International Foundation Programme

A degree from the University of London is a mark of excellence, respected by employers and universities worldwide. This is because the University of London is one of the world’s leading universities, internationally recognised for its high academic standards. This reputation is based on the outstanding teaching and research of its 18 world-class Member Institutions and 9 specialist institutes.

In 2013, the University of London launched its International Foundation Programme (IFP), a challenging and inspiring programme designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to prepare them for rigorous undergraduate study.

The programme is offered to students with a high school education but without the GCE ‘A’ level qualification or its equivalent. The International Foundation Programme (IFP) equips students with the skills and knowledge required for a structured undergraduate study.

The IFP qualification is widely accepted for undergraduate entry at leading universities such as SIM Global Education in Singapore, as well as leading UK institutions: University of London, LSE, Durham, King’s College London, Warwick and at prestigious universities in UK, Australia, Canada and the USA.

Why Study International Foundation Programme (IFP) at SCIA FSC?

Building on SCIA’s emphasis on holistic education (which includes cognitive, aesthetics, moral, physical, and social), IFP students can expect an enriching and purposeful student life. They will be taught by school leaders are from Singapore and an academic faculty talent-scouted from all over the world spanning America, Europe, Africa, Oceania and Asia.

It has been designed to help students develop a strong foundation across a broad range of courses related to Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences (International Relations, Politics and Sociology) which are relevant to many professions in the Cambodian job market. SCIA Career Connect Centre will also support students in making informed decisions about their career choices.

SCIA’s signature programmes in character development, leadership, entrepreneurship as well as Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) have been built into the IFP curriculum in preparing students to be future-ready.



One compulsory course

  • Mathematics and Statistics

Plus three courses chosen from:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Politics
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology
  • *Business and Management
    (*available in 2019-2020)

Mode of Delivery

A combination of classroom and experiential learning comprising:

  • Activities
  • Assignments
  • Case studies
  • Community involvement project
  • Group discussions
  • Lectures
  • Online self-study
  • Industry Talks
  • Tutorials

A total of 640 hours and a minimum class size of 20.

Duration, Intake & Assessment

Duration: 1 year

Intake: August

Assessment: The IFP exams are held in end April each year.

Entry Requirement

Students must meet the following basic academic requirements of:

GCE ‘O’ Level
Minimum 4 GCE ‘O’ Level passes (Grade 1-6)

Minimum 4 IGCSE passes (Grade C)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • IB Certificate: 4 subjects passed at Grade 3 or better (standard/higher level)
  • Meets the English requirement if subjects are taught in English at IB level
  • IB Middle Years Programme (MYP): 4 students passed at Grade 4 or better (including English)

High School 12 (Year 12 upon completion of Cambodian National Examination)
4 subjects at Grade C or better

English Requirement

  • IGCSE credit pass (grade C) in English (as first language); OR
  • IGCSE credit pass (grade B) in English (as second language); OR
  • IELTS 5.5; OR
  • TOEFL IBT overall score of 75 or above; OR
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score 46 or above

Age Requirement

Aged 17 or above before 31 December in the year of registration

*Other qualifications will be assessed based on its equivalence to IGCSE examinations