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International Foundation Programme at the University of Bristol

The International Foundation Programme is a University-delivered course that prepares international students for an undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol, and you can apply to this course with Kaplan Pathways.

Most of your classes will take place at the Centre for Academic Language and Development. The Centre is based on the main Clifton campus, so you’ll experience university life from your first day.

You’ll be taught by expert University of Bristol teachers who will help you to develop your language and academic skills, and to follow your path to a University of Bristol degree.

See available degrees at the University of Bristol.

Are you applying from mainland China?

If you’re based in mainland China, your application will be managed by expert staff in China, who will also happily answer any questions you have. Find out more about applying from mainland China.

Benefits to all students

Enjoy life on campus

with access to the University of Bristol’s resources and facilities

Join a great mix of students

and study with people from across the world

46 nationalities

represented by new students at the Centre in 2022

Guaranteed progression to the University of Bristol

when you pass your Foundation at the required level with good attendance

What is the International Foundation Programme?

This 1-year foundation course is designed to help you qualify for entry to an undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol. It aims to develop your academic and language skills before your degree, so that you’re prepared for undergraduate study.

If you have an IELTS score (or accepted equivalent) of 7.0 (overall) and 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in speaking, listening and reading you will be placed on the International Foundation Programme Plus. This programme will enable you to further develop your academic language and literacy through problem-based learning using an integrated skills approach. You don’t need to apply separately for the International Foundation Programme Plus — we’ll automatically assess your suitability when you apply for the International Foundation Programme and enter you for the option that best suits your needs.

Hear from Foundation students!

University of Bristol International Foundation Programme student Kareem from Saudi Arabia

Kareem from Saudi Arabia

International Foundation Programme, progressing to BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences

The teaching style is very different from what I'm used to, but I like it, and my seminars are very interactive, which is obviously a plus. My Foundation has given me the chance to study Biomedicine and Chemistry at the same time, which is perfect for me, and I've already learnt a lot through my English and Maths modules, so that's really beneficial for my future.

University of Bristol International Foundation Programme student Crystel from Costa Rica

Crystel from Costa Rica

International Foundation Programme, progressing to BSc (Hons) Cellular and Molecular Medicine

It’s amazing how much effort the teacher puts into making sure that you actually understand, that you're getting the right skills to progress to university - I keep telling my family about that. I really enjoy walking round Bristol as a city - the buildings are beautiful, there are many green spaces, and the harbour is really nice. Plus everyone is very friendly and open.

University of Bristol student Serdar from Turkmenistan

Serdar from Turkmenistan

Progressed from the International Foundation Programme to LLB (Hons) Law

One of the most important things I learnt was how to structure essays, think critically and assess pieces of information. In terms of writing and reading skills, I made huge developments. We were required to read a lot of information and derive the underlying meaning, which proved useful for my degree.

University of Bristol International Foundation Programme student Allan from Kenya

Allan from Kenya

International Foundation Programme, progressing to BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

I’ve met with quite a lot of tech people here in Bristol, especially in my accommodation, so we get to share ideas, interact with each other, and get a different perspective of how the tech world is advancing and changing with time. Being in Bristol has meant that I’ve met people who have helped to shape my thinking about how tech is – how it’s been and how it should be.

Reasons to study the International Foundation Programme

Student satisfaction — a sample of 54 International Foundation Programme students were asked to rate their experience out of 5 stars. This is what they said:

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