The International Foundation Year* is a programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language training designed specifically to provide international students with a pathway to undergraduate degree study at the University of Surrey, one of the UK’s most prestigious universities.

You can choose one of three International Foundation Year routes:

Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Life Sciences

Flexible Entry

You can begin the International Foundation Year in either September or February. Once you complete the programme and achieve the required grades, you can enter the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey. Undergraduate courses offered at the University of Surrey can be found here.

 International Foundation Year term dates:
 September 2016

Term 1: 26/09/2016 - 03/02/2017
Term 2: 06/02/2017 - 16/06/2017
 ELP term dates:
 June 2016

Term 1: 13/06/2016 - 09/09/2016

* Subject to approval

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Course length

September to June or February to September


September & February

Age on entry

You must be 18 on progression to your undergraduate degree at the University

Entry requirements