Your route to
The University of Southampton’s International
Foundation Year is an intensive course which forms
a strong start to an undergraduate degree.
The International Foundation Year is for international
students with high academic potential who wish to
take an undergraduate degree programme at a British
university but who do not qualify for direct entry.
They must have completed their eleven or twelve
year secondary education in their home country.
The International Foundation Year (IFY) provides
a route for international students onto a variety
of undergraduate degree programmes.
As an IFY student you will be a registered student
at Southampton. At the end of the IFY you will
automatically progress to your chosen degree,
if you attain the required grades.
Decide what you want to study when you apply.
You can ask to change your degree choice during the
first two weeks of the IFY.
The International Foundation Year will prepare
you for the following undergraduate degree
The International Foundation Year is a modular
programme. 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
about 20 hours of tuition including lectures, seminars
and tutorials. You will also be expected to spend at least
15 hours a week studying independently with the
guidance of your tutors and personal academic advisor.
You will have to do essays, presentations and exams
for your assessments. In addition you will have to do
a Personal Research Project in Semester Two. 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 to deal with your
– An understanding of the demands and requirements
of British University life
– An introduction to your chosen field of academic study
The year is structured in the following way:
Semester 1 Semester 2
All students Contemporary Britain Global Society
Critical Thinking & Research Skills
Electives – Students select one module per semester
IMPORTANT - Students wishing to
progress to Economics should have
achieved equivalent to A-Level maths
Mathematics & Statistics
Survey Methods for Business
& Social Sciences
Introduction to Mathematics for Economics
Introduction to Economics for
Law Students English for Law Understanding Law
Art Students Suitable subject option Art Portfolio project at Winchester
School of Art
Modern Languages Students
All Other Students
Language of choice
Students follow the compulsory modules and two from any of the subject options
Please note we cannot guarantee there will be no changes to the programme.
Students with excellent high school grades may apply
directly or through one of the University’s approved
overseas representatives using our own application form,
or through UCAS. You will need to provide the following:
– High School Graduation Certificate
– High School Transcripts (translated into English)
or proof of academic qualifications for the past
– One Academic reference
– Personal Statement
– IELTS Certificate or other evidence of English
Applications should be submitted by 1st August.
We require a level of IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL 72 (iBT) or
equivalent with at least 5.5 in each component. If you
have an IELTS score of 5.0 or approved equivalent but
need more English language tuition to reach the entry
requirement for the IFY, you may apply for a place on
our summer pre sessional course.
Academic entry requirements vary from country to
country, and detailed information can be found on our
Pre Sessional Course for Foundation Year
This summer course is for all international students who
have been offered a place on a Foundation Programme,
but need to improve their English language level to
meet the entry requirements. The minimum entry
requirement for the pre-sessional course is IELTS 5.0 in
all four skills. For full details please follow this link: www.
The IFY Director’s Scholarship
The IFY Director’s Scholarship is an award for the best
IFY students progressing onto an undergraduate degree
at the University of Southampton. This scholarship
rewards the most excellent students with a discount of
£2,000 for each year of their undergraduate programme
(worth a maximum £6,000).
In 2013, tuition fees for the International Foundation
Year are £12,420. In addition, students are advised
to budget £7200-£8800 per year for their living costs,
which includes accommodation, transport and food.
Most international students who apply for
accommodation before 1st August are guaranteed
accommodation (subject to criteria) in the University’s
modern halls of residence. More information about
University accommodation is available in our
The University of Southampton has a global
reputation for academic excellence, attracting
students and researchers from across the world.
With over 20,000 students and 5,000 staff, life at the
University is lively and exciting. In addition to our
six campuses, three major libraries and 20 halls of
residence, the University has a Students’ Union for
social events and advice, a modern sports complex and
indoor swimming pool, a theatre, a concert hall and an
art gallery. You will study on the Highfield and Avenue
Campuses, which are just outside the city centre in a safe
residential area next to a huge green park, ‘the Common’.
Southampton is a dynamic modern city. It is one of
southern England’s top leisure and shopping destinations.
It is just over an hour from central London and Heathrow
airport. It has excellent road, rail, sea and air links with the
rest of the UK and the world. The University’s own awardwinning
Uni-link bus service connects all Southampton’s
campuses with the city centre.
This information can be made available, on request,
in alternative formats such as electronic, large print,
Braille or audio tape and, in some cases, other languages.
This brochure is prepared well in advance of the
academic year to which it relates and the University
offers the information contained in it as a guide only.
While the University makes every effort to check the
accuracy of the factual content at the time of drafting,
some changes will inevitably have occurred in the
interval between publication and the start of the
relevant academic year. You should not therefore rely
solely on this brochure and should contact the Enquiries
Office for up-to-date information concerning fees,
programme content and entry requirements for the
current academic year. You should also consult the
University’s prospectus or go to www.southampton.
ac.uk/inf/termsandconditions.html for more specific
details about the limits of the University’s liability in
the event of changes to advertised courses/programmes
and related information.
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