International Pathways

About the International Foundation Programme (IFP)

Our IFP course is ideal if you have excellent high school grades but have not completed a suitable qualification or grades that allow you to apply for direct entry to a UK university and Kent, or you might need additional language support to prepare you for undergraduate study.

Our Centre is experienced in working with international students and supporting their transition to university, making it exciting and enjoyable. Our students graduate from the IFP well prepared for university study as confident learners, having built lifelong friendships and at ease with life on the campus and in the UK.

We offer progression onto the majority of subject areas at Kent, including Business and Economics, Law, Architecture and Design, Social Sciences, Sciences and Humanities. For a full list of the degree programmes you can progress to after the IFP, including progression requirement and module choices, please see our Progression Requirements page.

Hear from Carla Morris, our International Foundation Programme manager about the course.

Ten reasons to choose Kent's IFP

Guaranteed Progression onto a wide range of courses

Your progression onto your degree is automatic at the end of your IFP course if you achieve the required grades.  We offer progression onto 300+ degree courses at the University of Kent. 

A great location – a place to inspire

Our Canterbury campus, set in beautiful parkland with views of the city, is a short-walk or bus ride from the world famous, historic city of Canterbury.  Canterbury has fantastic travel links to London, Europe and beyond.  

Tailor your programme to you

Depending on your pathway, you can choose a number of your subject modules to build a programme and experience to fit your study interests.

Develop your academic skills and academic English.

You will study specialist academic skills and, if needed, language modules essential for your study and beyond.  Skills you will learn include extended research and writing, presentation and group work skills.

Become a University of Kent student  

Access to all our sport, study, social and support facilities at the university.  You will fully experience student life on your pathway programme.

Inspirational Teaching

A great teacher doesn't just teach you, they inspire you. Here at Kent, we are renowned for a teaching style that brings your subject to life and encourages you to think independently.
Our academics have an outstanding ability to pass on their passion for study and debate. Meet our team here.

A Dedicated International Team  

Many of our staff at our Centre have studied or lived abroad.  Our experienced, friendly IFP team work hard to help you to fulfil your potential and support you in your study and life in the UK. Meet our team here.

Personalised Support

You will have an Academic Adviser throughout your programme to guide you through your course. Also, you will have regular tutorials with your teachers on each of your modules.

A Home from Home

We will offer you on-campus accommodation for the IFP and your first year of undergraduate study at Kent.  We have a range of accommodation options.

Achieve Excellence

With nearly 40 years of experience in helping international students prepare for their learning journey, our Centre has a record of success you can be confident in. In the past two years, 86% of our students have successfully passed and completed their programme. 77% of our successful IFP students met their course requirements to study at Kent and many progressed onto some of Kent’s most competitive degrees. The majority of our IFP graduates go on to achieve a merit or distinction on their degree programmes.

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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: 09/11/2018