International Foundation Programme
International Foundation Programme

Programme Overview

The International Foundation Programme – IFP is one of the most widely accepted foundation programmes in the world, awarded by one of the top 10 universities in the UK – University of London (UoL). IFP will equip students with the fundamental academic knowledge, skills and learning methods required to gain direct entry to undergraduate degrees and help students quickly adapt to international university environments all around the world.

British University Vietnam (BUV) is proud to be the first and only international university in Vietnam to provide teaching for University of London International Programmes. Upon successful completion of the IFP at BUV, you are guaranteed a direct entry to BSc (Hons) Finance (Awarded by University of London, study at BUV) and to many other excellent universities and undergraduate degrees in the UK and all over the world.

Why IFP at BUV?

International Foundation Programme

One–year duration

International Foundation Programme

Awarded by University of London

International Foundation Programme

Excellent reputation, accepted by major universities worldwide

International Foundation Programme

Guaranteed entry to UoL programmes if all subjects are passed

International Foundation Programme

Online BUV & UoL learning account

International Foundation Programme

Competitively priced

International Foundation Programme

Course duration and key dates

The course is 24 weeks long and is split into two 10-week semesters. At the end of each semester, there will be 2 weeks for semester break and examination.

  • Class commencement date: 23/09/2024
International Foundation Programme

Course Modules

Accounting (Required)

This is the foundation course on which subsequent, more specialised university level courses are based.

Topics covered

  • Introducing financial reporting
  • Preparation of financial accounts
  • Other financial accounting issues
  • Interpretation of financial accounts
  • Management accounting and finance

Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Identify and explain the key purposes and concepts of accounting and finance
  • Use established techniques, produce financial information which will enable users of the information to make informed economic choices
  • Interpret these financial statements while appreciating the inadequacies of these models
Mathematics and Statistics (Required)

This is the foundation course on which subsequent, more specialised quantitative courses in Mathematics and Statistics are based. The course offers an overview of key mathematical methods and statistical concepts frequently applied to economics, management, finance and related areas.

Topics Covered

  • Arithmetic and algebra
  • Functions
  • Calculus
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Data Exploration
  • Probability
  • Sampling and experimentation
  • Fundamentals of regression

Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Manipulate algebraic expressions
  • Graph, differentiate and integrate simple functions
  • Calculate basic quantities in financial mathematics
  • Interpret and summarise raw data on social science variables graphically and numerically
  • Appreciate the concepts of a probability
  • Distribution, modelling uncertainty and the Normal distribution
  • Design and conduct surveys and experiments in a social science context
  • Model a linear relationship between variables and interpret computer output to assess model adequacy
Economics (Required)

This is the foundation course on which subsequent, more specialised economics courses are based. The course offers an overview of key economic concepts and their applications to everyday situations and current economic affairs using modelling techniques.

Topics covered

  • The nature and scope of economics
  • Competitive markets
  • Market failure and government intervention
  • Managing the economy
  • Development and sustainability
  • The recent financial and economic crisis

Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with key economic concepts
  • Use a range of simple microeconomic and macroeconomic models to predict market behaviour and analyse current economic affairs
  • Provide reasons for and explain the implications of market failure and the impact and effectiveness of government policies
  • Contrast and assess different approaches to the same economic problem
  • Interpret data presented in different forms, carry out simple calculations and construct diagrams
  • Describe measures of economic development
  • Explain possible causes and remedies of the current financial and economic crisis
International Relations (Optional)

This is the foundation course on which subsequent, university level International Relations (IR) courses are based. This course offers a basic introduction to IR, its classical and contemporary theories, schools of thought and research areas.

Topics covered

  • Unit One – States, nations, and countries
  • Unit Two – Four models of IR
  • Unit Three – Analysing regional issues
  • Unit Four – Global issues in international society

Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Identify and explain key concepts and theories in IR
  • Connect these concepts and theories to regional and global international issues
  • Discuss major world events in the news
  • Analyse these events from a number of theoretical perspectives
Business Management (Optional)

This Business and Management course introduces students to the different types of businesses that exist and their reasons for so doing. It looks at changes that are taking place in selected aspects of the external environment for businesses. Selected internal functions are studied to show how businesses can use resources efficiently and take informed marketing decisions to respond to changes in their environment and fulfil their aims and objectives.

Topics covered

  • Unit One: What is Business?
  • Unit Two: The Business Environment
  • Unit Three: Managing Resources
  • Unit Four: Making effective marketing decisions
  • Unit Five: Choosing Appropriate Strategies

Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Describe the different types of businesses that exist and the aims and objectives that they pursue
  • Identify major changes in the business environment and analyse how these may affect businesses
  • Analyse ways in which businesses pursue their aims and objectives by using resources efficiently and taking informed marketing decisions
  • Discuss how businesses make their choices regarding strategies and the factors that help them to be implemented successfully

* BUV is investigating adding more courses in future.

International Foundation Programme

Entry requirements

  • Age 17 or over before 31 December in the year of registration
  • Complete Year 12 in Vietnam or have passed at least four separate subjects at GCSE or GCE O level, with grades A to C, or the equivalent
  • IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component, or GCSE English Language grade C and above or equivalent

(If you have not met one of the above requirements, please contact your admission advisor for more advice)

International Foundation Programme

How to apply

  • Submit an online application on UoL portal to get an Offer Letter
  • What you need:

– Offer Letter from BUV

– BUV Email Account

– UOL application account

– A unique Application Validation Code (AVC)

– Verified/Notarised qualifications: IGCSE, IELTS, ID/Passport, etc.

– 250-word personal statement

– Join the training session organised by BUV

Application forms and other compulsory documents must be sent to the University Admissions Office before the deadlines given.


International Foundation Programme

Tuition fee

Learn more about the tuition fee of the International Foundation Programme here.

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*The fees above relate to the 2024-2025 session, are applied from 1 January 2024 and subject to annual review of UOL.

** Education Resource Fee includes library, textbooks, handouts, examination fees, academic’s equipment, online studying accounts.

*** The International Foundation Programme is designed to be completed in one year and you are therefore required to pay the total fee in full when you start the programme. There is, however, flexibility for you to extend your study period if required but additional fees will be payable.

For more information, please contact your admission advisor.

online application form

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