University of Strathclyde students in class

Undergraduate Foundation Programme

Key facts

  • Programme length: 3 terms
  • Entry dates: September, November 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
  • 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.

Undergraduate Study Plan

*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.

Why join this November?

Join us in November and stay on track to progress to your degree in September 2023.

By starting in November, you will benefit from three additional weeks of study and life skills before commencing your main pathway programme in January 2023. There will be no additional tuition fee for this period, and this will provide you with a great opportunity for an enhanced student experience focusing on three key areas: orientation; practical support and academic and digital skills. Topics will include a digital skills health check; managing your money; practical tips on finding study and life balance; and an introduction to assessments in UK higher education.

What will I study in the additional three weeks?

You’ll benefit from a 15-hour per week face-to-face classes, allowing you to:

  • feel more confident and better prepared for the start of your January programme of study
  • practice your English by interacting with the fellow students and build friendships
  • assess your own digital skills proficiency
  • meet the key Centre staff who will provide advice for success
  • familiarise yourselves with the support available
  • apply a range of academic study skills to meet your individual needs
  • have more time to adapt to the UK life and settle in before you begin your January programme.

Are there any additional cost or fees?

There will be no additional tuition fee, as November starts will have the same tuition fee as the respective January programme. However, there will be additional costs to consider, as expected with being in the UK for a longer period (i.e. accommodation). If you request accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly in October regarding the options available.

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: July

Explore English programmes

New November start

If you want to be better prepared for the start of your January programme of study, join us in November.

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.