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The International 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.
There are three course options:
The International Foundation combines academic study, intensive English language preparation, study skills and cultural orientation – all that is necessary for successful university study.
You will also benefit from:
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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 Queen's. Successful completion of this programme will also allow you to apply for entry to other universities in the UK.
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 Sciences.
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.
Assessment will be by:
Successful completion of the International Foundation will guarantee you a place on an undergraduate degree course at Queen's University Belfast.
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.
From 6 April 2015, the Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. If you have taken another Secure English Language Test (SELT) you may be able to use this as a 'transitional SELT' for applications up to 5 November 2015. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more 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.
16 years and above*
*All students commencing courses for the September start date must be 16 years old by 01 September of that calendar year. For all other Foundation intakes after 01 September, including the Extended Foundation, students must be 16 by 01 September of that academic year.
Term 1: Mon 11 Apr 2016 to Fri 17 Jun 2016Term 2: Mon 27 Jun 2016 to Fri 02 Sep 2016Term 3: Mon 26 Sep 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016 Term 4: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017Term 5: Mon 20 Mar 2017 to Fri 09 Jun 2017
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.
You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply.
Teaching finishes on Fri 16 Dec 2016 and resumes on Mon 09 Jan 2017.
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.
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This course leads to the following undergraduate degrees at Queen's University Belfast:
BSc (Hons) Accounting
BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science and Risk Management**
BSc (Hons) Business Economics
BSc (Hons) Business Management
BSc (Hons) Economics
BSc (Hons) Economics and Accounting
BSc (Hons) Economics with Finance
BSc (Hons) Finance**
BA (Hons) Archaeology
BA (Hons) Criminology
BA (Hons) Film Studies
BA (Hons) International Politics and Conflict Studies
BA (Hons) Philosophy
BA (Hons) Politics
BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics
BA (Hons) Sociology
BSc (Hons) Sociology with Quantitative Methods
BA (Hons) Social Anthropology
LLB (Hons) Law
LLB (Hons) 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.
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