International Pathways

Kent International Foundation Programme (IFP)

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International Foundation Programme (IFP)

Our IFP prepares international students for academic study on a range of undergraduate degree programmes


COVID-19 update: our September-start IFP 2020-2021 will run online and our aim is to also offer the programme in-person. Highlights below, details on our Online IFP page; join one of our information sessions for more details.:

  • The in-person September 2020 IFP will run only if it safe to do so and fits within UK government guidelines.The online and in-person September 2020 IFP will follow the same term dates outlined below.
  • Students will have the following four options available to them:
    1. Complete the whole course in person,
    2. Complete the whole course online,
    3. Complete term 01 online September to December 2020 and then join the in-person delivery in January 2021,
    4. Opt to join the February-start IFP instead.
  • The online course will cover the same modules and learning outcomes and lead to all available degree programmes
  • Students will be full University of Kent students, with the full range of induction and support events available to them, and access to all virtual learning and support resources and services.
  • If you are applying to join the September 2020 IFP please clearly indicate whether this is for online or in-person delivery in the 'Reasons for Study' (personal statement) section of your application.


Based on the Canterbury campus and online, our International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a 1-year full-time course designed to prepare you for undergraduate study in the UK and give you the best start possible. Our Autumn IFP runs over three terms and starts in September. We also offer an accelerated Spring IFP for selected programmes starting in February.We offer guaranteed progression to over 300 degree programmes at Kent including Business and Economics, Law, Architecture, Politics & International Relations, and Psychology providing you meet the necessary progression requirements.

Join one of our information sessions for more details.

Spring start IFP  
Welcome week 28 January - 01 February 2020
Spring term 03 February - 10 April 2020
Summer term 27 April - 03 July 2020
Summer examination term 06 July - 31 July 2020



Autumn start IFP  
Welcome week 21 September - 25 September 2020
Autumn term 28 September - 18 December 2020
Spring term 18 January - 09 April 2021
Summer examination term 10 May - 18 June 2021




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Centre for English and World Languages, Chipperfield Building, University of Kent, CT2 7PE

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 824401 or contact us

Last Updated: 17/07/2020