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International Foundation Year entry requirements

Entry requirements for your programme

The requirements you need to join the three-term International Foundation Year vary depending on the University you are looking to progress to.

Generally, you need:

  • Good high school graduation grades or equivalent academic study (IGCSE/GCSE/O Level and IB Certificate are not accepted)
  • To be aged 17 or older.

Please see below for English language and academic requirements as well as country-specific requirements. If your country is not listed, please contact us to find out more information.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

English language
  • International Business Administration (IBA) and Business Analytics (BA): IELTS with overall score of 5.5 (5.5 in writing and 5.0 in all components) or equivalent accepted tests (TOEFL iBT)*.

  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE): IELTS with overall score of 6.0 (no component below 6.0) or equivalent accepted tests (TOEFL iBT)*.
Academic
  • International Business Administration (IBA): Overall GPA of B or 80%. Maths as compulsory subject in the final year with a grade B or 80% equivalent.
  • Business Analytics (BA): Overall GPA of B or 80%. Maths and Physics as compulsory courses in the final two years. Maths in the final year with a grade B+ or 85% equivalent, Physics in the final year with a grade of minimum C or 70%.
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE): Overall GPA of B or 80%. Maths required in final year, with a minimum grade B+ or 85% equivalent. Students must submit a PPE application form and recent CV.


*Other tests (e.g. Duolingo) not listed above are not accepted. All students require an SELT, regardless of visa requirements/nationality.

CountryQualification
BrazilCertificado de Ensino Médio - grade 8.0 - incl. Maths 8.5 (IFY Science) or Maths 8.0 (IFY Business)
CanadaAlberta: GPA of 80% or B with at least five relevant academic subjects at level 30-39 in grade 12 + Maths 80% or B (IFY Business) or 85% or B+ (IFY Science)
British Columbia/Manitoba/New Brunswick and other English-speaking provinces: GPA of 80% or B with at least five relevant academic subjects in grade 12 + Maths 80% or B (IFY Business) or 85% or B+ (IFY Science)
Ontario: GPA of 80% or B with at least six grade 12 university preparation courses (U or M) + Maths 80% or B (IFY Business) or 85% or B+ (IFY Science)
Quebec: refer to ISC/University
ChileLicencia de Educación Media/Licencia de Enseñanza Media with the humanístico-científica stream. Overall GPA 6.4. incl. Maths 6.5 (IFY Science) or Maths 6.4 (IFY Business).
ChinaSenior high school graduation certificate (gaozhong) at an average of 80% or above - incl. Maths 85% (IFY Science) and Maths 80% (IFY Business)
ColombiaBachiller Académico at an average of at least 8.0 in 5 relevant subjects incl. Maths 85% (IFY Science) or Maths 80% (IFY Business)
EcuadorTitulo de Bachiller - Satisfactorio or overall 8 - incl. Maths 8.5 (IFY Science) or Maths 8.0 (IFY Business)
EgyptCertificate of General Secondary Education - Overall 80% incl. Maths 85% (IFY Science) or 80% (IFY Business)
GhanaWest African Senior Secondary School Certificate (at least 6 subjects with grades A1 to B2) - incl. Maths A1 (IFY Science) or Maths B2 (IFY Business)
IB (certificates)Only accepted when an additional high school diploma that is accredited in the national system is obtained and the diploma meets the general entry requirements of the Foundation Year.
IndiaStandard XII diploma (academic stream): Intermediate Examination Certificate/ Higher Secondary School Certificate at 80% or above - incl. Maths 85% (IFY Science) or Maths 80% (IFY Business). Not eligible: students with a Senior Secondary School Certificate from these three boards: CISCE, CSBE and NIOS
IranCertificate of Completion of Secondary School Studies with a GPA of 13/20 . IFY Science: Mathematics and Physics + Experimental Science Stream with Maths grade 13/20. IFY Business: all streams accepted with Maths requirement 13/20. IFY Social Science: all streams accepted with Maths requirement 14/20.
JapanHigh School Certificate of Graduation (Sotsugyoshomeisho) Overall grades 4+ - incl. grade 3 for Math II / B (both IFY Science and Business)
MexicoSuccessful completion of Bachiller at an average of 80% - incl. Maths 85% (IFY Science) or Maths 80% (IFY Business)
Nigeria. Including West African School Certificate (WAEC)Senior School Certificate/West African School Certificate (WAEC) with grades A-B or 1-6 in at least 6 subjects/ National Examinations Council (NECO) with grades A1-B2 in at least 6 subjects incl. Maths A1 (IFY Science) or Maths B2 (IFY Business)
PeruCertificado Oficial de Estudios at an average of 80% or above inc. Maths 85% (IFY Science) or 80% (IFY Business)
Saudi ArabiaTawjihiya (General Secondary Education Certificate) = high school graduation. An overall passmark of 85% or above, in academic subjects incl. Maths 90% (IFY Science) or Maths 85% (IFY Business)
South KoreaSH3: 4th Grade average in rank, with at least 4th grade in relevant/prerequisite subjects.
College Scholastic Ability Test ranks(/stanine) may be used in place of Senior High 3 ranks of equivalent subjects, if the rank is higher, in order to calculate average rank.
Korean High school graduation equivalency exam - 80%+ inc relevant subjects - incl. Maths 85% (IFY Science) or Maths 80% (IFY Business).
TaiwanSenior High School Diploma with 70% average - incl. Maths 85% (IFY Science) or Maths 80% (IFY Business)
ThailandCertificate of Secondary Education (Mayatom 6)/Certificate of Completion grade 12 with overall 3 - incl. Maths 3.5 (IFY Science) or Maths 3 (IFY Business)
USAHigh school Diploma Min GPA 3.30 (grade B+, 80%) with minimum 6 academic subjects + 3 years of Mathematics with min. grade B (IFY Business) or 3 years of Mathematics including Pre-Calculus with minimum grade B+ (FY Science). Note: students may be accepted only when submit a statement from the school where no courses at AP or honors level are being offered.
VenezuelaTitulo de Bachiller en Ciencias/ Humanidades at an average of 80% - incl. Maths Excelente (IFY Science) or Maths Bueno (IFY Business)
VietnamBang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc/Bang Trung Hoc Pho Thong/Bang Tu Tai/Baccaulaureate. Successful completion of year 12 with grade 8.0 average; Secondary School Graduation/Year 12 completion*/National University Entrance Examination with a score of 8.0+ - incl. Maths 8.5 (IFY Science) or Maths 8.0 (IFY Business). Not eligible: High Schools for the Gifted

