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    1. 2018

Foundation Degree International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation is a programme designed to prepare you for direct entry to Year One of an undergraduate course at City, University of London.

Clearing and Adjustment

Limited places on this course for September 2018 may be available through Clearing and Adjustment this summer.

Key Information

Start date

September 2018
January 2019
March 2019
July 2019


September 2018 (3/4 terms; progression to City in September 2019)

January 2019 (3 terms; progression to City in September 2019)

March 2019 (2 terms; for Business related subjects only. Progression to Cass Business School in September 2019)

July 2019 (progression to City in September 2020)



Full-time: From £16,115 (Please check INTO website)

Who is it for?

The programme is designed for international students who want to apply for an undergraduate course but don’t meet the English language or academic entry requirements.

There are five broad pathways to choose from including Actuarial Science; Business; Computer Science; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Engineering and Mathematics.


The International Foundation programme combines intensive English language preparation and academic study, while developing study skills and providing a unique cultural experience.

You’ll receive assured conditional progression to City, University of London upon successful completion of the International Foundation, providing you with a wide range of course options to choose from.

Requirements and how to apply

English requirements

From IELTS 5.0 to IELTS 6.0, depending on course length

  • Four term programme: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in writing) or equivalent
  • Three term programme: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing) or equivalent
  • Two term programme: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing) or equivalent.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

To apply for the International Foundation Programme, please visit the INTO City website.

Silver award
City, University of London has received a Silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017.
onto a wide range of undergraduate courses.
The INTO City Foundation guarantees progression to Cass Business School.

More about fees


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Academic facilities

INTO City, University of London’s facilities provide a varied approach to your studies, from lectures and discussion-led classes to modern IT facilities and virtual learning environments. Much of the International Foundation is taught using tablet computers to enhance your digital learning experience.

State-of-the-art facilities and equipment will be available to you, along with the use of contemporary classrooms, to ensure that you have everything you need to develop your skills and subject knowledge.

Teaching and learning


The International Foundation programmes are taught by experience and highly qualified teachers who can provide guidance and advice throughout your studies. The ways in which you’ll learn will be flexible, with a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, virtual learning facilities and independent study all contributing to your overall study experience.


Assessment of the course is both formal and informal. You’ll receive guidance and advice throughout your learning from your teachers.
You will also be assessed through a mix of examinations each semester and coursework, which will include presentations, practical exercises and written assignments. Classes are a mixture of lectures, tutorials and independent study.


The International Foundation programme will combine academic study in your chosen subject, intensive English language teaching and tasks to help you develop your study skills in preparation for university-level study.

More details on course structure and further information on the modules covered can be foundon the INTO website.

Career prospects

Students who successfully complete the International Foundation programme, subject to achieving the required grades for progression to their chosen degree, will be assured a place at City, University of London. There is a wide variety of subjects to choose from relating to your foundation programme, designed to help you improve your job prospects.

To apply for the International Foundation Programme, please visit the INTO City website.