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Start your studies at Bath College with the University of Bath International Foundation Year


The course is designed specifically for International Students. For more than 20 years, it has been acting as a gateway to assist international students to gain the required knowledge and skills to progress into a wide variety of University of Bath undergraduate degrees. Bath College has accepted students on to the International Foundation Year from 75 different countries, and the course is run from the City Centre Campus in the centre of Bath. The course lasts for one full academic year (full time), and the intake begins in September.

The IFY (International Foundation Year) caters for high-achieving students wishing to progress to the University of Bath, who meet the international fee status eligibility criteria. Each application is individually assessed for International status eligibility at the time of application and therefore cannot be deferred. If, after applying, you wish to enter the programme in a different year, you must withdraw and submit a new application form for the relevant year. If you are unsure as to whether you or your student qualify, please contact our team at



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Why choose the University of Bath International Foundation Year?


Take a dedicated pathway into a high ranking UK University


  • Guaranteed progression to the University of Bath. Students who achieve the necessary grades at the end of the course will be guaranteed automatic entry into year 1 of their target degree course, students will not need to apply through UCAS.
  • The College is conveniently located in the centre of the historic City of Bath, in an ideal location for students. The College is a short walk from the charming Bath City Centre, railway station and bus station.
  • Bath is one of the UKs safest Cities in which to study, and is the UK's only World Heritage City.
  • All University of Bath International Foundation Year students are guaranteed an offer of accommodation in a residential block owned and run by the University.
  • You will have access to a dedicated personal tutor during your studies, and will have access to welfare support from the Bath College Welfare team.


Visas & Immigration


Overseas students, including EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals specifically coming to study in the UK will usually need to apply for a Visa. You can check whether you need a visa here. 


For this programme you will need to obtain  Student Visa for a longer course. You must be sponsored by a licensed College or University and have a confirmed place. You may be eligible to do limited hours of work on this Visa.  

For further advice on obtaining Visa's, please visit: 

UKCISA - International Student Advice & Guidance 

Student Visa's - British Councils 

UK Visa's and Immigration - GOV.UK 



If you are under 18 years of age, you must have a UK-based Guardian, who should be more than 25 years old, able to communicate fluently in English and able provide accommodation to you in an emergency. The Guardian MUST be appointed by your parents and full contact details must be provided to the college as well. The college must be notified of any change of Guardian immediately.  

If you have any questions about Guardianship or need support to find a Guardian please contact the Bath College International Admissions team by email: or by phone 0044 (0) 1225 328 724 


Important Information


Bath College expects all students to attend at least 95% of your sessions, as statistically speaking, the lower your attendance dips, the less likely you are to achieve your potential at College. 

We expect:

  • a 95% attendance rate
  • That you are prepared to learn and study
  • Positive contribution to all sessions
  • Attendance at virtual lessons as dictated by your timetable
  • Attendance at all sessions with relevant kit and equipment
  • Ensure that you wear your lanyard with valid College ID at all times when on campus


Cost of Living Guide for International Students


We've put together this guide to help you work out the cost of living in the UK. It's useful to think about how you will need to budget upon moving to the UK, and this is a good place to start.


  Cost of Living Guide


Enquiries and Applications


Application process 

For full information on the IFY, please see the IFY page on the University of Bath website.


University of Bath IFY


If you have any queries about the IFY course and the application process. 


IFY Enquiries


If you want to make an application to the University of Bath IFY, please submit an application using the link below. 

Apply here


If your application is successful, you will receive a Conditional Offer. Your place on the programme will be secured by returning the signed acceptance form (Bath College Agreement) and we should be able to provide your Unconditional Offer as soon as you meet all of the conditions of your offer and pay the £5,000 deposit. 

Course fees 2024- £17,000 (including deposit)

If you need to speak to someone about your IFY query, please phone +44(0)1225 383874


Minimum Education Gap

Applicants who have experienced an educational gap of more than two years may not meet the eligibility criteria for admission to the IFY. We aim to maintain a standard of continuous educational engagement, so it’s important to ensure that all applicants have a recent and relevant academic background. Exceptions to this policy may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


View full entry requirements


Term & Key Dates


The International Foundation Year follows a slightly different term time than the rest of the College. We have detailed this below:


Key Dates

Monday 4th September 2023 - Induction Week

Monday 11th September 2023 - Teaching begins



Monday 23rd October 2023 to Friday 27th October 2023 - October Half Term

Monday 18th December 2023 to Wednesday 3rd January 2024 - Winter Break

Monday 12th February 2024 to Friday 16th February 2024 - February Half Term

Friday 29th March 2024 to Friday 12th April 2024 - Spring Break

Monday 27th May 2024 to Friday 31st May 2024 - May Half Term


Exam Semester Dates

Semester One Exam Period - Monday 15th January 2024 to Thursday 19th January 2024

Semester Two Exam Period - Monday 3rd June 2024 to Friday 7th June 2024

Please note: If you are recommended to take any resits after the semester one exam period, you will be required to remain in College between Tuesday 2nd April 2024 and Friday 5th April 2024.



Further Information

You can find information about the University of Bath International Foundation Year programme and how to apply using the button below, and also download the International Foundation Year Booklet.