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Queen's University Belfast
Preparation for bachelor's degrees in Accounting, Economics, Management, Finance, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law at Queen's University
The Foundation combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree at Queen's University Business School.
Why apply for the international foundation programme?
42% of International Foundation students acheived a distinction in 2011
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.
If you choose to study Further Mathematics for Engineering and
Science you must take Foundation Mathematics for Engineering and
Science. Otherwise, if you choose a mathematics module you must
study Foundation Mathematics for Business, Humanities and Social
Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of coursework and
by the use of class tests. The final grade for each unit is based
on a mixture of coursework and end-of-course examinations.
Successful students will achieve grades A*, A, B, C or D for
each of the four units.
Assessment will be by:
Successful completion of the International Foundation will
guarentee you a place on an undergraduate degree course at Queen's
Assured progression depends on:
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
Three-term: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and no less than 4.5 in all other subskills) or equivalent.
Four-term: IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in writing and no less than 4.0 in all other subskills) or equivalent.
Five-term: IELTS 4.0 (with a minimum of 4.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.
We can also accept TOEFL IBT and Pearson (PTE). Please contact us for further details.
If you have achieved the minimum IELTS score overall but do not have the required score in writing for direct entry, you will be considered on a case by case basis
If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study.
Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.
You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.
The 4 and 5 term courses have additional terms of English language tuition at the beginning and will typically have a lower English language entry requirement.
Click here for full progression grade
This course leads to the following Bachelors degrees at
Queen's University Belfast:
BSc Actuarial Science and Risk
BSc Business Economics
BSc Business Management
BSc Economics and Accounting
BSc Economics with Finance
BA Film Studies
BA International Politics and Conflict
BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics
BA Social Anthropology
LLB Law with Politics
** Indicates courses where a sandwich year is optional or where
it is normally a required element of the degree programme, but
international students can be exempted from it. Students
undertaking a year of professional experience (sandwich year) do
not need a work permit as long as the placement is in the UK.
Students who do not take the year of professional experience are
transferred to an equivalent programme without the extension 'with
Professional Experience' in the title.
What is the deadline for applications?
We're happy to accept students right up to when our courses begin, as long as there are places available. We recommend you apply as early as possible as courses fill up quickly. Enquire now to check availability.
Step 1: Complete the Application form
You can complete an online application form or download and print the PDF application form at the bottom of this page. You must include the following information:
Need help with the application form? Watch a video help guide - available in English, Chinese and Arabic:
Step 2: Submit the Application
The INTO Admissions office will only process complete applications so please ensure you provide all of the following documents with your application:
If you are applying by post please send your completed application package, including copies of your supporting documents listed above directly to us at:
INTO Queen's University Belfast Admissions
1 Gloucester Place Brighton BN1 4AA United Kingdom
The INTO Admissions team will assess your complete application and will contact you within two working days with either an answer or an offer.
Step 3: Confirm your place
If you receive a Conditional or Unconditional offer from us, the offer will contain all the details needed for you to confirm your place on the course.
The most common way to confirm your place, will be to:
Once the payment has cleared, you will be sent a confirmation pack from us, including; The relevant course information to help you with your visa application, course and accommodation confirmation, your updated statement and an invoice which will show any remaining fees still to pay before the start date of your course.
Step 4: Apply for your visa
If you are unsure of which visa type you need you can have a look at our Useful Information page or visit the UK Border Agency website.
Please keep us updated on your visa application process. If for any reason your visa application is delayed or rejected, please contact us as soon as possible.
Please note that INTO employees cannot give you advice on your visa, you will need to speak to your local embassy or the British Council.
Step 5: After you've received your visa
Once you've received your visa and arranged your flight to the UK, please contact us to make sure you have paid the full outstanding balance of your course, at least 4 weeks before you arrive.
You will then receive your final statement along with your pre-departure guide, listing all information you need about your chosen INTO Centre, the partner University and what to do when you arrive in the UK.
Visit our before you arrive page for more information.
If at any time you get stuck or have any problems that will delay your arrival, please contact us.
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Download more information about the modules for this course.
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Find out more about the degrees you can progress to from this course and the grades you will need.
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Use this form to submit an application by post, fax or email. Alternatively use the apply now button above to apply online.
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