University of London International Foundation Programme

University of London is one of the world’s leading universities, and its reputation is based on the outstanding teaching and research of its 17 world-class colleges and 9 specialist institutes. The University of London launched its International Foundation Programme (IFP), a challenging and inspiring programme designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to prepare them for rigorous undergraduate study. 

Case Studies

Case 1

Sam C.

Offers from University of Manchester, University of Durham, University of York & University of Nottingham

From Missed DSE grade to Top 3 Law Schools

Failing to achieve the requirement to law school on my DSE results, I found the IFP as a second gateway to study law at reputable UK universities. For students aiming to study law, the course gives you a taste of the subject knowledge. The programme equips active learners with the right skill set for universities. ARCH also provided me with useful university consultations with strategic UCAS choices, which had certainly smoothened my application process.

Case 2

Wendy W.

Offers from University of Exeter & University of Royal Holloway, University of London

From China Curriculum to Top UK Management School

I am an immigrant student from China. To fulfil university requirement, I need to take either A-level or IBDP for 2 years, with high level of English proficiency is required. In contrast, IFP is a one-year programme where the support given to me was sufficient. My teachers had helped me to improve my English level and overcome study obstacles. Experienced consultants had given me great advice on crafting my personal statement and guided me though my application process.

Case 3

Hodiah Y.

Offers from University of Manchester, University of Southampton & University of Sussex

From Unsatisfactory Results to Top UK Accounting and Finance Degree

The UoL IFP provided me with a second chance on university admissions after I got my unsatisfactory HKDSE results. As I had not intended to study overseas before, I was not quite familiar with the UCAS admission system. ARCH along with UoL provided me with a lot of assistance on these issues by contacting individual universities and asking them for the requirements needed for applying to their schools. As I had only little experience on writing a personal statement, ARCH assisted me by providing personal statement drafting workshops and helping me arrange my personal statement in a more systematic manner. This all makes a real difference as the assistance provided allowed me to simply concentrate on my studies and try my best to achieve the highest possible grades.

Case 4


Offer from Royal Holloway

Foundation to University

Course materials were comprehensive, while instructors were patient and responsible. They explained difficult theories in an easier manner to ensure that we could catch up with the progress. ARCH also provided us with UCAS application guidance for UK universities, assisted us in writing personal statements and selecting schools. If you want a second chance to advance in your studies, the IFP will definitely help you successfully progress to overseas studies.

Case 5


Offer from University of York

Foundation to University

The UoL IFP provides me an opportunity to get into U.K. universities, which I could not achieve through HKDSE. Despite the fact that I am not being familiar with all 4 subjects taken in the programme (Statistics, Pure Maths, Economics and I.R. which none of them I had studied before), the teachers actually do an outstanding job on explaining the information bit by bit and made things very clear for me.The pedagogy taken by the teachers is also remarkable. Our Economics instructor read through all the notes provided by UoL and decided that he should be teaching Macroeconomics at an advanced level instead of the other way round. I truly appreciate his effort using this approach because it helps me to understand. Microeconomics with the knowledge of Macroeconomics. Both Economics and Mathematics instructor has put in their greatest effort trying not to leave any of us behind and I am truly thankful for this. Unlike other teachers from other organisations, our International Relations instructor does not go through all the materials and ask us to memorise all the things under the subject guide, he actually provides us with insights and numerous references which we can use and refer to when doing revision, even on answering exam scripts. Moreover, we always have discussions in class, where we can exchange our views and opinions with each other. Our instructors always help to sum up our point of views and make conclusion on different topics, hence, I find it very helpful when grasping new concepts.

Also, I receive help on my personal statement, which is simply impossible for me to have done this alone. I also receive thorough coordination work so that everyone in class can focus on studying without worrying too much about the timetable and teachers offered great help on applying for the exam, arranging extra tutoring, etc. If I were to say which kind of candidate will benefit from attending this programme, I would say someone who is gregarious. As the teachers all support students being very attentive in class so students who like to ask and raise questions will benefit greatly from this programme. To conclude, I have such a great experience throughout the year meeting caring teachers, learning with wonderful classmates and receiving friendly support from the staff. I much appreciate all the failing support I find at ARCH.



Students studying the IFP are required to take one compulsory tutorial course and select three elective tutorial courses.


