The UK is a leading academic destination for international students, though entry onto local degree programmes is a complicated and competitive process. That said, with the prestige and global employment opportunities available to those holding a UK degree, putting in the extra time and energy is worth it. This is where the University of Derby’s International Foundation Programme (IFP) comes into play.
The University of Derby is a modern, innovative education provider that achieved its university status in 1992, although teaching at the main Derby site actually dates back to 1851. Located in England’s East Midlands region, the University of Derby is a rising star in international higher education, with some of its undergraduate degree courses ranked in the top 10. International students rank us as a top-three UK university in three distinct categories: lecture quality, learning technology and employability (2012 International Student Barometer).
Preparing for a university degree
The University of Derby’s International Foundation Programme is specially designed for international students who need to enhance their qualifications and English-language skills before starting a UK undergraduate degree. Students can choose to start in either September or January (fast-track option). All students will learn to develop their English language and academic skills and will choose from two specialist subjects that will prepare them for their chosen degree. This degree will be in one of the following subjects: business, law, engineering, design, technology, art and design, or events management and tourism.
On completion of the International Foundation Programme students will have achieved a standard of English of least IELTS 6.0 and be ready to go on to the first year of their chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Derby. The IFP is a great way to prepare students for life as an undergraduate, and they will get to know many of the lecturers who will also be teaching classes on their chosen degree programmes.
Derby’s competitive edge
The University of Derby continues to grow in popularity – both with international students and employers, locally and worldwide. This popularity is more than just a local phenomenon – over 1,700 students from over 100 countries are enrolled on courses.
Overall Derby remains a small university built on personal connections. Over 85 percent of classes have less than 30 students, all of whom have access to a personal tutor. The International Student Centre helps students settle into life in England and offers guidance and support throughout the academic experience. In 2012 the University of Derby was ranked as ‘the best university in the country for international support’ by the 2012 International Student Barometer.