Tilburg University

English language
  • All degrees: IELTS with overall score of 5.5 and minimum 5.0 in all components or equivalent accepted tests (TOEFL iBT)*.
Academic
  • Minimum average grade (GPA) of 70% in the final year and Mathematics compulsory subject in the final year of the diploma.

*Other tests (e.g. Duolingo) not listed above are not accepted. All students require an SELT, regardless of visa requirements/nationality.

CountryQualification
BrazilCertificado de Conclusão de 2º Grau / Certificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio with minimum average grade of 70%
CanadaGrade 12 Diploma, grade requirements vary by state. Minimum average 70% in 4/5 subjects , including Maths and 70% overall
ChileLicencia de Educación Media/Licencia de Enseñanza Media (humanístico-científica) with a minimum average grade of 70%
ChinaSenior middle school graduation certificate (gaozhong) with a minimum average grade of 70%
ColombiaBachiller Academico with 5 relevant subjects, with a minimum average grade of 70% or C
EgyptShahâdat itmâm al-dirâsa al-thânawiyya al-`âmma (General secondary education certificate) with a minimum average grade of 70%
GhanaWest African Senior School Certificate (WAEC) with at least 6 subjects (grades A1 - C6) with minimum average grade of C4
IndiaStandard XII diploma (academic stream): Intermediate Examination Certificate/ Higher Secondary School Certificate with minimum average grade of 70% or above
IranDiploma pre-2018:Pre-University certificate with GPA 16/20 or higher. Diploma after 2018: Certificate of Completion of Secondary School Studies with a minimum average grade of 70%
JapanUpper Secondary School certificate (Kotogakko - Year 12/Senior 3) with a minimum average grade of 3.5 in the final year
Korea (South)High School Certificate (Upper Secondary Education) with Rank 5 Average and Rank 5 in Mathematics.
Korean High school graduation equivalency exam - with minimum average grade of 70%
MexicoTitulo Academico de Bachiller / Diploma de Bachiller / Bachillerato General with a minimum average grade of 75%
NigeriaWest African Senior School Certificate (WAEC) with at least 6 subjects (grades A1 - C6), with minimum average grade C4
PeruCertificado de Educación Secundaria Común Completa with minimum average grade of 70% (14/20)
Saudi ArabiaGeneral Secondary Education Certificate with minimum average grade of 80% and 70% in Mathematics
TaiwanSH3 / Year 12 with a minimum average grade of 70%
ThailandCompletion of Year 12 (MAW 6) with minimum average grade of 70% (2.8)
VenezuelaTitulo de Bachiller / Titulo de Educacion Media General with a minimum average score of 70% in the required subjects
VietnamBang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc/Bang Trung Hoc Pho Thong/Bang Tu Tai/Baccaulaureate. Successful completion of year 12 with minimum average grade of 7.0; Secondary School Graduation/Year 12 completion*/National University Entrance Examination with minimum grade of 7.0

