International Foundation Year programme
Prepare for your undergraduate degree
The International Foundation Year is a two semester programme preparing you for an undergraduate degree at Cardiff University. There are four routes to choose from, with sub-routes within them related to your chosen degree subject. You will study a combination of English language preparation and subject-specific content and progress to an undergraduate degree when you complete the programme.
- Intakes: September (all routes) or January (not Medicine or Dental Surgery)
- Length: Two semesters
- Study mode: On campus or virtually
Check our academic and English language entry requirements
Visit the Fees page for full details.
Who is the programme for?
The International Foundation Year is designed for international students who would like to study an undergraduate degree at Cardiff University. If you don't have the grades required for direct entry, you need to practise your English, or you just want a softer start to your university experience, it could be a great choice for you.
What will I study?
All students will study a module in Academic English Skills. This will support you to develop your skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, with a particular focus on the language uses that will prove most useful throughout your studies at Cardiff University. This critical module runs throughout each semester at the International Study Centre, and features particular emphasis on grammar and language skills, whilst also allowing you to stretch yourself in your written and spoken work.
You will also study subject-specific modules, depending on which pathway route you choose.