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?

  • Guaranteed offer of a place on the first year of an undergraduate degree at UEA (subject to meeting the specified entry requirements).
  • Full university status on a quality-assured, UEA-validated programme.
  • Professional support and guidance with university applications.

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 University of East Anglia International Foundation programme combines academic study, intensive English language preparation, study skills and cultural orientation - all that you need for success at university.

It offers:

  • the chance to experience a British Law court room session
  • discuss real-life legal cases in a mooting simulation
  • analyse current international relations and development through case studies

You will receive support from your tutor on personal and academic issues, including advice on your studies and career plans.

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 This module introduces and develops your skills in academic reading, writing, listening and speaking.

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 about 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 to help you to be more effective in your studies, including topics such as 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 international 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 such as the United Nations.

You will study key issues relating to international development, including case studies from countries like India and China.
Law The main principles of how Law is made and evolves are explained in the context of traditional and more recent understandings of the place of law in society.

This includes, in addition to legal concepts and language, the most recent 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 This module introduces the fundamental concepts of society, socialisation 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.

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.

From 6 April 2015, 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 commence your UEA degree.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
July 2016 start
(4 terms)
Term 1: Mon 04 Jul 2016 - Fri 16 Sep 2016
Term 2: Mon 26 Sep 2016 - Fri 16 Dec 2016
Term 3: Mon 09 Jan 2017 - Fri 24 Mar 2017
Term 4: Mon 10 Apr 2017 - Fri 02 Jun 2017
September 2016 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 26 Sep 2016 - Fri 16 Dec 2016
Term 2: Mon 09 Jan 2017 - Fri 24 Mar 2017
Term 3: Mon 10 Apr 2017 - Fri 02 Jun 2017

October 2016 start
(4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 03 Oct 2016 - Fri 16 Dec 2016
Term 2: Mon 09 Jan 2017 - Fri 31 Mar 2017
Term 3: Mon 10 Apr 2017 - Fri 30 Jun 2017
Term 4: Mon 10 Jul 2017 - Fri 25 Aug 2017
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

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 £200 per academic course (three term) or £275 per academic course (four 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?

Our 100% 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.

Degree options

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

Law School
School of Art, Media and American Studies
School of Computing Studies
School of Education
School of History
School of International Development
School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
School of Psychology