Undergraduate students attending a Maths seminar in a Coates Building seminar room, University Park. november 5th 2021.

International foundation programmes

What is an international foundation programme?

An international foundation programme (also known as a pathway) is a preparatory course, usually lasting up to a year, that helps students from overseas prepare for their undergraduate degree in the UK.

The programme helps you to qualify for entry to an undergraduate degree, and feel fully prepared for the exciting experience ahead. During the programme, you will focus on developing your English language skills, academic skills and subject knowledge. Once you pass your course at the required level, with good attendance, you'll be guaranteed a place on your chosen Nottingham degree.

You will study at the University of Nottingham International College. This specialist international study centre is run by Kaplan Pathways and is located next to the University Park Campus.

As a foundation student, you will have access to the University of Nottingham campuses, libraries and a huge range of sports clubs and societies.


To enrol on this programme, you must be an international student who qualifies for oversees fees status for higher education in the UK. If you're not an international student, go to foundation programmes for UK students.

Typically, your English language level will determine the length of the foundation programme.T

here are also minimum academic entry requirements, indicating good high school grades (or equivalent), with relevant subjects. Country-specific academic entry requirements can be found on the Kaplan website:

Please note: international foundation programmes are run by our experienced education partner, Kaplan Pathways at the University of Nottingham International Colleg. All applications for these programmes should be made directly through the Kaplan Pathways website.

I chose Kaplan because it has a strong academic reputation and it is also quite flexible in terms of course length. The College facilities are great. Everything is state-of-the-art and it's never too crowded, so all students are accommodated all the time.

Michelle from Kenya

Foundation Certificate student at the University of Nottingham International College

Taking this course really helped me get used to the UK's university culture and education system. It meant that when I started my degree, I already knew my way around Nottingham, so I wasn't stressed and I could just focus on my studies! Our lecturers were so helpful and understanding of international students, and it was lovely to get to know them.

Marelis from Panama

Foundation student

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