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International Foundation Year

The International Foundation Year (IFY) is a level 3 programme equivalent to A levels. During your study of the IFY you will develop subject-specific knowledge and improve your academic English language skills in preparation for studying at university.

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Why study the International Foundation Year?

The IFY will prepare you for the first year of your undergraduate degree. It’s made up of several core and subject-specific modules that will give you a greater understanding of your chosen subject area. The skills you develop through this programme will help you in your chosen degree, in your future career, and in all aspects of life.

Why study this course

You can choose to join the IFY programme either in January or September.

If you don’t currently meet the English language level and academic skills for direct entry onto a undergraduate degree, then you may need to study the IFY programme. Once you successfully complete the programme, you can progress to your chosen degree at the university.

Throughout your study of the IFY, you will benefit from small class sizes and support from qualified and experienced teachers.

Available Routes
International Foundation Programme (IFP) logo

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) at University of Kent International College (UK IC) is a level 3 foundation year that is an equivalent qualification to A levels.

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International Foundation Diploma logo

The International Foundation Diploma (IFD) is your pathway to an undergraduate degree at one of our leading university partners. 

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International Foundation Diploma logo

The International Foundation Diploma (IFD) is your pathway to an undergraduate degree at one of our leading university partners. 

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International Foundation Year - University of Bradford International College logo

The International Foundation Year (IFY) is level 3 programme offered through the University of Bradford International College (UBIC).

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Discover your route to IFY

You can pick from a range of subject specific pathways that you will study for one year. After successful completion, you will receive a level 3 award and can then progress to year one of your chosen university degree course.

Our International Foundation Programme – Arts and Humanities enables you to understand a range of areas. You will develop your communication and creative skills whilst taking specific modules relating to your further degree study.

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Our International Foundation Programme – Human and Social Sciences enables you to understand a range of areas. You will develop your communication skills whilst taking specific modules relating to your further degree study.

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Our International Foundation Programme – Computing, Engineering, Mathematical Sciences enables you to understand a range of areas relating to your further degree study. These include Maths, Data Analysis, Computer Sciences, Programming and Digital Design.

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Our International Foundation Programme – Law, Society and Social Justice enables you to understand a range of areas to prepare you for your degree study. You will develop your communication skills whilst taking specific modules which include social and legal studies.

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Our International Foundation Programme – Business enables you to understand a range of areas. You will develop your knowledge in business, economics, statistics and data analysis which opens up a variety of career opportunities.

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In this course, you will be provided with a highly supportive and academically challenging environment in which to develop language, university study, and subject-specific modules related to your intended degree choices in the field of Computing and Creative Industries.

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In this course, you will be provided with a highly supportive and academically challenging environment in which to develop language, university study, and subject-specific modules related to your intended degree choices in the field of Law and Social Sciences.

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In this course, you will be provided with a highly supportive and academically challenging environment in which to develop language, university study, and subject-specific modules related to your intended degree choices in the field of Science, Engineering, and Health.

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In this course, you will be provided with a highly supportive and academically challenging environment in which to develop language, university study, and subject-specific modules related to your intended degree choices in the field of Business.

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The IFY is designed to prepare international students for undergraduate study at a UK university. You will strengthen your English language skills and develop Business related knowledge.

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Key Features of the IFY

Small class sizes

up to 18

Student life abroad

You'll quickly adjust to the way of life in your chosen student city

Improve

your academic study skills

Continuation Degrees

BSc (Hons)
Business and Management
If your ambitions include leading a business or building your own, choose this course. As a graduate made at Kent Business School, you’ll have the skills and confidence to lead and inspire others, be innovative, and manage sustainably.
BSc (Hons)
Business and Marketing
If you’re creative and have great communication skills with an interest in business then this course is for you. As a graduate made at Kent Business School, you’ll have the skills and confidence to lead and inspire others, be innovative, and manage sustainably.
BSc (Hons)
Economics
Examine some of today's profound pressing issues - poverty and development, environmental protection, and financial and monetary crises. In an era of Big Data, new technologies, and artificial intelligence, you can discover the solutions to shape your world.
BSc (Hons)
Mathematics
What if you could learn the analytical skills needed by employers, while exploring the cutting-edge of mathematical science? A Mathematics degree from The University of Kent gives you the best of both worlds.
BSc (Hons)
Computer Science
Computer science is an exciting and evolving subject that affects every area of our lives. A deep understanding of computing puts you in a great position to influence the future as well as paving the way to excellent employment opportunities and well-paid careers.
BSc (Hons)
Human Geography
You can be one of the next generation of geographers preparing to address the challenges facing the modern world. Expand your theoretical knowledge and develop practical field, research, and work-related skills. Extend beyond the traditional foundations of Geography and address contemporary social and environmental issues.
BA (Hons)
Film
Explore film from its silent beginnings through to CGI blockbusters, taking in avant-garde and international cinemas on your way.
BA (Hons)
English Literature
From the traditional canon to the innovative contemporary novel, our BA English Literature programme empowers you to identify how the world is perceived and informed through literary narratives. We will give you the confidence and support to apply your understanding of literature to today’s world, gaining critical and creative skills that allow you to effect change and shape your own future.