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Economic, Social and Political SciencesUndergraduate study

International Foundation Year - Integrated with Law, Arts, Humanities, Business and Social Sciences (4 years)

The International Foundation Year (IFY) is for talented students from outside the UK who have had at least 11 or 12 years of full-time education. It is for students who may not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to an undergraduate degree programme in a British university.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for the International Foundation Year - integrated with Law, Arts, Humanities, Business and Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about the Foundation Year and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works.

We intend to offer the International Foundation Year in partnership with Xiamen University in China in 2017/18.

Programme Structure

During the programme, you will study three compulsory modules, in addition to one or two other modules which are relevant to your chosen degree. At the end of the course, you will automatically progress to your chosen degree, provided you achieve the required grades.

BSc Accounting and Economics
BSc Accounting and Finance
BA Archaeology
BSc Business Analytics
BSc Business Entrepreneurship
BSc Business History
BSc Business Innovation
BSc Business Management
BSc Business Philosophy
BSc Economics and Philosophy
BSc Economics and Management Sciences
BSc (Hons) Education
BSc (Hons) Education and Psychology
BA English Literature, Language and Linguistics
BA Fashion and Textile Design
BA Fashion Marketing/Management
BA Film Studies
BA Fine Art
BA Games Design and Art
BA Graphic Arts
BA History
BSc International Relations
LLB (Hons) Bachelor of Laws
LLB (Hons) European Legal Studies
LLB (Hons) International Legal Studies
LLB (Hons) Maritime Law
BSc Marketing
BSc International Marketing
BA Music
BA Philosophy
BSc Politics
BSc Politics and Economics
BSc Politics and International Relations
BSc Psychology
BSc Sociology
BSc Sociology and Social Policy

View the programme specification document for this course

Key Facts

  • Gives international students the opportunity to progress to an undergraduate programme at a University in the top 1% in the world
  • Provides students with English language and study skills they need to be a successful undergraduate
  • Ensures students have a broad knowledge of a range of contemporary topics on which to build in their academic careers

Funding for international students

As an international (non-EU) student, you may be eligible for funding from the University, our partners, or organisations within your home country.

Explore funding opportunities for international students.

Hoa Tran, IFY 2011

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The IFY course has greatly helped me improve my English in all necessary skills including writing, speaking, listening and reading
Hoa TranInternational Foundation Year, BSc Sociology and Social Policy
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It is an extremely lively and interesting place, and you will learn a huge amount whilst you’re here. I would highly recommend the course to others.
Kritsada YubanyongInterational Foundation Year followed by BA Music

Typical entry requirements

Selection process:

The International Foundation Year may be suitable for those who:

- Are a capable International or EU student who have 11 or 12 years of full time education in their own country

- Want to study at a UK university, but need a year to adapt to the UK higher education system

- Don't have the required English language level for entry to an undergraduate degree programme


Entry requirements:

Our entry requirements (listed by country of origin) outlines the school grades we expect you to have achieved.

Download the list of entry requirements by country

English language level:

To join the IFY you will need one of the following:

- A minimum level of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent with at least 5.5 in each component
- Pearson Test of Academic English 51 in each component
- TEEP 6.0 overall
- FCE Grade A or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University


Applications for LLB Law and combined Economics

IFY applicants wishing to progress onto an undergraduate programme in law or a combined economics programme are required to have very good high school grades which are equivalent to strong AS level results.

Please note: BSc Economics is not a degree of progression we can offer through the Foundation Programme.

Applications to BA Music

IFY students will be required to obtain Grade 8 Practical and Theory before progressing onto their undergraduate programme (2nd year of programme).

Applications to BA courses at Winchester School of Art

The IFY will progress onto undergraduate degrees at Winchester School of Art. We will require students to submit a portfolio of their work electronically. Portfolio advice is found here.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

On the International Foundation Year you will complete a set of core (compulsory) modules as well as elective (specialised) modules relevant to your chosen degree.

Each week you will have approximately 20 hours of tuition including lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will also spend at least 15 hours a week studying independently with the guidance of your tutors and personal academic advisor.

Your work will include essays, presentations and exams as part of your assessment. In addition, you will have to do a Personal Research Project in your second semester. This will be a study of a topic related to your chosen degree area supported by your academic advisor.

Year 1

All students take three core modules.

Semester One

Academic English (semesters one and two)
This module has been designed to ensure that students have the specific English language skills needed to study as an undergraduate student. Students are also taught how to show the sources of the information they use in their work by referencing their work using the Harvard referencing convention.

Critical Thinking and Research Skills (semesters one and two)
This module has two elements. First, students are introduced to the key concepts of critical thinking needed to analyse, evaluate and compare arguments and develop different points of view. Secondly students are taught how to research a topic using the resources available at the university. The students use all these skills in the second semester to carry out a research project on a topic related to their chosen undergraduate degree subject.


The Global Society (semesters one and two)

In this module students examine various aspects of globalisation and the effects of this phenomenon on the cultural, economic, political and social life. Students explore how globalisation is changing the world they are living in and build on their studies of contemporary Britain to give them a base of ‘general knowledge' about current global issues for their undergraduate studies.


Semester Two

Subject-specific modules
Students who are going to study management, law, languages or economics or will have the choice subject-specific modules during the year: e.g. English for Law, Understanding law; Mathematics and statistics; Mathematics for economists, Survey Methods for Business and Social Sciences, Understanding management and organisations.

Students who are not going to study in these areas can select from any of the modules they are interested in, take a module to learn a new language or consolidate their general English.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees


Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Explore funding opportunities

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Your work will include essays, presentations and exams as part of your assessment. In addition, you will have to do a Personal Research Project in your second semester. This will be a study of a topic related to your chosen degree area supported by your academic advisor.

By the end of the year you will have gained:

– effective academic study skills

– the English language skills you need for your
undergraduate degree

– an understanding of the demands and requirements
of British University life

– an introduction to your chosen field of academic study

Study Locations

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