Hanze University of Applied Sciences

English language
  • IELTS 5.0 overall (5.0 in Writing, 4.5 in all components)
  • TOEFL internet based: 60 overall
    TOEIC and Cambridge certificates may also be accepted on a case by case basis.
Academic
  • Maths is a compulsory courses in the final year of the diploma, alternative numerate subjects accepted include Statistics, Algebra, Calculus.
    Where no grade is specified, a pass will be the minimum requirement.
CountryQualification
Afghanistan12 Grade Graduation Certificate 75% overall including 75% in relevant subjects
AzerbaijanSuccessful completion of Attestat grades 3 plus including relevant subjects
BangladeshHigher Secondary Certificate (humanities/sciences)/Alim Certificate with good grades. Min 60% overall and min. 50% in Maths for IFY Business, min. 50% Maths and Science for IFY Science. Maximum age 21 years & 364 days
BrazilCertificado de Conclusão de 2° Grau/Certificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio grade 6.0 including relevant subjects
CameroonGCE O level (4 x A-C) + A level the same OR Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement Secondaire = 12/20
ChinaSenior high school graduation certificate (gaozhong) at an average of 70% or above  including in relevant subjects
ColombiaBachiller Académico - 5 relevant subjects inc. Maths (B) Good or above
EcuadorDiploma Bachiller en Ciencias or Diploma Bachiller en Ciencias/Humanidades: overall score of 6 or higher
EgyptCertificate of General Secondary Education - Overall 75% inc relevant subjects
EthiopiaEthiopian School Leaving Certificate/Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination (only if at least 6 subjects with A, B or C)
GhanaSenior Secondary School Certificate (at least six subjects with a score of A to C) / West African Senior Secondary School Certificate (at least six subjects with a score of A1 to C6)
IndiaStandard XII diploma (academic stream): Intermediate Examination Certificate / Higher Secondary School Certificate with marks ranging from A-E in 5 subjects
IndonesiaIjazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) at grade 6.5 or above
IranPre-University Certificate 12/20 (grade C) inc. 12 in relevant subjects
IraqSecondary School Certificate – / مدرسیة وثیقة الإعدادیة المرحلة) wathîqa madrasiyya / al-marhalla al-i‘dâdiyya) grades 75% including relevant subjects
JapanHigh School Certificate of Graduation grades 3.0
KenyaKenya Certificate of Secondary Education (at least 6 subjects with A, B or C)
KoreaSH3: 5th Grade average in rank, with at least 5th grade in relevant/prerequisite subjects

College Scholastic Ability Test ranks(/stanine) may be used in place of Senior High 3 ranks of equivalent subjects, if the rank is higher, in order to calculate average rank.

Korean High school graduation equivalency exam - 70%+ inc relevant subjects
MalaysiaSPM (Malaysia Certificate of Education) (or forecast) with aggregate of 20 or less in best five (5) relevant academic subjectsto include English and Mathematics. (Grading - C6 min.from old system / grade C min. [new system])
MexicoSuccessful completion of Bachiller at an average of 70% or above
MoroccoBaccalaureat grade 12/20 incl. relevant subjects
NepalHigher Secondary Certificate with good grades. Min 60% overall and min. 50% in Maths for IFY Business, min. 50% Maths and Science for IFY Science
NigeriaSenior School Certificate ( WAEC) (at least 6 subjects with A, B or C or 1-6) / Senior School Certificate (NECO) (at least 6 subjects with A or B or 1-4)
PakistanHigher Secondary School Certificate with a final result of at least Grade C. Min 60% overall and min. 50% in Maths for IFY Business, min. 50% Maths and Science for IFY Science
PeruCertificado Oficial de Estudios/ Higher Secondary School Certificate with 14 overall inc. relevant subjects
Russia (+ Chechnya)Successful completion of Attestat grades 3 plus including relevant subjects
RwandaAdvanced General Certificate of Secondary Education
South AfricaNational Senior Certificate with minimal requirements for admission to a bachelor’s degree programme - grades 4 in relevant subject
SyriaSecondary School Certificate – / grades 75% including relevant subjects
TaiwanSenior High School Diploma with 70% average
TanzaniaCertificate of Secondary Education (an A, B or B15 in at least 6 examination subjects plus the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education with a principal pass for at least 1 subject / Certificate of Secondary Education (A, B or C in at least 5 examination subjects plus the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education with a principal pass for at least 2 subjects and a subsidiary pass for at least 1 subject
ThailandCertificate of Secondary Education (Mayatom 6)/Certificate of Completion grade 12 with minimum grades 2.0/60%
TurkeyTeknik Lisesi Diplomasi minimum GPA of 3.0 (60%)
UkraineSecondary Certificate with 4 on a 12 point scale
USAHigh school Diploma Min GPA 2.50 (grade C, 75%) with minimum 4 academic subjects
VietnamBang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc/Bang Trung Hoc Pho Thong/Bang Tu Tai/Baccaulaureate. Successful completion of year 12 with grade 7.0 average; Secondary School Graduation/Year 12 completion*/National University Entrance Examination with a score of 7.0+
ZimbabweZimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level (final result of A, B or C obtained for at least 6 examination subjects) plus the Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Advanced Level with at least 1 subject / Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level (final result of A, B or C obtained for at least 5 examination subjects) plus the Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Advanced Level with at least 2 subjects

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