International Study Centre

Undergraduate Foundation Programme

Key facts

September 2019 start

  • Term 1: 16 September 2019 to 06 December 2019
  • Term 2: 06 January 2020 to 20 March 2020
  • Term 3: 30 March 2020 to 19 June 2020

January 2020 start

  • Term 1: 06 January 2020 to 20 March 2020
  • Term 2: 30 March 2020 to 05 June 2020
  • Term 3: 08 June 2020 to 21 August 2020

A pathway to an undergraduate degree

The Undergraduate Foundation Programme is a preparation programme for international students who don’t meet the direct entry requirements for an undergraduate degree. Once you successfully complete the programme, you will progress to the second year of a four-year undergraduate degree (some exceptions apply).

You can choose from two routes, and you will study core modules as well as route-specific modules designed to focus on the academic areas most useful for your degree.

Why study a foundation programme?

You will study academic modules as well as English language and study skills to help prepare you to succeed in your degree when you progress. You will also start your career preparation with CareerAhead, the International Study Centre's employability skills programme.

Study plan options

When you start at the International Study Centre will depend on your IELTS score and whether you choose to take a break between completing your Undergraduate Foundation Programme and starting your undergraduate degree. Use this table to find out your start date options and whether you will need to take English Language Preparation first.

Academic IELTS for UKVI* Terms Jun - Aug Sep-Dec Jan-Jun Jul - Aug September
5.0 overall (with minimum 4.5 in writing) 3       Start the second year of your degree at the University of Strathclyde^
4.5 overall (with minimum 4.5 in writing) 4      
5.0 overall (with minimum 4.5 in writing) 3      
4.5 overall (with minimum 4.5 in writing) 4      
4.0 overall (with minimum 4.0 in writing) 5    
  • English Language Preparation
  • Undergraduate Foundation Programme
  • Vacation

*If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

^Some exceptions may apply. Find out more on the individual route pages.

Need to improve your IELTS score?

 We offer additional English language programmes which are designed to raise your IELTS to the required level. 

Entry dates

  • 1 term: June or September
  • 2 term: June

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Strathclyde Student Zaynab

The foundation is really preparing me for the first year or the second year in university. If I haven't done the foundation, I will struggle a lot. It’s about learning how to study and how the system works in university.

"Now I feel confident. At the beginning, I wasn't sure. But I'm sure, because the teachers are nice, and the friends I have, everybody is willing to help me."

Zaynab from Kuwait
Studying Undergraduate Foundation Programme in 
Engineering and Sciences 

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