International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Programme offers international students, who are not eligible for direct entry, an alternative route to studying a bachelor degree at Ulster University

Key Facts

Start dates:

16 September 2020

Pathway 1:

Pathway 2:


9 months




Belfast, Northern Ireland

Tuition Fee:




£4,000 scholarship package available - Find out more  

Belfast is the most affordable city in the UK - Find out more  

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Entry requirements

To be eligible for the International Foundation Programme you must:

  • Have successfully completed 12 years of high school education
  • Be 18 years old or over upon completion of the International Foundation Programme
  • Attain the equivalent of a minimum grade C, at GCSE level, in 5 subjects (including Mathematics for students following the Science, Technology & Engineering pathway)
  • Attain an overall score of 5.0 in the UKVI IELTS (with no individual band score of less than 5.0)
  • Meet the residency/nationality requirements to be defined as an international student

Equivalent qualifications from all countries are considered.

Further details on accepted qualifications can be found at Your Country pages.

View Your Country pages

If your country is not listed please contact international admissions for further information.


£4,000 scholarship package available for all entrants to the
International Foundation Programme, commencing September 2020:

  • £2,000 tuition fee scholarship
  • £2,000 accommodation discount

View details on this scholarship package

What Degree can I study?

Progress to over 100 bachelor degrees!

The bachelor degree you wish to study will determine which pathway you take. You can choose from two pathways:

Fees & Cost of Living

Tuition Fee for 2019/20


Please note, this is the cost before the £2,000 tuition fee scholarship has been applied.

You do not have to apply separately for this scholarship. It is automatically awarded if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Accommodation Fee

As an International Foundation Programme student you will live in the Student Roost; modern, high-quality student accommodation in the heart of Belfast city. Student Roost is University-approved accommodation in close proximity to our Belfast campus where you will attend classes.

Application Date Accommodation Cost No of Weeks Total Cost
Application Date: Apply before 31 July 2020 Accommodation Cost: £69 per week No of Weeks: 40 Total Cost: £2,760
Application Date: Apply after 31 July 2020 Accommodation Cost: £119* per week No of Weeks: 40 Total Cost: £4,760

* Please note, this is the cost before the £2,000 accommodation discount has been applied.

You do not have to apply separately for the accommodation discount. It is automatically awarded if you apply and pay your deposit before 31 July 2020. For further details see the eligibility criteria.

Cost of Living

Not only was Belfast voted the Number One region to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet, Northern Ireland is the most affordable region in the UK to live and study (NatWest Student Living Index, 2016).

Belfast voted the Number One region to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet

As an International Foundation Programme student, your average weekly living costs will look something like this:

Expenditure Cost (per week)
Accommodation £75 (starting from)
Food £50
Utilities (gas, electricity, water etc) included in accommodation
General expenses (socialising etc.) £30
Travel £10
Total weekly living cost £165

How to apply

Applying for the international foundation programme is free and easy with our online application, simply follow the instructions below.

  1. Go to the online application
  2. Create your Login ID and PIN
    • Your Login ID must be unique to you and up to 9 characters
    • Your PIN must be six numeric characters. (Remember these details as you will be able to save and return to your application as many times as you like before finally submitting it.)
  3. From the drop-down menu select the application type: Undergrad International (non EU)
  4. Select the Pathway that you want to study from the list menu
    • International Foundation Programme STE
    • International Foundation Programme BAHSS

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