International Students

With a population nearing 250,000, Reading is a huge multicultural centre. The ICMA Centre and the University of Reading attract a large number of international students which adds to the town’s thriving ethnic communities.

The University provides a wealth of support and additional community spirit for international students studying at the university. Our students appreciate and enjoy experiencing new cultures and have often reflected that they have valued the interaction. They tend to be involved heavily in Students Union societies.

International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) at the University of Reading is an intensive access course especially designed for international students without British A level qualifications or the equivalent. The IFP will provide you with the academic training, language and study skills to start undergraduate studies in most degrees at the University of Reading. Nearly 100% of IFP students pass the programme. More than 70% successfully qualify for a degree programme at Reading. IFP students have been accepted at many other top-ranking universities in the UK and around the world


I was nervous about studying in a foreign country, but I need not have worried. I had colleagues from Mexico, Ireland, Vietnam, England, Taiwan, China, Greece, Italy, and India among others. It was extremely beneficial to see the differing perspectives of other cultures. At the same time there was great support for each other as many of us had the same anxieties with the language.”

Enrique Moanack, MSc International Securities, Investment and Banking Graduate

Find out more

For more information please visit the University’s International Students page.