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What is the closing date for submitting an application?

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.

Our priority application deadline is the 31 March 2020. We will accept applications after this date if places are available. Courses will be closed as soon as they are full.

For courses with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from candidates requiring visa sponsorship after 30 July 2020 or from all other candidates after 03 September 2020.

How soon can I expect a decision on my application?

Once you submit a completed application - personal statement, official academic transcript and English language certificate – we aim to assess it and respond to you within four weeks.

Do I need to do a specific English language test?

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will need to take a UKVI approved IELTS test to apply to the King's International Foundation Programme. The certificate must be submitted withyour application, which has to be dated within the last two years.

If you have not taken a UKVI approved IELTS by the time you want to submit your application, you can still apply; and if we make you an offer this will form part of the offer conditions.

Can I apply to more than one Foundation course?

You should choose the Foundation course based on the degree you want to study. Remember, you also need to meet the entry requirements of your chosen Foundation.

You can only submit one application for a Foundation course. If you submit more applications, these will be rejected and can cause a delay in your admissions process.

Can I change my Foundation course before it starts?

You may be able to change your chosen course up until week four of Term One if there is space available. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to change, so please make sure you choose the course that is right for you. 

Will I be guaranteed a place at King’s if I pass the Foundation?

International Foundation students are guaranteed a place on a King's undergraduate degree, subject to meeting the entry criteria for the undergraduate degree.

Find out the progression criteria for your chosen King’s degree through the Foundation Finder.

How can I pay my fees?

Payment of tuition fees and deposits should be made online through the King's Apply portal.

Can I pay my deposit before I receive an offer?

You should only pay your deposit once you receive an offer, either conditional or unconditional.

Once you have an offer on your chosen Foundation course, you will need to pay a £2,000 deposit to reserve your place. Your offer letter will include details on the payment deadline, which will depend on the date your offer is issued.

All students need to pay the deposit, except for sponsored students. If you are being sponsored by an employer or your government for example, you will need to provide a valid Financial Guarantee letter. You should contact the Admissions Office for advice via King’s Apply.

If your deposit deadline has passed but you would still like to accept your offer, please send a message to our Admissions team through the King's Apply portal and request an extension on your payment deadline.

Extensions may be authorised if we feel there is enough time for you to complete the application process, apply for your student visa (if required), and if there is still space in your chosen course.

Find out more about the Foundation tuition fees and deposits by visiting the course pages.

What is your refund policy

Your deposit is non-refunable as it is used to secure your place on the course. You will only be entitled to a refund if you:

  • are unable to obtain a visa and can provide documentary evidence that your visa application has been rejected; or

  • paid your deposit when your offer was conditional and failed to meet the conditions of your offer. You must provide satisfactory documentary evidence that you did not meet the conditions.

If the condition of your offer was related to achieving a higher IELTS score, you must show that you sat an IELTS exam inbetween accepting your offer and the start of the course. Offer holders who do not retake an IELTS exam in time for the start of the course will not receive a refund.

You must provide evidence of meeting one or all of the above conditions within two weeks of the start of the course.

Please note that deposits are not refunded under any other circumstances. 

When do I need to pay the balance of my tuition fees?

The balance of your tuition fees needs to be paid by 31 October for students starting in September. You will be financially liable even if you decide to withdraw from the course before then. Please be aware that no refunds are possible once you have enrolled on the course.

Therefore, please ensure that the Foundation you choose is the correct course for you. We want you to feel confident that you are studying the right course before you pay your deposit and the balance of your tuition fees, so please contact us if you have any questions. 

This policy is repeated on our application form to ensure you have understood it fully.

Can I work part time while studying on my Foundation course?

The International Foundation is a full-time, intensive course and we would recommend that students focus on their studies. If you do wish to work part-time, you need to ensure that any job is outside of your daytime study and that your visa allows you to undertake part-time work.

What is your average class size?

The maximum class size is 18, although our average class size is 14.

How many hours will I study per week?

Timetables vary from term to term but you can expect around 16 hours per week of contact study. You are also expected to do the same amount of self-study each week and to use free time between modules to work in the library or the Open Learning Centre.

Find out more about the Foundation course you want to study by visiting the course pages.

Can I apply for Oxford or Cambridge through the Foundation?

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application date for these two universities falls very early in the academic year. This means it is extremely difficult for us to support these applications. 


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