International Foundation in Humanities and Law

Study at UEA and choose from undergraduate degrees across law, film studies, international development,  politics, and more.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • A guaranteed route to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree at UEA (subject to meeting the specified entry requirements).
  • You are a student of the University from day one, on a quality-assured, UEA-validated programme.
  • Professional help and support with your application to university.

Course options available

  • International Foundation (3 terms) - this is the standard option, suitable for most students.
  • Extended International Foundation (4 terms) - this option incorporates an additional term of intensive English language tuition at the beginning of the course, and English language entry requirements are lower.

What is special about the programme?

The INTO UEA International Foundation programme is designed to improve your academic theory, intensive English language skills, and study and research abilities to prepare for undergraduate study at the University of East Anglia.

It offers:

  • university-style teaching with high contact hours and small class sizes
  • a campus-based programme with access to world-class university facilities
  • progress to one of the best film, television and media departments in the country
  • real-world learning using industry-standard film-making equipment
  • 8th in the UK for Law (Guardian University Guide 2016)

You will receive advice and feedback during seminars and tutorials. Regular one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor will help you plan for future effective study, and answer any questions to ensure your academic success.

We also have an International Progression team who will help with your application to the University of East Anglia and arrange visits to your future school of study so that you can learn more about your chosen degree programme.

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 International Foundation programme in order to change your specialist subject.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

Academic English and Study Skills

Through the study of authentic academic materials related to your field of study, you will develop the skills to read and interpret academic texts, practise using specialist vocabulary and write academic assignments.

You will also learn academic conventions such as referencing. Extensive group work will help you gain the confidence and skills to participate in seminar discussions and give presentations.

This module also provides study skills sessions in time management, critical thinking and preparing for exams.

Foundation Mathematics

This module covers basic mathematical concepts including algebra, logarithms, quadratics, coordinates, trigonometry, differential and integral calculus, polynomial root-finding, and basic techniques of statistics and probability.

International and Development Studies

This module provides a grounding in the field of international relations and development. It introduces theoretical perspectives and looks at recent history and current trends in world development.

It also covers the evolving structure and role of international institutions. You will study key issues relating to international development, including case studies from countries like India and China.


The main principles of how law is made and evolves are explained in the context of traditional and more recent understandings of law in society.

This includes, in addition to legal concepts and language, current thinking on different methods of dispute resolution and restorative justice.

The courts and legal profession are included under the English legal system which is placed in the wider context of European law. Special attention is also given to the European Convention on Human Rights.

Society and Culture

Topics covered include race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, religion, and the mass media.

You will examine contemporary culture, issues related to consumption, popular culture and the influence of globalisation.

Teaching methods

During your programme you will research and take part in lively debates about current topics of national interest.

Developing a global outlook is key, and our experienced academic staff will give you the tools to analyse current international relations and development through case studies in countries such as India and China.

As part of the Law module you will have the opportunity to experience a British court room in session. You will also discuss real life cases in a moot simulation to prepare you for university and the workplace.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in each module. Assessment is designed to help you build on our success and meet the requirements for entry to the first year of a degree. Grades from the International Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree but they help the University assess your abilities in your chosen field of study.

You are assessed by a combination of examination and course work, which may include:

  • essays
  • reports
  • practicals
  • exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • problem solving exercises

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.

English requirements:

3-term programme: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in any subskill) or equivalent.

4-term programme: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in any subskill) or equivalent.

If the University degree programme you wish to progress to has an English language requirement of IELTS 7.0, we recommend you commence your International Foundation with a minimum of IELTS 6.0

The Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language entry requirements, you can apply for English for University Study.


16 years and above.

You must be 17 years old by 15 September of the year you start your degree with UEA.

