International Foundation Diploma Undergraduate prospectus

The International Foundation Diploma is a pre-degree course for international students, who wish to study at a British university.

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1 years full time



The International Foundation Diploma is a pre-degree course for international students, whose first language is not English but who have been educated in English and wish to study at a British university. Successful completion provides access to many University of Greenwich undergraduate courses. However, some courses have additional or alternative entry requirements, so please check the relevant course page for more details.

The course develops students' academic study skills, in particular those of writing, developing information literacy skills, working in groups and giving effective presentations. Students on the course study a range of subjects that provide a suitable grounding for pursuing further studies at undergraduate degree level.

All courses develop students' learning skills - especially those of writing, reading, listening, note-taking, group work, speaking and presenting. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, use of the virtual learning environment (VLE) and other e-learning technologies; in addition to which there are practical computing classes and both individual and group tutorials. There are 15 hours per week of taught classes in addition to tutorials and independent study.

The aims of this course are to:

  • Provide international students who have been educated in English with access to a range of undergraduate courses at the University of Greenwich
  • Provide these students with an opportunity to develop the academic skills needed for success in higher education
  • Ensure that these students develop the knowledge, self-confidence and study skills needed to succeed in an academic environment.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Entry requirements during Clearing

The University of Greenwich is taking applications for a range of courses during Clearing 2018. If you are not already holding an offer you can apply through Clearing now, call us on 020 8331 9000.

You can find all the programmes available during clearing on our clearing listings page.

Extra information


Students are assessed through:

  • Examinations
  • Essays
  • Portfolios of guided study
  • Individual and group presentations.


Successful completion may provide access to many University of Greenwich undergraduate courses. However, some courses may have additional or alternative entry requirements. Please refer to the undergraduate course page for more information.

Fees and finance

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