Frequently asked questions

Here are the answers to some of the questions we commonly receive.

Coronavirus information

You can find information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic on the University website: Applicants and offer-holders frequently asked questions.

If you have any queries or concerns about how the International Foundation Programme is responding to coronavirus and how it may affect your studies, please contact us by emailing us at

I have a disability. Who do I need to inform?

You should register with the University's Disability Advisory and Support Service. They will then liaise with your Course Co-ordinator to ensure that the Programme provides you with the required support.

How will the University contact me?

You should check your Manchester student email address daily. It is very important that you do so, as this is the main way we communicate with you.

For very urgent or short notice messages we may, on occasion, send a text message to you if you have registered a mobile number with the University.

How do I obtain a lab coat, and will I need one at the start of term?

International Foundation Students will need a lab coat for lab sessions. You will be provided with a lab coat during your Programme Induction week (week commencing 19 September).

It will be your responsibility to look after the lab coat. If you lose your lab coat, you will have to pay for a replacement.

Are there places of worship near the University?

Yes, there are places of worship around the University. A prayer room is available in the Stopford Building.

If I have a concern, who should I contact?

If you have any concerns regarding the course or any personal matters, you should speak to one of the tutors in the first instance. They will try to offer help and refer you to other services as appropriate.

There are also other teams that provide support.

What do I do if I am ill and have classes?

You should contact us as soon as possible by emailing if you know you will be missing any classes. If you miss a class without being able to notify us with advanced notice, please contact us as soon as possible when you are able to do so. This is the case for all sessions, including any that take place online or at Xaverian College.

If you will be missing an enquiry-based learning session (you will find out what an EBL session is during Programme Induction week), please also email your tutor.

If you will be missing a Xaverian College class, please also inform the Xaverian College coordinator, Ray Ski (his details will be in the course workbooks that you will receive during the Programme Induction week).

You may be asked to provide a fit note from your doctor for longer absences.

Can I take days off during term time?

No. You are expected to be present during all semester dates for the year. Even if on a particular day during term your timetable appears to be light or have few sessions, you must remain available in case additional or rescheduled sessions are added. You can find the full attendance policy in the IFP Handbook, which will be on the key documents page when it is available.

Am I expected to attend all of the sessions on my timetable?

All sessions are compulsory unless explicitly stated as optional, including English lessons.

Attendance will be taken for every session, and you may be marked absent if you arrive late for any session. You should therefore make every effort to arrive at least five minutes before the start of each class.

Any students who fall below the expected level will be invited to discuss their attendance with a tutor and unsatisfactory attendance may lead to expulsion from the course.

What do I need to do about IELTS?

If you have already met the required level for entry to the undergraduate programme (an IELTS UKVI average score of 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any component), you should confirm this by sending a copy of your certificate to the programme administrator ( and the undergraduate Admissions team ( or depending on your intended stream).

When do I need to complete my UCAS application?

The deadline for UCAS applications is 15 October 2022. You MUST submit your completed application by this date to apply for either Medicine or Dentistry.

The Admissions team and/or course tutors may run guidance sessions during the semesters to support your applications and to answer any questions you may have.

When will my interview be?

Your interview will likely take place in March, April or May, 2023. You will be informed of the exact date of your interview by the Admissions team closer to the time.

Support will be given from course tutors to help you to prepare for your interview and to understand what to expect on the day.