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International Foundation

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) offers students, who are not eligible for direct entry to university, an alternative route to studying an undergraduate degree.




Full-time (day classes)


2 semesters


Qatar campus

About this course

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) offers international students, who are not eligible for direct entry, an alternative route to studying an undergraduate degree at Ulster University.

Ulster University Qatar is currently offering the Business, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences pathway.

This pathway prepares you for degrees in subjects such as business studies, marketing, accounting, law, history and English.


Semester 1

Introduction to Entrepreneurial Leadership

(20 credits – compulsory)

This module introduces you to the concepts of leadership from a global and local business perspective.  It will also give you the opportunity to explore entrepreneurial leadership practice and what this means at an individual level.

English with Study Skills

(20 credits – optional (depending on English Language ability))

English with Study Skills is a foundation course in English for academic purposes. Students develop skills for understanding and processing academic input in the English language medium, and learn how to speak and write effectively at university.

Foundation in Mathematics

(20 credits – optional)

This module will provide you with the necessary Mathematics to support you in your study at University in preparation for further modules and further undergraduate study, which require you to have a sound knowledge of key Mathematical concepts.


Introduction to British and Irish Society

(20 credits – optional)

This module aims to foster better awareness of the impact of processes of globalisation.  The module will specifically increase awareness and provide the means for better analysis of the changing cultural and economic circumstances of specific countries as well as helping you think about similar changes taking place in differing contexts.

Semester 2

Exploring Cultural Identities

(20 credits – compulsory)

This module offers all students, from both pathways, to learn together and explore ideas and realities of culture, as well as, self, group, community and national identities.  The module offers students time to explore ideas unique to their own cultural identity against the backdrop of cultural identity issues. Providing students with a coherent, impartial analysis of the cultural identity themes that have shaped society, is central to this module's delivery.
By so doing, we offer the student a context for an emergent modern society into which they can draw comparisons, differences and value judgments from their own experience of cultural identity.

Introduction to Accounting and Mathematics for Business

(20 credits – compulsory)

This module will help you to understand the practical aspects of business finance and decision-making. You will develop an appreciation of accounting and financial information in business decision-making and financial control.

This module is recommended if you wish to study a bachelor degree in Business, Marketing, Finance or Accounting.

English for Academic Transition

English for Academic Transition enables students to consolidate and further enhance the language and study skills acquired in the Semester 1 module English with Study Skills.  Successful completion of this module indicates a level of competence in English appropriate for undergraduate study at Ulster University.

Compulsory for students who have completed English for Study Skills module who need to acquire a IELTS level higher than 6.0 in order to meet the criteria set out by their progression degree.


Extended Critical Thinking for Undergraduate Study

(20 credits – optional (depending on English Language ability))

This module seeks to harness English Language capabilities and develop Critical Thinking to raise levels of written English. This module will inform, develop and challenge your ability to engage in normative thinking strategies. Critical thinking will enhance your interest, motivation and success in a given subject. These skills can be transferred into writing in English and in preparation for academic readiness, success and progression.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the International Foundation Programme you must:

  • Be 18 years old or over upon completion of the International Foundation Programme.
  • Successfully completed the General Secondary Education Certificate or Qatar Senior School Certificate with a minimum of 50% in 5 subjects.
  • Attain an Academic IELTS overall score of 5.0 (with no contributing band score of less than 5.0)

Other international qualifications will be considered on merit for equivalency with the above requirements.

What if I don’t meet the English language requirements?

If your English IELTS score does not meet the requirements, you may be offered a conditional offer. You can ask about our English Language support courses, delivered through our partner college, that will help you improve your English and meet the required conditions.

Our partner, City University College, is an IELTS Registration Centre recognised by the British Council. The team are experienced native-language experts from the UK with specialist knowledge and skills; they are committed to providing high quality language education and to guiding you to boost your proficiency in the English language and achieve your IELTS target band scores.

Get more information on English Language Entry Criteria

Contact Information

City University College

Ulster University operates in partnership with City University College Qatar.

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Ministry of Education and Higher Education

Recognised and licensed by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar.

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Ulster University
Operated by City University College
Jeera Building 39
Barwa Commercial Avenue
Abu Hamour, Doha, Qatar

Opening hours

Opening hours are Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 5pm.