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  1. Undergraduate and foundation
    1. 2021
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Foundation Degree International Foundation Programme

Entry Year:
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.

Key information

Start date

July 2020
September 2020
January 2021
March 2021

Academic year dates


2-4 terms depending on start date.

July 2020 (4 terms; progression to City in September 2021)

September 2020 (3-4 terms; progression to City in September 2021)

January 2021 (3 terms; progression to City in September 2021)

March 2021 (2 terms; for Business related subjects only. Progression to Cass Business School in September 2021)

See more about duration



Full-time: From £15,995 (Please check the INTO website)


Full-time: From £15,995 (Please check the INTO website)


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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 six broad pathways to choose from including:

The INTO City Foundation guarantees progression to Cass Business School and other City University’s Schools.


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 4.5 to IELTS 6.0, depending on course length

  • Four term programme: from IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in writing, 4.0 in all other subskills) or equivalent depending on the subject area
  • Three term programme: from IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing, 4.5 in all other subskills) or equivalent depending on the subject area
  • Two term programme: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing) or equivalent.

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • 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.
During your course

More about fees

Please check the INTO website for the latest fees.


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

Academic Achievement Progression Scholarships

A progression scholarship rewards the best-performing students, acknowledge your success in your INTO City, University of London programme and providing a partial scholarship towards your university tuition fees.

Full information is available on the INTO website.

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.

The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship

Academic facilities

INTO City, University of London's facilities offer a flexible approach to learning. From intimate discussion-based classes to seminars and lectures, all in contemporary surroundings. Resources include:

  • digital whiteboards connected to desktop computers in every classroom, to make lessons truly interactive
  • multipurpose lecture theatres
  • a 120-seat, university-style lecture theatre
  • state-of-the-art IT and multimedia

You'll have access to Moodle, a virtual learning environment where you can download lecture notes and course content.

Additionally, the International Foundation programme is taught mostly through the use of tablet computers (such as an iPad) to enhance your classroom experience through digital learning.

Find out more about the INTO Centre learning facilities.


Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Ask a student

Chat to our current students and read their blogs to gain an insight into studying at City and learn more about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

Teaching and learning


The International Foundation programmes are taught by experienced 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 found on the INTO website.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

  • Kseniia Samokhina - LLB alumna
    Student profile
    Studying at INTO City was great preparation for university life, as the teaching style and assessments were very similar to what I later experienced at City. INTO City is a school of life - it will not only give you the necessary knowledge and skills for higher education, but it will also teach you how to be independent and motivated..
  • Student profile
    My favourite thing is the feeling of becoming a part of such a global and diverse city. INTO City, University of London has the advantage of being located in the City of London, which is also one of the financial centres of the world..
After you graduate

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.