University of Surrey International Study Centre
The Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences International Foundation Year provides the subject knowledge, language proficiency and study skills you need to progress to degree study at the University of Surrey in a related field.
During the International Foundation Year you will study a core unit of general subject skills, subject-specific units and elective units, which are carefully designed for your academic development.
If you need to improve your English language to reach the required level for your International Foundation Year, you can take our English Language Preparation programme.
Study at Surrey Business School
Renowned around the world for its research and developments in business, Surrey Business School specialises in leadership, sustainable enterprise and digital advancement. By studying business or economics here, you’ll be studying at a school ranked in the UK top 10 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.
Practical work experience
After completing your International Foundation Year, you’ll progress to an undergraduate degree with an option to take part in the Professional Training Year programme. Here you’ll be able to put what you’ve learnt into practice, whilst developing the skills to impress potential employers.
Become an employable graduate
As well as learning more about a subject you’re passionate about, studying this pathway helps you build a foundation of knowledge in a whole range of other areas. From critical analysis, communication, problem solving, conflict resolution and research – the International Foundation Year sets you on the path to impress employers no matter your career ambitions.
Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in language and related academic skills, enabling you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.
These units will provide an understanding of the nature and scope of business in society. You will look at the key issues facing new business and best management processes with units focussed on effective management and corporate social responsibility.
To complete your International Foundation Year programme you will also study two of the following elective units:
During these units you will learn about the role of accounting in business and the need for financial information. You will learn about the different formats for presenting accounting information and the regulatory framework for presenting accounting information.
These units will introduce you to the basics of economics, from the behaviour of individuals to the national and global economy. Students will gain a better understanding of free market and the role of government in economy.
In these units you will look at the core principles, rules, concepts and structure of the English Legal System, Contract Law, Consumer Protection and the Tort of Negligence. These units will provide an understanding of how to cite legal authority and use legal reasoning to analyse problems.
In these modules you will learn about the core aspects of society as culture, family, religion and education. The main sociological theories and perspectives and their contribution to the study of society and social change, as well examining global development, political power and institutions, mass media, crime and punishment.
This programme can lead to one of the undergraduate degrees in the table below. Grades and progression degrees are guidelines and subject to change.
All degrees listed include the option to undertake the Professional Training Year programme in year two of a four year degree. You will be able to select the option before you progress to the University. The University of Surrey will provide guidance and support in year one and two in helping you to find the right placement.
There may be additional entry criteria and/or an audition or interview may be required for entry onto the following programmes:
Applicants for Musical theatre, Acting and Actor-Musician are also required to pay an audition fee. For further information, please refer to the relevant page on our website: surrey.ac.uk/undergraduate or email the Admissions team email@example.com.
For progression to degrees which include a language (French, German or Spanish) students will need previous experience of the language to A-level standard (Grade B or above) before joining the ISC:
Three A-levels or equivalent academic qualifications is still required.
An ab initio pathway may be available where the language has not been taken at A-Level. It is provided for those who have A-level grade B in a different non-native language. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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February and September
Semester 1: 01/02/2021 – 21/05/2021
Semester 2: 24/05/2021 – 20/08/2021
Semester 1: 27/09/2021 - 04/02/2022
Semester 2: 07/02/2022 - 03/06/2022
Semester 1: 31/01/2022 - 20/05/2022
Semester 2: 23/05/2022 - 19/08/2022
Age: you must be at least 17 years old to study at the International Study Centre and progress to the University.
Visit our entry requirements page for a list of academic, English language and country-specific entry requirements.
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