International Study Centre

Undergraduate Foundation Programme

Key facts

January 2021 start

  • Term 1: 18 January 2021 to 19 March 2021
  • Term 2: 29 March 2021 to 04 June 2021
  • Term 3: 07 June 2021 to 20 August 2021

September 2021

Term starts on the 13th of September.
Check back soon for full term dates.

A pathway to an undergraduate degree

What is the Undergraduate Foundation Programme?

The Undergraduate Foundation Programme is a preparation programme for international students who don’t meet the direct entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at the University of Strathclyde. 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.

Benefits of an undergraduate foundation

  • Study academic modules related to your progression degree
  • Develop your English language skills in a university setting
  • Receive an introduction to university life and improve your study skills
  • Prepare for your career with CareerAhead – our 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
4.5 overall (with minimum 4.5 in writing) 4       Start the second year of your degree at the University of Strathclyde^
5.0 overall (with minimum 4.5 in writing) 3      
4.5 overall (with minimum 4.5 in writing) 4      
5.0 overall (with minimum 4.5 in writing) 3      
  • Online Pre-Sessional English
  • English Language Preparation
  • Undergraduate Foundation Programme
  • Vacation

*If you do not need a Student 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

  • 10 week: 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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