International Foundation in Business and Economics with Society and Culture

Academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree in economics, journalism, international politics and social sciences.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

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 International Foundation in Business and Economics with Society and Culture leads to the award of the City, University of London International Foundation Certificate (National Qualification Framework Level 3).

As well as a conditional offer from the City, University of London 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 City, University of London
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Teaching methods

Each academic module will be a mix of lectures and seminars with a focus on group work. The Business and Economics modules provide you with the opportunity to apply academic theory to real life and topical scenarios. You may have to write a business plan to launch a new product or use economic theory to consider the impact of a change in government policy to a particular industry.

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

You should apply for this course 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 at City, University of London. Successful completion of this programme will also allow you to apply for entry to other universities in the UK.

What will I study?

Compulsory modules:

Academic English and Study Skills

This module introduces you to academic language, university study skills and the conventions of academic writing and speaking you will encounter at a UK university. You will develop the skills needed to select, read and interpret academic texts, and carry out research for academic assignments and presentations. You will also learn to use your reading to support your arguments in academic writing and speaking. The content of the course is closely linked to the subjects you are studying and through texts and lectures you will learn to take notes effectively. The module provides you with the confidence to work both collaboratively and independently, qualities essential for success at City, University of London.

Foundation Mathematics OR

This module covers key mathematical concepts and notations, including manipulation of numerical and algebraic expressions; techniques for polynomial root-finding; coordinate geometry; trigonometry; differential and integral calculus; basic techniques of statistics and ideas of probability.

Foundation Mathematics for Economics *

The objectives of this module are to introduce and develop your knowledge and skills in the following areas: linear, quadratic and cubic equations; limits, continuity and inequalities; calculus and multivariate calculus; compound growth; exponential functions and logarithms; continuous growth and natural exponential functions; derivatives of exponential and logarithmic functions; constrained maxima and minima; integration; matrix algebra; probability and data analysis.

 * This module is compulsory if you are intending to study BSc (Hons) Financial Economics 

You will also be able to choose to study one of the following:


The main aims of this unit are to introduce you to thinking like an economist, to familiarise you with key terminology used in economics and to provide an introduction to the main theoretical models and concepts used in economics. Emphasis is placed on the application of economic theory to real-world business situations.

Introduction to the Study of Business

The module includes the following themes: models of management; the business environment; managing people; leadership; corporate social responsibility; human resource management; corporate strategy; marketing; organisational structure; and managing operations.

Society and Culture

This module introduces the basic concepts of society, socialisation and culture. You will learn the theory behind social phenomena and learn how to do research for social sciences and how to present it. You will also examine contemporary culture.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is both formal and informal. Entry to all City, University of London honours degrees is highly competitive, so the purpose of the assessment process is to help you improve and build on your success. Marks from the International Foundation programme do not count towards a final degree, but help the University determine whether you meet key criteria for progression.

You will receive support from your tutor throughout your course and be assessed by a combination of:

  • exams at the end of each term
  • coursework which may include written assignments, reports, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, presentations and problem-solving exercises.


How is the programme validated?

The International Foundation is validated and quality-assured by City, University of London. Successful completion leads to the award of the City, University of London International Foundation Certificate (National Qualification Framework Level 3), which is welcomed as an entry qualification both at City, University of London and many other highly-ranked UK universities. 

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

Three term programme: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing) or equivalent

Four term programme: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in writing) or equivalent

If you intend to progress to a degree programme in Law, Journalism or Health you will need a higher level of English for entry to City, University of London.

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 level you can apply for our Academic English course.


17 years and above

Students starting a course in September must be 17 years old by 31 December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the start date of the course.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
July 2017 start
(4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 03 Jul 2017 to Fri 08 Sep 2017 

Term 2: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017 

Term 3: Mon 15 Jan 2018 to Fri 29 Mar 2018 

Term 4: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 22 Jun 2018 

September 2017 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017 

Term 2: Mon 15 Jan 2018 to Fri 29 Mar 2018 

Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 22 Jun 2018 

September 2017 start
(4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017 

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 29 Mar 2018 

Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 22 Jun 2018 

Term 4: Mon 02 Jul 2018 to Fri 07 Sep 2018 

January 2018 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 29 Mar 2018 

Term 2: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 22 Jun 2018 

Term 3: Mon 02 Jul 2018 to Fri 07 Sep 2018 


Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme
  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £240 (2 or 3 term academic programme) or £320 (4 term academic programme)
  • iPad fees: £330

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.

How do I apply?

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

Digital learning

The International Foundation programme at INTO City, University of London is taught mostly through the use of tablet computers(such as the iPad) to enhance the classroom experience through digital learning. International Foundation students will be required to purchase an iPad before they commence their studies.

iPad fees for March 2015 entry onwards:

  1. One payment of £330; or
  2. If you have your own compatible device and will be bringing this with you to the UK, there will be no additional charge

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

Lasting four terms, the Extended International Foundation course has an additional term of intensive English at the beginning and will typically have a lower English language entry requirement.

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.

This course leads to the following undergraduate degrees at City, University of London:


BSc Economics

BSc Economics and Accountancy

BSc Financial Economics

Social Sciences

BSc Criminology

BSc Criminology and Sociology

BSc International Political Economy

BSc International Politics

BSc International Politics and Sociology

BSc Psychology

BSc Sociology

BSc Media, Communication and Sociology

BSc Sociology with Psychology

BA (Hons) English

BA (Hons) History


BA Journalism


BSc Speech and Language Science

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