is regularly voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world.

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"The IFP prepares students academically and socially for university, whilst creating a comfortable community that fosters diverse learning. I still keep in close contact with the friends that I made during my time in this course. The course definitely prepared me for the rigorous academics and the responsibilities that came with independent living. It provided a foundation on which I could confidently begin my first year, enhanced communication skills that I have used throughout my university career, and allowed me to understand how to best amplify my academic potential within the learning environment provided by the university. Walking through the Edinburgh streets is simply enough to make one smile, and it therefore provides an excellent student experience." From: Japan Graduated from IFP: 2013 Currently studying: MA International Relations

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for the International Foundation Program 2017-2018 is £16,200. To be eligible to be considered for entry to the program, you must be an international student.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)
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