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.
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.
Progression to an undergraduate degree programme at the University of St Andrews is dependent on successful completion of the foundation programme and is usually to year 2 of a four-year honours programme.
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.
There are several study routes on the Science programme and students will be advised on the appropriate route based on their intended degree subject.
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 lectures and practicals in the Science Schools and learn how to structure written texts and how to read and analyse 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 or alternative task and give an oral presentation.
Accommodation is included in the International Foundation Programme’s fee package.
Foundation students are allocated a room in a David Russell Apartments (DRA), just a 10-15 minute walk from the Centre for International Foundation Programmes. In each apartment there is a shared kitchen and living space and 5 bedrooms (typically same gender, all foundation students), each with a shower-room and study area.
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.