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International Foundation Programme (EU), Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #801 (QS) ,
The International Foundation Year (IFY) is designed for students who wish to gain admission to a range of undergraduate courses at Canterbury Christ Church University, and have applied for a BA/BSc degree which includes an additional foundation year.


  • The IFY will prepare you for both your English language level for entry and also for content knowledge you will need to begin the BA/BSc course. Once you have successfully completed the IFY, you are guaranteed a place onto the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree course at the University.
  • The IFY is the first year of a four-year undergraduate degree, which aims to improve your English, study skills and content knowledge to the level necessary to join the undergraduate course you have selected. You will study a combination of compulsory language-focused modules (English for University Study 1 and 2, and Academic English Skills), and subject-based optional modules.


The British Council accredits the English language teaching provision for the University (including this programme) every four years.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • English for University Study 1
  • English for University Study 2
  • Investigating Business Practices 1
  • Investigating British Life and Culture
  • Academic English
  • Investigating Business Practices 2
  • Foundation Social Sciences

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

General Requirements

Entry requirements
  • Minimum English language level of IELTS (or equivalent) 5.0 overall, with no less than 5.0 in Writing and no less than 4.0 in all other bands.School leaving certificate equivalent to a minimum of five GCSEs graded A*-C.
  • Minimum age: 18

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11900 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8230 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8230 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Canterbury

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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