International Foundation in Humanities, Law and Social Science


Program Description

Offering you direct entry to year one of an undergraduate degree in humanities, law and social science related subjects at the University of Exeter.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • a campus based programme with access to university facilities
  • multiple start dates

There are two course options available:

  • International Foundation (3 terms) – this is the standard option
  • Extended International Foundation (4 terms) – this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support.

Where will it take me?

Our progression guarantee:

We guarantee to find you a place to study on an appropriate degree and university if you successfully complete your International Foundation programme, follow professional advice offered by INTO staff and meet minimum attendance requirements.

As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of university progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade. You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:

  • successfully completing an interview;
  • having previously studied a relevant discipline;
  • having previously completed a degree; or
  • having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language.

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This course leads to the following undergraduate degrees at the University of Exeter:

College of Humanities

  • BA (Hons) Ancient History
  • BA (Hons) Ancient History and Archaeology
  • BA (Hons) Archaeology
  • BA (Hons) Art History and Visual Culture
  • BA (Hons) Art History and Classical Studies
  • BA (Hons) Art History and English
  • BA (Hons) Art History and History
  • BA (Hons) Classical Studies
  • BA (Hons) Classical Studies and English
  • BA (Hons) Classical Studies and Theology
  • BA (Hons) Classical Studies and Philosophy
  • BSc (Hons) Criminology
  • BA (Hons) Drama
  • BA (Hons) English (Streatham and Cornwall campuses)
  • BA (Hons) English and Drama
  • BA (Hons) English and Film Studies
  • BA (Hons) Film Studies
  • BA (Hons) History (Streatham and Cornwall campuses)
  • BA (Hons) History and Ancient History
  • BA (Hons) History and Archaeology
  • BA (Hons) History and International Relations
  • BA (Hons) Liberal Arts
  • BA (Hons) Theology and Religion

College of Social Science and International Studies

  • BA (Hons) International Relations
  • LLB (Hons) Law (Streatham campus)
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy and Theology
  • BA (Hons) Politics (Streatham and Cornwall campuses)
  • BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations
  • BA (Hons) Sociology
  • BA (Hons) Classical Studies and Philosophy
  • BA (Hons) History and Politics
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy and History
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy and Sociology
  • BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology
  • BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics
  • BA (Hons) Sociology and Anthropology
  • BA (Hons) Sociology and Criminology
  • MArabic (Master of Arabic and Islamic Studies)
  • BSc (Hons) Archaeology with Forensic Science
  • BA (Hons) Archaeology and Anthropology

What is special about the programme?

The Foundation leads to the award of the Foundation Certificate and combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree

As well as a guaranteed conditional offer from the University of Exeter for successful students and full access to all the university facilities you'll benefit from:

  • a quality assured university programme
  • full university status
  • a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree at the University of Exeter
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

You'll receive support from your tutor on personal and academic issues, including advice on your studies. The International Liaison Office will help with your application to the University of Exeter and arrange visits to your academic college, so that you can learn more about your chosen degree programme.

Teaching methods

The modules and teaching methods are varied and include lectures, seminars, group work, problem solving and discussions. The film module incorporates film screenings, writing film reviews and guided visits to the University’s film museum on campus. The law module includes running mini-trials on a range of issues, allowing you to develop the ability to present fluent, coherent arguments and present cases like professional lawyers. In politics and international relations, you will look at case studies of conflict zones.

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

If you have completed secondary school education in your home country, the International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme. In some circumstances you may be able to enrol on the Foundation programme in order to change your specialist subject.

Key course facts

Course length: 3 or 4 terms (9 or 12 months)

Start dates: July, September, October and January

Fees: From £18,495

Leads to a degree in: Humanities, law, and social science-related subjects

Entry requirements

Age: 17 years and above

Academic: Completed 12 years of schooling with very good grades, including minimum Year 12 pass in maths

English language: IELTS 5.0 - 5.5 or equivalent

Don't meet the entry requirements? We also offer an Academic English course

Last updated July 2019

About the School

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