International Foundation Programme(R/010/3/0173)(07/2023)(MQA/FA3723)

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) provides a pathway to a prestigious University of Reading degree at either our UK or Malaysia Campus. This 12-month intensive programme is specifically designed for SPM, IGCSE and equivalent qualification holders who would like to fast-track their university studies.

Watch the following video for an overview of the IFP programme.


The University’s International Foundation Programme (IFP) was one of the first to be established in the UK and the programme offered in Malaysia is the same as that offered in the UK.


The IFP is specifically designed to prepare you for what you will be studying on your chosen undergraduate degree, and helps you to successfully make the transition from a school environment to a university environment. We will ask you to identify your intended degree when joining the IFP.

Students have a choice of pathways, as illustrated in the diagram below. Students who complete the IFP programme have a number of pathways available for them to pursue their undergraduate degree at the Malaysia campus. Alternatively, students may pursue a wider number of undergraduate degree options which are available on our Reading UK campus. Our counselling team will be happy to advise prospective students and parents on their study options.


We guarantee a place for you on your chosen degree as offered at our Malaysia or UK campus at the time of your entry so long as you meet the progression requirements and you can directly progress without the need to apply for your degree.


Upon successful completion of the IFP and meeting of the progression requirements, you have the option to study for your chosen degree at our award-winning campus in Reading UK (only 22 minutes from London) or our state-of-the-art campus in Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia. In addition, you will be eligible for a reduction in the regular programme fees

It should be noted that the University provides a range of flexible options for students to spend part of their studies on the Reading UK campus – please refer to


The Academic Skills module on the IFP is specifically designed to help students develop the required academic skills for undergraduate study, including critical thinking, communication, academic writing and IT skills.


You will be assigned an academic tutor who will guide and support your development and progress. You will meet with your academic tutor at least once a term or more frequently if required.


As well as academic skills, the IFP is designed to develop non-academic skills that are an integral part of each student’s overall development.Some of our weekly enhancement activities include:

  • Social outings
  • Team-building
  • Motivational talks
  • Business workshops
  • Law workshops

All of the International Foundation Programme modules are designed and taught by university lecturers and are therefore tailored with your future degree in mind. Students who wish to progress onto one of our highly regarded undergraduate programmes will be taught ‘Academic Skills’ and three modules relating to their chosen degree programme, chosen from:

  • Economics
  • Introduction to Business and Management
  • Maths for Finance, Economics and Business
  • Psychology
  • Law

Students will need to study the International English module if their English level is below:

  • IELTS 6.5 (no component below 5.5)
  • B in IGCSE English as a Second Language
  • B in SPM English 1119

Short Course: Introduction to University Study
For students who will be joining the July short course, you will be doing the Introduction to University Study module.

Description of the ‘Introduction to University Study’ module:
An introduction to the expectations of university study, taken intensively before the main IFP modules begin. The module is an opportunity to build confidence and get ready for university. Students will be taught how to learn independently, to read and listen critically, to deliver a presentation, and to question information or opinions.
By the end of the module, student should be able to:

  • Recognise basic university study expectations
  • Appreciate the value of reading around a subject
  • Question others in order to develop discussion
  • Create a short presentation of personal views on a topic.

Delivery method: all online, workshop-based teaching, regular live sessions as well as self-study materials.

Typical degrees that students progress onto at the University of Reading Malaysia include:

  • Finance and Business Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business and Management
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Real Estate
  • Psychology
  • Law

Other degrees that students typically progress onto at the UK campus include:

  • Accounting and Business
  • Business and Management
  • Building Surveying
  • Consumer Behaviour and Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economics
  • Finance and Investment Banking
  • Law
  • Psychology with Neuroscience

Mohd Ridhwan Abdullah
Mohd Ridhwan Abdullah | Head of Foundation, Study and Language Institute (FSLI)
Mohd Ridhwan Abdullah began his career teaching academic English, research writing, human communication, and English immersion programmes to local and international students before joining the University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM). Read More...

Esther Chang
Esther Chang | Foundation Programmes Lead; Foundation Lecturer in Economics
Esther Chang has eight years of lecturing experience in finance and economics-related modules at both pre-university and undergraduate levels. Read More...

Nur Amira Zureena Zulkurnain
Nur Amira Zureena Zulkurnain | General Studies Programme Lead
Zureena obtained her Bachelor in Marketing and Master in Business Administration from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in 2013 and 2015 respectively Read More...

Dr Kuan Yong Ching
Ts. Dr. Ching Kuan Yong | Associate Professor
Dr. Ching Kuan Yong obtained her PhD in Engineering Sciences from the University of Southampton, UK, in 2014. She joined the University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) in 2016 and was awarded the title of Associate Professor in 2022. She currently holds the roles of Campus Director of Academic Tutoring and Study Advice Lead at UoRM.Read More...

fock jan heng
Fock Jan Heng | Foundation Lecturer in Mathematics
Fock Jan Heng graduated from the University of Malaya in 1977. He started his teaching career in a government secondary school and was promoted to Deputy District Education Officer in 1988, managing and administrating all of the secondary and primary schools in Kulai, Johor.Read More...

