What is an International Foundation Diploma?

The International Foundation Diploma (IFD) at MDIS aims to prepare students for transition into degree-level study, by equipping them with the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to be successful in their chosen area of subjects. This International Foundation Diploma programme creates a progression route into named External Degree Programmes (EDPs) across MDIS, allowing entry to students who do not hold the qualifications to satisfy the usual entry requirements.

The International Foundation Diploma is specially designed for ‘O’ Level and, ITE graduates to pave the way for further studies and career opportunities both in Singapore and overseas. Getting a head start in the fundamentals will equip you to be knowledgeable in your chosen set of subjects. The IFD programme is also great for students who are unable to get admission into their preferred universities and may consider an alternative progression route with MDIS International Foundation Diploma.

MDIS offers the International Foundation Diploma in several fields: Business, Engineering, Fashion & Design, Technology, Psychology, Media & Communications, Tourism & Hospitality and Life Sciences. 

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The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), founded in 1956, is Singapore's oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning. MDIS has two subsidiaries: Management Development Institute of Singapore Pte Ltd (MDIS Pte Ltd) to oversee its Singapore academic operations, and MDIS International Pte Ltd to further its >

MDIS is EduTrust certified, attesting to its exemplary education and business excellence standards. The institute was first awarded the certification in 2010 – subsequently renewed for four years in 2014 and 2018. MDIS was also one of the first Private Education Institutions (PEIs) to be registered under the Enhanced Registration Framework.

The institute achieved a double win at the Singapore Prestige Brand Award (SPBA); it was one of four winners as well as the overall winner of the SPBA - Heritage Brands 2018. In 2017, MDIS was ranked 4th for the Enterprise 50 Award for its contributions in spurring Singapore’s economy. In 2019, MDIS had successfully transitioned from Singapore Service Class to Singapore Quality Class (Service) and is honoured to be one of the winners for the Corporate Merit Award at the Biennial Singapore Health Award.

Empower your future with the right choices. Get a head start with an International Foundation Diploma in a field that interests you. Reach out to us today to know more about our IFD programmes in Singapore.