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International Foundation Programme for Science (September Intake)

Students on the International Foundation for Science Programme (IFPS) experience university teaching and research from the first day of their studies. They attend lectures and practical laboratory sessions in the Science Schools combined with special academic, personal and language support from the staff of the CIFP.  The programme has a high success rate, and graduates of the programme have gone on to study for degrees at St Andrews and other top UK universities. 

Students in laboratory


By the end of the programme, the students should have proved that their science, language, and academic skills are good enough for them to succeed in a university environment. This will then support them to be successful on their university degree.

If students do well on the IFPS, they may be permitted to enter the 2nd year of a degree in science in the University of St Andrews, with the exception of Sustainable Development.

Former students who have studied science have gone on to take postgraduate Masters and Doctorate courses, or have gone to work in research, industry or business.


Students can follow one of these routes, combining English language and study skills and:

  1. Biology and Psychology
  2. Biology and Chemistry
  3. Geography
  4. Computer Science and Mathematics
  5. Mathematics and Statistics
  6. Physics and Mathematics
  7. Earth Sciences

During the first semester students start their studies by understanding the principles of an undergraduate programme of studies, and how modules in science are organised. They attend es and practicals in the Science Schools and learn how to structure written texts and how to read and analysis information from textbooks and scientific articles and to listen to lectures for facts and opinions.

In Semester 2 students need to show that they can work independently to produce longer pieces of work. They learn how to incorporate and reference data, facts and opinions. They write a long literature review and give an oral presentation.

Entrance requirements

Students should have graduated from high school in their own country with good grades in science subjects and English, and must provide evidence of their  English ability by providing a certificate for a recognised English language test.  (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent). Our application form lists the documents required, but we are aware that prospective students may not have completed all the necessary examinations or tests at the time when they are applying.  In this case, we may choose to make a conditional offer, which will become firm later in the year, when the relevant certificates are received.

For an overview of language requirements please see our language requirements and pre-degree pages.


As an undergraduate CIFP student you are allocated a room in the David Russell Apartments (DRA). This is just 10-15 minutes' walk from us at CIFP, so it's really handy for you! You room is one of 5 in an apartment that has a shared kitchen and living area. You'll have your own shower-room and study area.

Your accommodation is included in the fee package.

Undergraduate students have a meal plan giving them 14 meals per week during semester (i.e. not during University vacations). On weekdays (Monday-Friday) students are provided with breakfast and an evening meal, on Saturday and Sunday they are served breakfast and lunch. View sample menus for the 14-meal plan at David Russell Apartments (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Apply for 2017-18

Applications for 2016-17 have now closed. Applications will re-open on 01 October 2016.


Start date: Monday 11 September 2017
Christmas vacation: Saturday 23 December 2017 to Sunday 14 January 2018
Spring vacation: Saturday 17 March 2018 to Sunday 01 April 2018
End date: Friday 08 June 2018

Fees: The all-inclusive fee package for 2017 is £25,000. This includes tuition fees, accommodation and meals. For further information see our Fee Package.

Stats 2011/12: 100% of students were successfully placed on degree programmes

CIFP undergraduate brochure (PDF, 8,523 KB)

Programme Director: Ally Malcolm-Smith

English Language Teaching
Kennedy Gardens
St Andrews
KY16 9DJ
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (1334) 462255
Fax:+44 (1334) 462270