Entry requirements

International Foundation Year entry requirements

To study on the International Foundation Year you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent academic study.
  • Country of residence/nationality: International students only may apply. Applications from HEU students* are not accepted – see note below.
  • Age: Students must be 17 years of age or above to study at the International Study Centre.
Country Qualification
Bangladesh Successful completion of High School Certificate at an average grade of 60% with passes in 4 or more subjects and minimum of 50% in relevant subjects such as Maths and Sciences
China (Mainland) Successful completion of Senior High 2 at an average grade of 75% with in minimum of 5 academic subjects including key subjects or Senior High 3 at an average of 70% or above in a minimum of 4 academic subjects including key subjects
Hong Kong HKCEE 3 x D's and 1 E in academic subjects or Form 5 in a minimum of 4 academic subjects (grades will be assessed on a case by case basis) or HKDSE with minimum grades 223 in relevant subjects
Ghana Successful completion of the West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate average grade 1-6 (A-C) in 4 or more subjects
India Successful completion of the Standard 10+1 with 70% or above or Standard 10+2 at 55% or above, minimum 50% in relevant subjects such as Maths and Sciences
Indonesia Successful completion of SMU 3/Sikolah Menegah at grade 6.5 or above or SMU 2 at an average of 7.0. 5 relevant subjects required
Iran Successful completion of High School Diploma (3 years) with overall GPA 14/20 including relevant subjects
Japan Successful completion of Kotogakko (Year 12) with grade average of 70% or GPA 3/5. Year 11 with 75% or GPA 4/5 may be considered, subject to age
Jordan Successful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% including relevant subjects
Kazakhstan Successful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education (Grade 11) with grade average 4 and 5
Korea Korean High school graduation equivalency exam - 70%+ including relevant subjects
Libya Successful completion Secondary Education Certificate with average of 80%
Macau Successful completion of 'O' Levels at grade C in 5 relevant subjects including English or completion of Form 5 or Senior Middle 2 with an average grade of 65% - 75% in relevant subjects
Malaysia SPM school: Form 5, Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 5 relevant academic subjects to include English and Maths
Mexico Successful completion of Bachillerato at a average of 75% and above
Nigeria Successful completion of West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate with 1-6 (A-C) in 4 or more relevant subjects
Oman Thanawiya Amma (School Leaving Certificate) = GCSE A*-C comparable where an overall passmark of 80% or above
Pakistan Successful completion of Higher Secondary Certificate at an average grade of 3-5 (60%) overall, with passes in 4 or more subjects with 50% minimum required for relevant subjects such as Maths and Sciences
Qatar Successful completion of Thanawaya Aam Qatari with average grade 80% in relevant subjects
Russia Successful completion of ATTESTAT/11th grade with a minimum GPA of 4.0
Saudi Arabia Successful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% and no lower than 70% in relevant subjects
Singapore Secondary 4: Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 5 relevant academic subjects to include English and Maths
Taiwan Successful completion of Senior High School Year 3 pass with an average grade of 70% in relevant subjects overall, including relevant subjects
Thailand Successful completion of MAW 6 with average GPA 2.0 in relevant subjects including Maths and Sciences or successful completion of MAW 5 with GPA 2.5
Turkey Successful completion of Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 65% overall with minimum 60% in relevant subjects
UAE Successful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% and minimum of 70% in relevant subjects
Ukraine Successful completion of ATTESTAT/11th grade with a minimum GPA of 7.0
Vietnam Successful completion of Year 12 with average GPA 7.0 and minimum of 7.0 for Maths and Sciences subjects

*If your qualification or country is not listed then please contact us for more information.

Former IB Diploma/Certificate:
The Diploma of the International Baccalaureate and the Diploma Programme Course
26 points
A Level 3 grades, possible combinations only: ABD, ACD, BCD, CCC
All relevant subject grades need to equate to grade C and above:
Engineering:
Engineering or Physics + Maths (or numerate subject)
Sciences:
Relevant sciences + Maths (or numerate subject)
Business:
Maths (or numerate subject)

*If your qualification is not listed then please contact us for more information.

  • The table below shows the minimum English language level required for entry to the International Foundation Year and English Language Preparation.

Course

Required English language level*

International Foundation Year

Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 overall(minimum 5.0 in all subskills)**

1 semester English Language Preparation (for International Foundation Year)

Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall(minimum 4.5 in all subskills)**

2 semester English Language Preparation (for International Foundation Year)

Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall(minimum 4.0 in all subskills)**

 * The English language entry requirements stated are for information regarding entry to the course. If you require a UK visa to study, depending on the type of visa you need, the English language requirements and valid English tests to satisfy the UK visa criteria may differ.

