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Why study with us?

Here are many reasons to study the International Foundation Programme with us.

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We are accredited with BALEAP, the global forum for English for Academic Purposes professionals.

Here are ten more reasons to study with us.

1. Automatic progression

Our International Foundation Programme offers automatic progression to a range of degree schemes in some of the best academic departments in the UK. It is the only International Foundation Programme that offers automatic progression into Cardiff University. Students receive a Certificate in Foundation Studies which is recognised by other excellent UK universities, on completion of the course.

2. Taught on campus

Our Foundation classes are taught on campus by our academic staff and experienced, well-qualified English language tutors from our English Language Programmes unit.

3. Full members of the University

Our Foundation students are full members of the University and have access to all our facilities, including extensive resource centres, sports facilities and the Students’ Union.

4. Dedicated Foundation Office

We have a dedicated Foundation Office – a place where you can go to find a friendly face, someone who knows your name and is there to help you with any problems you have. We make your transition to life here as smooth as possible.

5. Personal tutor system

You'll benefit from two personal tutors: one for the English language modules and one for the academic subjects. We always encourage you to discuss any issues you have with your personal tutor in your academic and English language modules.

6. English for academic purposes

One of the most important aims of the Foundation Programme is to provide the ideal preparation for you to do well on an academic course taught in English. We have small class sizes for English language lessons, with no more than 16 students in a class.

We provide you with guidance in the culture and requirements of the British higher education system and will prepare you for different teaching and learning methods.

7. Library and computing facilities

As a Foundation student, you'll have access to our extensive library and computing facilities. The campus is Wi-Fi enabled with 28 IT suites available to help to make use of the virtual learning environment.

8. Comprehensive induction programme

We offer a comprehensive induction programme for our students, including free coach collection services from Heathrow and Cardiff airports and information events and social activities designed to introduce you to the University and to life in Cardiff.

9. Guaranteed accommodation

You are guaranteed a single occupancy place in University residences for the duration of the Foundation Programme and future studies at Cardiff University.

10. Embassy and sponsor links

We have well-established and successful working relationships with many embassies and sponsorship organisations throughout the world.