Hajar Binti Abdul Karim
Hajar Binti Abdul Karim | Foundation Lecturer in Mathematics
Hajar is a mathematics lecturer with more than five years of teaching experience in the higher education industry, teaching mathematics and statistics related subjects and modules. Hajar began her teaching career as a lecturer in a public university, and has since been teaching applied maths to undergraduate students majoring in agriculture, banking, accountancy and science. Hajar taught Pre-University programmes (Edexcel A-Level, ADFP/ACTP, AUSMAT or SACE) at a private institution before joining the University of Reading Malaysia. Read More...

Jamie Siow Hui Sian
Jamie Siow Hui Sian | Foundation Lecturer in Economics
Siow Hui Sian is a PHD candidate with Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Putra Malaysia. She has been teaching in economics related modules for more than Read More...

lim tian hwee
Lim Tian Hwee | Foundation Lecturer in Mathematics
Lim Tian Hwee has been teaching Pre-U programmes (i.e. A Levels, AUSMAT, MUFY, STPM etc.) for more than five years and is a longstanding member of the Malaysian Mathematical Sciences Society.Read More...

Lina Ying Ying Tang
Lina Ying Ying Tang | Foundation Senior Academic Tutor; Foundation Lecturer in Biology
Lina Ying Ying Tang has been teaching Pre-University programmes such as Cambridge A-Levels, and Foundation Year Programmes for more than five years. She is passionate about working with young people from diverse backgrounds and likes to experiment with a variety of teaching methods.Read More...

Mohamed Hasif Jazila Sakri
Mohamed Hasif Jazila Sakri | Foundation Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Hasif started teaching Academic English in 2014 and has garnered experience in teaching at both public and private local universities.Read More...

Mohammad Izzat Morshidi
Mohammad Izzat Morshidi | Foundation Lecturer in Psychology
Mohammad Izzat Morshidi is fascinated by the behaviours of people and the reasons behind every act and event, especially in Malaysia. As well as his teaching modules, he has a keen interest in politics, philosophy, digital arts and story writing. Read More...

Noorul Amilin Nordin
Noorul Amilin Nordin | Pre-Sessional English Programme Lead
Noorul Amilin Nordin has 5 years of teaching experience in tertiary education where she began her career by teaching academic English, workplace communication skills and academic skills programmes. She is a passionate teacher who aims to unleash students’ greatest potentials through different teaching methods in the modules. Read More...

Nurul Akmar
Nurul Akmar Binti Asmi | Foundation Lecturer in Business and Management
Nurul has been teaching since 2009. Prior to joining UoRM, she had posts at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology, teaching a variety of Business Management subjects, including principles of management, marketing management, organisational behaviour, business information systems and human resource management.Read More...

SPM or IGCSE or an equivalent qualification:
Minimum 5 Credits (A-C) [including Programme specific requirements]

English Language*:
Grade C in SPM English 1119/ IGCSE English
or IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

* University English courses are available for students with English grade below C or IELTS 5.5.

12 months
April and September

RM 19,600 per annum

International Students:
RM 23,600 per annum

Student Voice

Univeristy of Reading Testimonial - International Foundation Programme

Ranie Thanimalai

My name is Ranie Thanimalai. I am from Johor and currently studying International Foundation Programme. My career aspiration is to become a psychologist. What I enjoy most about studying at the University is the comfortable and peaceful environment in the campus and the very helpful lecturers. The tips I would like to share with fellow students is setting timetables might help and more importantly we should follow the timetable and never wait until the last minute, always be prepared.

Univeristy of Reading Testimonial - International Foundation Programme

Darren See

Hi there, I am Darren See from SMK Mohd Khalid, Johor Bahru. I’ve had a fun and meaningful year studying in the International Foundation Programme (IFP) at the University of Reading Malaysia. I love to meet new friends from different countries and gain new knowledge from all my experienced lecturers. I have enjoyed all the academic and social activities organised by the University. I took part in both National Mathematics Olympiad (OMK) and National Statistics Competition (NSC) under the guidance of my Mathematics lecturer.

I am excited to continue my academic journey at the University of Reading Malaysia in Law (LLB). I hope to see all of you around campus!

Univeristy of Reading Testimonial - International Foundation Programme

Elysia Kay

Hello, my name is Elysia Kay and I’m from Seri Omega Private & International School. My experience with the International Foundation Programme was beneficial and enjoyable. With the knowledge imparted by the dedicated lecturers here, I managed to improve my academic skills which will be practical for my future studies. It was a wonderful experience meeting new people and taking part in events held by the University which makes student life interesting.

I look forward to continuing my degree in Psychology here at the University of Reading Malaysia. I am excited to be a step closer to fulfilling my aspirations!


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