Download the International Foundation Year course brochure

Download the International Foundation Year course brochure

Your route to

Undergraduate success.


Foundation Year

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


Accounting &


English Literature,

Language &




Social Sciences


Economics &


Economics &



Fine Art








Technology in


Graphic Arts





Programme structure

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

undergraduate degree;

– 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

Core Modules

All students

Academic English

All students Contemporary Britain Global Society

All students

Critical Thinking & Research Skills

Electives – Students select one module per semester

Management Students

Economics Students

IMPORTANT - Students wishing to

progress to Economics should have

achieved equivalent to A-Level maths

grade B

Mathematics & Statistics


Survey Methods for Business

& Social Sciences

Introduction to Mathematics for Economics

Understanding Management

& Organisations

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.

Entry Requirements

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

three years

– One Academic reference

– Personal Statement

– IELTS Certificate or other evidence of English

language ability

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).

Money Matters

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

accommodation guide.

The University of Southampton has a global

reputation for academic excellence, attracting

students and researchers from across the world.

The University

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’.

The city

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. for more specific

details about the limits of the University’s liability in

the event of changes to advertised courses/programmes

and related information.

© University of Southampton 2011

Find out more

Find out more on our website:

International Enquiries:

+44 (0)23 8059 9699

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