International Foundation in Mathematics with Finance, Economics and Management

Offering you direct entry to year one of an undergraduate degree in mathematics, economics, finance and management 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


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 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
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • 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.

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.

What will I study?

Compulsory modules:

English Language for Academic Study

All students will study English language skills for academic study. The module provides the core skills in English needed for university-level study and runs the length of the course. 

Foundation Mathematics

This module aims to provide a foundation in mathematics for students who intend to follow a degree programme in accounting, business, economics, engineering, mathematics, psychology or science. Topics will include: geometry, logarithm and exponential functions; differentiation and integration; statistics; and using Microsoft Excel. 

Introduction to Economics

This module introduces, and applies to real world situations, major theoretical models and key terminology of macro and micro-economic theory. Topics will include: the economic environment; the market mechanism and market failure; market structure and competition; growth; inflation; unemployment; international trade; and macroeconomic policy. 

Mathematics 1

This module builds on the Foundation Mathematics module to provide stronger background in areas of mathematics required for higher study of a science-based discipline. Topics will include: algebra; vectors and matrices; further geometry, differentiation and integration; and more statistics. 

Study Skills

This essential part of the curriculum will help you work in groups, present ideas, manage your time, conduct research, take lecture notes, organise the content of essays and dissertations, and understand how to evaluate your own work. 


You will choose from the following modules:

Introduction to Accounting and Finance

The aim of this module is to provide you with a basic understanding of accounting and finance. Topics will include: accounting concepts; procedures used in the preparation of financial statements; analysis of published information; and using accounting information to assist with business planning and decision making. The study of finance focuses on the central issues of how finance is raised and invested in pursuit of core business objectives. By the end of this module, you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the nature and context of accounting and will have the capacity to undertake appropriate numerical procedures and techniques in preparing and analysing financial statements and internal management reports. 

Introduction to Management

This module will provide an introduction to the characteristics of different organisations, an appreciation of how businesses are managed and an understanding of business terminology. By the end of the module you will be able to demonstrate familiarity with business aims, objectives, strategy and planning as well as an appreciation of the characteristics of organisations and different approaches to organisational structure. You will be introduced to the principles of modern management through a consideration of management theories as well as an investigation of culture, leadership and motivation. The range of themes extends to: production; quality; communication; social responsibility; business growth and organisational change. 


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in each module. Assessment is both formative and summative, designed not simply to pass or fail students, but to help you build on our success and meet the requirements for entry to the the first year of a degree. Marks from the 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
  • practical
  • exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • problem solving exercises

Through formative assessments you receive feedback on your performance which will enable you to improve before the final summative assessments.

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 very good grades, including minimum Year 12 pass in maths.

To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us now.

English requirements:

Three term programme: IELTS 5.5 (with minimum 5.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Four term programme: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in subskills) 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 requirements you should apply for English for University Study.


17 years and above.

Students must turn 17 by the end of their first term of study.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees

June 2016 start
(4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 27 Jun 2016 to Fri 02 Sep 2016

Term 2: Mon 19 Sep 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016

Term 3: Mon 16 Jan 2017 to Fri 07 Apr 2017

Term 4: Mon 24 Apr 2017 to Fri 09 Jun 2017


October 2016 start
(4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 03 Oct 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016

Term 2: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 07 Apr 2017

Term 3: Mon 24 Apr 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

Term 4: Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017


September 2016 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 19 Sep 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016

Term 2: Mon 16 Jan 2017 to Fri 07 Apr 2017

Term 3: Mon 24 Apr 2017 to Fri 09 Jun 2017


January 2017 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 07 Apr 2017

Term 2: Mon 24 Apr 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

Term 3: Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017



Tuition fees do not include:

  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £200 per academic course (3 term), £275 per academic course (4 term)
  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)


Is accommodation included in the fees?

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.

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

The Extended International Foundation 4-term course has an additional term of English at the beginning and will typically have a lower English language entry requirement.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply.

Where will it 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.

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

Business School

BSc Business Economics

BSc Economics and Politics

BSc Economics

BSc Economics and Finance

BSc Economics with Econometrics

BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics

BSc Accounting and Finance

BSc Business and Accounting

BSc Business

BA Business and Management

BA Management with Marketing