International Foundation Year Programmes

A two semester foundation course

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 a number of 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.  

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.

Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences

Business students from Surrey University

A two-semester pathway to a wide range of undergraduate degrees in areas such as accounting, business management, law and politics. Find out what you will study and progression degrees.

Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences

A Surrey ISC student in the engineering lab

A two-semester pathway to an undergraduate degree in fields related to engineering, science or mathematics. Find out what you will study and progression degrees.

Life Sciences

Surrey ISC students in the chemical engineering lab at the university

A two-semester pathway to a range of undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry and food science-related subjects. Find out what you will study and progression degrees.

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