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Terms and Conditions

1. Your Offer

In order to be considered for a place on the Warwick International Foundation Programme (hereinafter ‘Warwick IFP’ or
‘Programme’) applicants must complete an application for one of the five (5) academic streams available through the Postgraduate and Direct Application System. Applications will be considered following the payment of a 50GBP application assessment fee, payable directly to the University following completion of an application form.


In order for applicants’ eligibility to be assessed, certain documentation must be submitted electronically to the Warwick IFP Team, through a dedicated document upload facility. Failure to upload sufficient documentation or incorrect documentation will result in an unsuccessful application. Entry criteria for the Warwick IFP will be published annually on the Warwick IFP website (www.warwick.ac.uk/ifp). The Warwick IFP team reserves the right to amend the entry criteria for the Programme (for new applicants) at any time and applicants are strongly advised to check the website prior to submitting an application.

2. Academic Programme

Elective Units

A number of academic streams permit the selection of one (1) to two (2) elective units by the student. The University reserves the right to discontinue the operation of elective units prior to the teaching of that unit in the event that fewer than ten (10) students opt to study that unit in any given academic year. Where a unit is discontinued, students will be made aware of the decision to do this at the earliest opportunity and no later than five (5) days following the decision to do so.


Where an elective academic unit is discontinued, students will be offered the opportunity to transfer to another academic stream (subject to academic eligibility) or the opportunity to withdraw from the Programme with all course fees repaid to the student within twenty eight (28) days of the decision.


Students will be required to indicate their preferred elective unit(s) ahead of the course start date, and will then be able to confirm their preferred elective unit(s) during the first week of the academic term.

English Language Certificate

In addition to a core academic programme comprising four (4) academic units, students will have access to the English Language Certificate (ELC). The ELC is compulsory for all students entering the Warwick IFP with an IELTS score of 7.0 or below (in order to be exempt from the ELC, no competency must be below 6.5). If a student exceeds this IELTS threshold, they may still choose to study the ELC at no extra cost.

Secure English Language Test (SELT)

The ELC is not an approved SELT for visa purposes. All students studying the Warwick IFP will be encouraged to sit an additional IELTS test to enable access to the University and other universities following completion of the Programme. Students will be required to pay for the cost of this additional test themselves

3. Immigration

A Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number will be issued to all eligible students who wish to study the Warwick IFP and who require a visa in order to commence their studies.


The University of Warwick IFP Team is responsible for the issuing of all CAS to students. Students will receive a CAS number via email no sooner than three (3) months before the start date of the Programme.


The Warwick IFP team may be required to conduct further investigations into study eligibility of applicants prior to the issuing of a CAS which may require an exploration of the student’s:
- Prior study history (in the UK or overseas);
- Personal finances and ability to fund their studies and residence in the UK throughout the duration of the Programme;
- Evidence of English Language competency (demonstrated through a Secure English Language Test); and
- History of prior sponsorship for study within the UK.


The University is required to adhere to any Sponsorship Guidance issued by the UK Home Office, which may require additional information to be sought from applicants prior to a CAS being issued.

4. ‘Warwick IFP Guaranteed Offer’

Students studying on the Warwick IFP will be eligible to receive a conditional offer of a place on a related undergraduate
programme at the University (subject to the terms detailed below and on the Programme’s website (www.warwick.ac.uk/ifp) An applicant will only be guaranteed to receive a conditional offer when:
(a) They make a UCAS application, linked to the University of Warwick IFP UCAS Centre, to study at the University in the
academic year following their successful completion of the Programme;
(b) They apply for a programme listed on the Warwick IFP website and meet the prescribed standard offers outlined on the website (www.warwick.ac.uk/ifp);
(c) They complete all elements of the UCAS application, including the submission of a relevant personal statement, in line
with UCAS’s terms and conditions of service (available via www.ucas.com); and
(d) Their application represents the student’s own work and is made in good faith.


Where a student applies for more than one programme listed on the Warwick IFP website, they will only be guaranteed to receive one offer. In this circumstance, the offer awarded will be wholly determined by the University Admissions Service.

5. Conditions of the Warwick IFP Offer

All guaranteed offers will be conditional upon students meeting a prescribed standard at the end of the Warwick IFP course. Each student will receive an offer email outlining the specific requirements that they must meet in order to gain entry to their chosen course.


In addition to the academic requirements outline on the Warwick IFP website and in the applicant’s offer letter, all applicants must meet the minimum English Language Requirements for the course. English language requirements for each programme are outlined on www.warwick.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/language/).

6. Payments to the Warwick IFP

Academic Deposit

Applicants must meet the full terms of their offer to study the Warwick IFP. In addition to any academic and English language conditions outlined in their offer letter, all students will be required to pay a 2000GBP Academic Deposit towards their overall academic fee to secure an unconditional offer of study on the Warwick IFP.


In the event that an Applicant is unable to meet the academic or English language terms of their offer but has paid their Academic Deposit, they will receive a full refund of their deposit, less a 150GBP administration fee. An Applicant’s Academic Deposit (and any other fees paid) will also be refunded in the event that a visa application is unsuccessful and the Applicant is unable to commence his/her studies.


The Academic Deposit will only be refunded following receipt of attested documentary evidence demonstrating an inability to jointhe Warwick IFP.

Refunds must be sought, in writing, twenty eight (28) days prior to the first day of the Warwick IFP academic year.

Course Fees

All students must pay the full balance of their fees within twenty eight (28) days of the stated start-date of the Warwick IFP.


A late payment penalty of 3% on the outstanding balance will be charged to students in the event that payment is not received within twenty eight (28) days of the stated start-date of the Programme.


If for any reason a student withdraws from the Warwick IFP prior to the commencement of the Programme or within twenty eight (28) days of the stated start-date of the course, all academic fees paid shall be refunded, less a 150GBP administration fee.


If a student withdraws from the Warwick IFP after twenty eight (28) days from the stated start-date of the Programme but before the commencement of the second term of study, 50% of the academic fee will be refunded.


If a student withdraws from the Warwick IFP after the commencement of the second term of study, no refund will be paid.

Accommodation Welcome Pack

Students have the option to purchase a branded Warwick IFP Welcome Pack prior to joining the Programme. If a student purchases the welcome pack but subsequently decides that they no longer require it, they will receive a full refund provided that they request this from the Warwick IFP team within twenty eight (28) days of the commencement of the Programme. No refunds will be available within twenty eight (28) days of the commencement of the Programme.

Arrival Transfers

Students have the option to purchase an arrival transfer from either Birmingham International Airport or London Heathrow on the weekend prior to the start-date of the Programme. If a student books this service but no longer requires it a refund will be awarded, less a 25GBP administration fee. This refund must be requested in writing no later than twenty eight (28) days before the start date of the Programme.


All students that will be under the age of eighteen (18) at the point that they travel to the UK to study the Programme must either purchase a ticket for a coach transfer or confirm to the IFP team that alternative transport arrangements have been made before departing for the UK.