Are you an EU or international student who wants to study in the UK? Do you need to improve your English language and academic study skills?
On our one-year International Foundation Programme (IFP), we work with you to help improve your language skills, to develop your subject-specific knowledge, and to improve your academic skills. You receive a thorough grounding in these areas so that you can achieve the right academic level for a UK undergraduate degree.
You may find that the education system in the UK is slightly different from other countries and, sometimes, that the transition to the British system can be challenging. Our course can help you to settle in and adapt to life in the UK.
You study three or four academic subjects relevant to your chosen future course. You also study an Academic Skills module which focuses on developing your academic language and study skills so that you can participate effectively in your studies both during the International Foundation Programme and in your subsequent undergraduate course.
Our Essex Pathways Department offers some of the best routes for international students to enter higher education in the UK. Our innovative courses and programmes have proved very successful with international students because of the distinctive learning environment we offer.
You can apply to begin your IFP in either January or October, with the exception of students in mathematics, electronics, or telecommunications engineering, whose courses all begin in October.
By studying within our Essex Pathways Department, you will have access to all of the facilities that the University of Essex has to offer, as well as those provided by our department to support you:
Completion of our IFP puts you in a great position to go on to study an undergraduate degree in the UK. While most of our students love Essex and choose to stay here for their undergraduate degree, our prestigious IFP enables you to apply for any undergraduate course in the UK.
Essex graduates can be found in a variety of roles around the globe where they use the skills and knowledge they gained by studying with us.
We work with our Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
Companies around the world that employ Essex graduates include:
A good academic record at senior secondary/high school or junior college. If you have taken A-levels, International Baccalaureate or similar examinations, but have not met the achieved grades required for direct entry to the first year of our courses, you may also be eligible to apply
Please note some subject areas will require you to meet additional course-specific GCSE requirements. Please email us for further information.
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 5.0 overall. Specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
Below you will find an outline of the module combinations you need to take for each subject area.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore all modules listed are subject to change.
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Essex Business School
Department of Economics
Humanities and Social Sciences
(Art History, Philosophy, Drama, Film Studies, History, Literature, Humanities, Politics, International Relations, Sociology, Criminology)
School of Law
Department of Mathematics
Mathematics Pathway (leading into all mathematics degrees except Actuarial Science):
Actuarial Science Pathway (leading into all mathematics degrees including Actuarial Science)
Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. In 2017 we have three undergraduate Open Days (in June, September and October). These events enable you to discover what our Colchester Campus has to offer. You have the chance to:
Check out our Visit Us pages to find out more information about booking onto one of our events. And if the dates aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing email@example.com and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
You can apply for one of our undergraduate pathways using our new online application form. You will be required to submit additional information, so don't forget to read the application carefully as we won't be able to process it until we have received all completed information.
Our International Foundation Programme has many subjects available, before you make your application please check the document below to see which is the best pathway for you:International Foundation Programme pathways (.pdf)
We want you to throw yourself in at the deep end, soak up life and make the most of those special Essex moments.
Home to over 13,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.
If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.
Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.
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