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University of Warwick International Foundation Programme

University of Warwick International Foundation Programme

University of Warwick International Foundation Programme


Take the perfect first step towards your undergraduate degree by joining the Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP).

Choosing to study at Warwick means joining a world-leading university. By choosing to study at the Warwick IFP, you are giving yourself the best possible start to your undergraduate studies.

Through intensive teaching and continuing support, you can develop confidence in more than just your studies and be prepared to enter the university degree of your choice.

You can pick from a wide range of subject pathways, which will equip you with the academic knowledge, skills, and English Language ability you need to progress to your chosen undergraduate degree. You’ll also develop your confidence and become part of our vibrant community here at Warwick.

As a Warwick IFP student, you will receive a guaranteed conditional offer if you decide to study a relevant undergraduate course at Warwick once you’ve finished the program.

Why Warwick

The University of Warwick is a world-leading Russell Group University, widely recognized as a leader in research and education.

The Warwick International Foundation Programme has a long history of helping international students progress into Warwick and other top universities. It is designed for high school students from around the world, whose curriculums do not allow direct entry to undergraduate study in the UK - for more details about who can apply for the course, visit our entry requirements.

Our expert staff are some of the best talent in the sector. They are deeply committed and passionate about helping you achieve the results you need. Our team will work with you to ensure a smooth transition to your study in the UK.

Studying on one of our 10 academic pathways allows you to specialize in your subject knowledge whilst developing the academic skills you need for your future undergraduate study. Previous Warwick IFP students have progressed to more than 70 different degree courses.

From day one you'll be part of our culturally diverse and connected community along with students from over 30 different countries. You will be part of the University of Warwick and have access to our clubs, societies, and facilities whilst you live and study on our beautiful and safe campus in the heart of the UK.

Reasons to choose the Warwick IFP

  • You’ll be a Warwick student and will experience life on campus with on-campus accommodation and access to all facilities, clubs, and societies. We have over 250 student-run societies, so there's something for everyone.
  • 40 years experience in high-quality teaching and supporting international students. This is one of the longest-running foundation programs in the world, started in 1983.
  • Choice of 10 specialisms taught by specialist academics.
  • Academic English tuition, tailored to the subject area you are studying as well as your ability to ensure you get the most out of this program.
  • Guaranteed conditional offer for a wide range of Warwick undergraduate programs when you complete the IFP.
  • IFP students go on to study at Warwick and other top universities. Over 75% of our IFP students progress into Russell Group universities.

The University at the Heart of England

Warwick's campus is hard to beat and ideally located on the border of the West Midlands and Warwickshire. It has all the advantages of easy access to the major cities of Coventry (just three miles to the southwest), Birmingham, and central London but with the peace of a beautiful self-contained and green campus. We are right in the center of England, easy to reach by rail, car, or plane from all parts of the UK and abroad.

The campus is set in nearly 300 hectares of natural countryside with lakes, woods, and beautifully tended gardens in which you can relax and escape from the buzz of the main campus.

The facilities on campus are world-class with outstanding teaching and learning spaces, a 24-hour library, an Arts centre and cinema, a brand-new sports and wellness hub, and restaurants and cafes.


Entry Requirements

The Warwick IFP is designed for students who require additional study before they can join an undergraduate degree in the UK, usually because their local curriculum is not accepted for direct entry to undergraduate study.

For this reason, we do not accept students who have studied A Levels, IB Diploma, or any other qualification that allows progression directly to a UK university.

The lists below show the typical level of offers that we will make, according to the type of qualification being studied - National School Qualifications and/or International School Qualifications. All applicants are also required to show that their English language ability meets our minimum standards, as well as submit a personal statement according to our guidance.

Some of our courses have subject-specific requirements:

  • For our Finance, Mathematics and Statistics, Economics, and Computer Science courses, Mathematics is required, and you will have specific grade requirements for this subject.
  • For our Physics and Engineering IFP, Mathematics and Physics will be required, and you will have specific grade requirements for these subjects.
  • For our Biological Sciences and Psychology IFP, either Biology or Psychology will be required, and you will have specific grade requirements for these subjects.

International School Qualifications

  • IGCSEs/GCSEs - at least 4 subjects at grade A or above, with remaining subjects no lower than grade B
  • AS Levels - at least 3 subjects at grade B or above
  • IB Certificate - at least 5 points in all subjects taken

English Language Requirements

All applicants are required to show that their English ability is at a suitable level for their IFP course - the level required depends on which IFP course you wish to study. You do not need to have an English Language Test to apply - we can still assess you for a place on the program and if you are successful, we will issue an offer that is conditional on you submitting an acceptable English language qualification ahead of the course starting.

Several English language tests are accepted; some of the most frequently offered ones are detailed below. Applicants who require a visa to study in the UK will be required to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT), due to the visa requirements set by the UK Government. Please note that certain English tests (including IELTS and PTE) must be taken within two years before the start of your IFP course.

Visa Requirements

You may require a visa to study in the UK on the Warwick IFP if you are from outside Europe and not eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, then usually you'll need to apply via the Student Route.

As part of the admissions process, we will ask you whether you need a visa for your studies. If you do, then you will be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) Number. We start to issue CAS numbers to unconditional offer holders approximately three months before the start of the course.

You will receive full instructions and guidance from the Admissions team about receiving your CAS number at the appropriate time.

Scholarships and Funding

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Warwick International Foundation Programme, we will be offering several academic scholarships to outstanding applicants who join the 2024-25 Warwick IFP. In total, we will have £40,000 of scholarships available, with 17 scholarships to award.

The scholarships will be broken down to:

  • Two (2) Director's Scholarships, of £5,000 each, reserved for outstanding students who can demonstrate exemplary prior academic achievements and commitment to their future studies and degree.
  • Fifteen (15) Anniversary Scholarships, of £2,000 each, based on students who have submitted outstanding personal statements that outline their commitment to their future studies and degree.
    • 10 of our £ 2,000-anniversary scholarships will be reserved for students applying from China (Mainland), Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Russia, Kazakhstan, or Nigeria.
    • The remaining 5-anniversary scholarships are open to students applying from any region.


  • Warwick is ranked 10th in the UK, 19th in Europe, and 64th in the world. (2023 QS World Ranking).
  • The University has been recognized as the best university in the UK for teaching quality by "The Good University Guide", the internationally respected British university rankings guide published by "The Sunday Times".
  • Warwick has 20 subjects in the top ten (including Economics, Computer Science, Business and Management Studies, Politics and Accounting, and Finance) in "The Complete University Guide 2022".


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