International Foundation Year

The International Foundation Year is an integrated foundation onto an Ulster University Bachelor's degree programme.

For September 2019 intake, we have 21 integrated degrees on offer across four faculties. All open for application now!

Key Facts

Start dates:

September 2019

Faculties

Duration:

Normally 4 years (IFY plus the degree); longer if the integrated degree requires.

Attendance:

Full-time

Location:

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Annual Tuition Fee:

£14,060

Scholarship:

£4,000

£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 Year you must:

  • Normally be 18 years old at date of registration
  • Have successfully completed High School education
  • Hold 2 AS Levels or equivalent qualifications
  • Hold GCSEs in 5 subjects including Mathematics at Grade C or equivalent
  • Attain at least an overall score of 6.0 in an Academic IELTS (with no individual band score of less than 5.5)
  • Meet the residency or nationality requirements to be defined as an international student for fees purposes

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.

internationaladmissions@ulster.ac.uk

Scholarships

£4,000 scholarship package available for all entrants to the International Foundation Year, commencing September 2019:

The £4,000 scholarship for the International Foundation Year comprises:

  • £2,000 tuition fee scholarship for the International Foundation Year
  • £2,000 accommodation discount for the International Foundation Year

View details on the International Foundation Scholarship

After your International Foundation Year you will quality for the International Undergraduate Scholarship.

View details on the International Undergraduate Scholarship

What Degree can I study?

You have the choice of 21 named degrees with an integrated International Foundation Year.
See below for the named degrees in each of our four faculties.

Fees & Cost of Living


Tuition Fee for 2019/20

£14,060*

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 Year 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 2019 Accommodation Cost: £69 per week No of Weeks: 40 Total Cost: £2,760
Application Date: Apply after 31 July 2019 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 2019. 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 Year 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 year 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. Select the IFY course you want to study from the list menu
  4. If you have supporting documentation available you will be prompted to upload

Apply  

When applying you must also provide the following information:

  1. A copy of your most recent school transcript
  2. A statement on why you wish to study the International Foundation Year at Ulster University
  3. Evidence of your current level of English language ability (copy of UKVI IELTS certificate)
  4. A copy of your passport

All certificates, visa and passport will be verified upon arrival.