International Foundation in Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences

Preparation for direct entry to year one of an undergraduate degree in mathematics, actuarial science, finance and accounting, or economics at UEA.

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:

  • learn problem-solving and management skills
  • enjoy a 3-day residential field trip in your first term
  • have many practical classes in university-standard laboratories

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.
Advanced Mathematics This module is for you if you wish to progress to a mathematical degree or have a passion for the subject.

You will gain understanding in a number of topics including concepts of arithmetic and geometric series, further calculus, complex numbers and their algebra, trigonometric and transcendental functions, linear algebra, and numerical methods for solving equations.
Economics This module aims to introduce you to thinking like an economist, along with the terminology to understand the main models and concepts used in economics.

In addition, you will examine various 'real-world' applications.
Foundation Physics This module introduces the fundamental principles of physics.

You will study a wide range of topics (key physical quantities, kinematics, forces and collisions, waves, electricity, radioactivity and the nucleus, work, energy and power) in order to develop the key skills required for further study in the physical sciences.
Introduction to Accounting This introductory module covers financial management, and social and environmental accounting.

It demonstrates some of the basic accounting concepts and procedures used in the preparation of financial statements and helps you understand financial performance.
Mathematics for Science This module is designed for you if you are studying on International Foundation Science or Mathematics pathways.

Its objective is to provide you with an understanding of the key mathematical topics relevant to the sciences, including trigonometry, differential and integral calculus, logarithms, vectors, probability and statistics.
Problem Solving for Mathematical Sciences This module aims to develop your problem solving and team working skills through a series of interactive workshops and seminars.

You will be taught how to approach mathematical problems and be introduced to a range of topics in computing, decision maths and data analysis.

You will use all of these skills to complete a group project.

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

Norwich Business School
School of Computing Sciences
School of Economics
School of International Development
School of Mathematics
School of Psychology