Advanced English language speakers

If your English language skills are sufficiently advanced (above IELTS 7.0), you may be set alternative challenges that further develop your study skills and independent research techniques.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
January 2017 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 09 Jan 2017 – Fri 31 Mar 2017
Term 2: Mon 10 Apr 2017 – Fri 30 Jun 2017
Term 3: Mon 10 Jul 2017 – Fri 25 Aug 2017
July 2017 start
(4 terms)
Term 1: Mon 10 Jul 2017 – Fri 15 Sep 2017
Term 2: Mon 25 Sep 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 23 Mar 2018
Term 4: Mon 09 Apr 2018 – Fri 01 Jun 2018
September 2017 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 23 Mar 2018
Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 – Fri 01 Jun 2018
October 2017 start
(4 terms)
Term 1: Mon 02 Oct 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 30 Mar 2018
Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 – Fri 29 Jun 2018
Term 4: Mon 09 Jul 2018 – Fri 24 Aug 2018
January 2018 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 30 Mar 2018
Term 2: Mon 09 Apr 2018 – Fri 29 Jun 2018
Term 3: Mon 09 Jul 2018 – Fri 24 Aug 2018

What's the difference between the 3 and 4-term course?

The 4-term Extended International Foundation incorporates an additional term of intensive English language tuition on the same visa, allowing you to improve your English to a level appropriate for academic study. It will have a lower English language entry requirement than the 3-term programme.

You will be required to pass the initial English language component before progressing to the next stage of the programme.

If you need to study more than one term of English in order to reach the level necessary for academic study you should apply for the English for University Study course.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees include access to the virtual learning environment; library, internet and IT services; exam fees; and field trips and course-related excursions.

Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • textbooks and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £205 per academic course (3-term) or £280 per academic course (4-term)
  • accommodation is not included in the fees: view our accommodation options

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

Where will this programme take me?

Successful completion of the International Foundation leads to the award of International Foundation Certificate (RQF Level 3) from UEA.

Your progression guarantee

While you are studying at the Centre, the International Progressions team will fully support you in choosing the best course for you at UEA and completing your application. Throughout the year they will organise a series of workshops and other engagement activities. This will provide you with the opportunity to explore your options and gain the practical advice to ensure that you have a smooth transition to your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate degree at UEA.

If you pass the course with the minimum grades and good attendance, but do not achieve the required results to progress to UEA, the Student Placement team is there to advise you on the next steps and to guarantee you a place at a UK university; providing you with peace of mind and ensuring you can remain focused on your studies.

Degree options

This programme leads to the following bachelor's degrees at the University of East Anglia:

Law School
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • LLB (Hons) Law with American Law
  • LLB (Hons) Law with European Legal Systems
School of Art, Media and American Studies
  • BA (Hons) American History with a year abroad
  • BA (Hons) American Studies with a year abroad
  • BA (Hons) Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History
  • BA (Hons) Film and History
  • BA (Hons) Film and Television Studies
  • BA (Hons) History of Art
  • BA (Hons) History of Art with Gallery and Museum Studies
  • BA (Hons) Media Studies
School of Education and Lifelong Learning
  • BA (Hons) Education
  • BA (Hons) Education with a year abroad
School of Geography
  • BA (Hons) Geography and International Development
  • BA (Hons) Geography and International or Numerical and Analytical Skills Development with overseas experience
School of History
  • BA (Hons) History
  • BA (Hons) History and Politics
  • BA (Hons) Modern History
School of International Development
  • BA (Hons) International Development
  • BA (Hons) International Development with overseas experience
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Anthropology
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Anthropology with overseas experience
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Economics
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Econmics with overseas experience
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Politics
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Politics with overseas experience
  • BA (Hons) Media and International Development
  • BA (Hons) Media and International Development with overseas experience
School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
  • BA (Hons) Intercultural Communications with Business Management
  • BA (Hons) International Relations
  • BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Modern History
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy and History
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics
  • BA (Hons) Politics
  • BA (Hons) Politics and Media Studies
  • BA (Hons) Society, Culture and Media
School of Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Cognitive Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Cognitive Psychology with a year abroad
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with a year abroad
  • BSc (Hons) Social Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Social Psychology with a year abroad