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University of London's International Foundation Programme

The University of London International Foundation Programme is a challenging and inspiring programme designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to prepare them for rigorous undergraduate study. It is a taught programme that must be studied at an approved teaching institution.

On successful completion of your studies you will be awarded a University of London International Foundation Certificate.

The International Foundation Programme provides guaranteed entry to a range of undergraduate degrees offered via the University of London International Programmes, including the LSE-led degrees in Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences. Furthermore, many of the UK's most prestigious Universities will accept successful completion of the International Foundation Programme as meeting their entry requirements for certain courses and will consider applications from students who have this qualification.

For more information on the International Foundation Programme visit:

UoL's Official Page

How does the programme prepare me for undergraduate study?

  • You will gain the academic skills, time management and confidence to study successfully for further education.
  • Attending classes at Universal College Lahore (UCL) will help you structure your studies, gain study skills, understand difficult concepts and gain feedback on your progress.
  • You will be introduced to real-life issues and academic texts that relate to your interests.

Academic Direction

The University of London provides academic direction for the International Foundation Programme. The University has a long history of providing international education and is regarded as a centre of academic excellence.

  • The standards and quality of study materials and examinations are the responsibility of The University of London.
  • The standards are consistent. The University of London International Programmes does not reduce the pass mark of exams to increase the number of people who succeed in the examinations.

The awarding body for this International Foundation Programme is the University of London. Universal College Lahore is an affiliate centre of University of London International Programmes. For more information visit: http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/ifp


In order to satisfy the entrance requirements you must:

  • Normally be aged 17 or over before 31 December in the year of registration;
  • Have passed at least four separate subjects at GCSE or GCE O level, with grades A to C or the equivalent; OR
  • Have passed at least four separate subjects in FA/FSc/I-Com with 50% or better marks; AND
  • Provide proof of competence in English which is acceptable to the University. (A test of proficiency may be required - see below for more details) AND
  • Have been admitted to a full or part-time course of instruction at an institution which is recognised to teach the International Foundation Programme.

English Proficiency Requirements

For the International Foundation Programme, you must provide evidence showing that you have:

  • Passed acceptable examinations equivalent to GCSE or GCE ‘O’ level English language at grade C or above; OR
  • Demonstrated fluency in academic English gained through either:
  • a) Five years at a secondary school where you were taught only in English;OR
  • b) Have, within the past three years, passed a test of proficiency in English language at the appropriate level from an organisation that is acceptable to the University.

The International Foundation Programme consists of four courses to be chosen from the following:

  • Accounting and finance (FP0008)
  • Economics (FP0002)
  • International relations (FP0003)
  • Law (FP0009)
  • Politics (FP0004)
  • Sociology (FP0006)
  • Social psychology (FP0005)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (FP0001)

When you decide you are ready, you can sit your examinations. Examinations are held once a year, in late April, at examination centres in over 190 countries as well as in London. You will be charged a fee by your local examination centre (this fee will vary). For each course on the International Foundation Programme you will sit an examination of two hours which tests your academic knowledge. You must attend regular classes to be allowed to sit your exams.


The Academic Session for International Foundation Programme begins from September 2024