The course offers a broad overview of the key economic concepts and their applications to everyday situations and current economic affairs. Course topics include: an introduction to the nature and scope of economics; competitive markets; market failure and government intervention; managing the economy; development and sustainability and the current financial and economic crisis.

International Relations

The course offers a basic introduction to IR, its classical and contemporary theories, schools of thought and research areas.


The course is an introductory law programme at Level 3. It is particularly suited to anyone with a general interest in law who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of the subject and/or students who would like to go on to study law at a higher level

Mathematics and Statistics

The course offers an overview of key mathematical methods and statistical concepts frequently applied to economics, management, finance and related areas. Topics include: an overview of arithmetic, algebra and calculus; insight into concepts of probability; an introduction to financial mathematics; basic knowledge of how to summarise, analyse and interpret data and an introduction to modelling the linear relationships.


This course provides an introduction to the discipline, its theories and key empirical issue areas that are the focus of political thought. The course introduces the history of political thought, outlining how key thinkers have contributed to the development of the discipline. It then covers political concepts and theories and explores these in the context of real-life issues.

Pure Mathematics

This course develops proficiency in workingwith a range of mathematical methodsincluding logic and proof by contradiction,algebraic equations, trigonometric functionsand expressions, coordinate geometry,vectors and calculus. The theoreticalconcepts underlying these areas areexplored and related to working methodsand application which together build on theelementary techniques of mathematics.

Programme Details


Students on the IFP will gain invaluable exposure to the UK educational system and style of teaching ahead of undertaking an undergraduate degree.

  • Study at an approved institution: This is a taught programme and must be studied at an institution that has been approved to teach the International Foundation Programme by the University of London. Studying at an institution provides students with face-to-face academic support and the opportunity to interact with fellow students in person.
  • Specially written online study materials: Your online study materials, coupled with the tuition you receive at your institution and the essential textbooks, will guide you through your studies. The study materials we provide include: a subject guide for each course you study, access to a VLE which contains supplementary learning resources and opportunities including audio-visual tutorials, academic interviews, self-testing activities and online discussion forums, a student handbook containing practical information and advice; examiners' commentaries which provide guidance on how sample and past examination questions should have ideally been answered, a University of London email account and web area which you can use to manage your personal information.
  • Estimated study hours: The programme can be completed in a minimum of one academic year. Your institution will be able to advise on the number of hours per week you will need to devote to your studies. As a guide, each course requires 150 hours of combined in-class and self-study time.
  • Prestige: The University of London provides academic direction for this programme. The University has a long history of providing international education and is regarded as a centre of academic excellence. 


  • Upon completion of the tutorial courses, students may enroll to sit the University of London International Foundation Programme examinations in late April.
  • Examinations are administered at an approved local examination centre independently managed by specialist bodies in Hong Kong.
  • Upon successful completion of their studies, students will be awarded a University of London International Foundation Certificate.
  • The parchment that they receive will state that they were registered with the University of London.

For more programme details, CLICK HERE to download program prospectus.



Ideal Candidates:

This programme is suitable for:

  • Students who are enrolled in the final two years of a senior secondary curriculum (e.g. HKDSE or IBDP) and find that it is not the most suitable for their academic interests or strengths. They would like to switch out of their current curriculum without repeating a year.
  • Students who have graduated from secondary school and may have just missed the grades or minimum requirements to pursue further studies in social sciences at their desired universities and who wish to explore an alternative route that will qualify them to re-apply.
  • High achieving students who have just completed their GCSE or equivalent examinations and would like to accelerate their progression to read social science subjects at university undergraduate level.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for the International Foundation Programme, students should:

  • Typically be aged 17 or over before 31 December in the year of registration; and
  • Have passes in a minimum of at least four separate subjects at GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level, with grades A-C (or the international equivalent), or HKDSE 322 or equivalent; and
  • Have acceptable examination results equivalent to GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level English language at grade C, or demonstrated fluency in academic English (for example, IELTS at 5.5 overall).

Students must receive acceptance from approved teaching institute ARCH, who will select students according to school grades, IELTS, interview and level of written English. Exceptional cases will be reviewed on a case by case basis.


How to Apply


For program application, please call 3568-0406 or email to
For schedule and tuition fee, CLICK HERE for application form.

Once we receive an application, we will invite students to attend an interview and ARCH will review whether the programme is suitable for the student. Upon confirmation of placement with ARCH, students also need to register with University of London via (ARCH will follow up with students and help with registration).