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
  • 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.
Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
  • PPE: IELTS with overall score of 6.0 (no component below 6.0) or equivalent accepted tests.
Academic
  • Business Foundation (IBA): Overall GPA of B or 80%. Maths as compulsory subject in the final year with a grade B or 80% equivalent.
  • Science Foundation (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%.
  • Social Science Foundation (PPE): Overall GPA of B or 80%. Maths required in final year, with a minimum grade B+ or 85% equivalent.

Tilburg University

English language
  • All degrees: IELTS with overall score of 5.5 and minimum 5.0 in all components or equivalent accepted tests. 
Academic
  • Business and Social Science Foundation (all degrees): Overall GPA of B or 80%. Maths as compulsory subject in the final year with a grade B or 80% equivalent.

Hanze University of Applied Sciences

English language
  • IELTS 5.0 overall (5.0 in Writing, 4.5 in all components)
  • TOEFL Overall 35. Subskills W - 14, S - 12, L - 3, R - 3
  • TOEIC: 600
Academic
  • A/S level - General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects with marks ranging from A-C, plus a General Certificate of Education with 2 subjects at advanced subsidiary (A/S) level (6 different subjects in total)
    Business IFY: Students need to have GCSE grade C or above in Maths
    Science IFY: Students need to have GCSE grade C or above in Physics and GCSE grade A in Maths
  • A Level - General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects with marks ranging from A-C, plus a General Certificate of Education with 2 subjects at advanced (A Level) level (6 different subjects in total)
    Business IFY: Students need to have GCSE grade C or above in Maths
    Science IFY: Students need to have GCSE grade C or above in Physics and GCSE grade A in Maths
  • Science, Engineering and Computing Pathway - Engineering Route: Physics is required subject with Grade C equivalent (equivalent grades will be noted below in markets). If Physics has been studied year 11 only, than a Life Science (grade C equivalent) is required in final year for progression onto the BSc Mechanical Engineering
Country Qualification
Afghanistan 12 Grade Graduation Certificate 75% overall including 75% in relevant subjects
Azerbaijan Successful completion of Attestat grades 3 plus including relevant subjects
Bangladesh Higher 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
Brazil Certificado de Conclusão de 2° Grau/Certificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio grade 6.0 including relevant subjects
Cameroon GCE O level (4 x A-C) + A level the same OR Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement Secondaire = 12/20
China Senior high school graduation certificate (gaozhong) at an average of 70% or above  including in relevant subjects
Colombia Bachiller Académico - 5 relevant subjects inc. Maths (B) Good or above
Ecuador Diploma Bachiller en Ciencias or Diploma Bachiller en Ciencias/Humanidades: overall score of 6 or higher
Egypt Certificate of General Secondary Education - Overall 75% inc relevant subjects
Ethiopia Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate/Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination (only if at least 6 subjects with A, B or C)
Ghana Senior 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)
India Standard XII diploma (academic stream): Intermediate Examination Certificate / Higher Secondary School Certificate with marks ranging from A-E in 5 subjects
Indonesia Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) at grade 6.5 or above
Iran Pre-University Certificate 12/20 (grade C) inc. 12 in relevant subjects
Iraq Secondary School Certificate – / مدرسیة وثیقة الإعدادیة المرحلة) wathîqa madrasiyya / al-marhalla al-i‘dâdiyya) grades 75% including relevant subjects
Japan High School Certificate of Graduation grades 3.0
Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (at least 6 subjects with A, B or C)
Korea SH3: 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
Malaysia SPM (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])
Mexico Successful completion of Bachiller at an average of 70% or above
Morocco Baccalaureat grade 12/20 incl. relevant subjects
Nepal Higher Secondary Certificate with good grades. Min 60% overall and min. 50% in Maths for IFY Business, min. 50% Maths and Science for IFY Science
Nigeria Senior 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)
Pakistan Higher 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
Peru Certificado 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
Rwanda Advanced General Certificate of Secondary Education
South Africa National Senior Certificate with minimal requirements for admission to a bachelor’s degree programme - grades 4 in relevant subject
Syria Secondary School Certificate – / grades 75% including relevant subjects
Taiwan Senior High School Diploma with 70% average
Tanzania Certificate 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
Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education (Mayatom 6)/Certificate of Completion grade 12 with minimum grades 2.0/60%
Turkey Teknik Lisesi Diplomasi minimum GPA of 3.0 (60%)
Ukraine Secondary Certificate with 4 on a 12 point scale
USA High school Diploma Min GPA 2.50 (grade C, 75%) with minimum 4 academic subjects
Vietnam Bang 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+
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 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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