International Foundation Year

International Foundation Year

Why the International Foundation Year?

This course aims to fully prepare you for starting your chosen undergraduate degree at Sussex, so that you can go on to achieve success at university, in your career and in the world. 

Choose your subject route: 

What you will learn

You will study a combination of core and subject-specific modules that focus on teaching you the English language, study skills, employability and academic areas most relevant to your chosen degree at Sussex. 

Focus on your career

We know that you may already be thinking about your future career, which is why we have integrated a careers element into our academic courses at the ISC. CareerAhead will guide you towards making the right choices and give you the tools you need to stand out in the competitive graduate job market.

Your assessment

We will assess your progress regularly to ensure you are on track to complete your course successfully, so that you can go on to study your chosen degree at Sussex. For example you may take part in exams, seminar discussions, group projects, presentations, laboratory practicals, software exercises and essays as part of your overall assessment.

Improve your English

Need to improve your English language or raise your IELTS score? You can study one of our English language courses at the International Study Centre. 

Study plan options

IELTS Length Jun-Aug Sep-Dec Jan-Apr May-Aug September
5.0 overall (min 5.0 in writing) 2 Semesters       Start the
first year of
your degree
at Sussex
5.0 overall (min 5.0 in writing) 2 Semesters    
4.0 (with 4.0 in all skills) 3 Semesters      
4.0 (with 4.0 in all skills) 3 Semesters      
3.5 (with 3.5 in all skills)
4 Semesters    

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