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International Foundation Programme


These one-year full-time intensive courses help international students gain the qualifications and skills they need to entry into a British university.

If you have completed 12 years of school education, you will probably need to complete an International Foundation Programme before applying to university. 

In China, our International Foundation Programme is known as University First by Origin Sight. If you are a Chinese student, please apply directly through our University First Asia Office via email or call + 86 10 8515 1899, ext. 607.

In Reading we will be offering a Science Pathway. A Business Pathway is available at City of Oxford College. 

Why choose University First International Foundation Programme

This programme offers international students a fantastic experience in a UK college environment. Students will enjoy the following during their study:

  • A minimum of 24 study hours per week
  • Personal tutors throughout the programme
  • Experienced lecturers and course tutors
  • Modern teaching facilities
  • Learning Resource Centres (libraries)
  • Intensive English studies and IELTS test preparation
  • Access to wide range of college facilities and enrichment activities

Entry requirements

To enrol in this programme, you need to:

  • Be over 17 years old
  • Have completed two year high school, with average academic grades over 80%
  • IELTS 5.0

Start date and duration

This course runs over three terms. 

For more information, please contact us.