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International Foundation Year programmes

What is the International Foundation Year?

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 at the University of Surrey, one of the UK’s most prestigious universities. 

This is a two-semester pathway programme, designed to prepare you for the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree. You can choose from several routes with modules related to the degree you are looking to progress to. Programmes at the International Study Centre also include a career skills element. 

You will be assessed through examinations and coursework, which could take the form of a presentation of extended essay. Tutors will support you throughout your International Foundation Year to help you achieve your best and progress to your chosen degree at the University.

Course length: Two semesters 

Entry points: September, November (Enhanced Induction) and January 

Our International Foundation Year has different English language and academic entry requirements. Find out more on our entry requirements page.

Check out the tuition fees and associated costs of studying with us on our fees page.

Visit our semester dates page to see when you can join us.

Why study the International Foundation Year?

  • Choose a study pathway based upon your subject interests and degree ambitions 
  • Improve your English language skills in specialist modules 
  • Develop your study skills in preparation for your degree 
  • Join likeminded and ambitious classmates from all over the world 
  • Receive specialist support whilst you adapt to the UK education system


of the University of Surrey International Study Centre students who completed their International Foundation Year programme in 2023 were offered a place to study at the University of Surrey.

Dylan from Sri Lanka

"My time at the Centre was instrumental and gave me a good foundation to progress into my studies at the University of Surrey. The teachers and staff were incredibly supportive and helpful, creating an environment that not only fostered my academic, but also personal growth."

Dylan from Sri Lanka
Studied International Foundation Year - Life Sciences

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