** If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

 

Pre-Masters entry requirements

To study on the Pre-Masters programme you need to meet the following requirements:

Academic: A recognised degree or diploma in a relevant subject.
Country of residence/nationality: International students only may apply. Applications from HEU students* are not accepted – see note below.
Age: 20+

Country Qualification
Azerbaijan
Recognised first degree (4/5 years) Bakalavr or a specialist Diploma in a related subject area with at least 50%
Bangladesh Recognised first degree - Bachelor's degree (four years, awarded after 2003) with at least 45% overall
Belarus Bachelor Degree (Bakalavr) with 7/10 or Specialist Diploma or HE Diploma with at least 3/10
Botswana Bachelor's degree (5 years) with 4.4/5.0 (First class/Distinction)* Postgraduate Diploma Pass
China Bachelor's degree (four years) with at least 60%. 4 Year Undergraduate Programme Graduation Certificate 70%, 3 year Diploma with grade average of 70% (inc internship/placement periods)
Egypt Bachelor degree with at least 60%
Gambia Bachelor degree with (A+ to A-/3.70-4.30/excellent grades only)
Georgia Bakalavris Diplomi (bachelor's degree) / Specialist Diploma with 55% overall (sufficient)
Ghana Bachelors degree or HND in related subject with GPA 4.0/5.0 - 1st class
Hong Kong

Bachelors degree (ordinary or honours)
Associate Degree/Higher Diploma/Professesional Diploma in a related subject 

India Bachelors degree three year (Regular pass) 50%, or Bachelor degree three years (Hons) or four years 45%
Indonesia Sarjana 1 / Diploma IV with 2.0 GPA overall.
Iran Bachelor's degree (Licence / Karshenasi) with 12/20
Japan Gakushi (bachelor's degree), C / 2.00 / Pass
Jordan Bachelor's degree with at least 2.0/4.0
Kazakhstan Bachelor's degree with 2.33/4.0 / C+
Kenya

Bachelor's degree or HND in a related subject A/75%/4.00

Korea Bachelor's degree with GPA of 2.0/4.5
Kuwait

Bachelor's degree pass with GPA 2.0/4.0

Libya Bachelors degree with 60% overall
Macau

Bachelor's degree or Higher Diploma with GPA 3.0 from  Instituto de Formação Turística (Institute for Tourism Studies) or Instituto Politécnico de Macau (Macao Polytechnic Institute)

Malaysia

Bachelors degree
Advanced Diploma in a related subject area (A, B & C/2.0+).

Myanmar 4 Year Bachelor Degree 55%
Nepal

3 Year B.Comm overall 65%
Recognised first degree (45% plus) or 3 year B.Comm or equivalent (65% plus)

New Zealand Bachelor's degree with C overall
Nigeria Bachelor's degree or HND in a related subject area (Distinction/Upper Credit only)
Oman

Bachelors degree with GPA of 2.5 on the 4.0 scale or 3 year Advanced Diploma in related subject with B+/3.3/4.0

Pakistan

Successful completion of 3 year Bachelor Honours degree with grade average of 55%; 4 year Bachelors degree with grade average of 50%.

Qatar Undergraduate Degree pass
Russia

Specialist Diploma Baklavar with 3.0/5 GPA overall.

Saudi Arabia Bachelors degree with 2.5/5.0 or 1.5/4.0
Singapore

Successful completion of Bachelor degree or
Polytechnic Diploma in a related subject area (A, B & C/2.0+)

Sri Lanka

Recognised first degree (45% plus) or 3 year Diploma or equivalent (65% plus)

Taiwan

Bachelors degree with grade average of 60% or CGPA 2.0+

Tanzania
Recognised first degree or Advanced Diploma/HND in a related subject area (A grades, 70%+/excellent)
Thailand

Bachelor's degree / Higher Diploma of Education with GPA 2.0+

Turkey Lisans Diplomasi / Mühendis Diplomasi (bachelor's degree)  2.1/4 GPA overall.
UAE Undergraduate degree pass
Ukraine

Recognised first degree, Bakalavr, or Ukrainian Diploma with minimum GPA 7.0 (all good and excellent grades)

Uzbekistan

Specialist Diploma (any) or Bakalavr with 65%

Vietnam Recognised first degree with 6.0 or above

*If your qualification or country is not listed, please contact us for more information.

  • The table below shows the minimum English language level required for entry to the Pre-Masters Preparation Programme and English for Pre-Masters.

Course

Required English language level*

1-semester Pre-Masters

Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in other skills)**

2-semester Pre-Masters

Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all subskills)**

1-semester English for Pre-Masters

Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (minimum 5.0 in all subskills)**

2-semester English for Pre-Masters

Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (minimum 4.5 in all subskills)**

 * The English language entry requirements stated are for information regarding entry to the course. If you require a UK visa to study, depending on the type of visa you need, the English language requirements and valid English tests to satisfy the UK visa criteria may differ.

** If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

 

Important to note

There is a very high level of competition for degree places at the University of Surrey. The number of students applying from within the UK and the European Union region are especially high. Therefore, we do not accept HEU* students. We strongly recommend that these students consider joining an A Level programme.

*Definition of HEU students HEU (Home/EU) students include the following categories:

  • Permanent residents in the UK who have been resident in the UK for three years
  • EEA (European Economic Area) migrant workers and their families in the UK who have lived in the EEA for three years
  • EU nationals and their children who have lived in the EEA for three years
  • Refugees (recognised by the UK government) and their families
  • People who have applied for asylum and have been granted leave to enter/remain, and their families

The British Government strictly defines the rules on whether you are classified as a ‘home’ or ‘overseas’ student. Universities do not have discretion.