The International Foundations Program (IFP) focuses on students who meet the admission requirements for their University of Calgary degree faculty, except for the requirement of English language proficiency. IFP provides two admission options to the University of Calgary, as well as language and course support within the University's academic programs, for students whose first language may not be English. These two options are outlined below.
A. Students in IFP Pathways gain direct admission to the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering, Haskayne School of Business, or Faculty of Science degree programs and complete academic English in IFP Pathways while they are studying their first year courses.
B. IFP Bridging offers English language courses and support for those students who are academically qualified for admission to their faculty, with the exception of meeting the English Language Proficiency requirements. Students can take IFP Bridging courses before, during or after starting the application process for their degree program. Completion of IFP Bridging meets the University of Calgary’s English Language Proficiency requirements for admission.
Students will complete a placement test upon admission, to determine at which Tier they will begin. Depending on the placement test result, students may begin in Tier 1, 2, or 3.
Beyond IFP’s focus on helping students meet the University’s English language entry requirements, the program also offers additional academic programs as noted in R.2 IFP Program Option Chart.