University of Strathclyde students in class

Undergraduate Foundation Programme

Key facts

  • Programme length: 3 terms
  • Entry dates: September or January
  • Progress to: Second year of a four-year undergraduate degree (some exceptions apply)

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

Study plan options

Course length Start date End date Progress to the University of Strathclyde
3 terms September JuneSeptember
3 weeks Enhanced Induction + 3 terms November August September
3 terms   January August September

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: May or September

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Zaynab from Kuwait

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.