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International Foundation Programme

Take your first step towards your Kent degree

What is the International Foundation Programme?


Our International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one-year full-time course designed to prepare you for undergraduate study in the UK. It is ideal if you have excellent high school grades but have not completed a suitable qualification or achieved grades that allow you to apply for direct entry to a UK university. You might also need additional language support, which we provide if required. For details of entry requirements to the IFP, please see IFP entry requirements

Join one of our information sessions  for more details.

Guaranteed progression to degree programmes

We  offer guaranteed progression to over 300 degree programmes at Kent. Providing you meet the progression requirements for your chosen degree, you can begin your degree studies without needing to make a UCAS application to the University. In 2020, 91% of our students progressed onto Kent degree programmes. Visit our course pages to find out more about the degree you are interested in and the progression requirements from the IFP.

Autumn or spring start IFP

If you wish to study for an honours degree in the subject areas listed below, you can start your IFP programme in either autumn (September) or spring (Jan/Feb). Click the links to view the range of degrees available within the subject areas.

Autumn start IFP only

If you wish to study for an honours degree in the subject areas listed below, you need to join our autumn start (September) IFPClick the links to view the range of degrees available within the subject areas.

Term dates

Autumn start IFPStart your degree in September 2022
Welcome week20 September - 24 September 2021
Autumn term27 September - 17 December 2021
Spring term17 January - 8 April 2022
Summer examination term9 May - 17 June 2022
Spring start IFPStart your degree in September 2022
Welcome week24 January - 28 January 2022    
Spring term 31 January - 8 April 2022    
Summer term25 April - 1 July 2022    
Summer examination term4 July - 29 July 2022    



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