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ONCAMPUS Reading is a partnership between the University of Reading and ONCAMPUS. It offers high-quality undergraduate and master's preparation programmes for overseas students.

International students can prepare for degree-level study across all subjects including business, engineering, humanities, life sciences and, art and design. The university was ranked 18th in the UK for Art & Design by the Guardian University Guide in 2018.

Programmes are delivered either on Reading's main campus, or on the historic ONCAMPUS base in London, one of the university's original campuses. It has recently been transformed into a modern, inspiring teaching environment that reflects the needs of industry.

Art and Design UFP and master's pathways are delivered at Reading's beautiful award-winning Whiteknights campus. It's home to top facilities including two on-site museums, a fully-equipped fitness centre, cafes, bars, a concert hall and a 24-hour library that houses over one million books. The queen even visited the university's wonderful Greenland campus during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Humanities, business, life sciences and engineering UFP pathway programmes are offered at the ONCAMPUS centre in the heart of London.

After enrolling at ONCAMPUS Reading, students are assigned a personal tutor, who acts as their first point of call for any problems during their studies. Several orientation activities and events are held, such as faculty visits and campus tours, to ensure students feel integrated and are set for a smooth progression to the University of Reading.

Students then benefit from plenty of attentive support throughout their programmes, ranging from help with improving English language skills to guidance when developing a portfolio.

The town of Reading was named as the UK's best place to live and work by the Good Growth for Cities 2015 Index. It boasts two large shopping centres, a ten screen cinema, museums and an abundance of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs.

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What's new

What's new

Study at a high-ranking UK university

In the 2020 edition of the Times and the Sunday Times' Good University Guide, the University of Reading placed at 38th in the UK. It's also joint-fourth in the South East region.

It climbed two places this year and made it within the top 40 out of the 134 universities that were ranked. It also placed:

  • 29th in the UK for Research Quality
  • 17th in the country for Completion Rate
  • 23rd nationally for Spend per Student

Six of Reading's subjects placed in the top ten in the UK:

  • Animal Science – 2nd
  • Agriculture and Forestry – 3rd
  • Land and Property Management – 4th
  • Building – 5th
  • Italian – 9th
  • Food Science – 10th

Seven of its subjects placed within the top 25 per cent of their areas:

  • Accounting and finance
  • Agriculture and forestry
  • Animal science
  • Building
  • Business studies
  • Food science
  • Subjects allied to medicine

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Why study here?

Why study here?

A few reasons why students should choose to study with ONCAMPUS Reading include:

  • Opportunity for progression to art, design, film and theatre and more degrees at the prestigious University of Reading, or Henley Business School.
  • Easy reach of central London, for students who are based on the University's London Road campus.
  • The university has an internationally renowned reputation for the quality of research and excellence of teaching. It ranked 18th in the UK for Art and Design by the Guardian University Guide in 2018.
  • Reading ranked fifth for film production and photography (Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • It's also the four-time winner of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize.
  • It recently invested GBP 500 million in student accommodation, teaching and research facilities.
  • It has three Turner Prize-nominated artists among its many famous alumni.
  • The university ranks within the top five in the UK for its Students' Union (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017).

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International recognition

International recognition

The University of Reading is esteemed around the globe for its excellence in many areas, including the following:


With a history dating back 74 years, Henley Business School is one of the oldest and most prestigious business school's in the UK. Part of the University of Reading, the school is triple-accredited for the quality of the education it provides students.

ICMA (Finance)

ICMA, part of Henley Business School, is a leading provider of finance qualifications that are specifically designed for the capital markets industry. ICMA also boasts a comprehensive non-investment bank dealing room facility, one of the best in the world.


  • Reading works in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).
  • It has professional links with many prestigious bodies including the Arts Council, Seoul Institue of Arts, Tate Modern, Frieze Art Fair and Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • It has top facilities such as a 24-hour studio, digital media suites, photographic darkrooms, audio-visual studio, workshops and more.

Film, Theatre & Television (FTT)

  • 90 per cent of research named as ‘world-leading' or ‘internationally-excellent' in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.
  • 97 per cent rate of student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.
  • GBP 11.4 million invested to provide top facilities for students, including three theatres, a digital cinema, studios and suites.
  • Industry links with AusStage, BFI, the BBC, Fujitsu, Cinemateca Brasileira and more.

Typography and Graphic Communication

  • First in the UK for research in the subject area in the latest Research Excellence Framework.
  • Modern facilities including a commercial Design and Print Studio and printing workshop.
  • Access to internationally-recognised collections and archives related to lettering, graphic design and printing.

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Study options

Study options

International students can choose from two main study options at ONCAMPUS Reading. They can then progress to one of the selected undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes. These programmes help students develop their academic and English language skills as well as prepare them for degree-level study.

Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP)

International students who have already completed their senior secondary education can study the UFP. Upon successful completion, they can automatically progress to undergraduate study at the University of Reading. It's at NQF level three, which is the same as A-Level standard in the UK.

Students can choose from subject areas within:

  • Art and design
  • Business, economics, finance and management
  • Humanities and Social sciences
  • Engineering and Physical sciences
  • Medical and Life sciences.

Master's Foundation Programme

International students who have finished undergraduate level study can pursue the Master's Foundation Programme. Upon successful completion, they can automatically progress to postgraduate study at the University of Reading.

Pathways available include:

  • Business
  • Art and design
  • Economics

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Step 1

Students must fill in the online application or download the editable application form.

They must meet the entry requirements, and send all relevant documentation, including academic transcripts (with translations if not originally in English), evidence of English language proficiency, and a copy of their passport.

Step 2

The Admissions Team will review the student's application. Successful students will then be sent an offer letter which will list any outstanding conditions.

Step 3

To accept their place on a course, students will need to meet all the remaining conditions, including payment of the deposit/registration fee or proof of sponsorship.

International students also need to provide additional evidence to comply with visa regulations.

Step 4

Once students have paid the deposit and met all the offer conditions, their place will be confirmed and they will be sent a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance to Study) or a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

Step 5

Students will then need to apply for a visa.

Step 6

Students will need to pay at least the first term's tuition fees before they begin their programme of study at ONCAMPUS.

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There are plenty of excellent facilities that ONCAMPUS students have access to during their time at the University of Reading. On the Whiteknights campus, this includes a variety of shops, the Students' Union, many dining options and a library that is open 24/7.

Campus Central is a convenience store that is open every day during term time. It provides takeaway food options that suit many dietary preferences and requirements as well as bus tickets, university merchandise, lottery tickets and stamps.

The SportsPark is based on the Whiteknights campus. It's home to many indoor and outdoor facilities, such as squash courts, tennis courts, rugby pitches, football pitches, tennis courts, volleyball courts, lacrosse pitches, American football pitches and more. There are also fitness spaces where students can benefit from the cardiovascular zone and resistance zone.

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