If you are looking to attain an international UK Undergraduate degree, then you are at the right place. The BIBF International Foundation Programme is your gateway to kick start your BSc degree. This programme is offered to High School graduates holding a High School Diploma attested by the Kingdom of Bahrain's Ministry of Education.

The programme will gradually introduce students to the fundamental knowledge areas of the Business world (refer to "Study Plans").

The knowledge attained during the Foundation Year will benefit students when progressing to Year I of the Undergraduate programmes offered at the BIBF.

It's a team effort at the BIBF, and we're with you every step of the way on the path towards your future.

You'll experience:

  • Hands-on learning from experienced instructors
  • Small class sizes for individual attention
  • Personalized student teaching placement
  • Unique curriculum designed to maximize your learning

As a student in any of our Academic Programmes, you'll get proficient teaching experience that gives you the opportunity to develop real-world skills that set you up for success in the classroom.

Our students explore critical inquiry while they delve into real-life case studies,  viewpoints and methods that allow you to develop your own unique reasoning. With a high-level of support and resources throughout your programme, you'll graduate confident and ready to take on the industry you choose.

Degree Preparation

Practical Training

Individual Attention


  • Takes one academic year to complete
  • Two Semesters (from September – January & from February - June)
  • Four modules per semester
  • A combination of guided-learning and self-study is required
  • Sessions are conducted in small groups allowing for maximum support and interaction
  • Access to online resources through "MyLabs"
  • Additional academic support through "Peer Tutoring Scheme"
  • You will be assessed through a mixture of continuous assessment and written examinations
  • You will complete group projects, presentations, individual essays and problem-solving exercises.
  1. Statement of Graduation Secondary School General Certificate. (Minimum average of 75%)
  2. High School Diploma
  3. IELTS (UK VI) Score of 6 each band score not less than 5.5 . Applicants scoring an overall of 5.5 can be accepted, but will be required to take a mandatory IELTS preparatory course as well as offered to take-on the alternative to IELTS as an assessment as explained below:
    • *To Score 60% minimum in the BEN100 - Business English Module
    • *To Score 50% minimum in the ACS100 - Academic Study Skills Module
    • *To Score 50% minimum in the AWP100 - Academic Writing & Presentation Skills Module
  4. In an event where students do not achieve the IELTS score at the entry stage, they will be required to sit for an IELTS preparatory course at the Foundation year. Once during Semester I and another during semester II, until the score is attained.
  1. An acceptable high school leaving qualification stamped by the Ministry of Education- Bahrain.
  2. High School Graduation statement issued by the High School
  3. Letter of good conduct issued by the High School
  4. Passport Copy
  5. CPR Copy (Back and Forth)
  6. 2 passport size photographs
  7. Medical Report from a Public Health Centre (Physical Examination including Eyesight and Blood Pressure)
  8. IELTS or alternative (refer to "Entry Requirements")

After completing the IFP Programme, the students can choose any of the following pathways:

  1. Proceed to the Undergraduate Degree programmes offered at the BIBF in partnership with Bangor University or University of London.
  2. Go to the UK and proceed to a relevant undergraduate programme.

Code Semester I Code Semester II
BST100 Emerging Business Trends STA100 Introduction to Statistics
MAT100 Introduction to Mathematics for Business and Finance I AWP100 Academic Writing and Presentation Skills
BEN100 Business English ECO100 Introduction to Economics
ACS100 Academic Study Skills ACF100 Principles of Accounting & Finance


1 Year


  • New Fees applicable to 2024-2025 intake onwards
  • A One-Off Registration Payment BHD 100/-
  • BHD 2,500 per Semester (Excluding Books and Lab Fees)


The BIBF offers the International Foundation Programme, which allows participants to enter directly into an undergraduate degree of their choice anywhere in the United Kingdom. The International Foundation Programme is recognised by the UK National Information Centre for the recognition and evaluation of international qualifications and skills (UK ENIC). as of a comparable level to the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level and the Scottish Advanced Higher Standard.

The BIBF International Foundation Programme has been designed to prepare students for degree level study in UK universities. Before a student who has completed high school in Bahrain and other GCC states can enter a UK university degree course, they must take and pass an approved foundation course, which is equivalent to UK A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Unlike many other UK foundation programmes, which give admission to only one university, The BIBF programme has been formally benchmarked by UK NARIC – the body responsible for determining the comparability of qualifications in the UK – as of a comparable level to UK A’ Levels, the IB Diploma and similar foundation programmes offered by UK Universities.