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International Foundation Year - Oxford International Pathway College - Oxford

Your pathway to an undergraduate degree with our International Foundation Year (IFY), available at our Oxford Centre.

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Key Information

The International Foundation Year (IFY) is equivalent in standard to qualifications to Year 13 (i.e. A levels) for UK based students. By successfully completing our foundation, you are guaranteed access to a select number of universities (dependent on your study location). In addition to these universities, many students have gone onto study at a number of other institutions in the UK and worldwide. You can discover University Destinations below.

Key Information



Full course:

9 months

Shorter course:

6 months


Start Dates

January 2023 | September 2022

Pathway Tuition Fee


How does this course work?

Choosing to study abroad is a rewarding experience that can help you succeed both academically and personally. At Oxford International, we design our courses to prepare you both for your future studies and beyond.

When choosing a pathway course, you need to know what is right for you based on your academic and personal development goals. Our pathway courses will prepare you with subject-specific knowledge and academic English language skills. Alongside this, our dedicated and friendly college teams will ensure that you have the help you need to adjust to life as an international student abroad.

During your pathway course, you will take a combination of core and subject modules specific to your chosen degree. It’s a great way to get familiar with your subject area while learning core university study skills such as academic writing and referencing. There is still a lot of studying involved, but all our courses are designed to prepare you in the best possible way.

With experienced tutors and small class sizes, you will have the space to develop your confidence while strengthening your university-level study skills. Once you’ve completed, you will continue onto the next stage of your chosen degree course at university.

Throughout your time with us, we will support you to realise your true potential.

What you will study

Alongside study subject-specific modules based on your chosen field of study, you will study core modules that will develop your English Language abilities in preparation for university-level study.

Core module

This module aims to help you achieve the equivalent of IELTS 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) to continue further study at University. Through this course, you will be made aware of the critical importance of English competence in the context of your ongoing academic studies.

*Please note: The English for Academic Purposes is for non-native speakers of English

This module introduces fundamental mathematical topics and concepts that are required in a range of business subjects studied at degree level. Students will have an introduction to key knowledge, understanding, skills and application of mathematics.

The aim is to ensure that students have a solid grounding in business studies and feel confident in commencing
the study of business-related courses at undergraduate level. May include the following topics: marketing, accounting and finance, HR and business and the legal environment.

The overall aim of this module is to introduce the basic economic concepts and principles. Reference is mainly to the UK experience in preparation for studying with British students at university. This module may cover a wide range of micro and macro economics.

Available subjects

The IFY is designed to prepare international students for undergraduate study at a UK university. You will strengthen your English language skills and develop Business related knowledge.

Supporting students to success

Learn more about what our students have to say when studying across our education network.

I have a lot of international friends here at BUIC, and I’ve learnt so much from them. There is always a lot to do together both on and off-campus.

Sagar Nepal, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

I would recommend UGIC because it is based on the main University of Greenwich campus, a cosmopolitan university. At UGIC, there are students from all around the world, and I've made a lot of friends from exciting places."

Gozel Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

I think one of the main reasons the IIM (pre-masters) has been so helpful is because the staff are so supportive and are always able to help me. Whether it is understanding a module or finding out how to sort accommodation, they will help you with everything. I’ve enjoyed studying at Bangor, the people are friendly, and the environment is also really peaceful and safe. It’s given me the best opportunity to succeed in my studies here in the UK.

Tong Tong China, Bangor University International College (BUIC)